In May 2008, we commissioned our friends, Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, to write a film for us to co-direct that could take place in one specific location because of our limited budget. Acker & Blacker gave us the script for "Drones," a “space aliens in an office” comedy that was so smart and dialogue driven that we could get away with making it on our shoestring budget.
Fast forward to January 2010: "Drones" premieres at the Slamdance Film Festival and our trailer, to our amazement, gets an exclusive premiere on the SyFy Channel’s website that very same month. Then a distribution company called Phase Four Films picks it up for distribution to the world at large.
Things are looking pretty rosy for a tiny little indie movie produced totally outside of the Hollywood mainstream.
Then last Saturday afternoon we get a tweet from...