Making a movie on $8,000 isn’t easy. It’s almost as hard as raising $8,000 in the first place—but for Diane Ingino, that part just got easier. Having received sponsorship from New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), any donations made to her current project—Love Under Glass, a film based on the Jonathan Lethem short story, “If Their Love Were the Biosphere”—are tax deductible.
Ingino graduated from BMCC in May 2009 with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Video Arts and Technology (VAT). “One of the things I fell in love with at BMCC was editing,” she says. “And I’m challenging myself with this project to also learn producing and directing.”
In other words, she’s wearing a lot of hats, producing the film as a kind of labor of love, with actors and other film professionals donating their time, as well. “I do feed them,” says Ingino, “and give them screen credits, and a copy of the movie.”
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“My education at BMCC helped because I learned how a crew works,” says Ingino. “We had to produce our own shorts in our video production and editing class. I also took a television studio production course, and learned a lot about lighting a set and how to delegate tasks to a crew.”
Love Under Glass is being filmed by Ingino’s new company, Story Engine Productions, and shot in New York City at a number of locations, including an independent bookstore. It will also feature original—and donated—artwork of the contemporary painter, C.J. Collins.
Currently, Ingino is designing her own bachelor degree program through the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies program (CUNY BA/BS). Her home campus is Hunter College, and her self-made Area of Concentration, Documentary Media Production and Research, relates to her new project in that, whether she is working on a documentary or feature film, her focus is people—their struggles and triumphs.
The character-driven drama, Love Under Glass tells the story of an artist struggling to balance personal relationships with the need for self reliance—and mirrors Ingino’s challenge of balancing resources and production needs.
“It’s like puzzle pieces that have to be put together,” she says of the project. “A lot of planning.”