Richard Hartshorn’s Film Diary



Earlier this year, my former student Richard Hartshorn and his brother Philip set out on an amazing adventure. They made a feature-length motion picture from scratch with nothing but their own inventiveness, persistence, and money (not to mention a tight group of intensely creative friends). Lots of people talk the talk, but very few ever actually do the work. Through the production Richard kept Numéro Cinq up to date on their progress with his film diary. Because it’s such a unique document I’m repackaging it here as a book—each entry is a chapter with a link at the bottom to bring you back to the table of contents. There are photos and videos, training videos, trailers and posters. What’s most exciting is that this isn’t some big budget extravaganza, no Hollywood packaging deal; this is real people who haven’t waited for the money gods to touch them or for their degrees from USC film school, people just following their passion and making art.



1 – Notes on the Adaptation Process

2 – First Day of Shooting

3 — Making Art

4 – Writing the Fight

5 – Something In Motion

6 – Post Production

7 – Middle-earth Tunes on Zero Budget

8 – Initial Opinions and the Disconnect

9 – Theatrical Trailer

10 – Many Partings