from the mind of Rob Bowen
whatsabudget is my brainchild. my artistic voice visualized and focused through a cinematic narrative. it is my retreat from the world, and my attempts to make sense of it. an independent spirit naturally fit in the world of independent filmmaking.
in 2012, I began making short films as a means to explore and teach myself this potent and expressive medium. over 20 short films later (and growing), I continue to use this short form storytelling tool to hone and grow my voice as an indie filmmaker and artist.
Our latest film, (the new millennial Tramp in) Socks, is part of journey that started years ago. In 2016, with the help of an awesome group of Film Club officers, I helped lead the formation of a new film festival at UCCS, called the 14’ers. We would assign genres and a included narrative prompt that each team of filmmakers would have to sculpt a short 14 minute film around. With a draw of comedy and sub genre draw of silent, I was thrown into new waters where a character, based on one of the greats who paved the way, emerged. The new millennial Tramp was a loving homage to Chaplin’s own Tramp character who helped pioneer the silent era through Hollywood’s Golden Age, with a legacy that has lasted far beyond. While taking the quirkiness of the original and applying it mostly to the world in which our hero seems to struggle to make sense of and deal with, I found in this character a wonderful lens through which to look at this postmodern world. And in Socks, our latest Whatsabudget Films release, we have the return of this confused character thrown into a whole new situation to breed another comedy of error.
In this romantic comedy, our hero finds himself struggling with that age old issue of dryer versus sock. But is there something working below the surface to steer and guide our hero towards a new destiny and partner? Is this fate, or something more? Does it matter when the Tramp is involved? Find out in the new heartfelt comic exploration of the signs we are sent, when the universe takes a personal interest.
released this year
Film 2000 is an irreverent, referential dark comedy born of the class bearing the same name in the film program I graduated out of last Spring. From each of the films that comprised the sixteen weeks of the class’ syllabus was drawn some sort of inspiration to piece together this postmodern journey through J.T.’s cinematic memories via 8 1/2 fractured vignettes that point to a meaning just outside his grasp.
this short film was such a joy to make, not just because we were making art and pursuing our passions, but getting to work with this amazing collective of young filmmakers from the program, friends and fellow graduates alike, was beyond words. It came together over the summer after graduation, and was initially supposed to involve more folks, but due to scheduling and other time concerns/constraints they weren’t able to take part, or had to step down from the production. That aside, this film is reflective of the love we all hold for the program, and those behind it who gave us the opportunities to grow and learn through film. That love comes through frame by frame in this short film, or at least it does for me. I hope that it does for you too.
more from the wabf fam!
we recently had the privilege of participating in the Winter 2018 Transmission Presents trilogy – making a short horror film called By the Blood using the Winter’s theme Puritan. This was such a fun project to be part of, and we had an amazing cast to pull it all together!
the film takes on the genre’s, and to an extent the industry’s, punishment of female driven sexuality, and the violence that typically receives. This also gave me an opportunity to play with other horror conventions, given the themes and commentary it carries.
Rob is available for hire as a freelance editor, director, or writer. He is also available for other comments and inquiries, so hit him up below.
Colorado Springs, CO