I could have sworn I talked about this movie before. Oh well.
I had never heard about this movie despite it starring Ben Stiller's wife and Cobra Kai's William Zabka. I only discovered it through Markus Rothkranz's YouTube channel where he talks about cheap lighting techniques and just cheap filmmaking tricks in general. I thought his channel was pretty cool and when I heard he made a movie for two million dollars, I thought it would be worth checking out.
I know 2 million is a lot in today's world where people make feature films for like $900, but this was 1995 and only a few years after indie darling El Mariachi, so no one was competing to see how cheap they could make a movie for. In spite of this, I think To the Ends of Time is a good film for aspiring filmmakers to watch.
The movie itself is rather subpar and feels a bit childish. Maybe I have just grown cynical, but I found this to be a detriment. The sets and the effects are definitely the focus of this movie. Markus goes into detail on his YouTube channel about how he accomplished these effects and it's definitely a good video to watch in tandem with the film.
I love the painted backgrounds, the set design, the models, I love seeing such a large scale film accomplished for such a small budget. I don't hate this movie and definitely think a lot of aspiring and indie filmmakers should see it to drive us all to accomplish more with our films. This movie inspired me to try and make something bigger with my next feature endeavor.