Raid Fame
    Category: Forbes Life By : Janet Eom Read : 1236 Date : Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 23:42:11

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    Gareth Evans (center), 33, is a Welsh film director who has been living in Indonesia for six years. His action-packed martial arts films Merantau (2009), The Raid: Redemption (2011), and the upcoming The Raid 2: Berandal are all based and shot in Indonesia. Forbes Indonesia interviewed him about his experiences filming and prospects for the local film industry.

    What were the budgets for The Raid films?

    For The Raid: Redemption, we spent about $1.2 million. For The Raid 2: Berandal, we're more in the range of $4 million. The first movie was predesigned on a lower budget. 80% of the film is indoors. You can reuse corridors and set to make it appear like you're on different floors of a building. We were able to cut corners that way. On the second one, we did away with our concepts because I didn't want to repeat myself. Now we've taken the story out of the building. It's all out onto the streets. We've added lots of different locations across Indonesia. Our biggest spending point so far has been a six to seven minute car chase. That was about 14 days of shooting. We closed off roads and built up barriers.

    What was the process like for procuring funding?

    We were very lucky on The Raid: Redemption. We got a lot of support from Irwan D. Mussry, president and CEO of Time International, who was sort of our sole investor. He was an executive producer who gave us the opportunity to go out and make the film. He put a lot of trust in us, and we were able to deliver. Then, we started to pre-sell the sequel. All the groups we'd already sold the original film to, we started to sell them the sequel before we were shooting it. After we got a certain number of pre-sales, we could say, “So if this is the budget for the film, this is how much is covered already by international sales.” Obviously it's not a guarantee, but it was a more comfortable way to say, “Okay, this is where the cash flow is going to come in from eventually once we have screened and delivered the film.” It reduces the risk element.

    How big were the cast and crew?

    We've always had a big crew. It grows as you take on more challenges. With the car chase, when you close down a four-lane road, it's not just yourself and the camera team. You've also got 100 extras with stunt cars to make it look like the street's built up and busy. The Raid: Redemption had on average 110 or 115 crew per day. On The Raid 2: Berandal, we had about 150 or 160 per day. On the first movie, we did a lot of tricks to pretend like we had more people in the film. You would hear these people screaming and shouting to get into the room, but we wouldn't show them. It was just us with microphones creating that sense of sound. On the sequel, we have a big-scale prison riot scene. We have about 120 to 130 people all fighting at one time. You start dealing with a lot more supporting cast.