Filmmaker Burns returns to his indie roots

Actor/filmmaker Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen, She’s the One,
No Looking Back
) says he decided to make his current movie
Sidewalks of New York as a low-budget independent feature after
watching Steven Spielberg come in well under budget with Saving
Private Ryan
by using hand-held cameras extensively.

In an interview
with San Francisco Examiner film critic Joe Leydon, Burns, who
worked as an actor in Ryan, said he thought to himself, “If I
went hand-held with available light, I could make my films for nothing.”

He explained: “The reason I wanted to make it that way is, on my last
film, No Looking Back, I had a tough time working with the studio
I worked with. They made me change the title I wanted. And I made some
compromises that I wish I hadn’t made. And when the film was done, it
came out and got bad reviews, and it bombed at the box office. … What
really sucks is, that movie is on a shelf now, and it’s got my name on
it — but I don’t feel much of a connection to it.”

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