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CASE STUDY EXIT PLAN RICHARD OAKES HOW TO CREATE AN INDIE SCIENCE FICTION FILM FOR LESS THAN $3,000 The director behind new indie short “Exit Plan” reveals just what it took to write, crowd fund, shoot and grade his very own proof of concept for a science ﬁction feature with DaVinci Resolve, a Pocket Cinema Camera, and only four crew members on set. For founder of Dark Fable Media, Richard Oakes, ﬁlmmaking has been a passion since early childhood. “Even at young age I loved the idea of making ﬁlms, I used to ride my bike around in circles, thinking up ﬁlm ideas until it got dark,” he recalls. “I watched every single making of I could get my hands on.” Investing in a professional camera and visual effects software, as he grew older, Oakes began teaching himself ﬁlmmaking. Years later, after having completed a degree in con-temporary music production, he quit his day job to start Dark Fable Media, a music video production company, whose clients Universal Records, EMI and Gibson. Despite all the Dark Fable Media’s success, however, Oakes still ultimately dreamed of realizing his childhood ambition: producing a full length feature. 66 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 108 DECEMBER 2015