THE PARK BENCH, a one-location shoot from writer/director Ann LeSchander

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the-park-benchFirst time writer/director Anne LeSchander shot her feature film in seven days for $25,000. If you know anything about making movies, this is a feat in and of itself. The film takes place entirely at one location — except for a few flashbacks and some animated sequences — and it proves to be a captivating, intense look at the relationship between two strangers.

The Park Bench is about an English tutor who must help an unlikely student pass his very complex American Lit class. “What kind of location can they be in where they are sort of forced to meet?” LeShander says she asked herself when trying to come up with a romantic tale about two people in one place.

She says she chose the subject of tutoring and English Lit because, “there are so many things to talk about and you just can’t help but reveal yourself.”

Her creative challenge when filming? How to make one location exciting and different in almost every scene. Through the use of cinematography, wardrob changes, set dressings and good writing, she managed to pull it off. ScreenwritingU sat down with the writer/director to find out how she made her first feature on a shoe string budget.

The Park Bench releases in theaters August 21 and stars Walter Perez and Nicole Hayden.

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Jenna Milly is Editor-in-chief of ScreenwritingU Magazine, an inside source for the latest scoop from the screenwriter's POV on upcoming movies. She interviews some of the top writers in Hollywood for such movies as The Revenant, The MartianMission: Impossible and many others. She co-created the TBS microseries Gillian in Georgia. She earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia and a M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. She has written for CNN.com, The Los Angeles Times, Script Magazine, TwelvePoint, and a variety of magazines. You can follow her on Twitter: @jennamilly

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