Report: Director recreates early 20th century New Orleans on a shoestring budget _lowres

Screenshot from Dinner with the Alchemist press kit

Ever wondered what New Orleans looked like over 100 years ago?

Director Kevin Good was tasked with bringing the Crescent City to life in the early 20th century for his film "Dinner with the Alchemist." But what was so incredible is how he did it — and for how much he did it for.

According to Indiewire, Good had a budget of $40,000 to make the movie, a fraction of what typical Hollywood films are produced for.

Good found old pictures of New Orleans in the Library of Congress from 1903-1906 and enhanced them into color and added moving pieces through photo editing software. Then, he'd superimposed them on a green screen behind his actors for the screen, literally placing them into the early 1900s. What it created was a truly lush setting that cost little more than elbow grease.

"Alchemist" is based on true events revolving around a string of murders and young prostitutes. It premiered June 3rd at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. That screening was part of the Dances with Films Festival but Good is optimistic additional screenings will be held in the near future.

View the trailer below: