Interview With “Small Is Beautiful” Director

Interview With “Small is Beautiful” DirectorFeature_download_small_is_beautiful

“Small Is Beautiful” is a masterfully filmed, scored and edited documentary that plunges deeply into not just the practicalities of tiny house living and building, but also into the emotional processes and nuances that come with the transition to tiny. There is a stillness and sensitivity to this film that invites inner contemplation and reflection and as such, it is a MUST watch for anyone considering building their own tiny house or moving into one. “Small Is Beautiful” is a daringly honest and bold documentary that all of humanity can benefit from.

Small Is Beautiful Standing Ovation At Tiny House Conference

Small Is Beautiful Standing Ovation At Tiny House Conference

The launch date for the tiny house documentary “Small Is Beautiful” is here and now. We are sharing this news with you because we believe so strongly that this movie matters. In the grand scheme of tiny house living and the downsizing process, this movie will have an impact on those that watch it. We recently were able to meet the director Jeremy Beasley at the Tiny House Conference in Portland where there was a screening of the movie for all attendees.  After the viewing there was a standing ovation from the 400 viewers and the Q&A session with Jeremy, Dee Williams and a couple of the documentary stars was so engaging and entertaining that it was the highlight of the Conference for us. To watch the preview click HERE. Below is a little interview we did with Jeremy. Enjoy!

What inspired you to create Small Is Beautiful?

The idea of having a 30 year mortgage is not something I’m comfortable with once I realised I’d probably never be able to buy a house in Melbourne (where I live) I started researching alternative ways to live. How could I live with less material possessions, in a smaller space and I thought what better way to learn about it than to interview the people in the process or already doing it.

Did you have previous movie making experience?

I’d been a professional photographer for 6 years, having shot a whole series of short films as well. This was by far the biggest project I’ve ever undertaken though.

What message do you hope that this film will share with its viewers?

I hope people discover that living tiny and the tiny house movement is about so much more than just the house.

On set with Dee Williams, Jeremy Beasley behind the camera

On set with Dee Williams, Jeremy Beasley behind the camera

What was the funniest experience you guys had filming Small Is Beautiful?

When interviewing Sean and Jenna, I was sitting in the bathroom, basically on the toilet to be able to operate the camera for the interview. This was the moment I realized compositing toilets are actually odor free!

How long did it take to film Small is Beautiful? And how long to edit?

Filming was on an off for about 7 months total. Spread out over about a year. The edit process for 8 weeks straight, of 12-15 hour long days, 6 days a week. It was a brutal process, but such an amazing experience to be able to power through it.

How is the movie being received?

Really well so far, we’ve only had a premiere in Melbourne (my home town) but we sold out 4 out of 6 screenings in four days and have had so much great feed back. It’s really heart warming to see so much support for the tiny house movement and the film.

How can a person watch it?

It is available to watch now! Click on this link for more information: We’re also screening in a selected number of theaters around the country and people can request to bring the screening to them.


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5 Responses to Interview With “Small Is Beautiful” Director

  1. Joe April 30, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    Did this interview take place in an elevator?

  2. tinyportland May 1, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    Thank you for sharing! I just watched this movie last night (had it pre-ordered), and will be at the premier this coming Thursday as well. I was impressed with the entire production and the raw interviews in the film.

  3. Peter May 1, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    I purchased the movie and watched it. Pluses and Minuses.

    I wish folks in the tiny house media movement would refrain from constantly hightlighting TIny Homes as ‘the’ alternative to 30 year mortgages. The possibilities that lay between 120 sq ft tiny homes and larger homes with 30 year mortgages are many. You have to be creative.

    Initially, I found myself getting frustrated with some of the builders as they struggled to make any significant headway on their builds *(alarm went off at 7:45?) and that the film focused so much on the personal struggles of each of them. I’m a techy guy and I’ve built cabins with a few friends in 4 days (elec, water and sewer), a large shed in 3 with just my kid brother, etc… But of course they were smaller in scope than a home.

    Little by little, I sensed that the film accurately reflected the reality of most tiny house projects (personal doubt, skill shortage, personal conflict, winter, rain, discouragement, etc…) and gave potential builders an honest look. I think it resisted the urge to romanticize the entire movement, gave voice to the struggle involved in building and avoided being overtly sanctimonious. Unfortunately, it avoided what it’s actually like to live in such a small space, on a day to day basis (other than the comment at the end where the couple wish they would have built his / her models with a bridge in between.. would have liked that day to day to have been explored a bit). That would have been beautiful.

    It had good entertainment value. I honestly appreciated the balance that Tiny living brought Karin. Of course, seeing Ben’s trundle bed take shape and the bonding time with his step-dad Tom alone was worth the $5.99. It’s a thumbs up from me.

  4. Juliette Crum January 21, 2016 at 12:42 pm #

    where to purchase the movie and where to send a m/o too.

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