11/20/2012 08:49 am ET Updated Jan 20, 2013

The Indie Film With A 43-Author Cameo -- Vulture

"Normally, we have radios and shit to do this with, but we're going bare bones today," shouts Michael Maren, author and first-time director, during the very last day of filming his debut feature, A Short History of Decay. A volunteer cast eagerly follows his direction, which consists mainly of the orders "Look up," "Look down," and "Get back to work!" "Work" happens to be their day job, the distinctly unfilmable act of writing.