This was a much better film, with a crew of 1, filmed on a Canon Rebel with a budget of $50 https://vimeo.com/32655795
I'd have to agree with you there.
As for Marmont Ave: Why pay for actors, when the script doesn't require much acting? They'd have been much better off hiring better looking people(or at least more interesting looking), for less money.
This feels like a group of Hollywood clowns decided to make a movie in one night(after a few bottles of wine).