The first challenge that microbudget feature filmmakers face is how to come up with the best story for their feature film. This isn't as straightforward as you might think!
In the first two FAQs I dealt with questions that readers raised about how to participate in the Launchpad's bootcamp and win the $5000 competition and also why I was doing it in the first place. In this FAQ I responded to various questions: like can non-US residents participate, what genres would work, and whether participants can submit already completed scripts.
In the first FAQ, I explained the motivation behind the Launchpad program AND how it works. In this one I wanted to answer another question: why am I doing this?
This is the first in a series of three FAQ videos responding to the most common questions that people raised in the recent poll I did about the upcoming kick-off for the $5000 Microbudget Launchpad - a unique, 4-month bootcamp/competition that will award a $5000 production investment to the winning feature script.
Indiewire has published a post-Cannes article about the future of cinema in the age of Netflix & Amazon that is worth a read because this is something that will be important for microbudget feature filmmakers.
Over the last four months I've been working closely with a group of filmmakers in an intense microbudget screenwriting bootcamp and competition called The $2500 Microbudget Launchpad.
Recently I posted on my wall an article about the new distribution landscape as a result of Netflix and Amazon, which have been snapping up content at a remarkable rate. Of course, for microbudget filmmakers this seems like the best time to be making movies and getting people to watch it and getting some payment for their efforts.
I haven't posted in a couple weeks because I've been super-busy. We lost the composer on our feature film Fucking My Way Back Home that's in the final stretch. And I've been reading the scripts submitted as part of the Microbudget Film Lab Launchpad competition - the winner will get a $2500 production investment in their feature film.
A LOT of people contact me about film financing, wondering if I can hook them up with some money people, or provide them with a list of film investors. I figured it was time to have a discussion about investors and investment.
In the first three episodes in this series I talked about the kinds of paralysis that filmmakers faced - and some solutions to those forms of paralysis: specifically financial and organizational paralysis. In this webisode, I focus on creative paralysis. How do you get a great story? How do you turn it into a great script? What do you think?
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