Are you trying to build a career by making the kinds of films that are known to be successful? Or are you trying to push the envelope and create films that break the mold?
Lundon Boyd is a name you should watch. He is a demonstration of the importance of sticking with it and building a body of work. He has made three micro-budget films and has now gotten distribution for all three. He goes through the whole process in this interview and has some great lessons about maintaining momentum, targeting festivals.
I loved this interview with the founder of the Craft Film Fest in Barcelona, Vanessa Pérez de Somacarrera. She is determined, ambitious, playful and most of all a dreamer - all great qualities if you want to make microbudget films - or a microbudget film festival founder.
Almost every guru, every screenwriting book, every screenwriting teacher will tell you that you should "WRITE FOR THE MARKET" (in bold letters, yes). I want to suggest that this is terrible advice for a few very good reasons. Here's why. Tell me what you think in the comments.
I've watched a lot of microbudget feature films and I see the same common problem with them over and over. Well, two problems actually. Here I discuss what that is and how I think you can avoid it.
I get a lot of questions about marketing & distribution. It's no wonder: who wants to go to all the trouble of making a feature film and have it watched by 10 people.
I get a lot of email and Facebook messages every day from people from all over the world. It’s incredibly rewarding to feel that connection to so many filmmakers and see the possibility of building communities and movements.
No-budget films are usually made by people who aren't getting paid. But this is controversial to some who think that if you can afford to make a movie you can afford to pay your crew. Is this realistic? Is it unethical to not pay your crew?
For barely $3K (but using all his savings and selling his car to pay for it!) Samik made the unconventional and beautiful film D Major. Shot in Kolkata the film won Best Director at the Kolkata Film Festival. It is now set to get distribution on India's version of Netflix and has brought Samik to the attention of Bollywood producers. There's lots of great stuff in this interview worth checking out.
The crazily falling price of film technology and the advent of social media and the “gig economy” have all come together to make it possible for filmmakers without Hollywood connections to produce feature films. Filmmaking tools that used to cost literally millions of dollars can now be had for hundreds to a few thousands of dollars. Aspects of filmmaking can now be “internationalized”, bringing down costs further. Not surprisingly, there’s plenty of great features that have been made for next to no money. Some of them have gone on to great success.
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