In a recent poll that I took amongst subscribers, I found that the biggest obstacle that filmmakers felt they faced was "raising the cash". Last on the list was writing a great script. Here I argue that this is upside down thinking. Click on the image to check out the video.
Scott Hansen shares the story of how they made The Possession Experiment for $35K and have gone on to sell it internationally to major distributors in 25 territories. This interview is rich with details and information, invaluable for any microbudget filmmaker.
The Viral Demon is a found footage horror of a new type that breaks the fourth wall and has characters directly address the audience. It is also a microbudget feature and will be screening this Friday, November 11 at the NYC Horror Film Fest. You can get more details here: http://nychorrorfest.com/movies/the-viral-demon/
Thanksgiving is coming up and then it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. And you know what that means: New Years Resolutions! Maybe you’ve wanted to quit smoking or go to a gym or learn to dance salsa. How about an even better New Years Resolution? 2017 will be the year that you finally become a feature filmmaker!
James Merendino has been making underground indie classics since the 80s, including microbudgets. He's most known for SLC Punk! and his recent follow-up nearly 20 years later but has made 13 films, largely outside the Hollywood machine. Here he talks about how he got films made and his philosophy on filmmaking for ultra indie filmmakers.
There's a lot of ways to cut corners on your no budget feature film to get it in the can and out the door. We're big fans of making your film whatever way you can, by hook or by crook. But this is one corner you should seriously consider NOT cutting.
Technological innovation has made filmmaking affordable to millions. But to get truly innovative, microbudget films out there into the world and build audiences, we need something more: we need a movement.
HERE I PROVIDE AN EXCERPT FROM OUR BOOK: MASTER THE NANO ON WRITING GOOD SCRIPT FOR YOUR NO-BUDGET FILM:
Three-act structure gets a bad rep. Blame Hollywood. They have perfected the three-act machine to drain the life and edges out of scripts – catalyst happens at 12 minutes, first act change at 22 minutes, B story introduced at 30 minutes, etc. But this is in part because the three-act structure is such a powerful and simple machine for storytelling. That is, simple to say or analyze – not so simple to do well.
Everybody makes mistakes. Some of us make a lot of them. It’s no different when you start making feature films. Every feature film process – script development, pre-production, production, post, festival strategy, distribution – has A LOT of moving parts. You can and probably will screw up multiple times on any given day. The hope is that your screw-ups won’t be fatal to your project. And most of them aren’t but they can certainly set you back in terms of time, money and heartache.
If you’ve ever shot a feature film in 10-15 days you know that it’s a manic, stressful experience. You’re shooting 8, 10, 12 pages a day to try and get your story in the can. It’s like climbing Mount Everest: it can be done, others have done it, but dozens die every year halfway up the mountain.
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