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.
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.
In the first video in this 4-part series I talked about the three types of paralysis that afflict filmmakers - financial paralysis, organizational paralysis and creative paralysis. Now I want to start to suggest some solutions to these three things that can help you get on the road to making a microbudget feature film and even launching your filmmaking career.
Have you spent years sitting on a great story, waiting and hoping that it will get made? You're not alone. I know lots of filmmaker and get emails from many more that have "filmmaker paralysis" - the inability to move forward with their feature film project. As part of a four-part series of vlog posts I discuss here the causes of filmmaker paralysis.
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.
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.
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