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?
This is the third video in my series on filmmaker paralysis. If you've found yourself stuck stressing about how to organize your shoot, feeling overwhelmed by all the details, this one is for you. I know I was like a deer in the headlights the first time we decided to make a no-budget feature film. But in the end, we had a really tight shoot and got our award-winning film in the can in 12 days. This is some of the ways that we went about overcoming organizational paralysis.
What do you think?
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.
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.
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