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.
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?
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