How I Found a Story Worth Telling, Then Crowdfunded 11K to Make It
There are two super frustrating parts of getting started with telling your own stories. The first is constantly feeling like you have no fresh ideas. And the second is when people tell you to work on "developing your own unique voice."
Ironically, both of these challenges combine into one magnificent feedback loop of bullshit.
The Long, Winding Road to Making Films You’re Truly Proud Of
When I first moved to Los Angeles, my goal was to make a feature film within one year of moving. It’s now been 9 years and I’ve only just released my first short film, “The Long Goodbye” which by my original standards is depressingly off the mark.
One Year Later: What We Learned Distributing Our Micro-Budget Feature
In 2019—when filmmaking has long since been revolutionized by digital technology, when movies shot on smartphones open at Sundance, when there are festivals dedicated to vertical filmmaking, and when so many people are making features that the ‘mystique’ of it has long since dissipated—the one area that still seems to hide behind a shroud of secrecy is distribution.
Becoming a "High Agency" Filmmaker
There’s a psychological trait that will determine whether or not you “make it” as an entrepreneurial filmmaker. In the coming years, those who have this trait will thrive, while those who don’t will find fewer and fewer opportunities. And the best part is, you get to choose whether you develop it.
Why Indie Film Producers Must Find Their Niche & Brand Themselves
When producers start their careers and jump from horror to drama to doc back to narrative, they learn a hell of a lot, but they’re not developing a solid career path for themselves. They’re not giving themselves that opportunity to become known for something in the way directors do.
Beating Burnout: How a Commercial Director Reclaimed His Passion for Filmmaking
On the outside, Jonathan Bregel was at the top of the industry, directing commercials for some of the biggest brands on the planet. But on the inside, burnout and depression were taking their toll. This is his story getting back up after being knocked down, and learning to love the art of film again.