Film Festivals Are A Brutal Game. Should You Play?

I poured my heart and soul into creating The Long Goodbye—along with $30,000 and 3 years of my life—and I’ve been rejected from every single festival to date. But this film has been anything but a failure.

Film Festivals Are A Brutal Game. Should You Play?
BusinessRob Hardy

The Best Aggregators for Indie Filmmakers in 2019

What are the best aggregators for indie filmmakers? How can you make money once your films are on major VOD platforms? And how can you maximize that revenue for years to come?

BusinessRob Hardy
The Best Aggregators for Indie Filmmakers in 2019

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.

How I Found a Story Worth Telling, Then Crowdfunded 11K to Make It

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. 

The Long, Winding Road to Making Films You’re Truly Proud Of

The Case for Self-Distributing Your Micro-Budget Feature

For many nascent filmmakers, a micro-budget feature is the first step towards forging a career as a feature film director.

The Case for Self-Distributing Your Micro-Budget Feature

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.

One Year Later: What We Learned Distributing Our Micro-Budget Feature

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.

Becoming a "High Agency" Filmmaker

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.

Why Indie Film Producers Must Find Their Niche & Brand Themselves

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.

Beating Burnout: How a Commercial Director Reclaimed His Passion for Filmmaking

The 6 Best Music Licensing Platforms of 2019

Music is responsible for much of what an audience feels when they watch a film. So if you’re truly serious about storytelling and moving your audience emotionally, the last thing you want is generic, boring stock music. 

The 6 Best Music Licensing Platforms of 2019

How to Build a Profitable Audience for Your Films

An audience puts you in charge of your own future. Instead of hoping and praying for industry gatekeepers to put you on the map, once you go through this process, you’ll be calling your own shots.

How to Build a Profitable Audience for Your Films

How We Shot a Feature Film in One Night

Not only did we shoot a feature in a single night. And not only was it entirely improvised (no script, no shot list, no regrets), but we decided to do it on the craziest and most chaotic night of the year... New Year’s Eve.

How We Shot a Feature Film in One Night
MindsetRob Hardy

Filmmaking Isn't Always Fun or Easy, But It's Always Worth It

Turns out, one of the pieces of advice I’ve been sharing with filmmakers isn’t really that accurate. So let’s set the record straight.

MindsetRob Hardy
Filmmaking Isn't Always Fun or Easy, But It's Always Worth It