Filmmaker Stories

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

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

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

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

The Best Guest Articles Published on Filmmaker's Process in 2016

As we come up on the one year mark since Filmmaker's Process officially launched, I wanted to look back on the year and pull out some of my favorite guest submissions that have appeared on the site so far. There are some seriously great ones.

The Best Guest Articles Published on Filmmaker's Process in 2016

The Anxiety of Funding a Kickstarter With a Small Audience

At the time of writing this, I am one week into a two-week campaign, and the past seven days have been an emotional rollercoaster the likes of which I’ve never previously experienced. There have been major highs and lows.

The Anxiety of Funding a Kickstarter With a Small Audience

Translating the Experience of Asperger's Syndrome into a Short Film

Asperger’s syndrome is something that I was diagnosed with at a very young age. It’s basically a mild autism where you may struggle with social interaction, social communication and have issues with the 5 senses (sound, taste, touch, sight and smell). You may also see the world differently from the way others view it.

Translating the Experience of Asperger's Syndrome into a Short Film