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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

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

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

The Keys to Kickstarting Your Indie Film: Preparation, Hustle, & Heart

When we first got started thinking about running a Kickstarter campaign for this movie back in October, it seemed like a relatively easy thing to take on. We would message everyone we knew, post on Facebook about it, tweet about it, and we would probably be able to hit our goal with that. Then we started doing research.

The Keys to Kickstarting Your Indie Film: Preparation, Hustle, & Heart

How to Pay Your Cast & Crew, Even If Your Budget Is Tiny

I’m a filmmaker from a small market (Pittsburgh originally, and now Austin) where micro-budget filmmaking is essential if you want to make movies at all. After a few years of producing short films and a web series for under $1,000, I finally was able to work on something where we could pay people. The difference was amazing!

How to Pay Your Cast & Crew, Even If Your Budget Is Tiny