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.
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.
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!