Tommy Stovall is an independent filmmaker who has produced two feature films and is gaining notoriety in the indie film scene. His current project Sedona has just entered the marketplace to growing fanfare and buzz. But aside from getting his movie made, what makes Tommy’s story interesting is why he passed on a distribution offer [...]
At speaking events, people always ask me questions about DIY or Self-Distribution – usually wondering if these methods are better than handing over all rights for some middle-man to get them into the many VOD outlets. My response is always the same…
So I was out at another filmmaking event, this time focused on Horror Filmmakers – an arena I’m interested in because I totally enjoy making zombie movies. And in my conversations, I can’t tell you how many other filmmakers still talk about DIY and Self Distribution as if it’s a new concept or a last resort.
There was a time when filmmakers needed to ask permission to make movies. There was a time when filmmakers had to find some sort of gatekeeper with access to distribution and, subsequently, an audience. But things have changed.