Filmmaking Lesson 20 Film Festivals

FILM FESTIVALS Film festivals offer a great way to get your movie seen on the big screen in front of a living audience.  I mean, it’s enough to make you lose some sleep with excitement. I remember one of our earliest festivals. We were invited to some private party in a fancy hotel in Hollywood. […]

Filmmaking Lesson 19 Edit Your Movie

Editing your movie is the final rewrite of your film. This is the time when you add all sorts of amazing layers to your work and smooth out the rough edges and finally – complete the picture. EDIT YOUR  MOVIE When you reach this point in the filmmaking process, prepare to sit for hours in […]

Filmmaking Lesson 16 Local Publicity

As they say, when trying to promote a movie that folks have otherwise not heard of, all ink is potentially good ink. And in this regard, even if you’re producing your movie somewhere locally you need make sure you present your marketing message with consistency. I say this because, regardless of publication or geography, most […]

Filmmaking Lesson 15 Hollywood Publicity

Publicity is great. Especially when it’s free. And especially when the publicity is international. When we produced our first zombie movie, we had the great fortune of being profiled in a national entertainment magazine. In fact, once the magazine hit the stands, so many people flooded our website that our server went bonkers. HOLLYWOOD PUBLICITY […]

Filmmaking Lesson14 Schedule Your Movie

I’m here today to remind you that whenever you’re producing a movie, a whole lot can change between development and prep. Assuming you can get the the cash and an entire team of people to help you, it’s now time for the real work! So what does that mean? SCHEDULE When you have all the […]

Filmmaking Lesson 13 Get The Money Part 2

As I mentioned in previous lessons, the name of the game in your first feature is to cut the need for hard cash, while at the same time preserving or improving your production value… You want to make your  movie look more expensive than it is. I also mentioned how some filmmakers employ bartering or […]

Filmmaking Lesson 18 Production Part 2

Once you build momentum during production, assuming you meticulously planned everything, you’ll soon find that most everyone working on the movie will fall into a collective, collaborative groove. And it’s an awesome feeling! PRODUCTION, PART 2 Even when everything is going as planned, or sometimes better than planned, you still need to make sure you […]

Filmmaking Lesson 21 Distribution

SELF DISTRIBUTION By now, you probably have a website that promotes your movie. You can now rework your website into an e-commerce site by establishing an online distribution solution. Assuming you started with a strong hook, you’ll now be able to leverage your story to help accelerate buzz and make some sales. Selling your movie […]

Filmmaking Lesson 17 Production Part 1

Production is a result of months and months of planning. I’ll repeat this again. When making a movie, production is the result of months and months of planning. I emphasize the planning aspects of pre-production, because many filmmakers crash and burn during production because they didn’t have a solid plan. PRODUCTION, PART 1 But you’re […]