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 stuff you need, you're no longer operating from theory and planning... … [Read more...]

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 trading to get the necessary resources. Now, does cutting your budget … [Read more...]

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 pay attention to the … [Read more...]

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 online is actually easier than ever. And … [Read more...]

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 different. To make sure your … [Read more...]