Independent Film Budget

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Creating an independent film budget requires that you get very creative. Unlike studio productions, most independent filmmakers do not have unlimited resources. Instead, most indie filmmakers will quickly realize that their budget is out of their price range. If this is you, here are some tips for reducing your independent film budget. Looking at the initial budget, is there … [Read more...]

Future filmmaking BOOK Coming Soon!

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For those of you following filmmaking stuff, you know that I have been working on an awesome and comprehensive filmmaking book for quite some time. I am pleased to announce that the filmmaking book is almost complete. (Update - the book is complete and available here.) One of the biggest challenges I had was coming up with a title. Thankfully one of our Filmmaking Stuff … [Read more...]

Filmmakers Need To Get Debt Free

Learning how to manage money is one of the most important traits of an independent filmmaker. Because many filmmakers are focused on a big Hollywood payday, they have decided to live paycheck to paycheck, shackled by high debt. If you’re that person right now, you’re not alone. It wasn’t too long ago that I lived with no savings and thousands of dollars in debt. I had no … [Read more...]

Keven Smith talks Movie Distribution

I love Kevin Smith's attitude towards modern movie distribution. If you're like most independent filmmakers, what Kevin was able to accomplish from his days of Clerks has been amazing. Back then, he not only dreamed the Sundance Dream, but he realized the dream. The Sundance dream is the idea that you will make your movie, get into Sundance, sell your movie and live happily … [Read more...]

The New Model of Filmmaking

In his book, “Think Outside The Box Office,” Jon Reiss coined a new filmmaking job called Producer of Marketing and Distribution (PMD). This idea was born of the fact that modern independent moviemakers must now create their own marketing and forge their eventual distribution strategy from day one. Having had extensive experience in producing, marketing and selling my own … [Read more...]