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...]

The Secret Society Of Modern Indie Filmmakers

Earlier this week, Sheri Candler was spreading word of mouth about a test screening of Gary King's indie film musical:  How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song. So I did something I haven't done for awhile - I got out from behind my computer screen to meet and mingle with some new filmmakers face-to-face. As the lights dimmed and Gary's movie flickered across the screen, I … [Read more...]

Independent Film Distributor Report Card

If you're an independent filmmaker focused on finding a great distribution deal, you know it's a tricky world. As a result of VOD as well as declining retail options, many traditional DVD distributors are offering some really bad deals. This week's guest post comes from  Sheri Candler. Sheri is an inbound marketing strategist who helps independent filmmakers build … [Read more...]