No-Budget Filmmaking: Rise of The Backyard Indie

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Like it or lump it, there are a lot of backyard indies being made each year. Thanks to inexpensive production technology, no-budget filmmaking is not only possible, but has become the norm for many first time feature filmmakers, web series producers, YouTube artists and short filmmakers. These days any filmmaker with passion and a story can make a movie. And unlike years … [Read more...]

The 5 Immutable Laws of Successful Filmmaking

Successful Filmmaking

As an independent filmmaker, the prospect of putting together a project and creating something awesome out of an idea really gets us going. Serious indie filmmakers stop at noting until the movie is actually in the can - or these days - in your hard drive. Still if you've been working to make movies for any length of time, you know there are days when you hit obstacles, … [Read more...]

Sell A Movie To Netflix

Sell a Movie To NetFlix

The world of indie filmmaking is abuzz with folks wanting to sell a movie to Netflix. And this is for good reason. With over 30 million subscribers, getting your movie into the platform would represent exposure. As a result, many filmmakers have been leaving messages at my office like this: I want to sell a movie to Netflix! I just want you to know that I don't care about … [Read more...]

Expect The Best Outcome For Your Movie

Expect The Best Outcome For Your Movie

If you do not expect the best outcome for your movie, you should quit filmmaking. But even with all the optimism in the world, crappy stuff happens. I suggest you create a Plan A, Plan B and Plan C. As an indie filmmaker, a lot of factors can negatively impact your shooting schedule. Rainstorms, unavailable cast and crew, traffic and the occasional meltdown of your crazy … [Read more...]

Changes In The Movie Industry

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Yesterday I had breakfast with a studio executive from one of the Majors here in Los Angeles. Much of what we talked about revolved around changes in the movie industry and how many of the studio folks are slow to implement new ideas. With an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 independent movies flooding the market each year, the movie industry is experiencing what happens to any … [Read more...]