The 5 Immutable Laws of Successful Filmmaking

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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...]

Aspiring screenwriter: Go Hollywood or go indie?

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Aspiring screenwriter: Go Hollywood or go indie? By, Screenwriter Jurgen Wolff Because I’ve written a few books about screenwriting I sometimes get questions from people just starting out on their careers. One query that has started coming up more often recently is whether it’s better to chase the Hollywood dream or get involved with indie films, including ones made for the … [Read more...]

Three Steps For Netflix Distribution

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UPDATE: You may want to read this article about Netflix Distribution Many indie filmmakers are interested in finding out how to distribute their titles on Netflix. So I figured it wouldn't hurt to provide some details and save you headaches. Step 1 - Verify The Netflix Database Netflix has a proprietary, systematic approach for scouting and selecting titles for their … [Read more...]

DVD Distribution Is Dead

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Do you remember retail DVD distribution? Do you remember walking into a video store and renting a video? Those days are gone. The demise of retail DVD distribution means that you can no longer depend on some video rental chain to buy 5,000 copies of your DVD. The advent of the internet and the rise of internet movie distribution means that your movie is no longer a physical … [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...]