Should You Go To Film School?

If you're just starting out as a filmmaker, deciding if you should attend a traditional film school is something you need to decide. And it's a costly decision - some of my friends here in Los Angeles are over fifty-thousand dollars in debt. While most of my friends value having a college education, all agree that having a  film school degree will not guarantee success in … [Read more...]

Movie Marketing: Are Film Festivals Losing Relevance?

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Filmmakers often utilize film festivals as a way to get their work seen and hopefully sold. And while acceptance to top-tier festivals is super exciting - the reality is, many filmmakers do not get in. As a result, many of these semi-dejected filmmakers take a shotgun approach to their festival strategy. They start applying for most every regional and local film festival, … [Read more...]

Indie PMD With Jon Reiss and Sheri Candler

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Jon Reiss and Sheri Candler stopped by Filmmaking Stuff a few months back to discuss the  new role of the indie PMD. For those of you who aren't aware of the term - PMD stands for producer of marketing and distribution. It's a phrase Jon Reiss coined in his filmmaking book called Think Outside the Box Office. The feedback was so awesome, that I decided to have the interview … [Read more...]

Filmmaking Success Tips For Sourcing An Audience

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Because of an eroding DVD market, the modern moviemaking model dictates that you (as a filmmaker) must treat your independent movie business just like any other small business. YOU have a product (your movie) and YOU must sell your product. In order to sell your product, you must find a customer and convince them that your movie is worth more than their money. Obvious … [Read more...]

Make Your Movie Now

As a filmmaker, I think the idea of producing your own work is good. I don't really believe in asking anyone for permission to make my movies - including traditional industry executives or other producers. I see this in Hollywood all the time. People have an idea for a movie, but instead of trying to create their own movie business, they spend days, weeks, months, and … [Read more...]