Modern Moviemaking Manifesto

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I am going to share the Modern Moviemaking Manifesto with you. After this, you're going to know yourself a little better as a filmmaker. And to get the ball rolling, I have a question for you: What's the biggest filmmaking failure you must avoid? Ok, this is gonna sound obvious... But the answer is: Making a movie NOBODY CARES about! (Which is sort of the same as making … [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...]

Writer Director John Chu talks filmmaking

As a filmmaker, getting your movies produced sometimes seems impossible. And if you haven't yet made your first feature, it is often very easy to get caught up in all the reasons why it can't be done. My screenwriter friend Jurgen Wolff forwarded this great filmmaking video with John M Chu. In it, he shares some of the innovative approaches he took to filmmaking, including … [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...]

Streaming Movies is OK If…

The other week I went on a minor rant about filmmakers hellbent on streaming movies from their movie website. And after some very thoughtful feedback, the truth is (as much as I hate admitting this) I realized I may have made an error. In my article, I mentioned that most customers will feel more comfortable watching movies on established platforms, such as Hulu, iTunes, … [Read more...]