The other night, I was at some party. I didn’t know a lot of people, but this is nothing new. Learning how to network in Hollywood, or anywhere really is one of the most important skills you can refine. Besides, meeting new people is fun. It leads to new ideas and new opportunties. But every […]
Filmmakers must establish a production company. And that means you should too! Taking time to establish a production company (the right way) will help you get taken more seriously. In fact, it is an essential part of your filmmaking career. And given all the changes taking place in our industry, you should probably take a […]
Since starting Filmmaking Stuff some years ago, the entire world of filmmaking has changed. As a result, I thought it would be good to provide you with a script to screen, filmmaking series. Over the next few days, you are going to receive an update of the popular, 21 Part Moviemaking Mini-course. (So make sure […]
Independent movie investors invest because they want a return on their money. Creating a business plan will provide your prospective investor with a road map on how his or her money will be spent and hopefully recouped. In the old filmmaking model this wasn’t easy. Because distribution was once discriminatory, many first time independent feature filmmakers had to hold their breath in hopes their movies would get into a film festival, buil buzz, and (hopefully) garner a great distribution deal, complete with a cash advance. But that is an outdated model.
I remember reading screenplays from working, established writers that just seemed underdeveloped. Add the enormous amount of material that came from friends of friends and other producers and I was able to see first-hand how much garbage is floating around out there.
If you want to get started making movies, my suggestion is to get started. So many people in Hollywood bounce around for years pretending to do work, when all they are really doing is pretending. Many of these people call themselves producers, yet they have no screen credits and have frankly failed to do anything…
To avoid having any one element of foreshadowing be too obvious, often the writer will throw in some red herrings–some things that could be foreshadowing but in fact don’t pay off or pay off in a different way than we expect. The person who has the gun in the drawer may become an immediate suspect in our minds, but later maybe we see him use it to light his cigarette and we realize it’s not a real gun (of course he may have a real one somewhere else….). That kind of misdirection keeps the audience guessing.
When it comes to marketing your movie, you need to become proficient at driving traffic to your movie website. While old school filmmakers could rely on various video stores and retail outlets to sell their movies, these days the popular marketplaces are Amazon and iTunes. Both of these markets are web based. And both are accessible…
For those of you planning to crank out some movies, I recommend you start small. Find a few collaborators and assign jobs based on interest. Then grab a camera and complete some micro projects such as music videos, short films and funny sketches for YouTube.