How To Break Down and Schedule Your No-Budget Movie

Schedule Your Movie

Thanks to enhancements in production technology, you no longer need a gazillion dollars to make a feature. But you will need to learn how to replace money with ginormous creatively. Once your screenplay is complete, the next step in the filmmaking process is your initial breakdown and schedule. Breaking down the script means you go through your screenplay, number each scene … [Read more...]

How To Make Your Movie Rise Above The Noise

Rise Above The Garbage

Working in film distribution, I can tell you that everything is changing. Production is getting cheaper and easy access to the marketplace is the norm. This is an exciting time to be a filmmaker. Paradoxically, because more and more movies are getting made each year, this is also one of the most challenging times for making money as a filmmaker. We are experiencing a market … [Read more...]

Script Breakdown and Film Scheduling

script breakdown

Script breakdown and film scheduling is essential for any serious filmmaker. Let me share the following, fictional yet typical filmmaking email. (I get these types of questions every couple weeks.) Hi Jason - I wrote this really awesome movie about space travel, time travel, the end of the world and I'm really looking to get it produced. The problem is, I don't know … [Read more...]

Secrets of Successful Indie Filmmakers: Don’t Give Up

indie filmmakers

One thing that's true for all indie filmmakers is this: Sometimes life sucks. Movie deals fall apart. Investors bail out. People don't come through and they let you down. And sometimes what you thought was a sure-thing becomes a no-thing... While nobody wants to experience pain and heartache, it is equally important to know that these challenges are part of the journey. … [Read more...]

5 Unsurprising Reasons Friends Are a Horrible Movie Crew

drunk movie crew

Let me guess, you have the perfect movie idea. You even have your "final" version of your script.  You even have funding! Now it's time to get some buddies together, form a movie crew and shoot your movie, right? Not so much. Don't get me wrong, shooting something for fun with friends is great! Let me say it again. Shooting something, for FUN, with friends is … [Read more...]