No-Budget Filmmaking: Rise of The Backyard Indie

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Like it or lump it, there are a lot of backyard indies being made each year. Thanks to inexpensive production technology, no-budget filmmaking is not only possible, but has become the norm for many first time feature filmmakers, web series producers, YouTube artists and short filmmakers. These days any filmmaker with passion and a story can make a movie. And unlike years … [Read more...]

Rae Dawn Chong and The Celebrant

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Rae Dawn Chong is an actor, writer and producer. As the eldest daughter of comedian Tommy Chong, she started acting at age 12 appearing in Disney’s “Whiz Kids of Riverton.” Years later she is still making movies appearing in the Duplass brothers film “Jeff who lives at home” which also starred Susan Sarandon and Jason Segal. She is currently awaiting an edit on a teaser for … [Read more...]

Screenwriting MAD Event

If you're currently working on your next movie script, this might be of interest to you. My screenwriting friend Jurgen Wolff is hosting another MAD (Massive Action Day) on April 9. It's all online and it's free. According to Jurgen, here's how it works: You commit to working on some writing (or other) project that is important to you for up to 8 hours, with short breaks … [Read more...]

Refine Your Trailer

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Think back to a time in filmmaking history when your greatest challenge was actually making a movie. At least the idea seemed easier. For those of you new to independent movie making, let's review. In the past, many first time feature filmmakers were driven by something I call "The Sundance Model." This is the idea where filmmakers went out, acquired or wrote a … [Read more...]

Movie Sales Funnel | Sell Your Movie PT 4

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Filmmaking is changing. Like it or not, if you want to make a living making movies, you need to learn about the business side of independent movie making. And if this is your first time on filmmaking stuff, you are reading step 4 of a 7 part series on How To Sell Your Movie On iTunes, Amazon and Netflix For Maximum Profit. So picking up where we left off, once you have … [Read more...]