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...]

How To Sharpen Your Movie Hook (So You Get Noticed)

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Have you ever wondered why finding movie investors is challenging? Have you ever wondered why landing an awesome distribution deal is reserved for a just few movies per year? And have you ever wondered why some crowdfunding campaigns are a tremendous success while other campaigns die in quiet obscurity? The reason is simple. . . And I'm going to blunt. These movie … [Read more...]

Why I Hate The Words “Self Distribution” In A Video On Demand World

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If you've been reading filmmaking stuff for any length of time, you know how much I avoid the words "self-distribution." The reason I dislike the term is because it makes filmmakers lazy. It implies that somebody else is out there, ready and willing to distribute your movie. While this was the case many years ago, video on demand has changed everything. Here is a … [Read more...]

How To Brand Yourself As A Filmmaker

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How To Brand Yourself As A Filmmaker (Part 1) By filmmaker and graphic designer, Ela Gancarz Everyone’s talking about personal branding these days, but not everyone understands what it does and why it's important. As a filmmaker, you might be thinking to yourself, “do I really have to care about my brand?” In today's Internet focused world, personal branding is no longer … [Read more...]

Keven Smith talks Movie Distribution

I love Kevin Smith's attitude towards modern movie distribution. If you're like most independent filmmakers, what Kevin was able to accomplish from his days of Clerks has been amazing. Back then, he not only dreamed the Sundance Dream, but he realized the dream. The Sundance dream is the idea that you will make your movie, get into Sundance, sell your movie and live happily … [Read more...]