When venturing into new areas of understanding, it is essential to seek out filmmaking advice from people who have real-world experience.
If you want to be successful as a filmmaker, you need to learn business. And I’m not just talking the movie business, but business in general. Depending where you go for money, you may have to pitch your movie idea to a soap manufacturer. Are you prepared to explain your movie business with general business terms like: cash flow, rate of return, asset, income and expense, revenue, profit and loss?
When I was in college, I took a sales job, selling spas at local carnivals to raise money for my first 16mm film.
Chris Ward is an independent filmmaker currently residing in Stamford, Connecticut, which is about 35 miles outside New York City. Chris spent many years producing documentaries for Network television. He also teaches filmmaking at Quinnipiac University and the Maine Media Workshops. Fog Warning, his second feature, was just picked up by Wonderphil Productions and he has agreed to share his experience with Jason Brubaker of Filmmaking Stuff…
Shoot your first feature in high definition, not DV and not Film. Why? DV looks like crap and film is way too expensive and in my opinion, too risky for a first feature with a limited budget.