Rebel Seed’s Film Insights Podcast

I just found a great podcast for independent filmmakers: Rebel Seed.

Their Film Insights series features really amazing advice on marketing, fundraising, and distribution for indie films. It’s all very specific and very practical. I’m finding these podcasts extremely useful as we ramp up for production on Kim. Knowledge is power.

http://www.rebelseedfilms.com/rebelseedpodcast/



Filmmaking Resources Update

I haven’t updated the site for a while with any new resources for Independent Filmmakers. Here are some interesting sites and articles I’ve come across recently.

First off, here’s any amazing interview with Morrie Warshawski, author of Shaking the Money Tree: How to Get Grants and Donations for Film and Video, on raising money for the arts, with a focus on independent films. It’s a little dated on internet stuff, but solid on the timeless aspects of fundraising.

Interview with Morrie Warshawski

Here’s some great advice on how to find name actors for low budget films.

13 Ways to Cast A-list Actors in Mcrobudget Films

Next up, is Film Freeway, a site filmmakers can use to submit to film Festivals. Created as an alternative to Without a Box, Film Freeway is always free for filmmakers (no added fees added to the festival submissions fee) and it has HD online screeners, unlike Without A Box whose online screeners look terrible.

Film Freeway

I linked to this in an earlier post, but it’s worth repeating. It’s an article detailing how Tangerine, a hit at Sundance this year, was shot on the iPhone 5s. It’s essential that independent filmmakers start thinking creatively about how to save money and use their resources wisely.

How One of the Best Films at Sundance was Shot Using and iPhone 5s

Finally, here are some great tips from Mark and Jay Duplass for low budget filmmakers. I love their emphasis on the 250K film, both to retain control and to make sure your money is being used wisely.

This Is How You Do It: 10 Filmmaking Tips from Mark and Jay Duplass



Startup Film School Podcast

I’ve come across a wonderful new podcast series presented by Stacey Parks, whose website Independent Film Blog I mentioned in an earlier post.

It’s called Startup Film School, and it’s basically a primer on film financing, distribution, and marketing. These podcasts are simply amazing! All independent filmmakers should listen to them.

The podcasts teach through interviews with independent filmmakers, so you get to see actual success stories and learn what works in the real world. It covers everything from developing a business plan, to how filmmakers use The American Film Market, to how one filmmaker made a feature film for $500.

Stacey’s main focus is encouraging independent filmmakers to make movies that make money, so they can have sustained careers. One episode covers in depth the “5 Steps to Getting Your Script Market Ready.” Here’s she’s not talking about making the most commercial movie ever, but how to make your film attractive to people who might actually finance it. She covers these steps in an interview with filmmaker Brooks Elms so you can see how it works in an actual film in production.

5 Steps to Getting Your Script Market Ready

1. Do Your Research. Find out how similar films have done financially so you can have a realistic idea of what your film can do in the market place.

2. Develop a Budget and a Business Plan. How much will your film cost to make and how do you plan to make that money back (knowing, of course, that all filmmaking is a risky venture)?

3. Put a Team Together. If you approach investors as a writer/director working alone your project is not going to be that attractive. But if you put together a team with an experienced Producer, DP, Casting Director, etc. you’re going to make your project more attractive.

4. Put Together a Cast with some Marketable Talent.

5. Develop a Pitch, with Compelling, Professional Visuals.

The podcast goes into much more detail about all of these steps. Check it out, and the rest of Stacey’s podcasts, right now!

Startup Film School.



New Networking Sites for Filmmakers

There are two new networking sites for filmmakers, both geared toward matching up filmmakers looking for crew with talent looking for work.

Cast and Crew Call is a simple site where freelancers create profiles describing their skills (actor, cinematographer, editor, etc). Freelancers can post videos portfolios and specify whether they’re willing to work unpaid gigs or only paying ones. People looking for talent in their area contact them through the site.

Creative District is a more ambitious site, geared toward creating a community of filmmakers. Filmmakers create profiles and list projects they are working on and what positions they are trying to fill. Other members can apply for the jobs. You can also “follow” specific filmmakers. The site is new and has room for improvement (for example there is as of this writing no clear way to contact a member other than applying for a job they’re offering), but the site is updating with improvements fairly regularly. They are also currently offering monthly $5000 grants to worthwhile film projects.

They’re both new sites, and it remains to be seen whether they take off or whither away, but let’s hope they succeed as much-needed alternatives to Craigslist.

Cast and Crew Call

Creative District



My Interview with Filmmaker Ela Thier

I conducted an interview with independent director and producer Ela Thier on raising money for films. She’s posted the five-part interview on her blog, Healing from Capitalism.

Ela offers a lot of good advice to filmmakers on fundraising for small and micro budget films.

Here’s the first part. Check out the rest at her site.

On Raising Money for Films.

Ela is also a great teacher who’s inspired a lot of independent artists in New York City and around the country. She offers workshops on Producing, Directing, Acting and Screenwriting through her website The Independent Film School.



Digital Production Buzz

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I’ve just discovered a great podcast everyone involved in independent film should know about. It’s called Digital Production Buzz, and it’s a wonderful mix of interviews about the latest in filmmaking technology and interviews with independent and micro-budget filmmakers about the creative process.

It’s hosted by Larry Jordan and Mike Horton. Jordan and Horton are both well-known Final Cut Pro gurus, but the great thing about their podcast is that it doesn’t just focus on technology. A typical show may start with an interview with the head of a technology company about their latest post-production software, then go on to an interview with a playwright about the writing process, then a micro-budget director about how to work with actors. Larry Jordan especially asks really good questions and it’s always an informative and eclectic mix of topics.

Check it out: Digital Production Buzz



Resources for Indie Filmmakers

Since my last post was originally written a couple of years ago, I thought I’d update it with a couple of more great resources for Independent Filmmakers.

Both of these focus on distribution for independent films and are rich with ideas, information, and tips.

Jon Reiss, author of Thinking Outside the Box Office has a great blog and website:

http://jonreiss.com/

As does Stacey Parks:

http://independentfilmblog.com/

If you know of any others, let me know!