What Filmmakers Can Do If They Have No Money I refuse to accept that all we need is money to solve our problems and I have come up with a way to work “the money problem”. As an indie film coach, I generally focus on the business side of filmmaking, but when one over-emphasizes this…

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Filmtrepreneur Breakdown: Before the Dark The journey of our feature film “Before The Dark” begins with a phone call from my good friend Benny Oliveri, Benny and I met at Film School and had stayed in touch ever since. A few years after Film School we both found ourselves living in sunny Los Angeles, my…

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Top 5 Tips to Ninja Market Your Indie Film on Facebook 1. Condense Your Branding The term “branding” is overused but it’s not a pointless concept. Unless you have a specific reason to keep things separated, don’t create a brand new page for every film, every short, etc. Decide where you want a lot of…

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How to Shoot a Micro-Budget Feature Film Like Ed Burns All my life I wanted to make movies. I studied films after school since I was twelve. I would go down the line of actors and directors filmography. I went to film school to learn the basics of filmmaking. Last year with a lot of…

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Filmtrepreneur Breakdown: Threesomething I had the impulse to make a feature-length indie film, Threesomething, after doing a bunch of shorts, but I had no idea what to do or where to start. Here’s my journey… Zoe, Charlie, and Isaac spend a night flirting with the idea of a threesome… until it finally happens and all hell…

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Filmtrepreneur Breakdown: Blood Sand and Gold Every once in a while I come across a filmmaker who is just a bit crazier than I am. This is true for writer/director Gaelan Connell who’s film Blood Sand and Gold is a true indie film miracle. This mad man decided to raise $250,000 (much of which was out of pocket)…

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Filmtrepreneur Breakdown: Killer Christmas Making a film is difficult, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. We are two amateur filmmaking brothers from New Jersey who made an 80-plus minute feature film from scratch in well under a year. It’s called Killer Christmas and is the story of a group of friends who sneak into…

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Darren Aronofsky’s Micro-Budget Short Film: No Time Aronofsky’s fourth short from this era– 1994’s NO TIME — appears to have been made after his graduation from AFI, and adopts the brazen Generation X attitude that marked pop culture in the 90’s.  At first glance, the film appears to be a slacker riff on improv comedy…

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How Remakes and Reboots will Destroy the Hollywood Studios Show of hands: Who asked for Men in Black: International? Anyone? Bueller… Bueller? Show of hands: Who wanted to see The Lone Ranger? Bueller? Bueller? Charlie’s Angels? Anybody? Anybody? Solo: A Star Wars Story? Ghostbusters 3? Come on, people… really? The dizzying number of remakes, reboots,…

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What to Do When a Distributor Goes Bankrupt Read this if you: have been using Distribber need to know what to do if your distributor collapses want to reduce the chance this will happen to you DISTRIBBER OVERVIEW When Distribber was launched in 2007, it provided a new way for filmmakers to get their films…

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Filmtrepreneur Breakdown: Do Something Jake – $0 Budget It’s not for every first time feature filmmaker: the stress, the financial worry, the self-doubt, the cojones to go ahead and announce to the world you’re gonna make a movie and it’s gonna be great! But that’s what we did. Middle-aged, no feature filmmaking track record, no…

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