How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part Four

The film festival circuit, while fun, is a rollercoaster ride unto itself. (And an expensive one). As I mentioned in my last post about post-production and budgeting…submitting to film festivals often presents a similar snafu. …Newcomers don't realize how expensive it is to submit to festivals… Don't write a script, make a movie, pull all…Read more How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part Four

How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part Three

You’ve got your film in the can!! Woohoooo!! There is no greater joy than wrapping your movie. It’s truly an on-top-of-the-world feeling. So what happens now?? Well, if you're just finding my blog, you should start here. If you've been with me the whole way, read on... There is still much work to be done!…Read more How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part Three

How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part Two

Waking up at 5:00am for the first day of shooting your independent film initiates a sort of gag reflex. Not in the disgusted way, but in the sh**-your-pants nervous way. The butterflies in my stomach felt more like rapid bats flapping their furious wings and bashing their heads into the walls. The walls of my…Read more How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part Two

How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part One

I was standing up in front of the audience for Q&A at the Gasparilla International Film Festival. 1426 Chelsea Street had just screened among four other short films. A viewer raised her hand and asked us filmmakers collectively, what was the biggest challenge we faced along the way? The microphone came to me. So I…Read more How I Make an Independent Film, Start to Finish: Part One