Friday, September 04, 2009

Micro Filmmaker, Sundance, & Other Stuff

September 4, 2009

Check this out, William Akers has a piece in the new issue of Micro Filmmaker Magazine called, Just 'Cause You Got Financing, Doesn’t Mean You’re Ready To Shoot!
( It’s a great read, check it out.

It has been interesting these last few months watching all sorts of “Corporate Indie” folks talking about the “New Model” of independent filmmaking, you know the one I have been living for years.

-make lower budget stuff
-make it personal and targeted to a VERY SPECIFIC audience
-create a fan base for the film and yourself
-use a mailing list to market and RAISE MONEY for your production
-use your web tools (website, Facebook, etc.) to increase sales/downloads
-guard your digital rights with your life
-the future is online

Anyway, I just saw that Sundance is adding a new section for low and no budget films at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. I have been writing about this for years. It is good that maybe someone up there is finally seeing the light. Or maybe they realize that they have become irrelevant and they need to go back to their roots. This could be an encouraging step.

You can check out the article in Indiewire (, but don’t change your plans anytime soon; we’ll see what they really mean by “low & no budget films”.

Don’t forget, my book, The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One: Making The Extreme No Budget Film is full of things to help you make your film. So why haven’t you bought it!

Go to my site, ( and buy it for a mere $16.95 + $3 S&H. You’ll feel better about yourself in the morning.

“Finally, a film resource that tells it like it is! As a film festival director, I watch hundreds (if not thousands) of films a year — some good, many flawed. I wish I could afford to send copies of "Survival Guide: Part 1" to every director I encounter, to help them identify and correct potential issues before they roll the camera.”

Jon Gann, Director, DC Shorts Film Festival

Thanks Jon. I will be at the DC Shorts Film Festival next week; I am doing two workshops on Friday September 11th. It is a great film festival. I hope to see you all there.

On to other stuff.

I am still booking the Fall Tour so if you want Moses and I to come to your college, university, media art center, high school, theater or even to your house for dinner this Fall send me a note,

Don’t forget to check out my tour sponsors, Show Biz Software, (, Pollard Design (, Zoom Creates (, and Cheezy Flicks ( ). If you haven’t checked out their sites and their services, you better.

And I’m welcoming a new Sponsor, Film Slug, ( but more about them later…

As always, feel free to link to my site and you can subscribe to my blog. So what are you waiting for?

Talk later.



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