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Video Journal #1
I’ve been pursuing this new career direction for quite a while now. I have a little over 10,000 hours into this journey and I feel some of the challenges encountered are lessons to be passed along. As of today, I intend to post a “video journal” daily. After all, this is the business of visual storytelling. My goal is to share my experiences in producing independent films.
In a business where the competition is so high that some people would eat their own children, I find it odd that many indie filmmakers I encounter have other important interests. Most of these interests are in no way related to the struggle to get their project into production.
I read an essay by a young woman (@melissatsang) this morning. She was celebrating her 27th birthday and she was opining about the twenty-seven lessons she’s learned in her current time through the life cycle. One of those, #10, jumped out at me in relation to independent filmmakers…Work Hard. Work Very Hard. Work Really Freakin Hard.
My conclusion is this: if you need to play golf, go cycling, visit the Ozarks, support causes, etc. figure out a way to integrate some part of your filmmaking efforts into that interest. Invite a potential investor for a round on the links, do some research (FB, Insta,etc.) and see if the talent you’re seeking shares an interest with you, plan around a film festival at your vacation spot, make a documentary. Every time you find yourself doing something unrelated to your goal if making films, feel guilty.
Because there are guys and gals working Really Freakin Hard and they will succeed. Will you?
I’ve made an observation regarding many of my fellow independent #filmmakers living outside of LA. It seems there is a keen awareness that the business is predicated on relationships. However, the relationships I see being nurtured are those that do not facilitate the next step in the process – getting the funding and #financing to make one’s #film. The default is hanging out with other broke-ass filmmakers, perhaps getting some crumbs of insight from a panel of “experts” as to how they found their pathway to getting their film made. But mostly these events, whatever the may be, seem to me as group circle-jerks. Filmmakers commiserating how hard it is to find money.
Therefore, I offer up this suggestion, GO WHERE THE MONEY IS!
Hang out. Become a weekly regular. Bring business cards, your A-game and your pitch deck on your smart phone or tablet. Introduce yourself and talk about your project(s) to people with money, aka investors.
I am amazed at people who attend Mass or go to church…the house of God, in less than appropriate apparel. I feel if you’re going to give the Big Guy an hour of your time, at least you could dress up a bit. Would you go see any other important person in ripped jeans, t-shirt and flip-flops? Just sayin’.
Nice to see the uplifting story of our short film, In My Brother’s Shoes, get recognized. We are very pleased.