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The role of Muse. #4

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A filmmaker astride between two worlds and ill-at-ease in both. #1

 Video Journal #1

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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.

 

 

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This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco. This ain’t no fooling around.

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.

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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.

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Because there are guys and gals working Really Freakin Hard and they will succeed. Will you?

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Brutha can you spare some development capital?

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. bread lineBut mostly these events, whatever the may be, seem to me as group circle-jerks. Filmmakers commiserating how hard it is to find money. aggie-jerk1

Therefore,  I offer up this suggestion, GO WHERE THE MONEY IS!

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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.

 

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Ya Look Like a Bum!

beautiful-1866484_960_720I 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’.

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Moving forward

Nice to see the uplifting story of our short film, In My Brother’s Shoes, get recognized. We are very pleased.MirableDictuFestivalWinsmall

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Consolidation

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LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Slideshare, Blog, HootSuite, various websites and more. It’s time to begin rounding up everything in one place and develop a consistent message and brand. I am toying with the idea of a VLOG in 2015.

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