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Hey dude, why does DIY filmmaking suck?

  • Yes Beavis, DIY filmmaking literally does suck.

    Let me tell you about my experience producing Quality of Life.

    Each day, I worked a full-time day job and then put in 4 - 8 hours more on the film at night. I still declared personal bankruptcy during pre-production.

    Then I was fired from my job for focusing on the film too much instead of my work.

    My girlfriend nearly left me since she never saw me.

    My friends stopped returning my calls for fear I'd ask for favors for the film.

    And in the end, the entire "indiewood" film industry basically ignored us. Sundance, the speciality distributors, the major indie film press outlets and of course just about anyone with money couldn't be bothered.

    And that was all before we decided to self-distribute the movie and things really got rough.

    So listen up: DIY filmmaking is not for the faint of heart. It sucks.

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July 02, 2008


nathyn masters

I just wrote a couple of books called "Action Filmmaking" and "The Action Filmmaking Workbook" and I'm working on "Marketing Micro-Budget Movies" right now. What we have to do is redefine our market and do like the big boys do, create a market when one doesn't exist. It's harder to do when there isn't any money in the budget but it can be done. I'm working on it and I'm sure many others are too.



Indie filmmakers have a bold new world to develop with internet distribution. You have an advantage over large, less nimble corps.

The problem is that you now really have to sell to the mass public instead of the distributor's buyer.

What can you do to attract attention to your vision?

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