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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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April 21, 2009



Do you really like indy films and intend to stay in indy films, or do you view your efforts as an application to do mainstream films in Hollywood? What's the light at the end of the tunnel for you?

Horace V.

DJ Bad Vegan

Horace: While I would not turn down the right funded feature project, I am under no illusion that Hollywood is going to call. Rather, I'm happy making DIY films and enjoying that journey. Life is too short to wait for the opportunity to sell your soul.

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