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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 09, 2010



25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee: 2010

Bad Vegan

Great link Isaac. Thanks for sharing. Anyone else with suggested fest resources, please add via a comment too.

Mike Armstrong

Tromadance from the makers of The Toxic Avenger is a great, underrated film festival, particularly for horror films, but they have a little bit of everything. There is no entry fee, which is huge. They used to host it in Park City, but apparently now they're hosting it in Asbury Park, NJ in April. Their website is if you're interested.

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