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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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March 14, 2011

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Eugenia

I think you need to get in contact with io9.com. They are the no 1 scifi news site online today, and they are reporting, and sometimes embedding, short scifi indie movies. If you give them an exclusive for the first 10 or 15 minutes of the movie, the buzz will really get going there!

I don't think it's wise to give out for free viewing the whole movie though, but definitely a sizeable tease would be good.

Filip Tegstedt

io9.com? Is there a similar site for independent horror?

www.youtube.com/MarianneMovie
www.facebook.com/MarianneMovie

Eugenia

Filip,
for horror movies I'd go to http://www.bloody-disgusting.com
They've been the main horror news site in the last few years.

Filip Tegstedt

Yeah BD and Dread-Central have been really kind to post about Marianne for a long time. Those are great sites.

Bad Vegan

Eugenia: thanks for the note. I totally worship io9 and we've actually thrown a couple parties together already (at WonderCon and Comic-Con), so we're on their radar.

Filip: I defer to Eugenia on the horror question. I'm not into horror, but lordy is it a huge market and seems like you're already in the right places. Any other suggestions for other DIY horror filmmakers?

Filip Tegstedt

Bad Vegan: Sure. Sending you a twitter DM now.

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