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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 25, 2011


Jason @ FilmmakingStuff

Thanks for explaining the bit about the TV. My mom and dad have this problem. Hopefully I'll be able to resolve it for them.

By the way, DIY doesn't suck!

Jason Brubaker


Thank you for posting this. I began to panic after a couple of weeks of watching movies and shows on our new tv and I could not figure out what the problem was! It was hard for me to explain what the problem was to my husband who does not get into movies like I do, but you describe it perfectly above. It definitely looked like a student video project!! I followed the link you included and adjusted our settings and it has made a huge difference. I really am surprised how those few settings could change the entire feel/experience of a film or show. Thank you so much.

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