Through Creative Life and Other Fancies, I seek to inspire and inform people about living as a creative person. Here you will find my successes, failure, and best of all, attempts. Enjoy!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wanna Make a Movie?

Then do your homework.  Honestly.  I'm all for picking up that camera and making something cool.  Go grab your buddies and shoot a scene for YouTube.  That's how you explore and learn your craft.  By doing it.  But if you want to make more than a film but a movie, one where people want to pay to come see it, do some leg work.

What do I mean by that?  Work with people who are professionals.  This isn't always expensive, trust me but if you don't personally know any professionals, you'll probably have to pay for their services.  This goes for that great DoP, actress, AD,  or lawyer.  Some times you really do get what you pay for.  And if you are looking to raise a bunch a'moola for your film, you may need to be prepared to invest some of your hard earned cash into making your pitch and package be the best they can possibly be.  Folks with tons of money got tons of money by being wise with their investments and probably won't give it to someone who just thinks their movie is going to be cool.

So don't rush headlong into it.  Most of my friends and family know I'm not the most patient person in the world but I'm learning that this industry is marked in decades, not weeks or months.  So do your research and know who and what your resources are and gather them.  If you don't much about pre-sales, gap financing, or writer contracts, find someone who does and get some help.  And maybe your film will be a great movie with some money behind it.

Now, anyone know a great lawyer?

Happy creating!

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