Did some location scouting for Working Title over the weekend. Looking at shooting in some creepy places.
IFP's Independent Film Week took place a little over a week ago. I attended the Ideas and Influencers day. There were panels about crowdfunding, shooting on film, and whether or not festivals should include TV in their programming.
Here are 10 helpful things I heard:
1/ "Crowdfunding isn't the whole thing, it's just a piece of the Frankenstein monster." The Frankenstein monster being a film's budget.
2/ Projects often don't get funded because of misguided expectations. Figure out how to shoot your project for the least amount of money possible.
3/ Each film should be viewed as a new business. "If you're making chocolate teapots, you're not gonna make much money."
4/ Expanding on the Frankenstein point, many Indiegogo films used their successful campaigns to leverage more interest in their film from private equity investors and other producers, andproduction companies. Their campaigns were the first stepping stone towards fundraising their budget.
5/ The ABCs of fundraising: Meet funders with the ABILITY to give. Get them to BELIEVE in you. Build a CONNECTION to you, the film, and idea.
6/ If you need a skilled celluloid film colorist, hire someone over 40.
7/ Production Pro is a promising start-up that creates visual breakdowns of scripts. Their iPad app launches 10/9.
8/ "TV isn't just a platform, it's an art form," from Should Festivals Care About TV? Panel
9/ If you haven't checked out Dylan Marron's Every Single Word Tumblr, you should. Dylan edits movies to just every line spoken by a character of color. Nothing has viscerally exposed the lack of diversity in Hollywood as much as Dylan's Tumblr.
10/ All of Mike Ryan's talk on his recent article Filmmaker Magazine article TV is Not the New Film. At one point, an audience member asked Mike about virtual reality helmets. He said something to the effect of, porn will come to the helmet and everything else will follow, citing the industry as the forerunners of new technology, VHS and the Internet as examples.
We've started production on Second Star NYC's web series Working Title. We shot three scenes over the weekend, which included mud, toilet paper, and smashed eggs.
Photographic evidence below.
Our next shoot date is scheduled for 10/3. Look for more updates as production continues throughout the fall.