Indi Film Production
January 29, 2008 3 Comments
When trying to get your screenplay produced and distributed there are moments of despair – especially if you’ve travelled the road a while and have studied what the universities have to offer. The basic elements of Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post and Distribution are interesting diversions when compared with the real process of raising confidence, collaboration and eventually money, to produce and distribute your ‘baby’. That’s the thing about filmmaking – until you’re at the very top there can never be a missed opportunity to show what you can do.There can never be an ivory tower – it has to be down in the trenches face to face, intention to make it unalloyed by ‘other fish to fry’.
How do you do that? Well, I’ve seen Film Producers come and go, and there are always two qualities apparent in all successful producers – PERSISTENCE and THE ABILITY TO MAKE DEALS. Persistence is a given – if you don’t have it, take a full time job somewhere and forget about filmmaking. Deal-making is really an ability to confront other people and to scrape together something that works for both of you – it almost always comes down to MONEY and FILM BUDGETS. If you aren’t good at making deals then collaorate with someone who is good at it. It may mean some creative sacrifice, but – hey – that’s part of the deal.