By Kathryn Giroux
Today, a host of platforms and mobile applications aim to broaden technology’s impact, offering support in the planning stages, as well as on set, in the hopes of saving the independent filmmaker time, simplifying efforts, and maximizing the results of those efforts.
Here, The Independent provides an overview of some of the leading planning software and apps for independent filmmakers.
By Federico Muchnik
Once the production has a location list scouting begins. A look at location scouting best practices that covers everything from alignment with the director’s vision to fees to “stealing” locations.
By Andy Mark Simpson
The last year or so has seen the rise of, the niftily named, ‘Theatrical-on-Demand’ models led by companies such as Tugg and Gathr. It was the evolution of these platforms which inspired me to bring my self-funded UK indie film Young Hearts Run Free to the US this September 2014. The film had a successful self-distribution tour… Read more »
By Maya Washington
Maya Washington learned a ton while touring festivals with her short, White Space. Because it features a main character who’s deaf, she offered to share her top 10 suggestions for making either a film, or a festival, friendlier to the Deaf Community.
By Hermine Muskat
Please visit our accompanying photo album on Facebook. In their minimalism and stillness, photographs can capture the essence of a movie. They tell us the mood of the story we can expect to see unfold on screen and particular still images have become iconic in the world of cinema. Think of Jack Nicholson’s wild-eyed, unshaven,… Read more »
By Rebecca Reynolds
Wondering if you can afford or manage an indie shoot in New York City? Sure, if you have to, like we did… I’m part of a Michigan-based film company, 8180 Films. We set out to shoot our next feature locally in the Traverse City area. Our fundraising strategy was based on investors receiving funds back… Read more »
By Brandon Walter
The Big Players and What Differentiates Them Though the phrase “crowd funding” technically refers to any method that raises money from a large group of people, often with a stipulation of reaching a proposed goal or budget, for independent filmmakers and artists, the phrase most often refers specifically to two competing websites, Kickstarter.com and IndieGoGo.com…. Read more »
By Jennifer Owensby Sanza
Getting my first documentary, The Teachings of Jon, broadcast nationally on public television felt like walking through a minefield, blindfolded. As a recipient of a completion funds grant from Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), I was fortunate to have the best mentors to guide me through the process. Now when I work with other filmmakers,… Read more »
By Maddy Kadish
Pitch sessions are becoming the go-to attraction at film festivals and conferences. How are filmmakers and expert panelists making the most of these meetings? After attending a few sessions firsthand, The Independent asked film professionals for their input on how to maximize the pitch opportunity. Turns out the answers aren’t so simple. We spoke with:… Read more »
By Michelle L. Martin and Katie O’Connell If you want tons of exposure for your film, Netflix—the world’s leading internet subscription service for movies and television—is the place to be. Netflix reaches over 16 million members in the United States and Canada. About a year ago they added 300 on-demand streaming indie films to their… Read more »