Anthony Freeze talks about the power of networking though content like his 24 Hour Hustle Show. He also details his future plans for his content including an audience facing site focused on entertainment culture and hosting screenings for big movies.
Check out his latest project: https://24hourmedia.net/
Kevin Interdonato is a bi-coastal actor and producer. His acting career propelled forward once he started taking on producing responsibilities. His movie, Bad Frank, was a hit online. His most recent film, Dirty Dead Con Men has reached a respectable audience as well.
Kevin talks about some of his strategies for building a strong career in the movie industry. We also discuss wearing many hats and trusting the right people.
Follow Kevin Interdonato on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekevinintro/?hl=en
More on Movies in the Black: https://www.moviesintheblack.com/
This episode we speak with filmmaker, Steve Sensebaugh about running a freelance production company in a small town while still trying to make movies. We also talk through the making of and distribution of his faith-based micro budget feature film.
Steve fell in love with film and photography at a young age which led him to attend ICTC for Digital Media Technology and the DuBois Business College for the John Russo Movie Making Program. He has won awards at the Creative Minds Film Festival held in DuBois, PA, competed in the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Film Festival where his teams have won awards for Best Film Runner Up and Best Cinematography. Most recently Steve has worked for the TV show Return to Amish airing on TLC. He also co-owns a production company in Dubois, PA called Everlasting Productions.
For more about Everlasting Productions, visit their website: https://everlastingproductionsllc.com/
Where should you dig in and start reading & watching to really get a grasp on making a movie?
I'm obviously biased and think you should read Movies in the Black blog, but we're just getting started.
This is an ever-growing list that I use to learn more about filmmaking (other than actually making films):
Jim Cummings is a heroic case study for making films in today's environment.
He also shares EVERYTHING he learned so far. Follow him on Twitter to get a constant feed of inspiration and real actionable advice.
My favorite are his Medium posts that are incredibly detailed. Check out The Short to Feature Lab Curriculum.
No Film School is a HUGE resource for filmmakers. It's name says it all.
The biggest issue (for me) is that it gets very gear-focused, BUT you can bookmark a specific topic and get a ton of value.
I check the Distribution & Marketing thread often.
Alex Ferari's blog and podcast are a great jumping off point to really dive into indie filmmaking.
Alex has a specific vantage point in the industry that won't apply to everyone but I often find a lot of value in his podcast episodes.
He also just started IFHTV which hosts all kinds of filmmaker specific video content.
Rob Hardy has been going strong for years now writing articles and releasing a podcast about filmmaking under Filmmaker Freedom.
He tries hard to take a unique perspective towards indie filmmaking that hasn't been beaten to death by all the other blogs out there.
His most recent podcast season focused on the psychology of being a successful filmmaker.
The site also has tons of contributed articles from filmmakers about making their films and the lessons they learned. That includes one from me about paying your cast and crew!
This website and blog by Jason Brubaker has been around for a long time. This is the most "producer-focused" site I know about.
The content used to be pretty shallow and always pushing towards his premium paid content before providing any real value.
Recently, however, the articles are starting to be more useful without having to pay for the good stuff.
In addition to having a cool community of creators, Shooting People has a spot-on blog with a range of content about filmmaking.
7. IndieWire Toolkit
The Toolkit section of IndieWire doesn't get updated very often, but when it does it's great content. If you haven't read the articles already on there, go check it out!
These are all related to the bigger indie film industry. It may not be what you're looking for when you're just starting out but it's good to understand how the industry as a whole works.
The Story & Heart brand has a lot of interesting resources for creators including a storytellers academy. As a good intro (that is free) check out their blog. There's a lot to sink your teeth into.
9. Zacuto How-to Tutorials
Sort of like No Film School, Zacuto has a ton of content related to the technical side of filmmaking. They also have a few jems, though related to distribution and the business of filmmaking.
I LOVE the Seed & Spark blog. The only reason they're so low on this list is that most of their posts are related to their distribution platform now, but there's still a lot of great info on there.
The absolute best is their free crowdfunding course. Even if you're not crowdfunding, it's a masterclass in building an audience and marketing your project.
11. Articles on Tribeca
Tribeca has made a lot of content peaking behind the curtain of the films that premiere at the festival, come out of the institute, or just general filmmaking info. It's another good source to bookmark.
We take this serious. The Movies in the Black Show has been interviewing some really interesting filmmakers and creators that you can learn a lot from. Our blog posts based on producing low budget films is also a great place to start understanding the business side of filmmaking.
For over a year now, I’ve been struggling to follow up an earlier story I submitted to the Filmmaker’s Process. That post was written shortly after production when we were kicking off our crowdfunding campaign. The response from all of you in the filmmaking community was great, but in many ways things trailed off downhill after that.
I only want to send positivity out into the world. That is basically my core mantra. So… when all I could report on was perceived failures, I wasn’t able to frame it in a way that was honest and also positive.
In complete honesty, I dove into a pretty deep depression after making our movie. Blood on the Leaves was incredibly satisfying to make and we were really proud of the end product… but our distribution plan just stalled out and it felt like nobody was ever going to see the movie.
Our distribution plan just stalled out and it felt like nobody was ever going to see the movie.
This article is going to go through everything that happened since post-production without getting to granular. Up front, I want you to know there is a happy ending; that’s why I’m finally writing this, because I can end on a positive note.
If you haven’t already, please go read our first article about Blood on the Leaves for some context.
Post Production Nightmare
As a producer, organization is everything to me.
One of the biggest rushes I’ve ever experienced was managing the schedule on set of our two week mad-dash to film Blood on the Leaves.
Just like planning for production, you should really have an extremely tediously planned post production if you want things to run efficiently.
When we released Blood on the Leaves, we intentionally skipped the festival route.
This was a big mistake.
Even if you're planning to distribute your film independently, you should still aim for film festivals.
Also, consider distribution offers. If you are remotely business-savvy, you will be able to negotiate a moderately good deal out of a distributor that you may not be able to achieve on your own. Remember that rights can be sold in pieces. So having an international theatrical distributor (yeah-right) would cover something you're unlikely to achieve on your own.
Getting a Strategic View of Distribution Options
After years of watching the indie market and distributing a few projects of my own, I've come up with a pattern that works best to maximize potential profits from a film.
At the end of the day, if your movie is not interesting to audiences, it won't make money.
Following this roadmap, however, could be the difference between $2,000 in returns and $200,000.
This post originally appeared on Sideline Pictures' Blog.
We review our earnings and reach after one year of using Amazon Video Direct. We were very satisfied with the platform as an alternative to YouTube for free distribution... then in August of 2017 we were hit with a big surprise that made the experience even more amazing.