Sometimes, The ONLY Way To Get Something Done Is To Do It Yourself!
By Tim Lorge (Playwright/Filmmaker/Photographer)
When we started this journey back in June, we talked about some of the best films ever made by some of the greatest filmmakers of all time.
Three weeks ago, we shifted the conversation to the film making process. I shared with you some of the tools I’m using to create my projects to help get you over that hump.
We discussed Werner Herzog’s Masterclass on becoming a filmmaker both physically and mentally. It’s the mental part that can kill your project, if you aren’t properly girded. Herzog can help you there.
Here are some additional thoughts from none other than Mark Duplass. During a keynote at SXSW in 2015, he improvised eight tips for success as an indie filmmaker; read Indiewire’s summation of them here.
The next hurdle is how do I shoot the damn thing. We then talked about working with your public access television station to learn all of the technical stuff: shooting, sound recording, editing, special effects even getting studio space.
The next thing you need to consider, and it’s a doozy, is how do you actually shoot your feature film AND get it in front of audiences AND maybe make some money from it?
For that, you need to become a creative entrepreneur also known as becoming your own movie producer.
Part if the reason why I selected “Mad World” last week was because, starting any business is sheer lunacy. It’s a wild, wonderful ride you take while you’re looking for the buried treasure.
I’m not going to kid you, there is a lot to becoming a producer. However, if you want true creative freedom, producing your own stuff, and then eventually that of your super talented friends, is the only way you will ever achieve it.
Don’t worry - you can do this.
Luckily you live now and can do what Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Spike Lee and Kevin Smith have done – They went to Dov S-S Simens’ Hollywood Film School.
After working as Development Executive, Production Manager and Line Producer with the king of indie film, Roger Corman, Dov started the Hollywood Film School as a the live “2-Day Film School” seminar. That begat the “DVD Film School” which begat the “Streaming Film School”.
These programs provide the tools and information first-time filmmaker/producers need to get their projects off the ground and to the audience. It’s not a “pie-in-the sky” formula but actual real information about the Business of Hollywood.
The content of the DVD and Streaming Film Schools are exactly the same. The only differences are printed books are included with the DVDs and PDFs with the streaming. Also, naturally, the DVDs are yours for $249. The streaming access is available for $89 for 20 days or $149 for 60 Days.
In 16 Lessons, Dov covers:
- Independent Filmmaking
- Working with Guilds & Unions
- The Shoot
- The Edit
- Digital Filmmaking
- Publicity (Festivals & Awards)
- Cable & Video deals
- Foreign Sales and Profits
- Hollywood Success
This was originally shot in 2004. As such, there is a ton of information about shooting on film. Considering the recent resurgence of film, it’s handy to know.
The digital filmmaking section is a bit dated; pardon the pun. Digital filmmaking has come a long way in the past few years. Because of this, Dov came out with an update in 2015 to discuss these and all the other changes since the DVD Film School’s original release.
Also, Dov maintains the “No Bull Blog” that keeps you up to date on all of the latest and greatest and is a constant source of motivation. If you do nothing else, subscribe to this blog and start learning about the wonderful world of filmmaking.
In all candor, this is the one product I wish I watched years ago. It is nothing short of amazing. I can’t say enough about it.
Yes, this is a glowing review and yes, that is OK. And no, I was not paid for it.
As we wrap up this summer session, I hope you learned something from this blog. It has been a great joy for me to write these articles for you every week.
There will never be a better time for you to start the journey of becoming a filmmaker and producer.
Do it now, without delay. The world needs your stories to save us from boring ones.
Good luck and drop me a line sometime!