The old saying goes, you can do things, fast, good, and cheap. Choose two! The odd man out for most indie filmmakers is either “fast” or “good”. Let’s pretend you want a good film.
Films don’t look cheap because they were filmed with cheap equipment. They look cheap when you have a crew that doesn’t know what they’re doing, or is not putting in the time required for a quality film, or you’re not working within the constraints of what you have. Take your time to learn as much as you can beforehand, because the more planning, the better your film will look.
If your story is uninteresting, or dialogue seems unnatural, you started making a movie before you were ready. People expect a quality production to have a good story. Keep iterating over it, removing the unnecessary (especially anything that costs money), and improving what you have. …
In 1908 Thomas A. Edison created the Motion Pictures Patent Company (or Edison Trust). This was basically the first major film studio, but it was really much more than that for it combined a bunch of film companies (Biograph, Edison, Vitagraph, Lubin, Kalem, etc…) with the biggest film stock supplier (Eastman Kodak) and the the largest distribution company of that time (George Kleine). It was in essence an attempt to create a company that had a monopoly over the film industry.
1908 was also the moment in time when the independent film movement was created. Certain filmmakers who believed in preserving the artistic integrity of filmmaking immediately saw the inherent problems with one corporation (Edison Trust) trying to control their art form. Thomas Edison owned most of the Patents for the film equipment that was used in the process of film production, including the Patents for film cameras, projectors and …
We all love a good movie. That joyous feeling of sitting back with a bucket of salty popcorn and being swept away to a different world for an hour or two.
Some of the greatest movies ever made are indies, films traditionally made on an almost bare bones budget outside of any major film studio system. Often these productions address topics not found in mainstream cinema, like same-sex relationships, family trauma, teen angst or just your run of the mill existential crisis.
Indie films often take you on a journey of subversive, gritty, alternative visions of reality involving characters you think you know but that gets represented in whole new ways. Just think about the work of stellar indie directors like David Lynch, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Stanley Kubrick and Luc Besson.
“For me, independent film means free,” famed indie actress Tilda Swinton told The Guardian. “It means you’re free to …