Archives For film festivals

Work.

Hard work.

Nothing else will do.

I’ll admit, I’m an ill-tempered, insecure, wannabe filmmaker with no real success, but I get so tired of all the people who pop up overnight with a DSLR calling themselves producers and directors. They’re usually the ones bitching about the lack of state tax incentives and an un-supportive community. Many of them can’t tell a c-stand from a pancake.

I’ve styled the title of this post after the recent influx of “one simple trick” and “you’ll never believe what happens next” links I’ve seen on Facebook. I get it. We’re all tired, burned out, and desperate for a break. If you’re looking for shortcuts to the top, I have three words for you:

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As I was growing up, Hollywood was the place every aspiring young filmmaker hoped to end up. I certainly spent hours daydreaming about what it would be like to work on a Hollywood set. However for me, independent film soon after became the next “cool” thing, at least for a teenager interested in film. I used to look for the Sundance laurels on every film I rented at Blockbuster and thought that a movie had to be good if it played at Sundance, and I soon began believing that film festivals would be the ticket to making it as a filmmaker.

However, times have changed and so has the film industry, and it would appear that the future of successful filmmaking might not be at film festivals but instead at comic conventions. If you’re a filmmaker, here are some reasons to check out comic conventions for your screenings.

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I daydream about giving acceptance speeches at film festivals. I try to sound grateful and surprised even though I’ve rehearsed the speech 50 times. Should I wear a suit and tie? Or maybe that cool hoodie that makes me look skinny?

Those days may be coming to an end, however. The times, they are a changing. Festivals won’t disappear overnight, but I foresee some big changes coming in the independent world that will at least make hauling your film to festivals unnecessary.

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