$30 Film School: How to write, direct, produce, shoot, edit, by Michael W. Dean

By Michael W. Dean

We’re getting into a brand new period. Mini-DV filmmaking is the recent folks, the recent punk rock, the recent medium the place an individual can inform his tale. "$30 movie School" is a substitute for spending 4 years and 100000 funds to profit the alternate. it truly is motivated by means of punk rock’s home made spirit of simply studying the fundamentals after which leaping up on a degree and creating a element, and by way of the yankee paintings ethic again whilst it used to be natural, ahead of it grew to become all approximately businesses crushing the little man. Throw within the hacker concept that details desires to be unfastened (or not less than very reasonable) and you’ve acquired our deal. inside of you’ll locate many interviews from insightful self sufficient filmmakers and artists, in addition to a number of useful recommendation, wisdom, and assets.

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The thing of note is that I completed my film anyway, without this help. Similarly, I will complete $30 Film School whether I do it in bucolic New Zealand or smoggy Los Angeles. I make art regardless of outside circumstances. I feel that this is, by definition, the only way to survive as an independent artist: One must be independent of relying on outside help. Otherwise, nothing would ever get done! In the last four months, I not only completed my film, I took it on tour, amassing a compelling press kit (attached), including an interview on the front page of the San Francisco Examiner, and I did an interview for NPR.

It helps a lot if you have an understanding landlord. Mine is an artist and believes I’m changing the world, so it’s cool. Main thing about paying people and companies late is they mind less if you tell them well ahead of time. Or better yet, ask them if it’s okay, well ahead of time. ◆ Money from people who fancy you. I let a girl or two that I was sleeping with give me money to help me make the film. But I wish I hadn’t. ◆ Sending out fundraising postcards to everyone you know. Helps if you have nonprofit status.

I helped by giving guidance. ) I paid him 800 bucks out of pocket with a promise of 15 percent of any profit. And I put that in writing. ) I got all the camera people to work for free. I just had a cool thing that they wanted to be a part of, and I was nice to them. You can get your films made very cheap if you live like this. 25 26 Chapter 2 Fundraising But “How do you pay the rent? ” I hear you asking. Well… ◆ I work out of pocket. Every cent I make goes to art. Always has and always will. ◆ Donations from crew.

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