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Bad Vegan
I'm the guy your lawyer warned you about.
Interests: filmmaking, music, sci-fi, progressive politics, artsy fartsy stuff, pirate jokes, and the letter "arrrr"
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I'm in the same boat. I try to fit it in during nights and weekends. Funding comes from friends/family crowdsourcing-style but mostly donations of time from awesome supportive people who are totally into our project. Break a leg!
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2013 on Delousing: one third done at In-World War
Jerry, this post is almost two and a half years old. Times have definitely changed. You're right that crowdfunding sites can bring you donors that are new -- that's a change from the early days. But these still aren't likely to form the majority of your fundraising. These still come from your own personal connections. 1000 followers on Twitter is great, but only a very small fraction will donate unless they are absolutely rabid for your work. As for family donations, it depends on the family (and friends) you have. If your family is struggling (like when my dad was laid off), then you're right that not much can be expected if at all. And if all your friends are young, out-of-work kids, then don't expect much from them. But you might have more potential donors than you know...possibly former teachers, bosses, co-workers (again, depends on the job), grandparents, aunts/uncles, etc. Can't hurt to ask. I've been surprised time and time again -- people with modest means have stepped up and given their cash to support our projects. Personal connections (real live snail mail, phone calls etc.) can be more effective than Twitter and Facebook -- both all are needed.
Thanks Saul. Good idea to shoot some shots in a way that aren't total random b-roll cut-aways but also don't show actors' mouths clearly. So you insert where you need into the conversation, using other audio takes to paper over continuity or performance or other issues with the main shots of the actors. Brilliant. Thanks for the tip.
Thanks for the info Alejandro. I wish I was more of a gear nerd and/or had come out of the camera department. All I know is that the longer the lens, the more "cinematic" and arty it looks to my eye due to the narrow depth of field. But it's great to get that clarity about the relationship of lens to film/sensor size.
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2012 on Lenses for indie filmmaking at DIY Filmmaking Sucks
Thanks Henry -- really enjoyed hanging with you too. Can't wait to see Pig. Looks fantastic!
Join us at WonderCon in San Francisco for a sneak peak at a number of upcoming and in production indie sci-fi films, moderated by our own DJ Bad Vegan (that's me -- I get sick pleasure from writing in the third person plural). Please join us and tell all your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2011 at Homemade Sci-Fi
Eugenia: thanks for the note. I totally worship io9 and we've actually thrown a couple parties together already (at WonderCon and Comic-Con), so we're on their radar. Filip: I defer to Eugenia on the horror question. I'm not into horror, but lordy is it a huge market and seems like you're already in the right places. Any other suggestions for other DIY horror filmmakers?
When the time is right -- just wait until we have a trailer.
Sorry I should have been clearer: most of these existing venues already have some sort of A/V system in place, which is why they are good to use. Renting/buying your own projector and speakers is doable, but a huge pain. Moreover, I would imagine that setting up to accommodate the different acoustics in each location could be a real pain too. Granted, that may be an issue with existing A/V (how many classrooms have great audio?), but it becomes a constant issue. You definitely get more options for venues if you own/rent your own gear, but it's expensive, a hassle to travel with and set up. And many alt venues already have some sort of projector and speakers built in (even a large screen TV could work). But if you have your own projector you can do drive-in movies during the spring/summer and that's pretty hip. Highly recommended. Good luck!
Hi Matt, that's exactly the model that many DIY/indie filmmakers do. In the early 2000's, a film called The Debut made grossed a ton of money that way, selling both tickets plus merch. What works best for that model is to have a clearly defined target audience (theirs was a Filipino-American audience so it was very well-defined compared to many indie narrative features). However, it's VERY labor intensive and still probably a money-losing operation (break-even at best) as with most theatrical. After all, you can only be in town at once and need to market the hell out of your film there to get anyone to see it, especially if it's in a nontraditional setting as you describe rather than a movie theater. But there are a lot of options for nontraditional venues, such as colleges, K-12 schools, libraries, community centers, churches, even cafes, bars, clubs and restaurants. They may cost a little and the acoustics will likely suck, but you'll find some cheap options and if you partner with the owner of the space maybe get in without paying upfront (sharing the door box office, for instance, as in a traditional theatrical). Check out this older post for more thinking on alt theatrical:
Probably going to be a few months. We're heading into pick-ups and swamped in pre-production right now for our big NYC 2nd unit shoot. Then there will be the additional pick-ups through October and November. Once we have some time, we'll post a few more and as we get closer to completion and release, even more. But that's a long ways off. Sorry about that -- and thanks for your patience!
The guys behind SciFinal (a great site devoted to sci-fi web shows) are fresh off the release of an online series of their own. Zerks Log is a sci-fi comedy web series told through the found video logs of an alien space commander who clearly has issues. Happily for those... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Homemade Sci-Fi
The Broken is a mind-blowing space-opera-meets-apocalypse animated short film set to the music of Coheed and Cambria. From the official website: Extreme devastation and mass extinction of living beings has blackened a distant universe, and an epic war continues to rage. On a ruined planet, machines of war battle desperately... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Homemade Sci-Fi
Made on a truly DIY budget around $30,000, Unremembered explores causality and physics anomalies in a non-linear structure to tell the story of a man with no past revisiting events to repair his life. Read on for an exclusive interview with Portland based director Greg Kerr. Whats it about? Unremembered... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at Homemade Sci-Fi
We're co-producing the io9 Comic-Con meet-up, so if you're in San Diego on Friday 7/23, you should stop by and mingle with the sci-fi posse while everyone is in town. Even if you don't have a Comic-Con pass, you can still attend the meet-up since it's outside the actual convention.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2010 at Homemade Sci-Fi
If you're going to be at Comic-Con make sure to check out the free Celebrate the Web forum on July 24th. The 2nd annual Celebrate the Web forum, separated into two parts, (the first for sci-fi/horror) will feature Q&As and highlight and premiere exclusive content from upcoming web series including... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2010 at Homemade Sci-Fi
Meet Similo, an impressive-looking short film that we can't wait to see finished. According to their Kickstarter page: SIMILO is a science fiction love story set in the year 2064. The polar ice caps have melted. The world struggles to survive drought and poverty. But those few who live in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at Homemade Sci-Fi
Film festivals are constantly introducing fresh new indie sci-fi movies and shorts. If you want to know what's next in indie sci-fi -- that's where to look. (BTW, the above trailer is from the amazing-looking feature Cargo from Switzerland.) Read on to discover new independent and DIY science fiction making... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2010 at Homemade Sci-Fi
Great link Isaac. Thanks for sharing. Anyone else with suggested fest resources, please add via a comment too.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2010 on List of Film Festivals at DIY Filmmaking Sucks
Currently still in production (according to their Kickstarter page): Set thousands of years in the future, a derelict spacecraft powered by a human brain [named HENRI] floats aimlessly in the outer reaches of space. Yearning for freedom and yet unable to move, HENRI devises a plan to build himself a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2010 at Homemade Sci-Fi
I met Jesse Griffith in college. We both were undergraduates at UC Santa Cruz and he had just made a no-budget sci-fi feature film (the third in a series, if I recall correctly). It was amateur. It was corny. Everything about it looked like ultra-cheap student filmmaking. But it was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2010 at Homemade Sci-Fi
The upcoming indie sci-fi short Landing is looking for a multitude of spaceship designs to populate the flyspace around their giant space station. If you ever yearned to see your starship ideas take flight, here's your chance. From their description of the short the film: Landing is a downbeat sci-fi... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2010 at Homemade Sci-Fi
Have you got a sci-fi (or fantasy) short film? Seattle's Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival wants to see it. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen likes sci-fi. He also likes rock and roll. To keep costs down, he combined the two in a single Seattle museum like peanut butter and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2010 at Homemade Sci-Fi
Conner: It's possible, but not likely. Most DIY filmmakers can't afford it and "indywood" movies (that have budgets in the low millions and get distribution via Landmark Cinema and similar art-house theaters) are generally targeting signed musicians. Anyone who is hoping to make money off the indie/DIY film community has to get their head examined. Most us aren't DIY because we love it above all else -- we're DIY because we have no money. That's not a good target audience for any business venture. Good luck out there, regardless.
Thanks Michael, your work and the books have been a huge source of inspiration and knowledge. I even saw you speak many years ago at the film arts foundation in San Francisco. Thanks for everything you've done and do for filmmakers. Glad you enjoyed the post. - Brant