YOU MADE A MOVIE: NOW WHAT?
By Cherita Smith / Web Coordinator / @lafemmecherita
You did it—you made a movie. You hit up every friend and relative with a job, maxed out every credit card, pinched every penny and somehow scraped together a budget made of shoestrings. You got equipment in ways you’re maybe a little ashamed to admit. You found willing talent, and a crew, and a script you wrote in the wee hours before work (and in the peak hours during work, and on cocktail napkins at Happy Hour after work).
Then you took that equipment and crew and script, and you blocked and shot and filmed and cut. Now you have a movie. Congratulations! So now what?
Maybe you need just a little more money to cover those post-production costs you didn’t know you’d need. And then there’s distribution, which is sort of the point of this whole film thing. To help you get from “now what” to “next step,” we’ve gathered together a few posts from our archives that cover crowdfunding, distribution and the festival circuit. Now breathe.
In the last few years, crowdfunding has gone from “huh?” to “duh!” Artists from all different mediums are doing it: musicians like Public Enemy who want to ditch their record companies but still sell records; novelists like Catherynne M. Valente, whose award-winning novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland began as a crowdfunded project; and even Being John Malkovich writer Charlie Kaufman has turned to crowdfunding with his latest project, Anomalisa. Hopefully this collection of posts will help you achieve your own crowdfunding success:
- The Right Way to Approach Crowdfunding
- Kickstarter Teaches Us the Craft of Crowdfunding
- Seven Things We Did to Ensure a Successful Crowdfunding Experience – Part I
- Seven Things We Did to Ensure a Successful Crowdfunding Experience – Part II
- Seven Things We Did to Ensure a Successful Crowdfunding Experience – Part III
Ah, distribution. The pot of gold at the end of the filmmaking rainbow, that is if you want to get your movie out there and seen by an audience consisting of more than your
mom and dad investors. As an indie filmmaker, what are your options? Can you do it yourself? Should you do it yourself? The following posts discuss DIY distribution in depth, with case studies on the different distribution routes other films have taken:
- DIY Distribution: Can You Really Do It All Yourself?
- Be a Pusher: DIY Distribution, Get Your Film Out There
- The Experts Weigh in on DIY Distribution
- It’s All About Content: Distribution Case Studies
- Tricks for Mastering the Doc Distribution Circus
The Festival Circuit
If you’ve read even one of the DIY Distribution posts above, then you no doubt understand just how important the festival circuit is to getting your film out there and seen (if you didn’t know that already!). But getting your film into festivals—and then maximizing the festival experience—brings a new set of worries. Hopefully the following posts will help:
- Fest Up! What You Need to Know Before You Submit to Film Festivals
- Film Festival Strategy with Christian Gaines from Withoutabox
- How To: Publicize Your Film at a Festival
July 17th, 2012 • 2 Comments