Indie Film Hustle® is dedicated to showing you how to survive & thrive in filmmaking with no BS!
Indie Film Hustle® is dedicated to showing you how to survive & thrive in filmmaking with no BS!
BONUS: What I Learned from My Independent Film Being Illegally Pirated
In today's new film economy it is getting tougher and tougher for independent filmmakers to make a living with their films. The entire industry is changing faster than anyone can keep track of. Even film distribution companies are struggling to make sense of the new world. The traditional golden gooses of DVD, Blu-Ray, foreign sales, and big upfront guarantees are dying a slow and miserable death.
And if that wasn't tough enough internet pirates are bootlegging indie films as fast as they are released. My latest film On the Corner of Ego and Desire was on the pirate boards within hours of its release. I didn't even think of looking for this because I never thought in a million years pirates would be interested in an indie film that cost $3000, was extremely niche and had no star power at all. I was very wrong.
Here's what I learned.
IFH 371: Shooting for the Mob - Listen to Four Chapters for FREE!
After months of the IFH Tribe asking me, I finally finished the audiobook version of Shooting for the Mob. It was a tough project to finish but I knew I had to get it to you guys. As a gift for being so patient, I am releasing four chapters of the book for FREE for your listening pleasure. If you are unfamiliar with the story of Shooting for the Mob read below.
A bipolar gangster, a naive, young film director, and Batman. What could go wrong? Alex Ferrari is a first-time film director who just got hired to direct a $20 million feature film, the only problem is the film is about Jimmy, an egomaniacal gangster who wants the film to be about his life in the mob. From the backwater towns of Louisiana to the Hollywood Hills, Alex is taken on a crazy misadventure through the world of the mafia and Hollywood. Huge movie stars, billion-dollar producers, studio heads and, of course, a few gangsters, populate this unbelievable journey down the rabbit hole of chasing your dream. Would you sell your soul to the devil to make your dream come true? By the way, did we mention that this story is based on true events? no, seriously it is.
Writing this book is easily one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do. Some days I would cry as I was typing. Who wants to go back to the darkest time in their lives and relive that hell. Well, that’s exactly what I did. It took me 18 years to build up the courage to sit down and tell my story. I take you behind the scenes of the real Hollywood. and also see how gangsters and Hollywood go together like peanut butter and jelly. This book is RAW and UNFILTERED. I said to myself,
"If I'm going to write this I have to tell the entire story, warts and all."
The goal of this book is to help, not only filmmakers and people interested in having a career in Hollyweird but anyone stuck in a bad situation they feel they can’t get out of. The story illustrates how someone can lose themselves while chasing that golden carrot that is their dream, not to compromise their morals and stand up for themselves.
As cheesy as it sounds if I can help one person avoid even 1% of the pain and suffering I went through then it will be worth it. Now this story is not all doom and gloom, it’s hilarious, ridiculous and one hell of an adventure. I hope you really enjoy the story and have fun, laugh, cry and maybe even learn a little something about yourself.
Enjoy Shooting for the Mob and please leave a review for the book when you are done reading. Thanks!
SPECIAL EVENT: The Make Your Movie Bootcamp is BACK!
I've been working on this for a long time guys and here it is. The Make Your Movie Bootcamp! I wanted to bring my 25+ years of experience to a live Bootcamp experience. This Two-Day Bootcamp will be held March 28-29, 2020 in Burbank, CA at the Hilton Garden Suites in Downtown Burbank.
Who is the Make Your Movie Bootcamp for?
A filmmaker wanting to make the leap to making their first feature film
An established filmmaker who wants to learn the "Dark Arts" of micro-budget filmmaking
Screenwriters who want to finally produce that screenplay that has been sitting on their desktop
Any filmmaker who wants to learn how to generate revenue with their feature film or video content
Here are some of the things you will learn at the Make Your Movie Bootcamp
Learn how to flesh out your ideas into a marketable film project.
>> Screenwriting Process:
We go over the basics of screenwriting and discuss alternative methods of writing like scriptments and improv.
>> Finding Money:
Alternate ways to raise money for your film.
>> Directing Your Film:
I breakdown methods and techniques that will jump-start your directing journey.
>> Post Production Workflows:
Where many indie films die. This won't happen to you. I'll teach you the proper way to set up your workflow and get you and your film to the finish line.
>> Filmtrepreneur® Training:
On day two I will breakdown the concepts and case studies presented in my book Rise of the Filmtrepreneur®. We will go over creating revenue streams from your indie film, thinking outside the box when it comes to how you prep for your film and much more.
>> Marketing and Building an Audience:
Once you have your film done you need to get it out into the world. I will go over proven techniques that will help you build and target an audience.
>> Submitting to Film Festivals:
Tricks and techniques on what to do and definitely what not to do when taking your film on the festival circuit. This one section that will save you thousands of dollars and years of your life.
>> Self Distribution Models:
I'll teach you how to run a successful self-distribution campaign by using multiple case studies on how it is done correctly.
>> Avoid Predatory Film Distributors:
It is shark-infested waters out there. We go over what to look out for when dealing with traditional and predatory film distributors.
>> Revenue Streams:
I do a deep dive into how to create multiple revenue streams from your indie film.
>> Breaking Through Your Fear:
I show you techniques to break through your own creative fears and finally make the feature film you have always wanted to.
Surprise film industry heavy hitters will come in to Guest Speak and answer questions. I've made it easy for you to choose your adventure.
DAY 1: I will be breaking down my micro-budget filmmaking method and help you jump start your feature film.
DAY 2: I will be training you in the Filmtrepreneur® Method. Showing you how to generate revenue with your feature film.
You can purchase a ticket to just day 1 or day 2 or purchase a weekend pass and unlock all the BONUSES like a FREE year membership to Indie Film Hustle TV and much more.
Spaces are limited so it will first come, first serve. If you are interested act now. Go to www.mymbootcamp.com to sign up!
Make 2020 the year you make it happen for yourself! I hope to see you all there!
IFH 370: The Art of Directing Actors with Judy Weston
Today guest is the legendary writer and educator Judith Weston. Her book Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & TelevisionandThe Film Director's Intuition: Script Analysis and Rehearsal Techniques is a must-read for any film director.
Judith consults one-on-one with directors and writer-directors of film and television as they prepare to bring their projects to life. Some of her students include Alejandro Iñárritu, director of The Revenant, Academy Award winner for Best Director, and Birdman, Academy Award winner for Best Picture and Best Director; Ava DuVernay, nominated for 16 Emmys and six Critics Choice Awards, and Selma, nominated for Best Picture Oscar; Steve McQueen, director of Best Picture Academy Award winner12 Years a Slave; Taika Waititi, writer-director of Jojo Rabbit, Thor Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and many more.
Literally thousands of film and television directors, screenwriters, writer-directors, and actors around the world have attended Judith's workshops or consulted with her in preparation for their projects. Judith's reputation and influence are international and well-established.
After 30 years of teaching workshops and classes, Judith, in 2015, closed her studio space and shifted her focus to one-on-one consultation for directors and writer-directors.
Her ground-breaking book Directing Actors was published in 1996. Judith's second book, The Film Director's Intuition, was published in 2003. Both books are written from the point of view of film directors. And directors all over the world have come to rely on them. But so many others have told me they have found them helpful—screenwriters, actors, professionals in film, television, photography, theater—and really anyone who wants to live creatively. She recently undertook a thorough revision and updating of her signature work, Directing Actors (FREE AUDIOBOOK VERSION), in order to make it available as an Audiobook. Judith herself is the narrator.
Enjoy my insightful conversation with Judith Weston.
IFH 369: How to Make a Successful Indie Film in 2020 - Happy New Year!
I can't believe another year has gone by. 2019 was one for the record books. So many things happened to me and to the IFH Tribe this year. In this episode, I breakdown this past year IFH style and also give you a large dose of TOUGH LOVE to get you revved up for 2020.
Don’t wake up Dec 31, 2020, and say
"Damn I just lost another year."
Don’t let anything stop you from making your dream come true. Don’t let people tell you you can’t do it. People told me I was crazy for jumping into this business. Be smart, educate yourself as much as humanly possible and go for it.
Don’t be that angry and bitter filmmaker. Don’t wake up when you are 70 and wished you would’ve taken a shot and your dream. Why haven’t you taken the steps needed to make your dream come true? Let 2020 be the YEAR OF THE FILMTREPRENEUR. Take the power back. Take control of your own destiny and make it happen for yourself.
I also go over what to expect from all the companies from IFH Industries. IFH, IFHTV, Bulletproof Screenwriting, and Filmtrepreneur. If you thought I did a lot in 2019 you ain't seen nothing yet. Strap in for the episode you need to listen to get your 2020 off to a great start.
Happy New Year to the entire IFH Tribe.
IFH 368: Building a Minimalist Filmmaking Empire with Matt D'Avella
Today on the show we have minimalist filmmaking guru Matt D'Avella. I had the pleasure of being on Matt's podcast The GroundUp Show back in 2017 when he was still a young and up and coming podcaster.
One day I turned around and saw that Matt had built a following of over 2 million followers on Youtube. It was official, he was a Youtube star. Matt was able to build this business using his filmmaking toolbox. Before his Youtube fame, he directed an amazing documentary called Minimalism. That film went onto to run on Netflix and was sold around the world.
Matt and I discuss his filmmaking, building and marketing his Youtube channel and what it's like being a minimalist filmmaker. Enjoy my minimal but EPIC conversation with Matt D'Avella.