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Filmmaking Stuff is the professional resource for entrepreneurial filmmakers, providing tactics on film producing, film funding, and film distribution.

    Making Micro-Budget Films That Shine

    Making Micro-Budget Films That Shine

    Welcome to another exciting episode of Filmmaking Stuff podcast. In this episode, we are delving into the world of creating brilliant micro-budget films. Our host, Tom Malloy, shares insights on how can you make your movie stand out, even with a limited budget. Citing examples from successful low-budget films like 'Blair Witch Project' and 'Paranormal Activity', Malloy discusses the importance of bringing a unique perspective to your movie.
    He emphasizes the opportunity to experiment and innovate when working with a micro-budget, highlighting a recently made film 'Skinnamarink' as an example of uniqueness in storytelling. Consequently, this uniqueness can happen when filmmakers take familiar concepts and tweak them a little, creating something entirely special and distinct.
    Moreover, Malloy asserts that filmmaking should never compromise on quality, regardless of budget constraints. Relating his personal experiences on co-financing three micro-budget movies, he encourages the dedication to improve the script and tell a good story from the ground up.
    In addition to this, he introduces his video series 'The Backyard Blockbuster Blueprint', which provides tips on making a low-budget film look like it costs much more than it actually does. He addresses common misconceptions regarding micro-budget films, reaffirming their potential to be full-fledged feature films, rather than just minimalist productions.
    He concludes the podcast episode with a call-to-action to all filmmakers: focus on creating movies you're proud of, irrespective of the budget size. That, according to him, is the true formula for making a micro-budget film that truly shines.
    📌 Check Out the "Backyard Blockbuster Blueprint" Series: https://www.filmmakingstuffhq.com/backyard-blockbuster-blueprint-info/

    • 6 min
    Can You Profit from Short Films?

    Can You Profit from Short Films?

    In this episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast, host Tom Malloy discusses the potential market and the inherent value of producing short films. Tom explains that the value of short films isn't necessarily about profit. Instead, short films present an opportunity to gain experience and create a 'calling card' as a filmmaker.
    Aspiring directors should approach their short films like a test run or a teaser of their intended feature films. The genre should reflect that of the intended feature film, allowing audiences to gauge the director's aptitude in a specific area. However, Tom warns against investing heavily in these mediums, suggesting that such funds could be better invested in a feature film.
    Moreover, Tom shares key marketing strategies for short films, like leveraging film festivals and using popular platforms like YouTube. He also highlights the benefits of presenting a consistent genre throughout, thus helping potential investors visualize the intended feature film. Despite limited income avenues, the true profit of short films lies in kickstarting and enriching one's filmmaking career.
    He concludes that filmmakers should graduate from short films and aims at producing feature films, where more sustainable profit lies. A short film, therefore, serves as a stepping stone towards that goal, and its fundraising should resonate with this objective. Tune into this episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast to gain insightful filmmaking knowledge and strategies from seasoned professional, Tom Malloy.
    Key Highlights:
    The Real Purpose of Short Films: Gain insights into why making short films should focus on creative expression and career advancement rather than profit.
    Budgeting Wisely: Learn why investing $50,000 to $150,000 in a short film might not be the best approach and discover alternative strategies.
    Genre Consistency: Understand the importance of aligning your short film's genre with your future projects to build a cohesive portfolio.
    Leveraging Short Films: Find out how short films can serve as a director's calling card, increase your chances of entering major film festivals, and attract potential investors and producers for your next project.
    📌 Check Out the "Backyard Blockbuster Blueprint" Series: https://www.filmmakingstuffhq.com/backyard-blockbuster-blueprint-info/

    • 6 min
    Crafting Your Personal Film

    Crafting Your Personal Film

    Every filmmaker has a unique story to tell. If you're wondering how to bring your vision to the screen, this episode is for you.
    We'll guide you through the process, from initial concept to final cut, ensuring you have the tools and knowledge to create a film that truly resonates.

    • 6 min
    Profitable Producing: Making Money in Movies

    Profitable Producing: Making Money in Movies

    So you want to make money in movies?
    It's not just about the glitz and glamour. In this episode, we dive into the nitty-gritty of turning your passion for film into a profitable venture. 

    • 7 min
    WARNING: Do NOT Send your Screenplay Out with Grammatical Mistakes!

    WARNING: Do NOT Send your Screenplay Out with Grammatical Mistakes!

    Do NOT send out your screenplay with grammatical mistakes!  It signals to the reader that you’re an amateur and you haven’t put the effort into your writing. 

    • 6 min
    Behind the Screens: Unveiling EFM 2024

    Behind the Screens: Unveiling EFM 2024

    Dive deep into the heart of cinema with "Behind the Screens: Unveiling EFM 2024," your essential podcast episode for exclusive insights and highlights from the European Film Market in Berlin. This episode brings you closer to the pulse of the film industry, providing a comprehensive recap of the most prestigious marketplace for movie rights, production, and distribution. We transport listeners directly to the bustling halls of the Berlinale, offering a front-row seat to the latest trends, groundbreaking deals, and emerging talents shaping the future of film.

    • 7 min

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55 Ratings

55 Ratings

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Good Filmmaking Stuff

I first listened to the filmmaking stuff podcast when I was starting. But then I stopped for a while. I recently resubscribed, and I like that Jason is still sharing helpful information. It was a good move for him to partner with Tom Malloy. This is good stuff.

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Fun episode!

Jason asks all the right questions.

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