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Old April 1st, 2004, 05:54 PM   #1
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The Problems With "Independant Producions"

The main goal of an independent film maker is simple, it's to make films. Most are working with a zero or ultra low budget or scourging to find someone to finance a project, and that makes it extremely hard for these people to make their films.

Another big problem in the beginner, low budgeted or Indie filmmakers world is that most want to run their own production or film company, for example: Joe Bob is the founder, president, vice president and everything else of Joe Bob Productions, Joe Bob Films, Joe Bob entertainment, or even (insert ultra cool name here) FILMS! I'm not saying it's a bad idea to want to be in charge of your own films and ideas because I, too am guilty of that, and Im not saying there isn't successful independent production companies but how far can "Joe Bob Films" get when the only person who works for Joe Bob on a regular basis IS Joe.

Even if "Joe Bob Films" makes a movie. Something really good. Something Joe's parents could be proud of. Something Joes entire crew he managed to bring together for the shooting of the film thinks is worthy of national distribution! How does Joe go about promoting his film? For the Indie film maker it is a long tough road getting recognition for a film. If you approach a distributor and say "hey I'm Joe.....I'm from Joe Bob's Films" they most likely wouldn't give you the time of day because in their eyes, whats different between you and everyone else with a production company they never heard of.

These are some of the problems with Indie film production as I see them. The good thing about being an independent film maker is that when we run into problems we do our best to come up with the solution, after all, if we couldn't problem solve we would never get any films made.


That is part 1 of something i am working on. i was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on the mater or other big problems that indi filmmakers and producers have to deal with. on top of that, what are some of your ideas on how to solve these problems?

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Old April 1st, 2004, 06:20 PM   #2
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There are many good books on this subject that portray the challenges that "independent filmmakers" face and suggest potential solutions to them.

Please excuse me if I missed it, but what is your question or point? Are you looking for guidance resources?
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