Saturday, June 30, 2007

My book picks for independent film

OK, I'm busier than a one-armed paper hanger with pre-production and script polish (I imagine we'll be "polishing" right up until principal photography is finished) in order to meet the August 18th shoot date, but here are my favorite independent film books:

The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide - Chris Gore

I Wake Up Screening: What to Do Once You've Made That Movie - John Anderson and Laura Kim

From Reel to Deal - Dov S-S Simens

What They Don't Teach You at Film School - Camille Landau and Tiare White

43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Film - John W. Cones

The Complete Independent Movie marketing Handbook - Mark Steven Bosko

Rebel Without a Crew - Robert Rodriguez

Make Your Own Damn Movie! - Lloyd Kaufman

There may be a couple others I left out, I may include these later - But these were the pick of the litter IMO.

I want to ask everyone who reads this a favor - If you could , leave me a comment, even if it's really short!


Friday, June 8, 2007

CELL - The movie. 6.13.2007

Thanks for checking out my Blog for CELL!

Here I plan to give weekly updates as to my experience in producing a low-budget, future fiction, psychological-thriller full-length movie.

Why use the term "movie" instead of "film"? Well, IMO there's a big difference between the two.

A film is determined by quality of entertainment and experience, something which lives up to my definition of art - That which educates while it... A work of love that strives for more than mere crass commercialism.

A movie can also have all those qualities, but (again IMO) it's distinguished from a film by the fact that people actually pay to watch it.

Therefore, I'm making a *movie*: Which means that in addition to the tremendous amount of work that goes into producing something good enough so that people are willing to pay to watch it, I also get to do all the work that is involved in producing a marketing strategy to insure distribution.

And yes, just like the hot Cylon babes from Battlestar Galactica, I too, have a plan.

In fact, I have a plan A, B and C.

But more on that later - Right now I have to start roughing out a production schedule and a to-do/needs list.

More to come! Next entry will have my picks from the 4000+ pages of independent film production and distribution books I've read in the past few months.

Kick Ass Take Names,

Dave Narby