Independent Films vs. Studio Script Sales

Studio films are produced by studios that usually own their distribution arm, providing an automatic sales outlet while Indie films are less likely to secure funding and distribution using the same methods as productions utilized by major Hollywood studios. Studio films work with much larger budgets vs. Indie films which work with much, much less money often requiring those involved to work for scale, deferred pay, or no pay at all.

Musings From a First-Timer at Cannes Film Festival

Ah, the Cannes Film Festival.  Where glitzy red carpet premieres and ball-gown and tuxedo-clad celebrities abound, everyone drinking champagne, hobnobbing and dancing until the break of dawn.  Oh, the glamour of it all… … or so I mused while on my flight to France, reading aloud a French phrase book a...

Alt Script: Self Esteem and Avant-Garde Cinema

On the MIND mental health website, I found this list of things you can do to improve your self esteem.     Stop comparing yourself to others     Don’t put yourself down     Get into the habit of saying and thinking positive things about yourself     Accept compliments...

Alt Script: Should You Become Your Own Producer?

For me alt-cinema only really starts to become interesting when a screenwriter decides to become their own producer. The problem is, too many writers only embrace this way of working because they see it as an easy option. They are eager to embrace low-no budget production because, at first glance, it...

Alt Script: How to Pick the Right Independent Producer

Working with independent film producers, has taught me that one of the most complicated decisions a screenwriter will ever make, is choosing which indie (alt-cinema) producer to collaborate with. And, just to make it clear, in the world of independent film-making the word “collaborate” is code for: we’d like you to...