Indievelopment by Jeff Richards

Indievelopment is about the art and business of screenwriting from the independent film perspective. No matter the genre, directors and producers are looking for marketable screenplay ideas that they can make in an independent framework. Loglines or networking, screenwriting contests or writing rules, let Indievelopment be your guide to selling your script independently and launching your career in screenwriting (plus, you might even learn a thing or two for Hollywood)

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Indievelopment: Scary Times in Independent Filmmaking

Happy New Year! Wish I had cheerier news… I’ll preface this by saying it’s just my opinion, and it’s anecdotal. I haven’t done any mass survey or a comprehensive examination of the dollars and cents. But, from where I stand (and not just me), storm clouds are overhead. If it’s sunshine where you are,...

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Indievelopment: Making a Short Film – Which Script to Film?

By Jeff Richards A lot of writers are choosing to shoot their own short film scripts as a way to get their name out there. It’s cheap (relatively), it’s achievable (sometimes), and it’s fun (except when it isn’t.) But, if you’re anything like most screenwriters, you have ideas melting out of your brain. And...

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Indievelopment: How Rob Ford Teaches Us The Basics

By Jeff Richards Hi folks. I’m from Canada. Did you know a few weeks ago that the mayor of Toronto was named Rob Ford? Well, I bet you do now. You’ve probably heard the allegations, the admissions, the whole sordid tale-to-date. And if you haven’t, every media outlet in North America, and many worldwide, have...

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Indievelopment: The Crowdfunding Finish Line

See that image over there? That’s our Kickstarter page, the small corner of the web that has been the centre of my life for the past month, as of 5:48PM yesterday. $8,500 pledged of $8,500 goal. Funded. There are no sweeter words to a crowdfunder. You know that look you see on a marathoner’s face...

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Indievelopment: Crowdfunding Week 4 – Determination

By Jeff Richards Second to last week of my crowdfunding campaign for Tesla vs Cthulhu. Last week, I talked about how my cat woke me up at 4AM, and I checked my phone for new backers before going to sleep. She’s woken me up at 4AM for the past three mornings too. Well, except for...

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Indievelopment: Before Crowdfunding, There’s Crowdfinding

So, you’ve written scripts. You’ve submitted to managers. Maybe you’ve signed an option or two. But damn it, you want to see your words on the screen! Hear actors speak the lines, see how a director (or maybe you yourself!) chooses to frame the shots… You want to make a movie. Good! “Wait, Jeff,...

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Indievelopment: Taking Feedback Notes

If you’re going to be a writer, you’re going to get feedback notes. And if you’re going to be a professional writer, you’re going to get some savage notes along the way which you’ll have to listen to and use to make your writing better. And it takes about the first three sentences of...