independent film

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...

From The Lens: How I Shot An Improvised Feature Film

I’ll admit that publishing a blog about improvising a film to an audience of professional screenwriters is a little scary… please don’t hate me! This style of filmmaking by no means replaces the need to write screenplays, and should obviously be recognized as an a-typical approach to filmmaking. Truth is: There...

Screenwriting Website of the Week: FestQuest

If you’re an independent filmmaker, you need to check FestQuest out. We’ll let them speak for themselves… About Us: We are filmmakers. But to really know who we are, it’s more important to know what we believe rather than what we look like. We believe in supporting film festivals by supporting filmmakers. We believe...

Writers on Writing: Higher Ground

Throughout my career, I routinely wrote without anyone’s feedback other than the occasional editor. Writing a screenplay demands collaboration. Because the screenplay is an adaptation of a memoir, voiceover seemed a logical device to me, but one of the readers objected, explaining that voiceover told him what to think and he...

What Goes Into An Indie Film Proposal?

Based on your hit list targets and call to action goals, your package may or may not include all of the following material (you may not even have or have a clue to some of it - but it's a living, breathing, evolving document - part of the process is doing...