What Does It Mean To Be An Independent Filmmaker?

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What Does It Mean To Be An Independent Filmmaker?

by rwwawokzynczyk

The life of an indie artist is a lonely one.

While people get the whole "live your dreams" idea, there is a disconnect between their fantasy of it and your reality of it.

It means choosing art or livelihood

There is only so much to a paycheck, and often becomes a hard choice between daily necessities and the project you are trying to self-fund.

It means maxing out your credit cards

In modern America, it is far easier to get a credit card than an actual loan, so you sign up for three different cards with good intentions of paying them back...eventually.

It means your cell phone is suspended

It's a choice between paying your bill, or letting it ride for a month until next payday, because you need that $100 for your project. Fingers crossed they don't suspend your service before then.

It means eating microwave burritos

When self-funding, sometimes the project means more to you than basic nutrition. So you stock up on burritos when they are on sale. Better than ramen when faced with living as starving artist.

It means hitting up everyone you know for support

In an age of crowdfunding, you have to get comfortable pimping yourself for financial support from friends, family, and strangers, all while eating said burritos and not paying you cell bill.

It means obsessing over every little decision

Everything is riding on you. This means every choice gets second guessed at some point in the process, because you want to make sure you make the right one for the project at hand.

It means making friends with insomnia

Do you like sleeping? Too bad, get use to loosing it little by little, night after night, as you spend every waking moment working on every little detail well into the wee hours of the morning.

It means reaching for the sky...

You live in the reality of it, the daily struggle of it, the credit score devastating, financial gamble of it. You understand the process, you understand your awkward, tentative position.

...With your feet firmly planted.

Because you know the score in a personal, intimate way, you are free to dream the impossible dream, because you know what is a stake if you fail, and failure is not an option.

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Do you have a story? And do you have a camera? That's all you need to make that dream a reality (well, at least the movie side of it, animation will take much more). If you have a story, write it down. Get a script together. Don't worry about proper formatting, you're making it, not trying to sell it. You just need the basics-scene heading, description of what is happening, and dialog. Key thing to remember here-write ONLY what you can see. If you can't see it with the camera, then it doesn't belong in the script. Next is camera. If you don't already have one, go get a cheap DSLR, like a Canon Rebel, these days you can get them for a few hundred. Learn how to use, shoot anything and everything until you feel comfortable with it. Then it's time to shoot the story you wrote. Get your friends and family to help. You're a filmmaker now.

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I've always wanted to make films, animations, something in that area. Any more advice?