The Academy Awards might be cinema’s glitziest and highest-profile red-carpet event, but Oscars go to big-budget studio pictures just as often as they go to independent films.
With that in mind, here’s a rundown of the film world’s prestigious prizes. When an independent film wins one of these accolades, it not only recognizes the excellent filmmaking, but adds a marketing buzz and box-office boost as well. Thus, recognition at any of these events is typically a great boon for an independent film.
Have you ever found yourself getting angry when you look at a list of movies that are coming out in the next year? An endless list of regurgitated themes, comic book characters, or soulless reboots of ideas that have been stale for decades. What is keeping you from telling your stories? Probably just one thing, and one thing only: money. But you probably don’t have a production company to funnel copious amounts of cash towards your idea. As and independent artist, your pockets aren’t that deep. And in time, you might just give up, your ideas sitting on the shelf, your storyboards gathering dust, your scripts a vague memory awaiting the eventuality of fading into obscurity with your next computer upgrade.
A script is an outline, depicting the visual, aural, and behavioral elements of a story. A script is loose, with room for creative collaboration. There are many artists involved in the completion of a film including the director, cast, editor, and production crew. Each with their own interpretation and spin to put on the final out come. When a script is put into action the writer may or may not be involved in the process. Additional writers may also be brought in, and re-writes will most likely occur. Continue reading