Why Big-Name Actors Choose Independent Film Projects

Every now and then, you hear about a pretty marquee actor or actress taking on a role in an independent movie. It isn’t for the money — Scarlett Johansson reportedly got a $20 million paycheck for “The Avengers” sequel, and there’s no way she got anything close to that for her role in “Under The Skin” — so why do they do it?
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How To Plan An Indie Movie Release

Your indie movie is nearing completion, but do you have a release strategy? If you don’t know who you should try and show your film to, or how to get your production in front of them, your movie release isn’t going to go well. You need to know a couple things in order to plan your movie release successfully. Let’s look at a few tips to help you get started.
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Indie Film Making: A New Mindset For A New Era

In the past, indie film makers needed to rely on Hollywood for many things—filming, marketing, distribution, etc. Basically indie movie producers were still hooked into the system even if they wanted to be totally independent. But with new technology advancements, things are different these days. Now all you need is a a few hundred dollars to invest in some high quality camera equipment and a computer. Then you can create your own indie production. You can even utilize worldwide marketing and gain followers from all over the globe. Communication has never been so advanced and the resources are there for anyone to access and use them now.
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Transmedia Gives Independent Storytellers More Creative Freedom

As the art of film making continues to evolve along with technology, so do the opportunities for Storytellers to present their work across platforms. Transmedia storytelling transcends traditional media formats, typically combining interactive elements with the more traditional movie going experience. It represents a shift from purely passive entertainment to a more social experience.
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How To Adapt Your Short Story Into An Indie Screenplay

Do you have an excellent short story that you want to make into an indie film? If you’re planning to re-work your story to fit a script, you’ll need to know a few things first. A screenplay is much different than a novel or short story, as it contains stage directions and isn’t meant to be read as a finished product. Let’s look at some tips to help you successfully convert your short story to a screenplay.

Make Sure It’s Adaptable

The first thing you need to know before you start your new screenplay is whether or not your story meets the right criteria to make a good script. Your short story must have at least one character who goes on a journey and changes. The change doesn’t have to be good, but it has to be there. The hero of your story must face conflict and have a villain. Conflicts should become more harsh until the story reaches its climax. Also make sure your story has a genre that will attract an audience when it becomes a screenplay.

Make An Outline

Now that you’ve established your short story will make a good screenplay, it’s time to write an outline. An outline of your story is necessary in order to make sure you’ll be able to create a good script. Break your story down into a series of events, as simply as you can. Then work on dividing these events into acts and scenes as you desire.

Take Sound Into Account

There is no sound in a short story. But a screenplay will be performed with sound, so make sure you take that into account when converting. Edit dialogue so that it flows smoothly and add in background sounds to describe the setting in your script.

Cut Scenes That Don’t Work

Some scenes won’t translate well to your script and will need to be removed. For example, internal monologues don’t do well in screenplays. In a short stories, these are fine because you have access to the character’s inner thoughts. But screenplays are about action and you don’t often get to hear what a character is thinking. Stick to scenes and dialogue that convey the main meat of the plot and discard any that you don’t need.

Do some research on screenplay formatting before you get started trying to turn your story into a script. You’ll need to understand both methods of storytelling before you can successfully translate between the two. If you need help with your indie script or film, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’d be happy to assist you!

Thank you,

Edward Panos

5 Tips To Combat Writer’s Block And Finish Your Indie Script

No matter what style of writing you partake in, you’ve probably heard of writer’s block. This is that uncertain feeling of self-doubt that makes you toss all your rough drafts and avoid picking up the pen altogether. All writers can experience writer’s block, indie script writers are no exception. How do you combat this phenomenon and get back to your film? Let’s look at some tips to get you out of your slump so you can write again.

1. Get Moving

Go outside and do something physical. If you’re mentally strained, it helps to rest your mind by participating in something that involves motion and physical activity. Run, jog, swim, play sports—as long as you’re moving it will help you get your creativity back.

2. Look For Inspiration

If you’re feeling drained of fresh ideas, it’s time to go hunting for new sources. Watch an interesting movie or read a novel. Chances are the plot will stimulate your thoughts and inundate you with many new concepts and plans for your own work.

3. Sleep

Lack of sleep is never helpful—that’s a fact. Being tired can make you easily lose focus and become distracted. It also lowers the quality of your work because your brain is hung up on sleep, not your film.

4. Try Pen And Paper

If you usually type when you do your script, try working with pen and paper for a change. This automatically gets your brain into a different mode and the change will help you come up with new ideas for your film. Changing your working methods helps put you into a different mental state that’s conducive to getting out of a slump.

5. Take Breaks

Creativity doesn’t run on a set schedule. It would be more convenient that way, but the truth of the matter is that creativity comes when it wants to, not when you want it to. However, you can set up an environment that helps your creativity and take actions to spark yours. This is why breaks are important. If you drain your creativity, it will just make things harder and you’ll be burnt out. The better thing to do is to take a break. Your break can be a few minutes, an hour, or even days—do what works for you and make it long enough to allow you to return to your script with a different perspective.

Be persistent and follow the tips above to finish your indie script. If you need help with your indie film, don’t hesitate to contact us at indieFilmFunding.com to see how we can assist you!

Thank you,

Edward Panos

3 Things To Know About Starting An Indie Film

You’re looking to get into the indie film making industry, but before you get started there is lots of research to be done. What kind of movies do you want to make and what’s your digital marketing strategy for getting them out to the public? There are many things you need to think about and prepare for before you begin—interpersonal choices as well as matters regarding others. Let’s look at some things you should know about starting with indie film making.
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3 Easily Overlooked Aspects Of Your Indie Production

It’s almost time to film your indie movie and you’ve been preparing for a while. You want everything to go smoothly and are doing last minute checklists to ensure you didn’t forget something. Let’s look at a few things that are easy to overlook when prepping for your filming, so you can make sure you’ve got all your bases covered.
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