Independent Filmmaking Basics

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An independent film is a film that is financed by an entity other than a movie studio. Discover why the story and the script is so crucial in independent films with filmmaking tips from a director and filmmaker in this free video on making movies.

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Hi, I'm Jared Drake and I'm going to talk to you about independent filming basics. And independent film is by definition a movie that's financed by an entity other than a studio. A movie studio is a company that distributes films, Universal, Paramount, Warner Brothers, all those big guys. They all distribute films. They are considered studios. So an independent company is one that gets their financing from some place other than a studio. That financing could be private equity, meaning just people with money that want to give you dough to make a film. It could be anyone, uncles, cousins, friends, friends of friends, whatever. That money can be from anywhere. When setting out to make an independent film. By far, the most crucial element to all of it is your story and your script. If you have a good script, now more than ever, audiences are willing to overlook bad camera work, bad directing. Performances I would put at a close second. Performances are right behind story. So make sure that you get actors that are good at what they do. A big part of that is getting a director that knows how to work with actors. So, get a great story. Get great actors. And find a way to make it cheap. If you don't have a famous actor in your film and you don't end up being one of those few movies that goes to Sundance and sells for millions, it's going to be really difficult to sell your film to a distributor. So try and get an actor that's somewhat known or has a following to be in your movie and it's going to help you sell the film down the line.

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