I hope to find some sound advice on how to produce an independent feature.
I come from editing (done some TV work and one feature as an AE) and have been directing music videos for a little over a year. I am now working on my first feature with a co-writer.
Like many other directors, I basically don't care for all the paperwork. I want to bring my story and vision to the screen, and not be bothered by the how or the when.
But being a complete unknown, I know my chances are very slim (let's be honest, zero) to get my story into the hands of an able producer who will want to get it produced.
I am now considering self-producing this feature as an indie, low-budget flick, and I hope that this thread can be used as a resource for all filmmakers out there who are facing the same situation.
So here it goes :
- Where do you start? I guess you'd budget the project first, right? But once it is done, how exactly do you round up your cast and crew if you're not sure yet how much you're going to be able to pay them? Do you just tell them to wait and see?
- What doors should you knock on to get fundings? TV channels come to mind of course, but then again, will they open their doors to a nobody? Unlikely. And if they did, what do you show them? Production notes? The script?
- How difficult is the legal part of the production process? I only have beginner's notions of all the image rights issues, but other than that, I am a total "noob" and at a loss to know what issues to address with my cast and crew, and people lending equipment, locations, etc. What should I be wary of? What are the big no-nos and the must-dos in that regard?
I know I'm basically asking for a Production 101 here, but what I'm really interested in is the very basics of what to do, and especially what NOT to do, what not to forget when doing prep work on a feature.
For the record, I am trying to get this feature made and produced in Ireland. And yes, I know that "Irish Film industry" is almost a science fiction term, but I figure my chances are as low there as anywhere else anyway, so why not try it?
Even if this film has to be shot without a budget to speak of, and end up as a YouTube movie, I WILL make it happen.
Many thanks in advance for taking the time to answer.
Edited by Nicolas Courdouan, 09 September 2012 - 02:42 AM.