Okay, first, watch “I Need a Car” and see the clip on facebook, then read how it was completed.
I usually don’t do stuff last minute, but it must have been fate that I was thinking about WJXT’s Morning Jam Contest when I was approached by a guy who asked me to help him win a car. Unfortunately, I only had two days to complete the project. GULP! So, I threw all caution to the wind and did a true “run-n-gun” production.
Production for me has moved from the basic run-and-gun video to full-scale crews and sizeable budgets. When the needs for productions grow, it gets difficult to call favors from your crew, and it seems that everyone wants their cut on the deal. As a producer, I need to keep this in mind, balancing the budget so that it works out favorably for both the client, talent, and crew. In doing this, everyone wins and relationship lines stay open – a huge goal for continued success in the filmmaker’s arena.
So, how can this be done? What are some elements to consider when you are needing to get deeper responses from prospective funding sources?
When it comes to creating a successful film trailer, many new producers and editors will settle for a quick overview of the entire movie. Come to think of it, many big films are guilty of this too, and then the audience wonders why they had to pay to see the flick in the first place, since they learned the entire plot in the minute spot they saw on TV! Here are a few concise tidbits you can follow as you create a tight and entertaining trailer that will draw people to want to see your film.
In the past, most indie filmmakers needed to promote their work through festivals to gain enough support for distribution. Few studios pick up films, and so many others wonder aimlessly around the States, or even the world, hoping for a chance to be recognized… Behold! There is a light rising, and its warm rays may spell out your opportunity.