As an indie filmmaker, you’re walking a fine line of doing everything by the books and having to bend or break the rules. When should you cut corners, and when should you not. Alrik tells us stories from his recent shoot.
The Daily Struggle
Timothy struggles with an Act 3 resolution.
- What makes for a good ending?
- What makes for a good story?
- Different story types
- Cohesive filmmaking
Alrik spent the last week producing a short film. He shares stories from the shoot including conflicts with the police and having an actress walk off set.
Topic #1 – Cutting Corners
As an indie filmmaker, you’re walking a fine line of doing everything by the books and having to bend or break the rules
- places where we often cut corners: locations, permits, contact law enforcement
- where is the line? how do you find it?
- when can you cut corners, when should not?
- a tough lesson from the set of Midnight Rider where a crew member was killed by a train: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-midnight-rider-train-ntsb-20150324-story.html
Topic #2 – Luck & Timing
How much does luck and timing factor into success?
Thinking about Pixar and how those four guys who worked on Toy Story are considered story gods, but at one point, they had no idea what they were doing. Toy Story was almost cancelled. Would Toy Story even ben a thing had those four guys not all been at Pixar by luck? Or what about the Beatles? How crazy is it that these three musicians in Liverpool found each other and made this band? By themselves, they would have each had a great solo career. But together?
- Being in the right place at the right time / Knowing the right people
- How it relates to production and making movies
- Actor availabilities is a big one (or even director availabilities. When I bid a job, sometimes directors aren’t available.)
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