There is an old saying that goes along the lines of “if you want to learn about films, go and make them”.
That is certainly true, but it’s often only after your film is complete when you have the first chance to reflect back and think about what you could do differently/better next time.
So today is the day that many filmmakers get to benefit from a slight bump in sales of films thanks to the horror genre. It’s halloween!
Adrenaline filled nail biters or skin crawlingly twisted stories, since halloween is associated with all things scary, I thought I’d give you a few films that you may not have seen before if you’re trying to pick something to watch tonight whilst you eat all of your kid’s candy… or in my case the candy I’ve hidden from trick and treaters. These are also Australian, which probably means you’ve never heard of them, but give them a go I promise it’ll raise your heartbeat!
NB I am not a horror film fanatic, I look for more than blood, guts and the odd booby or two to sit through one, so enjoy!
An observation I’ve made recently is the rise in film projects on crowdfunding platforms like IndieGoGo that take the ‘flexible funding approach’. The idea behind this is that whether the project makes the target or not, the project’s team get to keep whatever is pledged. This is different to the ‘all or nothing’ approach whereby people pledge an amount, but their cards are only charged if you reach 100% of your goal (or in the instance of Seed & Spark, 80% of your goal).
If you’ve never committed to a crowdfunding project before, the flexible funding model might seem like a really tempting thing to do. You are asking for money after all, and if you’re like me, the thought of asking it from strangers can be quite confronting. I have done it myself. After failing at an all-or-nothing approach, I was too scared to try it again for a second round of funding, instead going for the softer “we’ll make the film regardless of what we raise” approach.
But here’s why you might be doing yourself a disservice if you choose to run that campaign without the hard target of a fixed funding approach.
I love listening to podcasts. They’ve now mostly replaced listening to music for me during exercise, driving, housework, when I want a bit of inspiration, or when I’m feeling stressed, worried or a bit down about a project I’m working on.
As an aspiring filmmaker, I love listening to the struggles that other filmmakers are dealing with. It actually reminds me that we’re all human, and that filmmaking is a bloody hard and a tough medium to create great stories in. However, I don’t just listen to podcasts dedicated to filmmaking. I’m essentially trying to create a brand so that with each film or piece of content I make, the audience can learn more about me ‘the filmmaker’, and over time I hope this builds up to enable people to follow the content that I create, rather than segment one separate audience for one project versus the next.
That’s why I also listen to podcasts designed for marketers, for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Some of the best information you can learn is from those with a background in promoting and selling what it is they can do. Imagine how you can transfer this across to your films, and just how much further you can grow your reach.
So I thought I’d share some of the great podcasts that are currently on my ‘listen to’ list. In no particular order: