Independent Film Production in 2024

You've have the dream, the passion. You're a filmmaker-probably a producer, director or writer-and you're embracing a script. The film you must make.
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Let's say that you're in the early stages of production or about to secure financing. Since it's a struggle-a labor of love-I'll suggest that you relax, catch your breath, and take it all in. Clear thinking is in order to avoid creative flaws, administrative problems, and costly miscalculations.

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Since I'm someone with a few war tales about getting films made, I can help to pave your path with a few key pointers for navigating your way and smoothing your sail through these rocky waters:

1. Allow an additional ten percent (minimum) as a cushion to your budget. Film production, even for the experienced is a dicey venture. Unexpected expenses always pop-up. It could be location costs, props, rentals, editing, or other post-production costs-anything. Most expenses are never exactly as stated and they rarely decrease. Be smart and plan for this. Accordingly, if you've done your homework and padded your budget for at least an additional ten percent, you should be safe.

2. Creative Control: Never accept a deal that requires that you relinquish less autonomy than you're comfortable with. I'm aware that financing is hard to come by, however the film is your embryo. Never bring it out in the world unless it is truly yours. There's a wealth of horror stories about filmmakers who relinquish control of their product, and later anguish because the product bears no resemblance to the script. Be true to the spirit of the project and maintain your integrity.

3. Ensure that all partners, investors, or distributors are on the same page. Your page. Everything should be in writing, and spelled out clearly. Ask candid questions and expect honest answers before you sign on any dotted lines. If something sounds flaky or too good to be true, it probably is. Know the goals, aspirations, and temperament of people you're dealing with. Although it's a creative project, it's also a business venture. The film production agenda should be an enjoyable and profitable one. Make it plain.

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4. Give yourself the space and place to be creative and organized. Don't rush the process. You'll face a multitude of tasks during every stage of production, so spread some of the mundane duties to your production staff. Delegate. Take time to visualize and imagine. Allow yourself the room to set the tone and philosophy of your management style. Once the project gets kicked into overdrive, become comfortable with making decisions on the fly because windows will close quickly. Plan to be impulsive. But give yourself time to make those calls. It is okay.

5. Make the script come alive. Although it's a "must do" film, not all scenes will translate as intended. Be prepared to add or delete:shots, angles, dialogue, effects, etc. The shooting script should be tweaked until it fits like a seamless piece of fine fabric. Don't be afraid to realign any element that hurts. The script must have visual sense and compel the viewer. Don't become hypnotized by the pages. The final product must shine and this is the moment for you to discover the switch.

6. Motivate your cast and crew. Whether you're operating from a low budget or not, your cast and crew serve your will. However, you can't make it happen without them. Excite them with your vision. Try to make them feel that they are apart of your wondrous cinematic event. And a few pats on the back, every now and then, are always welcome. Compliment outstanding work, but criticize constructively whenever necessary at every phase of the project. Inspire excellence, if possible. All of it makes for an invigorating production flow.

7. Be receptive to suggestions, but be firm when you disagree. Once in awhile, a cast, crew or production member will offer suggestions. I wouldn't encourage this; you're under no obligation to listen. The advice may offer some value. If it makes sense-fine. But if you're on the mark and know what you want, advice from well meaning personnel can usually be ignored. It's your call. If you don't agree, let them know in no uncertain terms, when appropriate. You're the boss!

8. Since you are the boss, never tolerate disruptive, hostile, or otherwise incompetent behavior from anyone. One way to implode film production(and the ultimate product)is to permit sabotage from toxic personnel. You didn't hire people to indulge their egos or fantasies. Your set is not a platform for their insecurities. This is your "shoot." No one has the right to grind their axe at your expense. Maintain control and send a message to everyone when necessary. If the matter can't be resolved amicably-to your satisfaction-fire the culprit immediately.

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9. Don't Panic and Rush. Take your time. All production schedules are vital, but don't become enslaved by them. Rework the timetable and take the time to get it right. Address mistakes, immediately, and get help! At times like this, you must show your people that you can handle it. Here, mastery and seerenity will pay big dividends for you and the project that you envision. Slow down and get your bearings. In film production, like anything else, haste makes waste.

10. Trust your instincts. Do it with courage, confidence, and a style that is natural for you. Believe in your vision and be willing to lead. Take the process to the farthest edge of your comfort zone. And demand that others buy into your agenda. If they love the medium and the project, they will follow.

Whatever you do, find your passion in the project and have fun.