Okay, so it took me a while to get this last part up. Things have been busy and getting this last video out took longer than expected.
That said, this video covers some valuable information about the need to build a reputable network of contacts, if you want to create a personal brand people will pay money to see and make films with budgets that are bigger than whatever you can squeeze onto your credit card.
Have a look at this last video from my trip down to the American Film Market. I’m looking a little worse for the wear, but still wanted to get you the final thoughts from my time at the event:
So there you have it. If you know of people with skills in the industry, get them excited about what you are doing or find material that does excite them. If you don’t know anyone, get out there and make some friends in the places where the right people are hanging out. Don’t limit yourself to people who are high up the food chain though, because they aren’t always easy to meet. You can have just as much success, if not more, by meeting people who may not have a lot of influence, but are well connected.
Make sure you get to know what people are good at and never under value a skill set. It is true that a hair stylist who works on studio films isn’t going to get your film made, but they can be a valuable part of your crew list. Their experience counts when it comes to how seriously you are taking that aspect of your own production. Not only that, but it is people like these that may very well have connections that can get your film made.
Now that we’ve finished with this little Hollywood excursion, I need to jump into some script reviews and maybe even start work on my next writing project. I’ll let you know how that’s going a little later.