How to become an independent filmmaker

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Indie Film Making

: Director of Photography Michael Chin (left with beard) and sound recordist Curtis Choy (with cup, center) on location in an indie film shoot in San Francisco, California 1983. Photo by Nancy Wong.
: Director of Photography Michael Chin (left with beard) and sound recordist Curtis Choy (with cup, center) on location in an indie film shoot in San Francisco, California 1983. Photo by Nancy Wong. | Source

Indies and the Internet.

Independent filmmakers or indies have been gaining a great deal of reputation as more of their films have been recognized in film festivals in the USA and the the world. These young creators have brought a new perspective to this art.

However, most of the time they lack the support and resources and even the background to make their first movie. The internet is changing all that by offering the information needed to start an independent movie project. But, in order to be successful you need to find the top websites where you will get the best quality advice which will help you to succeed as an independent film maker or indie.


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Independent film makers are taking advantage of the internet to build their websites. Getting investors for unknown filmmakers is very hard. Additionally they must face other challenges such as production, marketing, and distribution.These sites become channels for exchanging ideas and resources . For instance, Raindance.org is an outstanding site offering tips for indie film makers. such as an equipment guide and valuable tips for producing,directing, screening in addition to interviews with experts on the art of making independent movies.

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Indie Online Festivals

Indie filmmakers have now the opportunity offered by the increasing number of online festivals where they can promote their films to an audience of millions. Additionally,these festivals attract the attention of producers and investors.

For example, recently the New York Times launched its first ever Indie Online Film Festival, a free series of four films curated by the nonprofit Film Independent. This site sponsored by the prestigious newspaper is a real treasure for anybody interested in the new wave of films.

Using internet tools for filmmaking

Most internet resources for indie film making are cheaper than for a regular movie but it requires a lot of research and getting acquainted with all the artistic, technological and financial aspects of the business. The New York Film Academy is great source of information. You can learn there about the 37 best websites for for filmmakers. The list have been made by the students of said academy and will help you save time by avoiding many useless sites.



Some successful indie movies

Here is a short list of Indie movies produced in most cases with a little budget and produced millions in profits worldwide:

Woody Allen`s Midnight in Paris cost several millions to produce, but is considered a low bud get movie in comparison. That is why is listed as an indie.

The Devil Inside (2012)

Primer (2004)

Swingers (1996)

Tarnation (2003)

Midnight In Paris (2011)

Gabriela (2001)

In The Company Of Men (1998)

Billy Elliot (2000)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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Robert Reford Started the Sundance Film Festival

Robert Redford founder of the Sundance Film Festival
Robert Redford founder of the Sundance Film Festival | Source

How to make an indie film

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The Sundance Film Festival, haw become the point of reference for all independent filmmakers from all over the world..It was started by Robert Redford in the mountains of Utah with the purpose of fostering independence,discovery and new visions for in American film.

It is .a program of the Sundance Institute and just in 2012 had an attendance of more than 40,000 enthusiasts.

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Online Opportunity for the Indies

Independent film making has been growing exponentially thanks to all the tools available on the internet as mentioned in this hub. However getting your creation on top becomes very difficult each day because of the competition and higher standards. .It is required aspiring filmmakers take their time and study very hard before starting a project that could costly in the long run. The resources are ready available on the internet but you need to take advantage of these amazing tools intelligently. In the sixties I tried to make a movie using an old Bolex camera..How time has changed !

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MarleneB 22 months ago from Northern California, USA

This is very useful information. The Indie market is growing, which gives hope to so many, including me, who have a dream of some day having one of their movie scripts produced.

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