Hey. I'm Patrick Mcbrearty and I'm an indie filmmaker. I just wrapped production on my latest project, The Door, a low-budget horror flick. The Door is my third feature that I've directed and the fourth one I've produced.
My first movie was the horror film Psycho Ward Lionsgate 2008, and my second was an action flick called Bounty Hunters MPI 2012 which starred WWE Women's Wrestling super diva, Trish Stratus.
I'm very excited about being part of an awesome community like Movie Pilot. Specifically, I want to write about the world of indie films - mostly with a leaning towards horror (because they're awesome) - from making them, to reviewing these films and sharing resources and news related to the indie film sector. I guess I'd love to become the go to (horror) "indie film guy" for Movie Pilot. So, if you have any aspect about the filmmaking process you'd like me to write about or if you have a suggestion for a film to review let me know, fire off a comment or shoot me an email.
To get the ball rolling, I've included an excerpt from my latest blog posting. It details a handful of helpful resources for indie filmmakers. The thing they all have in common: they are all available for free! If you've ever dreamt about making your own movie, the links below can help you get started.
From Patrick's blog on the making his latest indie horror movie The Door.
NOW ON TO THE (SORTA, KINDA) FREE STUFF
For all of the indie filmmakers out there. There are a boat load of filmmaking related websites out there and one of the more creative ways people are trying to attract and build an audience is to give provide free resources. Granted, most of the time you will have to subscribe to an email list, but if you're an aspiring filmmaker, or a seasoned pro, the following list of free resources can be super helpful:
"How to Make a Feature film in Your Own Living Room"
I first came across filmmaker Bojan Dulabic when I heard he made his first feature "Living Life or Waiting to Die". It's a fun little movie I have referenced before. Bojan has put together a great guide detailing his steps in making his movie and it's a great all-around "how to" when it come to indie filmmaking today.
Scott McMahon is a filmmaker I've talked about in the post previously. He made a movie called The Cube for a budget of $500 with no crew. This guide is also a great place to start, since most new filmmakers will be working on a limited budget. Whenever possible, both Bojan and Scott have included the price of the equipment they talk about in their guides.
"The DSLR Cinematography Guide"
No Film School is a great site that lends itself (but certainly not exclusive) to more technical info in the film world. Ryan Koo has put together an amazing site that has several new articles daily. The DSLR Cinematography Guide is a great resource since many filmmakers today will either learn the craft on one of these cameras, and if they continue to improve as much as they have over the last few years, filmmakers may never need to leave the format.
Jon Reiss and Sheri Candler are two people in the indie film world who have made a name for themselves guiding filmmakers on how to market and sell their movies. Their most recent book "Selling Your Film Outside the U.S." (written alongside Orly Ravid, Jeffrey Winter and Wendy Bernfeld) discusses indie film distribution in Europe. Along with great insights, there are some very useful case studies illustrate the ideas they put forth in the book.
Ok, so you got the right gear, made your movie, and you know how to sell it, what's next. Film festivals. Stacey Parks is a former sales agent in the film business and she currently runs a great site called FilmSpecific. One of the best features about this site is the forums, several filmmakers ask and answer questions daily, providing great information on every aspect of the filmmaking process. This is a pay site, but one of the many resources Stacey offers for free is this great guide to unitizing film festivals to the best of your ability.
There you go, a handful of helpful FREE resources I've found on the net. It is worth signing up for a newsletter or two for these nuggets of valuable information.
The single most important take away from these resources and this article is that filmmaking today has never been more accessible. Not only are the means of production cheaper than ever before, but the ability to have your movie seen by a worldwide audience (and hopefully profit from it) has never been easier. Anything you need to know about making your first movie is available online, and often for free.
Just remember this, once you become a famous filmmaker, continue paying it forward and try to share any knowledge you gain along the way.