Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Some interesting thoughts about Indie filmmaking!

This Sunday I read an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about Art houses being empty, and having a hard time surviving in today's economy. I do believe that the independent film distribution model is undergoing a change. There is more product and more specialized markets now. Meaning you can target the audience you want to see your movie. Instead of wasting money on advertising that won't draw in your audience you can now specifically target that audience you want to see your film. Of course this also means narrowing your film audience which isn't good if a film is going to be successful. After all you want your audience to be diverse and not narrow.

I also came across this interview on indiewire called "Yes, the sky really is falling". It's a cold hard look at distribution in today's digital market. It's not a fun read, but it has some eye opening stats that every producer should know about. I found it quite honest in it's portrayal of today's indie market place.

Yet I still have desires to do some more work. Maybe it's something I just want to say, and get out there, or maybe it's me chasing that notion of making a BETTER film. After all you learn by doing, and so far I feel I've learned a lot.

We'll see how it all pans out. I'm still writing, and I need to get something I'm in love with finished first & then see take it from there.

1 comment:

Pete Bauer said...

We certainly are living in a very fluid time in film entertainment. Every model seems to be up for reinvention, which means proven income streams would then require reanalysis and definition.

That's why I think niche is the key. Be a niche filmmaker. Be a bigger fish in a smaller pond.