Question by Tony: What are some of the things to consider as you embark on local independent filmmaking on a larger scale?
Answer by MK
FUNDING: Look up your local film council or commission. In smaller communities, the best source of funding for independent filmmaking can be the local arts or culture department where you can make contacts to help many aspects of your film production but also secure funding. Speak openly about your idea; the local council or commission may be able to put you in touch with sponsors if they cannot help you themselves. If your film handles a subject of great importance, maybe telling a story of a certain group in your community or in other ways showing a relevant subject, you should receive a good response.
COLLABORATORS AND CREW: Apart from using online film communities, such as The Smalls, to post ads for crew and other collaborators – also go through the local channels. It may seem silly, but you will be surprised by the response to an ad placed in the local paper. Or, by posting a notice in your local supermarket, at the local sports club and other places. If advertising for a crew seems costly, why not see if your local paper wants to do some good for local independent filmmaking talent – ask if you can have an ad in return for a film credit?
EQUIPMENT: Again, your local art council can probably point you in the right direction. Contact local film production companies, or those in nearby towns – chances are they will rent you their equipment for the time you need it, and they may even have some leftover film you can take over. Many production companies are excited to hear of new independent film making ventures in their local area, and may be able to share some tips and contacts with you too. When you search for your crew, you will also discover that some of them will have their own gear that they are happy to use – always ask if they want extra compensation for this, so there are no surprises later on. Always ask about insurance for the equipment you borrow or rent.
You can find more about other things such as Shooting, Editing, Screening, … via http://www.thesmalls.com/thesmalls/local-independent-filmmaking-how-to-start.go
Good luck 🙂
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