We’ve had idea for this project for a little while now but as all college students we are pretty much broke. We have applied for college project funds before but we haven’t had any success.
This time though we went the whole 9 yards. Provided the script, scene planing, locations, planed video effect, actors, sound details, music, equipment we will use. Absolutely everything we could think of, from clothes to make up, to weather and so on. No chance in hell we would be rejected this time.
So all three of us got ready for the presentation of what we are planing. We dressed up nicely, planed everything we will say, discussed questions that might be given to us. Sure generally pleas for project funding are done with email but we wanted to make an impression and show how much we want to do this short film.
So it took us two weeks to get everything in order (most of that was finding the perfect location), most probably longer then it will take us to complete the movie. We were ready, we felt aggressive and very confident that this must go through, we will not back down.
So we get into the office with all the bags, papers and pictures. Lay everything down and prepare for a lengthy speech. Tom stands slightly in front of us and starts “So the plan is to make Philosopher Kings movie and-”
He got interrupted, the guy just said “Yeah, sure you got it. Just let me finish the paperwork here.”
We were pretty much depressed for not getting a chance to fight for our project after so much preparation…
Locating a setting that would capture the scene the way we wanted to was an oddly difficult task. The way we chose to search for it was pretty much driving around the countryside, waiting to stumble upon something that would match what we want.
With all the stops we made it took us pretty much one whole day till we found one. Not to mention we were stopped by police officers two separate times for driving too slow while discussing if we could certain areas we saw not too far from the road. The second cop even asked if he would find illegal substances in the vehicle if he searched through it, “No sir, this is how we always look like.”
As the day was coming to an end we were freaking out that we will have to spend second day searching for the right location but luckily Tom spotted a perfect spot on a little hill. It was bit far away from the road and we had to walk so when we got there it was sundown, and it was perfect. The way the light was hitting the area, the grass, the trees, the stone. It took us all day to find one tiny hill that we approved of, perhaps we are taking this project a bit too seriously.
Ok, ok… I know I’ve been slack and haven’t updated you guys on what’s going on. So consider this an update.
We all got together and worked out despite our moderate success on Kickstarter, we were still about $10k short of being able to start this movie.
So, we all put down the cameras and scripts and story boards, and got jobs.
Yes, it sucks, but that’s what you have to do if you want to make it big.
I’ve been talking to the guys who just launched the Aussie movie Wyrmwood and that’s what you have to do to get your first feature film up. You have to bootstrap it.
So that’s what we’ve been doing.
The good news is that we’ve done that. We’ve put in the hard yards, got some cash together, and now we’re ON LOCATION IN AUSTRALIA SHOOTING OUR FILM!!!
Can you believe that? 4 dudes in the land of OZ getting real with Kangeroos and having a great time.
We’ve got about 16 hours with of footage done so far and we’ve got another 120 to shoot whilst we’re here. We’re on a pretty tight schedule but I think we can do it.
BUT… There were two problems.
First problem: international roaming fees. Wow. Who knew? I made one call to my mum and it used almost all our kickstarter funds! I thought it might be a few bucks but I didn’t think AT&T were that steep!
The only way I found around it was to use a local carrier. Yes, international calls are expensive but nowhere near as expensive and international roaming. I had to unlock my iPhone to be able to do it but it was easy enough. There are a bunch of great unlock providers listed here.
It only takes 5 minutes and it saved us $$$.
The second problem was this little game you might not have heard of called ‘The SuperBowl…’
Have you heard of it? It’s just one of the biggest single games of any sport in the world…
Well, here’s the problem, it’s not streamed for free in Australia. For some reason, they appear to hate us and want us to pay money just to watch the game.
Fuck that… NFL.com wants $60 for it which I think is highway robbery considering NBC Sports is streaming it for free.
But, herein lies the problem. You can’t access NBC Sports from Australia. They block overseas visitors from the American site.
So, I did some research on how to watch the SuperBowl from overseas and I found this little article.
It turns out that the only thing you need to bypass the NBC filters in a VPN. It tricks the NBC website into thinking that you’re actually in America and so lets you access the website, and therefore, the SuperBowl, for free.
The $15 outlay for the VPN is FAR better than the $60 the NFL wanted and it also lets me log into Netflix whilst I’m down here as well.
What a sweet deal.
So, long story short, we’re watching the SuperBowl from Australia and we’re going to get crazy! In a polite and responsible manner because that’s the kind of people we are… 😉
As we work towards making our movie a reality, we wanted to sit down and take a look at the work that goes into being an independent film producer. Being an indie anything is obviously going to have its serious obstacles, and its own unique pros and cons. We wondered how being an indie filmmaker measures up against being an independent in any other business.
When you’re an indie filmmaker, you’re in charge of your movie and therefore, your business. That’s the greatest part. No Hollywood execs are going to come stomp on your movie direction. You can make it as marketable or as bizarre as you want. Most indie filmmakers do what they do because they want that freedom.
But you’re also in charge of your own budget and planning, which is the hard part of it all. No one’s going to walk up and hand you a bank account for studio time, sets, equipment, casting or anything. Your movie will be created using the money you yourself are able and willing to put into it. And that can be a real obstacle. I mean, look at us – we’re struggling just to launch the beginning of our own movie, and it’s been months!
Those are the major factors of being an indie filmmaker, and we’re sure they come as no surprise to you. A lot of that probably sounds real familiar to anyone who’s put in a fair amount of work in being an independent business owner.
Like any business owner or professional, an indie producer has to understand the nuts and bolts of being a proprietor. They’re responsible for all the legal paperwork, filing taxes appropriately, getting professional valuations done on machinery and studio equipment, and keeping track of their profits, losses, expenses, and everything else that comes with running a business in any other industry.
Education and financial backing is also a big deal. We’ve all been through film school; we figure most of you small business people out there have put in the long haul through business or management school. And start-ups? We had to figure out how to scrape together a few thousand just to get our feet on the road… sound familiar?
Obviously, being an indie producer carries a lot more ease and freedom than being a big-name guy under the umbrella of a mega-movie corporation. Even though we’ll freely admit that sometimes we envy those big-name guys (and their budgets, especially), we’re still glad to be doing what we’re doing, on our own terms.
And we can certainly sympathize with any other small business owner, because we know you feel the same way. It’s not an easy job, but we think it’s well worth it.
Do we need to explain the importance of the independent film genre, or how much we love indie movies? As aspiring independent filmmakers, we’ve put a lot of time into watching hundreds – maybe even thousands – of truly amazing indie films from incredibly talented creators that deserve applause for their contribution to the art of film. We’d love to shine a spotlight on the indie genre and give some well-deserved credit, so we thought we’d each share a couple of our all-time favorite independent movies!
In case we didn’t mention this already: All the movies we recommended above are currently ready to stream on Netflix, so make sure you get a VPN if Netflix isn’t available to watch in your country yet! There’s surely an indie film for anyone’s tastes; whether you’d best enjoy drama, romance, action, art, comedy, or horror, there’s something out there for you. We hope you check out our recommendations and perhaps even delve into the expansive universe of independent film. Enjoy!
So, you’re filming a movie and there’s a scene that takes place in a submarine, but you don’t own a submarine. What do you do? Do you buy a submarine? Do you maybe have a submarine guy? Could you trade your Pokemon collection for that submarine over on that military base, just yonder across the pond?
I’m asking seriously, folks. We don’t need a submarine, unfortunately since we do have a pretty reliable submarine guy; but we are in dire need of a few Christmas trees. Where do you go about finding a few of those in the middle of Summer?
As usual, I took to the internet, my most trusty of sidekicks. I found fake Christmas trees right off the bat, but who wants the plastic when you can have the real thing? I kept searching, like a madman hyped up on toaster strudel.
Finally, I came across this great site, http://christmastreeman.com.au/ they deliver Christmas trees in Sydney. I felt hope nuzzle once more into my chest. I knew that if I found one, I could find them all! (Much like my Pokemon collection.) Find them I did. Turns out, Christmas tree delivery is a pretty lucrative business even off season. There are tree delivery operations throughout the world. In New York, they have Soho Trees, Tyler’s Trees and NYC Trees. The U.K. has Real Christmas Trees, Christmas Forest and Pines & Needles.
It was all for a pretty decent price, and needless to say, I don’t think there is anything the internet won’t give you if you just ask hard enough. There’s just something about the fresh scent of pine that I can’t resist and apparently neither can the good people keeping these places in business. Now, if anyone is selling a few thousand feet of Christmas lights, feel free to let us know. We could really use a Christmas light guy.
Let me start off by telling you this article has nothing to do with filming of any sort and everything to do with some late-night Internet ramblings I had. You see, from time to time I suffer from a bit of insomnia and nothing helps me fill those sleepless hours like clicking around randomly on the web.
So, it was during one of these click fests that I discovered this little jewel: World Beard & Moustache Championships. Yes, there actually is such a thing but what I love best about this particular website is the fantastic pics.
There really are some epic ones. Who knew you could be so creative with facial hair?
My curiosity was peaked. Not that I had any illusions of entering any kind of competition like this. When it comes to facial hair, I have zero patience for what is needed to grow out anything close to resembling a beard.
Have you heard that rumor that if you shave an area, then the hair grows back faster and thicker? Apparently that is not true. That was not the only tidbit of knowledge I acquired about beards.
Beards have been around since before we discovered fire. A man’s facial hair was seen as a status symbol and a measure of his vitality. Men in olden days were punished by having their beards shaved off and we can thank the Romans for introducing shaving into our grooming ritual.
I was curious about how you cared for a beard once you got one to grow to any reasonable length. There are a ton of videos on YouTube that cover everything from how to brush a beard to the various products made just for beards. You can use regular shampoo and conditioner on your beard if you like. They even make hair color specifically for beards. Another product I had never heard of is beard oil. The beard oil keeps the beard smooth and shiny and I found a great selection of beard oil on this website, beardbrand.com.
Well, there you go boys and girls. Everything and more that you could ever want to know about beards.