An eclectic guide to creating something out of nothing.
Written By: Matthew Ip Shaw
”This most of all: ask yourself in the most
silent hour of your night: must I write?
Dig into yourself for a deep answer.
And if this answer rings out in assent,
if you meet this solemn question
with a strong, simple
Then build your life in accordance with
this necessity; your whole life, even into
its humblest and most indifferent hour,
must become a sign and witness to this impulse.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke
I think Rilke had it right when he said
“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether
it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether
you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.”
-Rainer Maria Rilke
Although the written word was his trade, Rilke managed to capture the question that new and veteran filmmakers should strive to ask of themselves; “Must I create?”
If you’re ever lucky – and unfortunate – enough to stumble across the threshold into the beautiful world of indie filmmaking,
Is the keyword. You must be prepared for anything and everything.
To start, let’s look at the definition of an independent film.
“An Independent film, Independent movie, indie film or indie movie
is a feature film or short film that is produced outside the major film studio
system, in addition to being produced and distributed
by independent entertainment companies.”
This means a smaller budget than that of a large studio production, which in turn translates to fewer people carrying more of the workload. It also means that filmmaking is now more accessible than ever before. This leads a lot of beginner filmmakers to think that there is a one-shot formula to becoming the next indie legend.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. There is no “EASY” button. There is no get-rich-quick scheme. It’s going to take a lot of work and unwavering dedication.
I hold the firm belief that if you want to get started as a filmmaker, all you need to do is make a film! There are so many online resources, you really can learn everything with the click of a button. An aspiring independent filmmaker can subscribe to YouTube channels like “No Film School” and “Film Riot” and learn everything they need to know.
More about ”How to Become an Independent Filmmaker”.
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