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  • Am I crazy for wanting to make a feature film, hoping it will sell to break in?

    Basically I want to get into a career as a film director, and have decided to make my own feature film after saving up a lot of money. I've also made some short films of my own, as well as helping out on other film sets to gain experience. I feel now it's time to move on to the big feature goal though.

    But people think I am crazy for wanting to do this, and everyone is telling me absolutely not to.

    But now since then, and now that I am closer to getting the ball rolling, the pressure for me to quit is so much higher, and I feel like everyone is just at my legs trying to pull me away.

  • #2
    I've made 2 features, and am very proud of both of them. Neither of them has been a break-out financial success, or has "made" my reputation as a screenwriter and producer. Do it if you really want to do it, but don't depend on other people for support and encouragement. And plan plan plan - then plan more. Pre-production is key.
    Screenwriter and script consultant: www.maralesemann.com

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    • #3
      Okay thanks. Just worried that I will loose a lot of money off of it it, if it doesn't have any success at all.

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      • #4
        There's a very good chance that will happen. So don't do it unless you can live with that.
        Screenwriter and script consultant: www.maralesemann.com

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        • #5
          Well I've been told if I can't live with that, then just make a feature film for a cost than I can live with, maybe only shoot a feature for $10k instead. But would a feature shot at 10k, be as good of quality as a feature shot for 100k? I just feel that maybe there is a limit as to how cheap a filmmaker can go? Unless there isn't and it's still possible to have a movie with good looking sets and cinematography, and good acting and sound, all shot for 10k?

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          • #6
            Dude, you are completely crazy. You want to be a filmmaker!

            Here's the thing, though. For me at least, I see this sentence in your post "Unless there isn't and it's still possible to have a movie with good looking sets and cinematography, and good acting and sound, all shot for 10k?" and I think backward priorities. You don't even mention the story. If your story is awful or lame or derivative, then it really doesn't matter how much you spend on sets and cinematography and acting and sound.

            If you've got a story that you just have to tell, that you need to need to tell, then it doesn't matter how little you spend.

            Find an opinion that will help make that decision.

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            • #7
              Oh okay thanks. Well I was told by some other filmmakers that it doesn't matter how good a story is, if I don't have the budget and equipment and talent to execute it well. Is true that without enough budget, that the best story will fall flat on it's face?

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              • #8
                Yes some movies you can throw a ton of money at and be successful but 9 times out of 10 story will always prevail. There was a film group who made a film in 2009 called "the hunt for gollum". Some viewers would say it was on par and held true to the lord of the rings series. The budget for that film was 3000 (imdb). Thats only about $1800 USD. Money doesn't make or break a film. Story and technique do. So don't question whether or not it looks cheap question whether or not you have a good story and if it's something the audience would enjoy.

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                • #9
                  Okay thanks, I looked up The Hunt for Gollum though, but that's just a short film, where as I am talking about an entire feature for a microbudget though.

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