These are regular production notes on Garage that link you to the Film Courage radio program, a program which regularly hosts filmmakers.
Again, in an effort to connect the larger Mubi community to Garage production notes, I’m creating this forum topic so that you can get to these production notes directly from the forum.
This is a summary of today’s post:
On a Sunday where things did not go as planned and we were forced to wing it, Filmmaker Marty Lang calls in from Connecticut to give us an update on his first feature film Rising Star, Filmmaker Lord Bronco calls in from Oregon to provide us a run-down of turning points he saw in independent film in 2011, and we receive a surprise visit from HollyShorts Co-Founder Theo Dumont who shares his thoughts on decisions filmmakers must make before submitting their films to film festivals.
From today’s post:
Filmmakers Lisanne Pajot & James Swirsky call in to Film Courage five days before their film Indie Game: The Movie premieres at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. They tell how they heard the news, what life has been like since the Official Selection, the things they do to make themselves better filmmakers, and they give us their take on who has the better chance to sustain their careers, Indie Gamers or Indie Filmmakers.
Filmmakers Colin Minihan & Stuart Ortiz aka The Vicious Brothers call into Film Courage to tell us why they hate film school, whether self-distribution was ever an option for their debut feature Grave Encounters, how they got 20 million views to their trailer, their story process from conception to post and why they elected to go with Tribeca Film as their distributor.
Aaagh. The still alone on this post is CREEPY!
Definitely would like to check out these Vicious Brothers. That film Grave Encounters is one I’d like to check out. It’s weird how you come across videos on youtube and you kind of dismiss them as some schlocky rip or something, but then you find out there’s an interesting story behind it.
One has to keep an eye out for the gold buried under all the garbage. ;)
Filmmaker Tony Zierra and Actor Chad Lindberg of the documentary My Big Break join us on Film Courage to share with us their true and remarkable Hollywood story, that of three actor roommates who rose to stardom in the early 2000’s (Chad Lindberg, Brad Rowe, & Wes Bentley). We learn whether it was fate or not that brought them together, whether one can sustain a Hollywood career without a ‘big break,’ and why Hollywood doesn’t want you to see this film.
Director Matt Adams and Writer/Producer Andrew Flynn Soltys filmmaking team behind a feature-length doc Improv Everywhere call into Film Courage to tell us how much planning goes typically goes into each IE stunt, the pressure they feel to top their previous videos, how they have attracted the backing of Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds & Nick Kroll, thoughts on how they raised $126,000 on Kickstarter and misconceptions people have about crowdfunding.
Filmmaker Meg Pinsonneault of Thirsty Girl Films is in the Film Courage studio to tell us why every filmmaker should make at least one documentary in their life, her latest film Gwapa (Beautiful) & why it means so much to her, and the sacrifices independent filmmakers make.
Filmmaker Antonia Bogdanovich visits the Film Courage studio and tells us what it is like growing up around movie sets, that being a second generation filmmaker is not as easy as you think it may be, the struggles powerful women face in this business, how she financed her film My Left Hand Man, and the moment she realized that directing films is what she is meant to do.
From the latest post:
Filmmaker J.C. Khoury calls into Film Courage to share what he learned from studying under Spike Lee at NYU, why he waited 5 years to make his debut feature The Pill, how he casted lead actors Noah Bean & Rachel Boston, and his belief in Film Festivals.
Dustin Jansick, Founder of Way Too Indie calls into Film Courage to tell us why he launched the site, the indie film club he started in South Dakota, his advice to those who do not have money for website design, how filmmakers should approach press for film reviews, and his thoughts on how to drive traffic to your website.
Filmmakers Audrey Ewell & Aaron Aites call into Film Courage to talk about their latest film, 99% The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film. They share with us why they have to make this film, how they got 99 filmmakers to join them on this collaboration, how they are keeping this film objective, and the challenges they have faced on the front lines.
Franz Wisner and Kurt Wisner are in the Film Courage studio to talk about their New York Times Best Seller “Honeymoon With My Brother.” They share their adventure of selling their homes, their cars, stock portfolios, walking away from their jobs and traveling to 53 countries in 2 years and the national best-selling book that resulted. We learn why Hollywood bought the rights to the book, why the movie was not made, and who’s working on the script now.
Having had the chance to check out the Vicious Brothers’ film Grave Encounters, I find it to be the more scarier, surreal and superior substitutes for the mainstream titles of Paranormal Activity and others. Very well done and inventive. And inventive wouldn’t normally apply since it seems that the gimmick no longer had anything else to offer. Will be looking out for these guys.