About last week…
Last week, I promised we would have a special guest on this show. Due to a scheduling mix-up, we will have that guest on next week’s show.
You don’t want to miss it!
New email address
I want to make it easy for you to get in touch with me, so I got a new email address for the show.
Send me an email about your indie sci-fi project or shoot me a question for the show.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Update: My science fiction film
I recently came across a very interesting old comic book series.
It’s out of print, but the rights are available.
I’m working to secure the rights to this property so I can adapt it into a movie. Or, possibly, a web series.
Your log line
I’ve been reading a fantastic new book for screenwriters: Sell Your Story in A Single Sentence: Advice from the Front Lines of Hollywood, by Lane Shefter Bishop (affiliate link).
The premise of the book is simple: How to tell what your story is about in a single sentence.
If you can’t distill your story into a simple sentence, you don’t have a good grasp on the story.
Although learning to tell what your story is about in a single sentence is a great pitching or selling tool, it also gives you, the filmmaker or screenwriter, the guidance you need to develop your script or movie.
After you have your log line, write it down and post it on your computer monitor so you can keep referring to it during the writing and development process.
I recommend reading this book before you start writing or even outlining your script.
I heard about this book on The Curious About Screenwriting podcast with Max Timm.
You can check out that podcast episode here.
I’ve been hearing and reading a lot about the future of independent films lately.
Much of the news appears grim.
Some independent filmmakers claim it is difficult or impossible to make a living in today’s market.
Industry publications, such as Variety, have published stories about the bleak future of independent filmmaking.
I suspect the future is not as bad as these people think.
Yes, most of the movies screening at theaters are big budget projects. They cost a lot and expect to make a lot.
There are fewer small budget movies released theatrically these days – although we probably ought to look closely at the data to be certain.
The home video market (DVDs) is probably shrinking. (Do you still buy DVDs?)
We need to look at ALL the distribution options available to filmmakers today.
- Video on demand
- Amazon Video
- YouTube and YouTube Red
- Apps for smart TVs and set top boxes
- Broadcast TV
- Theatrical (domestic and foreign)
- What am I missing?
In the coming months, we’re going to look at distribution options for independent science fiction filmmakers.
We will talk to distributors, filmmakers, producer’s reps, and other players to find out what the market is like for independent science fiction projects.
We need to find out how much money a filmmaker could realistically expect to make in this market.
There’s no point in spending or raising $300,000 for a project if the upside is less than $100,000.
My promise to you is we will dig and find the answers. We’re after real numbers.
I don’t expect this to be easy, but it should be interesting.
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