Transmogrification

An end and a beginning

Transmogrify: to transform, especially in a surprising or magical manner.

Today, I’m transmogrifying Sci-Fi Maker.

This is the last episode of The Sci-Fi Maker Show.

This show’s purpose is to help you become better filmmakers. And there are some other good shows that cover that. I can recommend:

I’m leaving you in their capable hands and shifting my focus.

My new Show is Meditate with Mitch. This new daily show is about, ultimately, getting things done – whether you are a filmmaker, screenwriter, entrepreneur, student, or worker bee.

If you’re having problems getting your movie or script done (or even started), why not check out Meditate with Mitch?

You’ll find out how I have reorganized my days and priorities so I can do a daily podcast, make my movie, and still have time for a life.

Meditate with Mitch: one minute of motivation and five minutes of meditation – seven days a week. You’ve only got 24 hours in a day. Find out how to get more done each day while enjoying it more.

If you want to stay in the loop as we make our short film and our feature, Planet Burlesque, you can “like” our Facebook page and follow our progress there.

Stay tuned! We’re making our movie on the Internet!

Space Mitch

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That’s a wrap!

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Science fiction feature film “Cronus”

Cronus: A sci-fi film about memories

Cinematographer on set
On the set of “Cronus”

Derik Presley, a first-time feature film director, has a winner on his hands with the movie Cronus.

This project is an intriguing and entertaining science fiction film about memories with a Twilight Zone feel.

On this week’s show, I talk to Derek and one of the film’s producers, Laura McQuay.

Bum
Unfortunate subject of a memory experiment

They talk about the many challenges they faced making the movie.

Unlike many low-budget independent science fiction film projects, they produced this movie with a sizable crew in the traditional “Hollywood” fashion.

Although this was his first feature, Derek has directed five short films, including The 82 Peddler, a film I really like with a steampunk feel.

Cronus crew on the set
Cronus crew on the set

The journey for this movie was long, but the results are impressive.

Cronus is on its festival run right now, so keep your eyes out because it might be playing in your town soon.

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Participate in the making of a sci-fi movie – The Circuit

Want to be in or work on a science fiction film?

Are you a filmmaker, screenwriter, or fan trying to break into the film business, but you don’t have connections or you don’t live in Los Angeles?

Do you think would be almost impossible to get a chance to work on a science fiction film featuring actors from Star Trek, Star Trek Voyager, Stargate: Atlantis, Game of Thrones, The Black List, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Justice League, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Farscape, 5th Passenger, Total Recall, the Hobbit films, Hellboy, Dr. Who, Teen Wolf, and others?

Artwork for The Circuit movie

Manu Intiraymi (Icheb in Star Trek: Voyager,  Billy in One Tree Hill)  is the executive producer, a writer and a director on The Circuit – a ten-part science fiction anthology series.

The anthology will highlight 10 original science fiction stories, with 10 sub-genres and one location. It will bring together several names in film and television joining some of the most noted production, design and visual effects professionals in the entertainment industry.

Olivia D'abo

But what makes this project so special and groundbreaking is this: the producers are encouraging you – the fans, the writers, the actors, the visual FX artists – to participate in the making of it.

And not just participate – some could work side by side with the professionals on the film.

Do you do special effects? Make a video showing what you can do.

Are you a screenwriter? They are looking for screenplays and stories to include in the anthology.

To find out more, you can go to The Circuit website. You can also join The Circuit Fan Group on Facebook.

Another way to participate in The Circuit is to contribute to the Kickstarter campaign. The rewards for this project include getting your name in the movie, autographed cast pictures, being an extra in the film, attending the premiere, play a scripted character in the movie, and more!

The Kickstarter campaign continues until May 23, 2017.

You can submit for any job on the crew or submit to come and intern behind some of the top professionals by submitting your material at the website, to manuintiraymi@thecircuitfilm.com or through the Kickstarter page.

Astronaut in The Circuit

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Back to our future

Getting back to our roots

This show is for you, the filmmakers and screenwriters creating science fiction. I have to confess, lately, I’ve gotten away from the science fiction focus of the show.

There are a lot of great podcasts for independent filmmakers. This show is a little different. Science fiction films are special and so are the people who make them.

The science fiction community is a passionate community. For example, here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, there is a special sci-fi event almost every weekend. I know local cosplayers, artists, and exhibitors who seem to spend every weekend at these events.

Batgirls

Why should they get to have all the fun? My promise is to refocus the show back to you – the science fiction filmmakers.

I do this show because I want to help you make better science fiction films and more of them.

Independent filmmaking is exploding. There is a great deal of competition out there and getting noticed is challenging.

When we make a science fiction film, we have an advantage over other filmmakers: lots of science fiction fans looking for new sci-fi movies.

Making science fiction films means we can tell stories you just can’t do in other genres. For us, the sky really is the limit. Or maybe we should say we have no limits at all.

These are exciting times for independent filmmakers and even more exciting for sci-fi filmmakers.

Let’s go out there and tell our stories!

Recommended filmmaking podcasts

There are some other great shows for filmmakers out there. They cover the filmmaking process, funding, filmmaking tools, finding actors, scheduling, distribution, and other topics useful for all filmmakers.

Meanwhile, this show is going to stay focused on topics specific to science fiction filmmakers.

I recommend the following shows because the topics they cover are useful for all of us.

Check out all of these podcasts and subscribe to the ones that you find most useful.

If you come across other filmmaking podcasts you find useful, let me know and I’ll share it with everyone.

Update on our movie

Progress on our movie, Planet Burlesque, has been a little slow lately. Like a lot of you, I’ve been very busy.

I rearranged my schedule so I have more time to work on the movie.

What we’re looking for right now is another producer. We are also looking for a good shooting location.

We’re making this movie on the internet. You can follow along on this show as we make it. With our live videos on Facebook, you’ll be able to watch us shoot it as it happens.

Stay tuned for more!

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Is film distribution dead?

Distribution for independent filmmakers

I really wanted to call this week’s show “Distribution is dead” – because I suspected it had died – at least for independent filmmakers.

Crow

The stories I’ve been hearing about payouts from streaming services were alarming but incomplete.

It is difficult to figure out how much money you can realistically expect to make with your independent film. There are a lot of platforms and the payout structure can be confusing.

What I’m going to do is give you a glimpse of the distribution picture and a strategy for monetizing your film you may not have considered.

The distribution picture: a work in progress

If you self-distribute, you can upload your short or feature to Amazon for their Video Direct program.

If you make your project available for purchase or rental, you receive 50 percent of net revenue.

I see movies you can rent for 99 cents, while others might cost $5.99 to rent in HD for 30 days (Dr. Strange) or buy for $19.99. Most indie projects are on the lower end of the scale. They are also much more difficult to find on Amazon Video.

For filmmakers in the United States, if you decide to make your video free with Amazon Prime, you will receive 15 cents per hour viewed. If your movie is 90 minutes, you receive 22.5 cents per view.

It would take a LOT of views to recoup the cost of a $10,000 micro-budget movie that way. It would have to be viewed 44,444 times. That may not be realistic for most low budget movies.

My advice would be to offer your film on the rental and purchase program to start. If it costs two bucks to rent, you “only” need 5,000 views to get to $10,000. Once the movie stalls on the rental and purchase option, switch to the free-with-Prime option to milk it for some more pennies.

I don’t have good data on how many views you can expect on Amazon Video, but I’d be willing to bet many will struggle to get 1,000 views.

You’ll face a lot of challenges getting noticed on the platform with so many titles competing for attention. I do feel you’ll be better off in the science fiction genre with this program since there is less competition.

There are other options on Amazon Video such as Free with Ads and Subscriptions. I don’t have much information about those options yet.

Be aware there are technical hurdles you face on Amazon Video. They have some picky quality standards that can prove challenging. You also have to provide a closed caption file with your video – it isn’t super simple.

Harley Quinn with gun

5 Lessons Learned from my Profitable Indie Documentary—2017 Update (article on medium.com)

Three years ago, filmmaker Griffin Howard released a 33-minute documentary called Sriracha.

“The goal in producing the film wasn’t to make money, but after spending $12,728 on production three years ago, the film has generated $136,813 in revenue, from 720,848 views.”

  • The project got over 230,000 views (10 cents per view) on Amazon Video from Prime members for a $23,000 profit. The Amazon Video on Demand contributed only $1,600 profit, so my strategy from before may be flawed.
  • Hulu recorded 292,000 views (7.5 cents per view) for over $15,000 profit.
  • Vimeo on Demand got over 43,000 views and over $23,000 profit.
  • This project also made money on YouTube, iTunes, DVD sales, public performance rights, licensing film clips, and other sources. Amazon, Hulu, and Vimeo were the big money makers for this film.

Sriracha is a documentary about a very popular hot sauce with millions of fans. It might be difficult to expect the same kind of profits for an indie feature film by an unknown director.

Other options

Netflix pays a one-time fee for your film and you’ll have to go through a distributor. Netflix doesn’t report how much they pay for movies, so it’s not realistic to provide a useful sample fee.

To get on iTunes, you can pay a fee to go through an aggregator or you can apply directly to iTunes.

There are other platforms for indie filmmakers. We will provide more information about distribution options in future shows and try to compile that information in one place so it’s easy to compare options. I suspect someone may beat us to the punch on that, but we’ll see.

The radical option

Finally, I want to offer another monetization option for indie filmmakers: crowdfund your movie and give it away for free.

This model takes most of the risk out. Just don’t go over-budget.

Batgirl

Let’s talk about a simple example: you plan to make a 90-minute science fiction feature with a small cast at a few locations. You spend a lot of time and effort to create a realistic budget of $25,000. In this budget, everyone gets paid, but not a lot.

You set a crowdfunding goal of $40,000 to cover production costs, the commission on the crowdfunding platform, and the rewards to backers. In the crowdfunding campaign, you let your backers know you’re giving the movie away for free.

If you meet your crowdfunding goal and make the movie for $25,000 or less – congratulations! You just made a profitable movie. Give the movie away for free. That free movie can help you get the word out about you and your next movie.

You could continue to give away your movies this way or you could use crowdfunding to cover your production costs and use distribution for your profits.

Maybe distribution isn’t dead.

Our feature

Some of you may have noticed, I haven’t talked about our feature project, “Planet Burlesque”, much lately. We got stalled and we’re working to get un-stalled. We are growing our team so we can move forward on this. More details soon.

If you want to stay in the loop as we make our short film and our feature, “Planet Burlesque”, you can subscribe to The Sci-Fi Maker Show on iTunes and you can “like” our Facebook page.

Stay tuned! We’re making our movie on the Internet!

Do you have a science fiction film project you’ve completed or that you’re working on? Maybe you know someone who is making a science fiction movie. If so, send me an email – mitch@scifimaker.com – and tell me about it. I love to showcase other filmmakers on the show.

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Is your movie missing that certain something?

What your movie is missing

Cosplay at Comic-Con Fan Days in Dallas
I went to Comic-Con Fan Days in Dallas last weekend and took lots of cosplay pictures, like this one.

Maybe your film has a likable protagonist with a clear goal worth pursuing and a formidable antagonist standing in the way.

And maybe your story structure is sound—with escalating conflict building toward a satisfying resolution in the third act.

You’ve studied screenwriting, read all the books, and practiced your craft. But, still…

Something is missing.

What’s missing is theme

A movie can be entertaining and successful without a theme, but the movies that stay with you long after you watch them are usually those with a strong theme.

The theme is what your movie is really about. It’s often the moral of the story; the lesson the hero of the story learns.

In The Hero’s Journey, the boon is what the hero brings back from the adventure and shares with humanity. The boon often the theme of that story.

The theme is not the same as symbols or metaphors, but the symbols and metaphors in the story often relate to the theme.

More cosplay at Comic-Con Fan Days in Dallas
And this one.

Many beginning filmmakers don’t understand or use theme in their scripts. Most movies without a good theme don’t quite work. It’s like leaving out an important ingredient in a recipe. It doesn’t taste quite right.

Once you’re clear on the theme of your story, you can make better plot and character decisions based on that theme. The theme provides a guidepost for your script.

Some writers go through the writing process to figure out what the theme is and what they’re really trying to say. They might discover the theme in the first draft and then go back and rework the story so it fits the theme better.

Regardless of your writing approach, having something you want to say in your story – the theme – is key if you want to make a great movie.

Keep learning

I always end my show with three pieces of advice: keep writing, keep shooting, and keep learning. If you want to be a better filmmaker, you cannot stop learning.

If you follow me on Twitter (@mediamitch), you might notice I’m always on the lookout for useful articles, videos, and podcasts for filmmakers and screenwriters.

This past week, I just kept hitting gold on Twitter and shared all of it with my followers.

Here are three of those golden nuggets:

Visual writing

5 Tips for Writing Visually

This article contains five great tips for screenwriters.

The writer points out screenplays are not always visual but should be.

“The more you use visual techniques in your script the easier it will be for people to see your script as a movie and for it to eventually to become one.”

Faster writing

11 Ways to Write Faster

Item number six is making a huge difference for me as a screenwriter: Eliminate distractions.

This may be very difficult for many of you.

When you write:

  • Turn your phone off
  • Close your web browser to avoid social media, distracting websites, and email.
  • Remove everything from your workspace unrelated to your project (clutter)
  • Close the door

Writing with theme

Make Readers Fall in Love with Theme

Do you know what the theme of your script is?

It’s what your film is really about. It is the question the script is asking.

“Your script should have a compelling, thought-provoking theme, and ideally one that it illustrates by way of its story, its characters, and the choices they make.”

Some examples:

  • Star Trek: Wrath of Khan – Do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few?
  • Alien – How should you deal with fear?
  • The Martian – How do you carry on when all is lost?

George Lucas

“I see Star Wars as taking all the issues that religion represents and trying to distill them down into a more modern and easily accessible construct […] I wanted to make it so that young people would begin to ask questions about the mystery.”

For filmmakers, the big question is – Do you know the theme of your movie?

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Does your film sound like a real movie?

About your sound mix…

Sound mix

It’s not enough that your independent film looks like a real movie—it has to sound like one, too. That’s why the sound mix is so important.

If your sound mix is lacking, your audience will find it difficult to engage with and connect with your film.

Your sound mix is just as important as the visuals in your film—maybe more important. If you don’t believe me, watch a movie you’re unfamiliar with and mute the audio. Can you follow the story?

Now try listening to a film with your eyes closed. I’ll bet you’ll have no trouble following the story.

Plan ahead

You can’t start thinking about the sound mix at the end of the project. During pre-production, be sure you take the time to plan and budget the sound mix for your film.

You’ll do the sound mix for your film during post-production. In the sound mix process, you combine the dialog (including ADR), ambiance (what the location “sounds like”), music, and sound effects to create the audio soundtrack for your film.

Can you do the sound mix yourself?

You might be able to do it yourself or you can hire a professional. It depends on your technical abilities and the budget.

If you are going to use a sound mixing facility, get in touch with them as early as possible, before you begin filming, to find out what they are going to need from you to do a proper mix. For example, you need to record “room tone” for every location in your film so it can be used during the mix.

Ask the sound mixing facility what you can do to make the process go as smoothly and quickly as possible.

The more prepared you are, the faster the mixing process will go. This will make it less stressful for everyone and less expensive.

Professional sound mixing services can be expensive. I would ask if they can work with you on pricing. Some facilities offer more affordable options for low-budget independent projects. Don’t be afraid to ask.

If you are going to do the mix, learn as much as you can about sound mixing for film. Lynda.com has sound mixing courses using Logic Pro, Pro Tools, or Audition. I recommend taking those courses even if you’re mixing with Audacity,  GarageBand, or some other tool.

There are other film sound mixing courses available online. Find them using your favorite search engine.

You can also find some good instructional videos for free on YouTube. If you have the time and interest, you can learn how to mix your film yourself without spending much (or any) money.

If you have a great sound mix for your indie film, your project will have an edge over most of the other indie projects in the market. Your film will sound like a “real” movie.

Bonus: What is verisimilitude and why do I care?

Verisimilitude is the “lifelikeness” or believability of a work of fiction. (from Wikipedia)

Adding little audio details to your mix can make your scenes seem more realistic. For example, a director friend of mine often adds a few seconds of the sound of dogs barking (from off in the distance) for interior scenes she shoots in suburban homes.

When people watch an interior scene and hear those dogs barking in the background, they are pulled right into that scene. The sound triggers memories of all the times they’ve been inside a house and heard dogs barking outside.

Small audio details like this, carefully added to the mix, can really help sell those scenes and make them more believable.

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Bad independent films are preventable

The truth about independent filmmakers

We celebrate the independent filmmaker success stories: Kevin Smith’s Clerks, Robert Rodriguez’s El Mariachi, Edward Burns’ The Brothers McMullen.

Theses stories and others like them inspire people everywhere to go out and start making movies. Each year, hundreds, if not thousands, of low-budget independent films are produced in every genre imaginable.

Here is the sad truth: most independent movies are terrible, even unwatchable. They make no money—for the filmmaker or investors.

If you don’t believe me, sample some low budget movies on Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, or YouTube.

Go watch a few right now. I’ll wait…

Pretty sad, isn’t it?

It doesn’t have to be that way.

Why they suck

Before we get to the reasons, let me first say this:

Bad independent films are preventable!

Two-person film crew

I don’t want to discourage anyone from making movies. Quite the contrary, I want to see more independent movies.

I just want to stop you from making BAD movies.

The best way to avoid making bad movies is to understand why so many people make bad movies and avoid making those same mistakes.

Most independent films fail because:

  • The script is terrible
  • The acting is amateurish
  • The production quality is awful

Script and story problems

You can’t make a great film out of a lousy script, especially on a small budget.

Most indie films have poor scripts. The screenwriter usually doesn’t understand story, structure, conflict, theme, plot, character, or much else about film scripts.

This is entirely preventable.

You can learn screenwriting from books, videos, classes, workshops, and other resources. Most of these resources are free or inexpensive.

Once you learn how to write a screenplay, you have to write screenplays—lots of screenplays. It takes a lot of practice to become a good screenwriter.

You also need good feedback on your scripts. Get feedback from knowledgeable people. Learn from that feedback and improve your scripts.

I get it, you’re impatient and want to start making your movie right away.

Do not make your movie until your script is amazing.

Quick side note: follow me on Twitter (@mediamitch) for links to good screenwriting and other filmmaking resources. Never stop learning!

Atrocious acting

I watched several trailers for new indie films last weekend. Few of these films had good or even decent acting.

Almost everyone recognizes bad acting when they see it. Bad acting is hard to watch and listen to.

The audience cannot take your film seriously if the acting is bad.

Do not put your friends (and yourself) in your movie (unless you happen to be talented actors).

Find good actors. Hold auditions. Get the right actors for the roles. Find a way to pay them.

Do not skip this step. Your movie will not succeed without good actors.

Bad production quality

Most low-budget films look and sound terrible. It’s obvious the director, camera operator, and sound person have no idea what they’re doing.

Luckily, you can learn what you need to know about shooting and lighting a movie with free or inexpensive online resources.

Education is a wonderful thing.

For example, you can learn not to shoot on locations with plain white walls.

You can learn how to properly operate a boom (and find out what a “boom” is).

Spend some time on YouTube learning about cinematography, lighting, recording location sound, set designing and set dressing, directing, editing, sound design—the list is endless.

Better yet, use a small, experienced crew. If you can’t afford experienced crew, build your filmmaking team and make sure they learn the filmmaking skills required for their roles.

Finally, a common problem in too many indie films is bad sound.

Don’t neglect the audio. Poor sound quality will ruin your movie and make it unbearable to sit through.

Your next step

Once your team is in place, you’ve found good actors, and your script is amazing, make a short film. You will learn more from making this short film than a formal film school education.

Once you complete the short film, learn from it. Does it look like a real movie? Does it sound like a real movie? Is it entertaining? Have you told a good story? Does it all work?

Get feedback on your short film and lots of it. Listen to this feedback and learn from it.

Enter your short film in festivals and contests and see how you stack up against the competition.

Have you learned all you can from this experience? Good, now go make your next short film.

Do not attempt to make your movie until you can make really good short films. Here’s a simple litmus test: if your short films are really good, they should be getting noticed at the film festivals and winning film contests.

Are you ready?

Have you reached the point where your short films are really good?

NOW you can make your movie.

 

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Now comes the fun part: pre-production

Pre-production and adding cool stuff

Steampunk cosplay

We are making our science fiction movie on the podcast! You can also watch our movie-making activities live on the Sci-Fi Maker Facebook page.

This week on the Sci-Fi Maker Show, I get script feedback from Bubba and we start brainstorming ideas for the shoot.

I finished the script for the short film based on “Planet Burlesque”, which is our 2017 feature film project. My producing partner, William Bubba Flint has some great suggestions we can incorporate into the script.

I’m pretty excited about this because these suggestions can take the short film to “the next level”.

We are moving from the development phase to the pre-production phase where we start production planning.

Also, a filmmaking friend of mine is offering to help – that’s always welcome. Thank you, Chris!

This week, I’ll be reaching out to a hard-working assistant director to see if she’s interested in participating. She could certainly make things go smoothly on this project.

Here’s the pre-production stuff we need to do next:

  • Develop our list of cool shot ideas
  • Find and secure a location – we need a parking lot and adjacent building or house
  • Schedule a shooting day
  • Start casting
  • Lots of other details

If you want to stay in the loop as we make our short film and our feature, “Planet Burlesque”, you can subscribe to The Sci-Fi Maker Show on iTunes and you can “like” our Facebook page.

Stay tuned! We’re making our movie on the Internet!

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Rewrite and watch what happens

Add some magic to your script

Magic
Cosplayer from Dallas Comic-Con

Want to add some magic to your film script?

Rewrite!

Rewriting is where the good stuff happens.

“Writing is rewriting” may be a cliche, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

Unlike a lot of writers, I look forward to finishing the rough draft so I can get to the good part – rewriting.

Once you finish your first draft, the pressure is off. Congratulations! You’ve conquered the blank page!

Writing is rewriting, and most professional writers advise getting through the first draft quickly so there’s something on the page to begin to rewrite. (And rewrite and rewrite again.)

This quote came from 5 Easy Ways to Conquer Your First Draft on the ScreenCraft website. This article describes five methods to get that first draft done so you can get to the rewriting.

I found some great rewriting advice from Mike Schneider on Quora.

  1. Don’t be precious with your script. Everything you’ve written can be cut or changed.
  2. Send your script out for feedback from some knowledgeable readers.  Don’t resist the feedback – listen. If you hear the same feedback from more than one person, you probably need to change that part.
  3. Spend some time away from the script to get a fresh perspective.
  4. Rewrite from the beginning.

Don’t forget, most people never even finish the first draft of their script. Celebrate that and move on to the rewriting!

How many rewrites should I do?

Everyone is different. Some writers do one or two and others might do 50.

I did a quick search on Reddit and found a writer who typically does seven drafts. The process goes like this:

  1. Rough draft. Some writers do this as quickly as possible to get everything on the page. This is often called a “vomit draft”.
  2. Put the script away for a couple of weeks.
  3. Major rewrite – this is when you cut scenes, move them, add new ones, change dialog, and move plot points.
  4. Put the script away for a couple of weeks.
  5. Polish rewrite – fine tune dialog and improve conflict within scenes.
  6. Send your script out for feedback.
  7. Spend a week processing the feedback. Decide what to keep and what to ignore.
  8. Big rewrite incorporating the feedback you decided to keep.
  9. Put the script away for a couple of weeks.
  10. Polish draft incorporating the feedback.
  11. Put the script away for a couple of weeks.
  12. Read the script and make some tweaks.
  13. Send your script out for feedback. The feedback should be smaller and scene specific this time.
  14. Make the changes based on this new feedback right away.
  15. Stop

During those two-week waiting periods, keep writing. Either write something new or revise something else. Just keep writing.

Rewriting the script for the “Planet Burlesque” short

5 cosplayers
5 cosplayers who are not in the short film

I wrote the first draft of the short film script, based on the world we are creating for our feature film in 2017, “Planet Burlesque”.

I was able to finish this draft quickly because it’s only five pages long and I plotted it out earlier using Evernote. You can even watch me write the entire script in real time on our Facebook page.

I sent the script to my producer on the project, William “Bubba” Flint, for feedback.

He read the script, but won’t be back in town to give me feedback until at least tomorrow. I’m going to record his script feedback so you can hear all of it on the next episode of The Sci-Fi Maker Show.

I won’t wait very long to incorporate his feedback into the next draft of the script. Another rewrite or two and we should be ready to start planning the shoot.

We will broadcast the planning, casting, and shooting of the “Planet Burlesque” short film live on video from our Facebook page.

You heard me, you can watch us make our movie LIVE on Facebook!

If you “like” our Facebook page, you should receive notifications whenever our videos are live.

We’ll also include some of our planning meetings on the podcast.

Your action plan

If you really want to make a science fiction film, it’s time to start (if you haven’t already). I strongly recommend making a short first.

I’m not saying it’s easy, but it isn’t rocket science either:

  1. Write your first draft
  2. Rewrite, feedback, and rewrite
  3. Make your film

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Mitch Todd: Filmmaker, writer, and podcaster