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The First Movie Is The Toughest: A Filmmaker’s Story Of How It Was Done

“Your first movie is the toughest. Even more so when dealing with smaller budget movie projects. It’s a creative fight where you’re nose will get bloodied and you’ll learn what humility means. To go from movie idea to treatment to script to completed movie is an accomplishment at any level. I make movies under the banner of Slice of Americana Films that go straight-to-DVD.

Many of us have read or heard an Hollywood backed movie getting bashed for not making it into theaters and going straight-to-DVD. The straight-to-DVD label is a meant as an insult. I guess considering the amount of cash spent a well funded movie with name actors going straight-to-DVD isn’t a victory. There’s also viewers that put down straight-to-DVD straight away. Which is cool. When you make movies you’re putting yourself out there for people to say your movie, “sucks.”

Read this article from Screenwriting Basics.

The Ten Commandments of Filmmaking
How to Work (and Survive) in the
Film and Television Industry

by Peter D. Marshall

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