My stuff is probably more “really dark and f*cked up comedy” than horror. I’ve done some rom com stuff, but I love smashing mundane into fantasy. Give me Black Knight / Monty Python blood and guts over Hostel.
Horror has a massive audience, so it’s an easier sell for sure. As for a starting point, I think you need to be wired the right way for it.
Hi Jamie!!! You’ve made so many things- that’s awesome!! I want to be a producer someday and am working on helping a few projects pull together crews (all mostly standard dramas or comedies- no genre). Do you think there is a good starter set of crew members that MUST be on every production, and if so, what are those roles? I don’t want to over/under hire, but we’re on a budget so I want as much input as possible!
On that point, then, since you’ve been consistently creating and consistently successful with your projects (in festivals, in view counts, etc), do you have a marketing strategy? Or at least a few good, solid things that have worked for you when spreading the word in the past?
Watch a LOT of films. Study other filmmakers. Like learning an instrument, editing and framing has a melody to it.
Modern comedies (Seth Rogen stuff in particular) will shoot two shots in a scene, over the shoulder actor to actor then riff and improvise. Build the film in the edit. Stuff like Nolan will be plotted and planned to the last frame. Best way to learn it is to study and do.
I’m surprised makeup is on there! Not because it’s not important but because I don’t think I’ve ever seen an indie set with a makeup person unless it was for SFX. Why did you guys make that a priority?
I’m TERRIBLE at marketing. Social media is exhausting! I’m a bit old school, and I try to let the work speak if I can. With online stuff we’ll make BTS films, release stills and keep it interesting. Nobody wants to see cast looking at scripts, make a strong lead image or five.
Drip feed the content online, make it last. Try to encourage engagement if you can.
For press, a good release. Write up something the site can almost copy paste. Accept that nobody will write about a Kickstarter!
Hello Jamie. Wonderful to have you here today. I saw you mentioned you had worked as an actor before everything else- I am currently on a project that is horribly run but I have been advised by this community quitting is a bad option. Can you advise me on how to best handle an unprofessional (and occasionally negative or downright hostile) work environment as an actor?