March 6, 2020
Do not become a victim of festival lust.
There are 6 stages in the life of a film. There is conception. There is pre-production. There is production. There is post-production. There is the festival run. There is “distribution.” If you wanted, these are the 6 stages that your film or any film could live through. If you wanted.
For my debut short film, The Guy—which premieres today here and on Bloody Disgusting’s World of Death—this process took 5 years from conception to distribution. And I’m left with the question: Why do we make movies? Check out the film below
The answer can almost be certainly found in asking another question: When you look at these 6 stages, which is the one that most excites you? If your answer features anything other than the first 3, you are bound to be disappointed.
If you make a movie to get into a festival, you are doing it wrong. Making a movie the way you want to make it—from ideation to creation—is the most rewarding experience a filmmaker could hope to have. That being said, I made it into a couple and would like to share with you what I’ve learned about the process: