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by Kelly Hughes
You can now shoot a movie on a phone.
You can edit like a pro on a laptop.
You can share your work with a few billion people with just a few YouTube clicks.
The revolution is here.
So why are we stuck on old business models? Why do we still think the best way to further our indie careers is to make a low budget feature, do the film festival circuit and be discovered and signed like it’s 1999?
I’m over 50. (Yikes!) and it’s time to let go of decades-old indie filmmaking ideals. It’s time to take inspiration from the younger crowd. The teenagers and 20-somethings who embrace up-to-the-minute technology and modern viewing habits. I can feel them nipping at my heels. It’s time to nip back.
So my latest movie is in the can, but instead of editing it into a 90 minute marvel, I’m changing the rules and refashioning it into a web series.
This is a horrible idea because:
1. It’s more prestigious for my actors to tell family and friends they were in a movie.
2. I can’t use it to be next year’s darling at Sundance.
3. My pacing will be shot to hell.
But I think it’s also a good idea and here’s why:
1. A Kinder, Gentler Editing Process
I can edit it in little chunks. Causing less strain on my computer’s RAM, if not my brain.
2. Instant Viewer Gratification
If I upload it to YouTube, people can watch it sooner and not have to wait for the festival/Netflix/DVD release cycle.
3. Instant Feedback
Fans, reviewers, trolls…they can all have a go at it.
4. Cast Gratification
Maybe it’s not the thrill of Cannes, but for actors who have had to wait a year or more to see their work edited and released, this could be a pleasant development and they could even use it to supplement their reels.