A Filmmaker’s Journey From Short Films To Feature Films by Peter Dukes

Film Courage: Would you ever try to get a producer to work on your film for free?

Peter Dukes, Writer/Director: I would and I have. Once I got into the feature world the rules were a little different. That scenario has come up actually but it’s a little tricker and things can change.

In the short film world, all bets are off. It’s whatever you can do to get the film made. Once I’d built up a body of work I had 5, 6, 7 short films and I started to brand myself and get my work out there, get some press articles…whatever. I would use that to sell myself to producers or aspiring producers. Anyone who could help me I would bring in so long as there was a way I could help them. A lot of these people where people who just wanted to be involved in films, they may not have a lot of experience but they had some funding. And I’d say “Listen, I’m not going to…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

 

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Bio [from IMDB]:

Peter Dukes is a prolific multi-award winning writer, director and producer who’s films have been distributed the world over. He founded Dream Seekers Productions in the early 2000’s and, after making a name for himself in the world of short form content with well over a dozen films such as Little Reaper, The Beast, The New World, Sweet Madness, A Goblins’s Tale and more, he rocketed into the feature world with Escape Room (2017), a horror film starring Skeet Ulrich (Scream, Riverdale) and Sean Young (Blade Runner, The Alienist), that screened theatrically across the world, opened up as the number one DVD/streamed movie in the UK and enjoyed a nationwide release in the US through Redbox and VOD. He followed that up with Portal (2018), starring Heather Langenkamp (of A Nightmare On Elm Street fame), Ryan Merriman (The Ring 2, Final Destination 3), Jamie Tisdale (The Devil’s Candy, From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series), Najarra Townsend (Contracted 1 & 2) and Reinaldo Zavarce (Jane The Virgin, Don Quixote). Known for being proactive in his approach to filmmaking, Peter has several more features in development.


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