FILM COURAGE "TOP TEN" MOST READ 2012 POSTS
1. FILM COURAGE PODCAST # 150 IMPROV EVERYWHERE'S
MATT ADAMS & ANDREW FLYNN SOLTYS
Director Matt Adams and Writer/Producer Andrew Flynn Soltys filmmaking team behind a feature-length doc Improv Everywhere call into Film Courage to tell us how much planning goes typically goes into each IE stunt, the pressure they feel to top their previous videos, how they have attracted the backing of Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds & Nick Kroll, thoughts on how they raised $126,000 on Kickstarter and misconceptions people have about crowdfunding."
2. THE COURAGE TO MAKE A FILM - JANET VAN EEDEN
"Like all good hero’s journeys, my story started with a dream. After living in the UK for five years I decided to come back to my native South Africa after the first Democratic elections some sixteen years ago. Just before I left Britain, I had the seminal dream which ‘told’ me, as much as dreams can ever tell one anything, that I had to write screenplays and make films. I really thought it was one of those “in your dreams” moments and tried to ignore it."
3. GOING INDIE TAKES COURAGE - ANNE LOWER
"Filmmaking is hard, hard work. Every day that you walk onto set, there is an unknown. Will you get the shot? Will the story gel? Will it come together, will it work… or will it tank? You really never know what will happen. You can write the script, you can cast the roles, assemble the team and lead the project through production and post, but at the end of the day, it’s a bit of a crapshoot, for you really don’t know how it will all come together."
4. WHY MOST PEOPLE FAIL AT SCREENWRITING' BY JOHN TRUBY
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5. THINGS THEY DON’T TEACH ACTORS IN FILM SCHOOL BY TENNYSON E. STEAD
"Finally, I'm at a point in my directing career where folks can see signatures emerging in my work. Whenever people in the industry see my shows, there are certain comments I expect to hear... and chief among them is "Wow, you got really lucky with the cast!" When folks with a background in film start working with our ensemble, I get the same response from them. "Wow, what luck!"
6. CORRECTLY BUDGETING FOR YOUR CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN BY LUCAS MCNELLY
"The other day, I posted the results of a survey I'm working on as an on-going project to get a better sense of how perks are distributed across Kickstarter campaigns. I won't bore you with the details, but basically it's a survey of almost every successful Film & Video Kickstarter campaign since August of last year (it took a loooong time to finish). Then, I spit out the numbers, put them online, and went back to drinking.
7. ADVICE FOR FILMMAKERS FROM A FILMMAKER WHO SHOULDN'T GIVE ADVICE BY KEITH MILLER
"Car accidents, a dead dog, crack heads: a lot happened while making WELCOME TO PINE HILL. Every filmmaker has their share of war stories, but in the case of PINE HILL these battle wounds often healed into the most rewarding moments of filmmaking, both on screen and off. But, I think the beautiful chaos of filmmaking is essential for any success"
8. FINAL FILM COURAGE BY TONY ZIERRA
"In 1995 I moved to Hollywood with the intention of making movies. Despite the typical and endless obstacles I managed to make a low-budget feature, but it ended up being a disaster. I naively trusted a predatory distributor (unfortunately there are plenty of those in L.A.) and quickly lost everything. I wound up living on the street.
Within a few months I was back on my feet and ready to give it another try. I
found a job and a cheap place to live with a bunch of rowdy, struggling actors in a house we called “Masselin.” I got to crash on the living room couch, which made my rent affordable."
9. REAL PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT GOODBYE PROMISE
10. TIME VS. TECHNOLOGY AND THE FRAILTY OF DIGITAL MEDIA BY T. REED
"With Eastman Kodak filing for bankruptcy, the writing seems to be on the wall for the future of “film” as the primary medium in an increasingly digital world. But before we get too excited about a digital future, there are some valuable lessons to be learned from the last one hundred plus years of film history.
The recent pronouncement from the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences about the limited lifespan of digital media may have come as a surprise to some filmmakers, but this has been pretty common knowledge to people in the music industry where digital has already taken a solid foothold."
More great video interviews on the Film Courage
Watch Episode #1 of the new Film Courage Docu-Series 'Can I Go Viral?' starring entertainer David Waugh
New FilmCourage.com Webseries ‘Can I Go Viral?’ follows the life of young entertainer David Waugh on his journey to create a viral Youtube video as a way to further his career in Los Angeles. NYC raised Waugh takes us through his ‘9 a.m. to 9 p.m.’ hustle, where he works an office job by day, taking time to audition and perform stand-up comedy during off hours. Waugh hopes to create a viral Youtube video in order to transition from his ‘double life’ as a worker/entertainer to full time creative endeavors. Follow Waugh in his hilarious escapades and stories of juggling two worlds in ‘Can I Go Viral?’
CAN I GO VIRAL? Copyright 2013 FilmCourage.com -
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Shot by Karen Worden/David Branin
Edited by David Branin
Images by David Branin
Music by Karen Worden
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CAN I GO VIRAL? Bonus Clip
David Waugh shares one of his worst (and funniest) bathroom stories.
David Waugh's 'Outside the Film Courage Studio Interview' was our Most Viewed of 2012! See David explain his take on comedy and being funny.