What If Hollywood Didn’t Come Knocking? by David F. Sandberg

Film Courage: Theoretically do you think you could have been making money as a filmmaker if Hollywood “didn’t come knocking.” Sorry for the cliché.

David F. Sandberg, Filmmaker (a.k.a. Ponysmasher on Youtube): Like back in Sweden? Yes…maybe. But I would probably have to make different kinds of movies that would be more Scandinavian I guess? It might not necessarily be a bad thing but yes it’s an interesting time to live in with Youtube and everything like that because some people can make a living out of just doing stuff for Youtube. So I’m sure there would be a way without Hollywood.

Film Courage: You were hired to make corporate videos and corporate versions of animated spots?

David: Yes…which wasn’t very fun but it was better than normal jobs still. I think if I’d had someone else to negotiate my salary it would have been more sustainable. I’ve always had that drive so if nothing else I would have just kept making movies with no money. Then I had this idea for a feature film that starred just her [Lotta Losten] with a little bit of me in it that we could shoot ourselves. I think that is what we would have done.

Even when we were making the deal for LIGHTS OUT since I was an unproven director they wanted this little clause in there that if…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).



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SAWGRASS on Youtube by Jack Peterson. Jack is an American filmmaker based in Chicago. He’s been featured in the New York Times, the Daily Beast, and ABC News for his work as an activist. His first feature film, Sawgrass, is a psychedelic journey through Florida, featuring an extensive interview with the brother of the Las Vegas shooter. Sawgrass also features a performance by the Rock-afire Explosion, a vintage animatronic band created by famed inventor Aaron Fechter. Jack’s next feature film, My Perfect Everything, tells the story of a magician chasing an imaginary woman he met in 1989. My Perfect Everything is currently in the early stages of pre-production.