Filmmakers Have To Be Practical When Thinking About Their First Movie – Julian Shaw

Film Courage: How much does money impact the decision of what film you will make next or what kind of film?

Julian Shaw, Actor/Writer/Director: How honest should I be? Well look, it all starts with the idea right? USE ME [Julian’s feature film] didn’t have any big stars in it. It’s very concept driven. Sex sells…sure, so it has that going for it. And the world of femdom and BDSM does have a built in audience, so it had those things going for it plus it’s high concept. But let’s be honest, if you don’t have movie stars I think your budget is capped at a certain point so I would think that the way to move into making bigger budget movies is to attract stars…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).






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