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TV Makes It To the Web Through Independent Filmmakers

Posted by bwmm on June 3, 2011

There are some pretty sweet web series that I definitely want to mention.

7 Cities

They even have it on TV

Facebook

Dirty South

The Same people who made Dirty South have Kissing Frogs

They also have a website/channel called Milestone Television

Pilot for (not sure if they are still going to have it be a web series or not)

The Endz

Here is another pilot of the Endz

The New York Television Film Festival is a festival for Pilots.

Here are a few

Red Hook High

Cast and Crew

Teachers

Another pilot made for the festival. Don’t know if it got in or not, but it was pretty good.

Which Way

Not a pilot for a festival, but for a class project. Either way it’s pretty cool cute kids show.

Mosquito

Pilot for proposed series
Dirty Rich

you can also view the pilot here Same ep just info on how much production cost, tech specs etc.

Last, but not least is a web series and a damn good one.

Pioneer One Everyone should most definitely check this web series out.

Also Pioneer One’s YT Channel Facebook of course their website

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Why We need to Produce Our Own Films

Posted by bwmm on February 22, 2010

This is why we need to make our own films. Check out who produced the film and you will understand. We have to stop letting others create images of us but us.

This one doen’t look bad. I want to check this out.


This movie just rubbed me the wrong way.


Hated this movie

I love Nollywood, but at least they have love stories. They have their crazy drama, but we have jacked up drama.

What’s sad is when we start emulating instead of making the films that would benefit us.


A movie about two women fighting over a man?

Many of these films though are good inspirations to make a film. Many of these films were made on very low budgets. A Good Man is Hard to Find was made for 3mill so right now that may be out of our leagues, but we can produce a decent movie for way less than that.

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More Goodies for Ya

Posted by bwmm on September 21, 2009

Really good vids on Low Budget Filmmaking

I’ve just discovered some pretty cool free web-based or browser based screenwriting software.

http://www.scripped.com/
http://www.zhura.com/
https://adobeshuhpoonu.adobe.com/
http://www.plotbot.com/
http://www.fivesprockets.com/
http://www.scriptbuddy.com/ (Actually I’ve known of this one for years, but now you have to pay for it in order to get better features. You can only have one script at a time with limited features)

The others I joined all last night. I am still learning the programs. I used Scripped to write a short for my Production II class. Anyways so far this program has proved to be pretty good. Next I’m working on ideas to try on the others.

Now I’m looking for web based free budgeting and scheduling software. Don’t know if there are any available.

Sorry everyone for not posting as much, I have school and production 2 class. I hope to post more.

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Learning About Film Budgets Can Help us Create an Industry

Posted by bwmm on August 17, 2009

I love to find out budgets of movies especially the low budget ones. I have to say I do love to find out what black movies like Nora’s Hair Salon, Nora’s Hair Salon II, A Good Man is Hard to Find (that’s another post all together), Phat Girlz, Love for Sale even TP’s movies. I also watch movies from http://www.theasylum.cc/ (which can be very bad.lol but I have a weird love for bad genre films)also http://www.maverickentertainment.cc/ which is where you get movies like Nora’s Hair salon etc. (but we all need our starting point.lol this goes for York as well) http://yorkentertainment.com/ Also Bollywood movies like Bride and Prejudice (more of a Bollywood Hollywood collaboration which was around 7mill. A movie like Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham around 7mill USD. Yes filmed in India, but I think we could film movies for the same. And Seriously a 7mill movie that is around 3 hours and 25min. and Hollywood can’t even do that with 150mill.lol. Movies like El Mariachi which cost $7k, but ended up being 250k or so in post (but just getting in the can and distributed the way RR intended would have been around 7k maybe a little more but not $250k) I actually make a list of movies and go to http://www.imdb.com/search http://www.boxofficemojo.com/ or http://www.mooviees.com/
http://www.scriptsecrets.net/articles/blockb1.htm
http://www.scriptsecrets.net/articles/blockb2.htm

I would also got to some famous celebrities imdb pages and see in their bio how much they got paid for a particular movie (not all have this)and then subtract that from the budget.

Also tax incentives
http://www.slate.com/id/2117309 I can’t remember if some of this has stopped, but Hollywood finds all kinds of tricks as do indies.

Filmmakers also have to be careful when you hear that a movie was made for free or on nobudget/lowbudget. Many get euipment, actors etc. for free/deferred or low pay. What many don’t realize is if you started paying for these things then the movie would be higher. This can be deceptive because many forgot that the actors aren’t getting paid or they are getting low pay.

I also think it’s very important that filmmakers, writers etc. watch movies from the classics to international. It amazes me how many people don’t watch movies other than Hollywood. Just watch movies period.

My blog is about making a film industry that is not a part of Hollywood literally starting from scratch. Anyways that being said those who are interested in Hollywood are going to have to realize that as black filmmakers making predominately black films you are going to get low budgets (there is nothing wrong with that it makes sense. Most of black films make around 40-50mill or so back so don’t expect 50mill)that being said many black filmmakers in Hollywood get upset about the fact that they get around 3-19 maybe 20mill for a film mostly the films are cheaper than $20mill. We can make really good films on low budgets. Tyler Perry has proven that films can be made for low-budgets and make a good amount of money back (not into his films that much, but I do have to give him the credit.) Hell a movie like Bride and Prejudice puts us to shame. Not only was it made for around $7mill, but it was around 2hours (the hindi version I believe)shorter for the U. S. version and it has musical numbers/lavish sets etc. The teen movie Drive Me Crazy cost around $8mill. 10 Things I hate About You cost around $16mill. She’s All That cost around $10mill. I know teen films, but many were shot on lower budgets (which are usually the budgets black movies get anyway.) More grown up market films like The Wedding was made for $15,000,000 or Under the Tuscan Sun and reduce the 5mill Diane Lane was paid and it becomes even lower. What I’m saying is that we could take these budgets and make great films that people would want to see.

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