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Why I hate the Indie vs. Independent And other Film Wars

Posted by bwmm on October 23, 2010

http://my.spill.com/forum/topics/independent-films-dying-breed
http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail203.html This is too funny. I do remember a film professional mentioning something like this. He stated that many so called no-bud/micro-bud movies or uknown filmmakers (who end up with hit no bud movies in theaters or film fests) have a producer family member/friend, friend of family backing them. Don’t know if this is true or not, but it does make you think when you hear these hyped up stories.

Anyways during your entry into filmmaking you may come across a war going on (that personally gets on my nerves) which is the indie vs. independent war or debate . Also indie vs. independent vs. Genre vs. whatever. To me it’s the most silly debate I have ever seen.

All “indie” is, is a shorter version of independent which means independent of the studio. It was financed (some say a small portion of finance might come from a studio, but the majority from funding outside of the studio system.) That means an independent film is no less independent, because it was distributed by a major studio. Like what was stated in the above video many indie or independent films are more like b-films. B-films aren’t bad. That’s not what the b in bfilm stands for. It stand for budget. Having a low-budget, b actors as in not a list. Also what most say as indie (as in no budget or low budget) could also be categorized as micro-budget filmmaking.

Having no, low-budget, no stars, quircky stories etc. is just a by product, because many indies filmmakers have limited funds not because they are independent. An independent filmmaker could have access to a lot of funds as well as other resources.

You can have a high budget, high concept film and be indie (Star Wars anyone), you can have stars. You can also have a low-budget high concept film as well. I remember someone asking why would Hollywood actors want to do an indie film when they make a lot of money in HWood. I was like duh could it be because they are actors? So they want to-well- act.

DVXUSER “Honestly most of my friends wouldn’t even watch indie movies. I can’t say I blame them. I don’t watch indie movies either. Not true indie movies, anyway. Sure, I watch indie movies that were made for $7, $8 million, but how indie is that honestly? The rest of us making real indie movies are never given budgets like that.” (P.6) What is a true indie film? How is some one with 7 or 8mill less indie? How is someone with stars or known people in their films less indie? (wasn’t mentioned, but I think this needs to be asked)

High Concept according to Blake Snyder “The term was made famous by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Eisner in their heyday as young gurus running Disney. To them it meant just what we’ve been discussing here– making the movie easier to see– and they came up with a long run of successful high concept movies. All you had to do was look at the one-sheet (another name for the poster) and you know “What is it?? for Ruthless People, Outrageous Fortune, and Down and Out in Beverly Hills.” (P. 15)

Just yahoo, google etc. the Katzenberg 28-page memo.

It seems like people have to try to make categories or labels that weren’t there in order to film better about themselves, because another filmmaker or whatever did something they didn’t think of and succeeded. It never occurs to many who do this that independent/indie is going to be different to different people. Just focus on the main definition of an indie/independent film and the rest is personal. Instead just worry about making films. I also think that many get so focused on themselves they forget about the audience. The audience don’t care about all the labels. They just want to see a damn film.

I remember reading where a filmmaker blasted Robert Rodriguez for El Mariachi saying that it wasn’t a true indie film (LOL) because it was an action film like Hollywood etc. LOL I mean seriously how is it not indie/independent. He made it on no-budget (remember that’s true indie), he even sold his body to science (we have a lot of these trials mostly targeted at students in Austin. Especially UT students) His stars were unknowns, he wrote the script based on what he had, he wore all hats etc. So how was it not indie/independent?

What I don’t get is how many of these filmmakers (ones who like to start this type of drama) love to bring up how with indie films you can have your creative vision (as if a big budget indie couldn’t) or tell stories Hollywood wouldn’t tell etc., but are just as likely or scared to have movies featuring black characters as with mumblecore. Like I said these filmmakers don’t owe us anything, but they can’t diss out other indies for budgets or Hollywood studio features for not being daring or having different characters, races, stories etc. when most of them don’t do so as well.

Please! Filmmakers don’t get into this indie vs. independent vs. genre vs. studio vs. anything debate. Just make your films. Yeah there are stinkers in Hollywood as there are in independent or Bollywood, Nollywood or any other industry. Even old Hollywood had the stinkers along with the most loved classics (which sometimes during their own times weren’t loved at all)

Works Cited

“Anyone Made A $250,000 Film?.” DVXUSER. 08-02-2008 03:14 AM, 2008. Web.
20 Oct. 2008. .

Snyder, Blake. Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need. 1st.
Studio City, CA: Michael Wiese Productions, 2005. Print.

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Cockney Trek

Posted by bwmm on October 22, 2010

Funny Trek Parody

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The Beauty of the Process of the Development Story

Posted by bwmm on September 22, 2010

Who would have thought this would become the start of Doctor Who
1963 BBC Report on SF
1963 BBC Follow-up Report on SF
1963 BBC Concept Notes for New SF Drama
1963 BBC Background Notes on Dr Who
1963 BBC Audience Report on Dr Who

Another story that people associate with Doctor Who is Doctor Omega.

Original Star Wars treatments

You can also find the different versions in Star Wars Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas, biography by Dale
Pollock

Wiki for the Adventures of the Star Killer: The Star Wars

Adventures of the Star Killer: The Star Wars Script

These seem to have some of the scripts. Some are fan like Adventures of the Starkiller II
http://www.omg-facts.com/view/Facts/12136 (and they didn’t mention that Obi-Wan didn’t die until later. In most drafts he lives. That is until Lucas collaborated with Joseph Campbell who helped him write the story using the Hero’s Journey. In some versions Luke is the younger brother of Deak. He is called to fight Vader or Valuoron after Deak is killed with the sign Angle Blue. In some some versions Luke is Annikin Starkiller, then Luke Starkiller then of course Luke Skywalker. In different versions Luke and Leia are cousins, brother sister, girl friend boyfriend (as was supposed to happen after the first one until Lucas changed the direction of that relationship) There was even a book written where Luke and Leia are a couple. Man when you read those different treatments and scripts it’s a trip. I love to see the evolution of a story idea.

I mean just look at Doctor Who. Originally the BBC didn’t want to cast a kid. Susan, Ian, and Barbaras names are different. The doctor is more of a nut then he is in the existing series (he even hates scientists, inventors etc. and tries to stop the development of history (tech) in his travels, because he loves the past. Remember originally Doctor Who was a mystery. This is a time before the Time Lords etc.

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Lets Make Waves in Television!!!

Posted by bwmm on September 21, 2010

I’ve been watching the tv show Here Come the Brides  . It was a tv series that came out in 68 about three brothers who go East to bring women to Seattle, Washington. Seriously David Soul Pre Hutch. ummm. Recently learned that it was based on two women who had this idea. This is a cute fun and delightful show. Here Come the Brides DVD description I have the complete first series from the library. Trying to find stuff for my grandfather to watch since we didn’t have cable. Now we do. But anyway I remember watching this show as a kid and was like look at all these people from Trek.lol Plus were those Bolt men hot!!! when I see this series or others they are usually on cable channels. What I started to wonder is why don’t these channels create their own even if it’s low-budget if they want this type of programming. I actually wonder why networks aren’t making shows like this now or like Lost in Space not that new hot mess WB pilot. Now I know it’s probably harder than all of that. I totally wouldn’t mind a low-budget tv series even if it looked low-budget as long as it’s good and entertaining. Why must America always think that tv shows have to be uber high-budged so called higher production quality (half the time over programming quality)? Just because a show has a high prod value doesn’t make it a good show or even entertaining. Just look at what’s on tv now. The show can be shot on film, video or whatever. I loved the series Christy that came out in 95. The series was short lived, but there was a tv movie series for the fans that came out on Pax. The movies were shot in Canada vs. Tennessee (which is def more preferable), because of budget. Now a series didn’t go through because (family etc.), but seriously it got me thinking. Why can’t a series like Christy, Here Come the Brides, hell the Rifleman (when you think about it they are mostly on that farm or in that damn town). Frankly I have nothing against shows being shot on sets/soundstages as was done in the past (if that keeps it cheaper than I’m all the way for it, well except for cgi sets (unless they are good)

Can you say low-budget? Can you say not the best production values? Can you say not the best acting? Can you say a short season? Can you say so what?
Some of them
Walk on Water (Christian TV Drama Series)

The pilot was made on a very very very low-budget (not telling on the site, out of respect for the creator(s). People don’t like telling budgets for business reasons. Might not mind, but I don’t want to chance it. I asked them at youtube user site and I got a response about the production cost.

Atlanta Homicide, but I so don’t want to see a new slew of cop and law shows in the vein of L&) (Love L&O, CSI etc, but damn) now a series like Adam 12 maybe. Or something like Rosemary and Thyme. Loved that series. Then again I love cozy mysteries. I just love mysteries.

Shubian’s Rift has there eps up

We of course can’t forget the BBC Productions such as Blake’7, Doctor Who and a slew of mini series, sitcoms and dramas

Yeah you have people bitching about the low-budget quality of some of these series, but they are still watching in order to be complaining about it.

And from the low-budget black films I’ve seen come from Maverick, Yorke and countless others it’s a trip BET can’t do a tv drama series or even a sitcom. Nora’s Hair Salon was mostly on set, but the first film could have been the basis for a weekly dramatic series and the sequel could have been the basis for a sitcom as most of it was on a film set.

Here! A network geared to the gay and lesbian community has two series called Dante’s Cove and Lair which are influenced by shows such as the occult soap opera Dark Shadows.

Strange Paradise A canadian tv soap similar to DS (which was pretty cool actually) was low-budget, but ironically enough had a bigger set than DS. Yes some of the other sets looked low-bud, but so the hell what?

Another thing I wish would happen is for my Network TV to do what UPN didn’t. Be better than CW. Don’t try to cater to teens. Make shows like Trek, Firefly etc. as well as shows like Brisco Country Jr. shows like Here come the Brides, The Rifleman anything non CW Dawson’s Creek, Gossip Girl type shows please. I can’t take it anymore. If they must do a teen show do a teen show like 24-7 or the Tribe or something. Bring back kid shows. Real kid shows and not the crap we see on Nick and Disney. I loved the Enid Blyton Adventure Series from NZ there was another I can’t remember the name or the Famous Five. Bring back shows like the Press Gang, Tomorrow People, Hypernauts (even though short-lived was da bomb), Emily of New Moon type shows etc. And for goodness sakes MNTV please re-try the novela again and don’t let Hollywood get you. Anyway why not have shows that people actually want to see. The fact that you see so many fan films showing adventure and hope which is opposite of these depressing we all suck, humans are the dreggs of the world and universe crap is because most people that want to see that mess or even feel that way. So lets make shows that not only we would want to see, but our kids etc. Not hey my neighbor might not like this or might like that. Okay your damn neighbor. I’m sorry, but I look at what I would want to see on tv or what my kids or yes getting poll of what others are interested in seeing etc. but at the end of the day it being about what you the producer etc. would be interested in. Reason why I love the Grey’s Anatomy creator. She stated that she doesn’t write for fans. She creates her shows based on what she would be interested in watching after watching tv when her child was born. She said she was like who wants to see this. She got in there and did it. We all know that these damn polls and whatnot don’t represent what most of the population actually thinks or wants. With Smallville in it’s last season we are going to be stuck with a bunch of teen dramas. I do like the new Cheer show. Frankly I think CW needs to bring in new types of dramas and sitcoms. The whole purpose of UPN, WB, now My Network TV and CW and cable as well were so that new tv shows could be made or even brought back that couldn’t be on major networks. Problem is that never happened. Now all we have is Dawson’s Creek/Felicity etc. in constant remake mode. This crap has even infiltrated the majors. I mean Freaks and Geeks and My So Called Life were way better teen shows then the hot mess that’s on CW and the teen shows on now. I remember as a teen hating DC because it didn’t reflect anything about teens. Most of the teens I knew couldn’t relate. Most of the time it was adults watching the show. Most kids were watching shows like 24-7 or Degrassi (the original and later the new). When I would show teens the Tribe many impressed and became hooked. Same with 24-7. Then when they tried to watch DC it was like torture. The fact that many of these shows have a hard time on the CW. One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl etc. (which were having a hard time with ratings) is because people are sick of it. I also don’t want to get on shows like Lost (which was just Amazon, remember that show?) and yes I loved Lost, but do we need hyper overarching story lines all the damn time? We take great concepts and go overboard with them. These producers need to look at JMS and Babylon 5. You could not watch that show in a while and still get back into it even with the arch. (like I said don’t want to get into this yet)

Honestly I don’t have a problem with the Andromedas, Starhunters, , Relic Hunters (Veritas (came out later I think), loved that treasure hunting show with Michael Bean, Cleopatra 2525, Jack of All Trades, Lazarus Man’s, (which was great. Canned the show because Robert Ulrich had cancer even though he said he could still do it.) Lonesome Dove which got jacked up but hey, Highlander, Forever Knight. Okay now I’m just getting depressed. They don’t all have to be scifi, fantasy or action adventure.

I’m a big proponent of us doing series on the net, net tv, but my biggest goal is for us to be on broadcast tv. Use the net to get us started.

Another thing and this is vital. We have to learn to be steadfast even when others want us to go with what they are saying. I might not like the New BSG or Caprica, but I have to respect Ron Moore for sticking to his guns with story lines even when fans complained because a storyline wasn’t going the way they wanted. Anders for example he kept in as a love interest for Starbuck even when others questioned what he was doing. I like that. Many cave in and stop a storyline, because the producers get nervous based on what some fans maybe saying. Yau’ll know why I’m brining this up!

Also please do just like you would when studying film by watching old movies, international etc. Watch old tv shows international etc. and stop turning up noses because a show is old or from another country. I think one of the biggest problems is that writers, directors etc. aren’t studying old tv shows. It’s like everyone keeps trying to reinvent the wheel, because they never studied the damn wheel in the first place.

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Tyler Perry and His Effects on Black Women, America and the World As A Whole

Posted by bwmm on August 20, 2010

Tyler Perry has an F. U. attitude with Hollywood, but he also seems to have the same attitude with black women and black people in general as well.

Courtney Young “Perry’s films typically follow the same timeworn narrative: a woman experiences abandonment and/or abuse at the hands of a “bad” man; she takes umbrage, lashing out at those closest to her, most notably a “good” man in her life; she experiences a revelatory moment of change; and she ends the film settled down with the good man who promises her a better life.”

The bad men typical in these films are successful black men, while the good men are the so-called reformed convicts (never mind what these men might have gone to jail for or what was happening with other men up in those jails) There is nothing wrong with doing a film like Diary of a Man Black Woman etc., but when it becomes a pattern we need to worry. Now yes white and other groups have the stories of the rich man whose a straight up ass (yes I said the A world.lol) and the good guy is the loveable poor boy. Sometimes the girl is rich and the boy is poor and sometimes they come from the same class as in Rangeela (the famous actor guy was pretty cool, nice guy, but she realizes she is in love with her best friend) But most of the time this is not the case. They don’t do this all of the time. Nor are wealthy or educated men and women seen as evil. I won’t even get into The Family that Preys.

Is Tyler Perry The Right Man to Tell Black Women’s Stories

As for Tyler Perry telling stories of the Black Woman’s experience, because he was raised by his mother etc. Please! He’s telling the black woman’s experience, because he knows that it’s mostly black women who support his films and other movies and plays coming from the black community. Remember that movie Diary of a Tired Black Man? He uses the excuse of I’m telling these types of stories, because that’s what I know. Seriously? He is seriously telling us that’s the only experience he has? I mean he’s a grown man so that means he has new experiences coming at him everyday. If he isn’t getting new experiences then he needs to go out there and get some.

When I first started seeing Tyler Perry plays it was cool. Yes they were fun, but not great. I mean you could come home and not really remember what it was about. I would say to others you know it’s really not that good, just fluff when you think about it. Nothing bad about that, but really just gimmicks and jibs to make everyone laugh.   Many would say and still say (even with comedic movies) that they laughed all the way through. Most have  a so what with that.   I mean yeah I like to see the laugh all the way through sometimes, but give me a damn story.  Me personally I don’t want to pay $10 or more to see a movie or just so I can say I laughed all the way through, but when I look back the film had no damn story.

This also goes for some of David E. Talbert’s plays. I remember a play when a woman asked her live-in boyfriend if he wanted to marry her or was ever going to and he said no yelled NO!. as in I don’t want you. Then magically at the end it’s all about how when he was growing up he saw crap marriages and didn’t want to have that with her. Bull fraking ish. I have learned from many women in my life that what a man says (not always) or does he means. When he told her that he never wanted to marry her she should have just left it at that and left.

As stated by a writer at FreshXpress “I don’t want this to sound like I’m hating on a successful black entertainer. The truth is, I respect and admire his hustle, but I can’t stand what he’s selling.”

Now don’t get me wrong I do have respect for the man. He has an F. U. attitude with Hollywood and created a market for AA’s with his plays, movies and tv series. He now has a studio. But he really needs to let others write and direct these films. He used his fame from his plays and his money to do what he wanted to do. That’s cool, but showing us as being bitches if we are wealthy or educated or the that’s what you get for marrying an educated rich lawyer (as in Diary of a Man Black Woman) or the Family that Preys crap.

The sad thing now is that we have these damn clones whether of the same budget as TP films or cheap like Not Easily Broken, He Who Find a Good Wife or Outrighteous. I have the trailers for these up in a previous post. So I most def am not going to re-post this. You also have movies with questionable Christian values in order to sale it to this particular audience. I remember one movie where the guy tries to imply to the woman that because she isn’t a virgin and he has already been married that the whole no sex before marriage thing doesn’t apply. I was like WTH. So because she isn’t a virgin means it’s silly of her to wait to have sex with him even though they only had just started dating. And get this yau’ll the man is supposed to be the new minister of the church her father is the minister of (he was sick and the younger minister has to take over) Even other black viewers took issue with this as well as other movies. I kept thinking wake up. These movies are exploiting you to get you to say oh it’s Christian or has a Christian slant. This dude had to let everyone in the movie know he was a Christian with almost every word he used. I was like please dude seriously.

We have to remember that these images influence not only us and our young, but what others think about us or perceive us. It ain’t right, it ain’t fair, but it is what it is. Plus it is so-called doubly authentic, because it’s someone black making it. Like the minstrel shows that used black minstrel performers in black face.

I know others get mad because “gasp” there is a black person that publicly states they don’t like or support another black artist, politician etc. So the hell what. We shouldn’t support someone just because we share the same skin. Yes maybe give the person a chance. See what they are all about, but if you see what they are all about and you don’t agree then bounce. You do not have to be loyal to someone, because of a resemblance to you.

This is also why and I can’t state this enough; we need to make our own films. We need to do what TP is doing and produce, direct, write, cast our films the way we see fit. We need no must put the images out there of us that we want people to see. We have the power let’s wield it.

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Adventures in Novel Writing

Posted by bwmm on August 19, 2010

Okay so I am going to attempt to write a novel or novel series of an idea I have had for a long time. Please join me at Imagine Wonders Don’t worry this blog is still going.

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Make Our Own Damn Magazine!

Posted by bwmm on August 15, 2010



To see more of his photos check out his Facebook That dude has some mad skills. He might want to forget about Vogue and create his own magazine.

I first heard about this from Stylized Conclusions and at Betty Chambers

So many of you may have seen blogs and other websites mentioning the photos taken for a mock cover of Vogue. The photographer Mario Epanya did a photo shoot to sell the idea of Vogue Africa to Vogue. This didn’t happen, but the photography is stunning.

So what is a flip page you ask?
“Flip page refers to the effect of flipping through the pages of a digital document as if it was a physical document. A flip page application is often made in Adobe Flash and requires the Adobe Flash Player to run in a browser window. The benefit of having a flip page document is that it affords the user experience of reading an actual copy of a physical document or magazine. The technology is commonly used by traditional publishers that want to create (and spread) a digital version of their physical document/paper/magazine.

The illusion of having a tangible document on your computer is supposedly more powerful with the flip page function since it mimics the natural way of browsing through a physical document, yet at the same time allows the user to use the traditional electronic benefits like searching through a document, jumping to a certain page, links to external websites etc.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_page

These types of programs are so cool. You can actually flip pages as you would with a physical book or magazine.

I posted these at Betty Chambers during the discussion of the Vogue Africa photos

Barak Hosting
Fashion Tale
E Flip Zone

Uni Flip

E Pager Flip

Flip Seek Pubs

PDF Mags

Or this way

Virtual Instrument Magazine

I have fallen in love with YUDU I couldn’t view mags and books in Firefox (not sure if that’s every computer); then I brought up Chrome and it worked.

I found this as well. Smash Magazine

Re-post of what I posted at Betty Chambers
google
flash pdf magazine, flash magazine, Flash page flip magazine,

There is also a site selling magazine-templates (paperback)

Black women can most def take what this man has done and do it as well. Apply it to creating a magazine targeting black women.

I also have been looking for information on binding. It started because I wanted to find out how my art teacher bound our sketch books. Anyways that’s when I learned about Saddle Stich, Perfect Binding etc. From what I learned a lot of magazines are saddle stitch bound


or perfect bound (I’m still researching) All saddle stitch means is that it’s stapled. Perfect bound It’s glued no stitching (actual sewing) involved.  This is how paperbacks are made (I think pulp magazines) Video tutorials

Not a tutorial, but a book binding machine. Around 200 bucks I think. Anyways not bad.

Another machine

Oh and yes I did find a tutorial that resembled the bound sketch books our art teacher made for us for art class.

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Web Soaps

Posted by bwmm on July 14, 2010

Web soaps The Aarons

Horrible People

Something to be Desired

Lumina

Anyone But Me

This is not a web series, but a college or student produced college soap. The person I spoke to said that it was cheap to make, but most of that was because of the use of school etc.

Not a web series (well not sure though) Nobody’s Perfect Pilot
You won’t believe how cheap it was to produce

Table of Choices Production (gay themed soap/web series) produced pretty cheap

Not really a web series, but it’s no-low bud. Not the best prod values or acting
Orford

This Pilot is not meant as a web series, but pretty good

Palmetto (web series that didn’t quite make it. Teen soap)

Drama Queenz

Empire

Southern Comforts College produced soap

Another college produced soap Keane University Union

Lonely Ridge

Not a Web series just a clip

Again college produced (but I think more of an experiment. It’s an updated version of Dynasty. Actually pretty good)

Someone asked me If I knew of any African American produced web soaps. I have known of a few, but lost links to them, because my old comp crashed as well as this one and couldn’t find the shows I had. Anyways as I said before I am rarely impressed by web series now, because I’ve watched so many it takes a lot for me to be impressed.

The Proud and the Privileged not a perfect series, but it’s not bad. Article on the soap Ooh they actually have people over the age of 20. Frankly I liked High Rise better (not sure if it’s AA produced, but the prod values are da bomb) Anyways the series was picked up by a major tv network (think Fox, but can’t remember) I hope it lasts. Most web series don’t do well on network tv, because of their short format on the web.

Ahshe (AA Produced)

Anacostia

Diary of a Single Black Mom Robert Townsend

Buppies

Not a A web series, but AA produced http://www.ustream.tv/channel/int-atlanta Love Always Charleston A Town East another one of his soap Operas

College produced soap

Again not web series, but
Wow how the state of soaps have changed.

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Want to Act? Then Just Do it Already!

Posted by bwmm on July 11, 2010



Wanna be the next Gabrielle Union? Zoe Saldana? etc. Wanna walk on the red carpet?

For the young girls out there what about Keke Palmer

If you want to act then well just act as the link below suggests for actors.

Take control cast yourself

I love this post. This is something I have said before and will say again. With the resources we have at our disposal today whether shooting on video or film there is no reason for black actors/tress to say they can’t get parts. Can’t get a part? Make one! I know it’s not as easy as all that, but well maybe it is. It will be hard work, but as I mentioned before Vivica A. Fox is using this method to make vehicles for herself. Like the author said his filmmaker friend can play any part he wants, because they are his films. He can be cast with anyone he wants, because again they are his films. He’s the producer, director, writer etc. You don’t have to be the director, writer etc. you could find others to work with if that’s something you that you don’t want to do. The power of the producer! These films whether shorts or features could be used as a reel that could help you find more work. Look at big movie stars in industry from Hollywood to Bollywood. You will notice that many of the bigger stars (especially those that had a hard time getting into the industry) will have some sort of producers role. This even goes with tv shows as well. Richard Dean Anderson and many other actors have been producers or have some sort of producer credit or even production companies that make vehicles for themselves. I ain’t mad at them. They didn’t wait for the work to come to them, they made the work come to them. Oh yes did you know that Michael Douglas got his start as a producer? He produced movies and even some tv eps for shows and that’s what helped him to rise in Hollywood. He produced a vehicle for himself Romancing the Stone he also was a producer for Made in America. Now who would have figured that one? Hollywood’s not like Bollywood you can’t use a famous parents name to get a leg up no matter how much it seems like kids do. Khari Ajene has been doing this for years. His movies may not look like high budget films etc., have the best acting etc. but he took the power and cast himself in his films We have no excuse why we are not up on the screen. I have know about this dude for years Didn’t really care for For Thy Love etc, but he gave himself the power to tell the stories he wants, cast who he wants etc. Now he has a web series that may not have the best acting, but is pretty good and is going for another season. Very few web series even make that. Here is a scene from one of his movies As mentioned before Stephanie Okereke made a film in which she starred. These people not only had the power to tell their stories, cast themselves, but also the power to cast who they wanted. Might not always happen that way (others might intervene with bigger prods (haven’t gotten that far myself) but you still have more power than those who are waiting for a chance. Want to walk on the red carpet. Make your own damn red carpet. Start small get those shorts on YT, Revver, Blip, Megavideo, public access etc. even your no budget features for learning. Then get those films on video or even theatrical if you can. Start on video and go to film if you want. Anyway you have the power! Wield it already!

Books I have own, checked out, and have read.

Short Films
Moviemaking Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques: The Ultimate Guide for the Aspiring Filmmaker
Chris Patmore
Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts Troy Lanier (directed at teens, but good for adults as well)
Making a Winning Short: How to Write, Direct, Edit, and Produce a Short Film Edmond Levy
The Portable Film School: Everything You’d Learn in Film School D. B. Gilles

Features
Power Filmmaking Kit Jason Tomaric (also shorts)
Feature Filmmaking at Used-Car Prices Rick Schmidt (mostly focus on film) He also wrote Extreme DV at Used-Car Prices
Digital Filmmaking 101: An Essential Guide to Producing Low-Budget Movies Dale Newton Jr and John Gaspard they as well have an original version that focuses on film Persistence of Vision
From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film Dov S-S Simens
Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player Robert Rodriguez

Learning about filmmaking
Voice and Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV Production Mick Hurbis-Cherrier

I have other books like Filming the Fantastic, Film Directing Fundamentals, Directing actors etc, but I’m not going to post those yet.

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