May 20, 2016
This week we take a short detour from our usual review-centric
episodes and interview Cinematographer, Producer, and an all around
great friend, Ryan Haggerty of Haggerty Media. Ryan will be
discussing a new film premiering on June 1st called "Blood on the
Leaves" that he has been involved with as well as his insights on
the trials and tribulations that indie filmmakers go through to
bring projects to life.
Ryan Haggerty Interview- Key Points
We quite literally did have the worst slum lord of all time
Ryan and I lived in the worst basement apartment while we were
in grad school. Complete with burst steam pipe, a giant hole
in our laundry room, and fruit flies.
"Dirt Grubs" do exist.
Working together as a team yields better results
Filmmaking by itself is a collaborative art. Working with others and retaining their input, along with revisions, yields only a stronger film in the end.
Everything starts with a great story
You have to have the best possible story to convince people to
invest in your project.
Fundraising relies on more than just creating a kickstater or indiegogo. You need to personally reach out to people through emails, phone calls, networking events, etc.
Problems will occur down the line but it is important not to get bent out of shape and lose focus.
Create an LLC for your film. It not only gives your film a professional feel to it, but it also makes accounting your funds and budgeting easier.
Write your story for what you have.
If you have access to free locations, props, costumes, etc. write those into your story from the beginning. It will save you cash once production starts.
Distribution and marketing are a pain but are necessary
Look at starting with local small theaters/coffeehouses in the
area your project was filmed at to tap into the community that
helped make the film possible.
Some theaters will allow you to rent outright or do a 50/50 split of the ticket sales.
For larger distribution, it still serves to talk to sales agents and distributors, although there is a lot you can still do on your own.
Regardless of your distribution strategy, marketing ties everything together and ultimately is responsible for getting people to your screening.
Notable Movies Referenced
If you are in the Pittsburgh area, be sure to check out the premiere of Blood on the Leaves at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont on June 1st. Tickets can be purchased online at ShowClix
Find more info about Ryan Haggerty and Blood on the Leaves:
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