Thursday, August 13, 2009
Self Distribution 2.0 & The Character in Documentary
Independent Filmmakers Distribute on Their Own
Instead of waiting to be discovered, aspiring filmmakers are paying for their own marketing and distribution.
There are so many ways to get your film out.
Make sure you connect with your audience in a way that's satisfying to them, and fulfills your vision of what you want to do - and VOILA, just like a great character, you can take that movie anywhere and people will respond.
In documentary, how do we create great Characters? By telling the complicated truth.
So often, we assume that if we show that someone is unlikeable we'll lose our audience. Nothing could be further from the truth.
So often, we assume, that if we want to make an "issue" movie, we have to whitewash the reality of our subjects, only showing them as they fulfill positive expectations.
We can see this in other works of art, but we must be brave, and have confidence in our story to do it in our own work.
Try working through your story beats by really seeing the reality of your difficult characters, and see how fast it gets interesting.
This includes "Abstractions" as well - we've had an earlier post on this, but more to follow.
Thanks for visiting the Blog, I'm looking forward to your comments.
Please know I am starting new workshops in Los Angeles in September.