December 4, 2012
We are all smarter than any of us. As a community, we are powerfully enriched by the knowledge, experience, and expertise of our members.
When I was making my first feature film, I spent hours on the phone with a high school friend of my dad's who had been producing in Hollywood for 30 years. He told me (and has lived to rue the day) that I could call him whenever I needed him and I did. He helped me understand the legal agreements (Chain of Title), how to fundraise, how to negotiate contracts, what kind of entity to form and what protections we needed. He also said "You can make the smallest budget film you want, but spend some money on audio! A movie with bad audio looks cheap!"
And when I asked him why he was willing to spend all this time with me, he said that he’d been in the same place I was and someone helped him. Say what you want about the movie business, when it comes to indies, it’s a pay-it-forward kind of a crowd.
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