#MakeYourFilm returns 5th March for a second curated event aimed at bringing indie filmmakers usable and honest advice.
Here’s Dom Lenoir to tell you more about #MAKEYOURFILM:
I started the event with Giles Alderson from The Filmmakers Podcast as a way to bridge the gap between making indie films and big budget movies. Not many panel discussions go deep into the mindsets, approaches, and problem solving that some of the industry’s most successful people used to get to where they are. It often seems like an impossible leap so we wanted to create an exciting event that gives people hope and insight whatever their experience level.
The first event was a sell-out and we have now joined in collaborations with some of the major film networking companies to bring you high level speakers and really build a community of filmmakers keen to make good content and looking to make ambitious projects they are often told they can’t. Anything is possible and we have the speakers and stories to prove that.
I think the business side can be intimidating but more than anything there can be an archaic way of explaining things and a lot of confusion with raising finance and what it takes to get a film made. Pair this up with a lot of negativity about making certain kinds of films and an unwillingness to support new talent, and I mean really support them and you get a lot of disillusioned people. We went through the challenges of figuring all this stuff out and with MAKE YOUR FILM event, we get to the real core of what you need to do and how to do it.
I personally believe that for a lot of people going the runner or crew route can be really beneficial but a lot of people are unorthodox and just don’t fit in that system. If you are passionate, driven and able to deliver good films then let's create a community and infrastructure where people can get together and succeed and not be held back by someone else dictating the pace their career should develop.
One thing we are really keen to push is to bring back what we call the “studio indie”. It’s that level of films anywhere from £1 million up to £40 million that has a Hollywood cast, with really good, ambitious ideas, big themes and stories
You can find MAKE YOUR FILM on Facebook and get tickets for our next event on March 5th at our Eventbrite page. The event is really gaining some traction and we have some very interesting guests coming up in the future.