The Filmmakers Podcast meets the Indie Film Hustle !!
Giles Alderson (The Dare) and Alex Ferrari (This Is Meg) chat together about making indie films, podcasting and how Alex made his latest film On The Corner of Ego and Desire at the Sundance Film Festival when the festival was in full swing right under the noses of the every day public and staff.
We start at the beginning though and how Alex got started in film-making and his ups and downs before he finally made his first feature film This is Meg.
Alex discusses how being the problem as a first timer filmmaker/director and being the issue is one of the reasons why your film might not get made but sometimes it’s good not to happen too early or he would have self imploded and destroyed himself with all that came with it.
Being so close before it gets taken away is brutal and devastating.
How he went after his dream and made This Is Meg. and wrote the Scriptment with the star of the film Jill-Michele Melean .
He decided to do what he preaches about and went out and made a movie. “Just do it. Find the resources you know and make it happen”. and How he put it out on various platforms including Hulu.
People always think your first film has to be a breakthrough hit . It doesn’t. Just make a film and learn from your failings
Making On The Corner of Ego and Desire, a feature film at the Sundance Film Festival during the festival was a challenge but he made it happen. Getting the cast and crew together and making the ‘director’ role a female. Wanted to make a movie about trying to sell a movie at Sundance. A this is Spinal Tap for the movie makers
How people at teh festival were happy to help out. Managed to shoot in amazing places, Molly’s, outside nightclubs, on buses and Sundance head quarters without getting kicked out.
The only issue was the party scene they had at their own Sundance party were people were having too much fun to care about someone making a movie.
But Alex tells us how making the whole movie was like improvisation Jazz. It’s emotional and semi autobiographical
Distribution side of things . Going to see where the festivals takes it.
“Get out of your own way, stop being afraid and get out and do it. Don’t wait for it to be perfect”
Fail as often as you can so you can get down to the work
You have to love this,
Not only does Alex run the Indie Film Hustle podcast and website but also now hosts the Bullet proof screenwriters podcast
BUY This is Meg https://www.amazon.com/This-Meg-Jill-Michele-Mele%C3%A1n/dp/B074DQQN1M
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