Directing Indies, SyFy and Beyond

There is rarely a film with too much money to spend and too much time to make it. The lower the budget, the greater the expectations and higher the demands. Learning the craft through independent film and television forces a filmmaker to consider every artistic choice to find the essence of the moment, the point of the scene and what’s most essential to the story, all within its limited parameters.

The challenge, of course, is to keep it interesting.

Screenplays, whether compelling original works or derivative assignments, fall on the filmmaker to make it entertaining, moving and visceral. Sometimes you win, sometimes not. Still, the experience sharpens one’s skills so that meeting the demands of these constraints become possible.

Nearly all of the work here began with screenplays too ambitious for the time and money allotted.

Certainly the made-for-TV features on SyFy want to compete with massive Hollywood blockbusters but with 1/100th the budget. Nearly all the features were shot in fourteen days or less and, in the end, every project involved dedication beyond what was asked.

Regardless of artistic merit, you make films to hone craft, explore new ideas and enhance your skills.

But mostly you direct a movie to better yourself as a storyteller so when a project arrives that expands your concept of the human condition in a mind-blowing, exciting and cinematic fashion, you are ready to take it on.

 


 

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