I'm a nobody that chased his dream and spent 5 years writing, directing, editing, and acting in his first indie film. It premiered at a major film festival, got picked up for distribution, and came out this week! AMA, Ya Cool Cats!
Hello, Reddit. My name is Mason Rey. When I was 11, I saw Blade Runner and knew I wanted to be a director. Now at 33, my first film (Lamp Light) just came out on all major digital retailers after premiering at the 2018 Atlanta Film Festival. It took a personal loan of $10k, 5 years of filming (mostly alone), losing 45 pounds in 2 months, traveling across three states, a lot of help from friends/family/strangers, and a boat load of industrial strength Tums, but it's done! Now I'm here and eager to answer any questions one might have about writing, making, festival...ing, and selling a film in the digital era.
If you're interested in the film, Lamp Light is the story of a schlub named Don Gos that's at the end of his rope. A sudden tunnel collapse, while driving, leaves Don hopelessly trapped in his car and forced to face his personal demons. With the help of another survivor, Don clears out the ruins of his life while evading the suffocating grip of his mountainous tomb.
*Update\* I'm going to keep answering every single gorgeous question you folks ask, so please keep them coming. Nothing is getting buried. Mrs Rey has been nice enough to come help me some because they're coming in a little fast at the moment but don't slow down. :)
*Updater\* I fucking love you people. I've been answering questions for 12 hours straight and I will continue to answer every single question until I can't lift my head anymore. If I've missed your question, it was not intentional, tag my username and I'll hit it up tonight or in the morning. Thank you SO much to everyone that was nice enough to ask, comment, troll, and updoot. I've really loved this and it's felt really lovely to be able to help people struggling with the same fears and pains I did. Keep at it folks!
*Updated\* Well, I think I answered every question, comment, and troll. I had a blast! Thanks to everyone for their support. And hey, future redditor. If you find this thread and want to ask a question, reach out. I'll be happy to help if I'm logged in :) Take care!