I'm 24 and just debuted my first feature film on a budget of $100,000. The movie got theatrical distribution, outperformed films with big stars, and is projected to make its money back or more. AMA -- especially if you're putting together a busine...
Hello again, Reddit. We may have met before when I posted this mildly viral moment: https://www.reddit.com/r/Filmmakers/comments/c6gs14/when_i_was_12_i_wrote_george_lucas_a_letter/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x
So here's "George Lucas guy" back to answer any and all of your questions about how I made THE LAST WHISTLE, available on iTunes, Amazon, and DVD.
I didn't submit to any big film festivals, I didn't shoot with Red or Alexa, and I didn't give up when a more experienced producer told me I would fail. Moreover, I broke just about every rule in the book, and disobeyed most of the traditional advice nuggets in the process.
Feel free to ask me about working with Les Miles, Friday Night Lights' Brad Leland (Buddy Garrity), Parks and Rec's Jim O'Heir (Jerry Gergich), or any of the amazing actors involved. Moreover, feel free to ask about how I raised the money, how we found a distributor, and why I didn't submit to any big festivals.
EDIT (5pm CST) Wow, I didn't think this would draw so much interest. Will be logging off for a bit, but will be back on to answer whatever pops up later. Thank you for all y'all's support. If you want to hear me seriously ramble about this stuff, my book is on Amazon ("Rebel With A Crew", not without). Just if you're really interested. Not self promo here. Some of the most popular questions have to do with financing and career advice, so browse the below if that's where yours fit. And thank you all, even the trolls, for a fun afternoon.
EDIT 2 (2am CST) Lots of thoughts here. Number one: thank you Reddit users for upvoting the educational aspects of this AMA. I logged off right when some more vitriolic questions started to flow in, and my lack of reply didn't help. Luckily, the positive threads will be up top for those who are here for a learning experience, rather than to troll. That's thanks to the good people out there. Number two: lots of talk about IMDb rating and how it affects box office, and whether box office is overall profit or just theatrical profit. For those who don't know the different between the three, there's plenty. For those who do, feel free to fill in the blanks where I couldn't. Number three: Thank you to all of you who pitched in to help me answer questions and explain tougher concepts. Education is a community effort. Finally, I wish all of you the best in your endeavors. While there's no certain path in this industry, or any of them, I have hope that we'll all rise together. I'll log back on tomorrow and try to answer anything else I missed. Until every question is answered!