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Filmtrepreneur® - The Entrepreneurial Filmmaking Podcast

Filmtrepreneur® - The Entrepreneurial Filmmaking Podcast

Author: Alex Ferrari

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The Filmtrepreneur® - A Entrepreneurial Filmmaking Podcast shows you how to turn your filmmaking into a viable business. We do a deep dive into marketing, branding, growth hacking, micro-budget filmmaking, and creating revenue streams from your indie films. They don't teach you this in film school. Host Alex Ferrari interviews some of the film industry's most successful and prolific filmmakers, industry professionals and Filmtreprenuers. If you want to learn how to make money with your independent films then take a listen. Start thinking like a Filmtrepreneur today!
12 Episodes
You should never four wall your indie film in your hometown. That is what most industry professional would say but they don't know Filmtrepreneur and filmmaker Antonio Pantoja. He decided that four walling his indie film One Must Fall in his hometown of Louisville, KY was the way to go. In the film industry, four wall distribution (also known as four-walling) is a process through which a studio or distributor rents movie theaters for a period of time and receives all of the box office revenue. The four walls of a movie theater give the term its name. One Must Fall is a horror-comedy slasher set in the 80's about a woman wrongfully fired from her office job and forced to take on a temporary job on a crime scene cleanup crew. With a maniacal serial killer on the loose leaving them lots of work, did he ever leave the scene of the crime? He was able to turn his little micro-budget horror film screening into a must attend event in town. He had photo ops throughout the theater, he was selling merchandise at the event and even had an after party with a live band. was so impressed with what Antonio was able to do with his screening that he will be featured in my new book Rise of the Filmtrepreneur®: How to Turn Your Film into a Moneymaking Business.  We breakdown how he was able to sell over 1200 tickets, cultivate a massive online audience around himself and his film and what ancillary products he has created for his film. Enjoy my conversation with Antonio Pantoja.
BONUS EPISODE: This is too important of an episode not to share. Today's guest, filmmaker Hari Mitar Khalsa, figured out how to pay off $30,000 in student debt in 11 months working as a freelance videographer and editor. We go into a deep dive on his methods, habits and tips on how you can pay that student debt off fast.
I had the pleasure of meeting Joshua Caldwell, a brother in “indie filmmaking” arms. He directed a $6000 feature film called LAYOVER, which World Premiered at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival where it was nominated for the New American Cinema Award. The story of how he made the film was educational, rebellious and funny. Many things he said mirrored my experience making This is Meg. Josh really has a great philosophy about making films and content. Check out the trailer below to see what a $6000 feature film in today’s world looks like. If you are going to make a feature film in the near future you need to listen to this podcast. It will change how you think about making indie films. Below, I also included a talk the Josh Caldwell did at the Seattle International Film Festival that is AWESOME!
As a Filmtrepreneur you should be building a fan base and making art or products that can be sold to that audience. Well, today's guest is doing just that with his viral sensation Zombie with a Shotgun. Creator Hilton Ariel Ruiz created this film property and is really knocking it out of the park. He has comic books, posters, a web series and soon to be released feature film. I ask Hilton on the show because I kept seeing him pop up on my social media feeds. The man knows what he's doing. With close to a quarter-million Twitter followers the man knows how to build an audience. ZOMBIE WITH A SHOTGUN is the feature adaptation of the popular web series of the same name. Aaron and Rachel are on the run due to the fact that Aaron is infected by what seems to be a zombie virus. As the story unfolds, they find that there is more to this infection than it seems. For some reason, he has not developed the full zombie virus. He seems to be trapped in a transitional phase which grants him certain abilities. One of them is the ability to communicate with other zombies. This makes Aaron a valuable pawn as he's being pursued by shadowy figures with ulterior motives. Now he must stay alive (or undead) long enough to figure out the source of his infection! Enjoy my conversation with Hilton Ariel Ruiz.
So you want to make money with your film. Who doesn't? I've always been a hustler, and I used that word in the most positive way I can. Filmmakers need to stop just thinking about art and start thinking about the business of filmmaking. They need to become Filmtrepreneurs. That is the only way filmmakers from this and future generations will survive in the business. Sure for every Chris Nolan, they're millions of indie filmmakers that are broke, frustrated, angry or just quit the business altogether but it doesn't have to be that rough. Sure the world of self-distribution has exploded and there are some many revenue avenues for filmmakers today but it doesn't have to stop there. In this episode, I break down and analyze a bunch of successful filmmakers that created multiple revenue streams leveraging their feature film, doc, web series or short film. If I were you I would study each and every one of my examples. See how they did it, how they are doing it and how you can use their blueprint in your project. Go out there and make your film and make some money too. Enjoy!
For years now I've been preaching how filmmakers need to create ancillary products for their indie films. Today's guest is the definition of a Filmtrepreneur. Drew Marvick is the writer/director of the 80's style horror indie film Pool Party Massacre. Drew not only made his film, which took over a year to complete, but decided to target his core audience and sell amazing assortments of products based on his film. The audience ate it up. Check out a few examples of his product line that is specifically tailored to his audience. Drew and I break down how he came up with his marketing plan, how he sources his classic VHSs, where he had that killer poster made, his sales numbers and how the hell he had an action figured made for a low budget horror film. BTW, check out the amazing artwork he had designed for Pool Party Massacre. Enjoy my eye-opening conversation with Drew Marvick.
Making a Short film can be tough but selling a short film can be impossible.  Here's my story on how I did both. I directed a small action short film a few years back called BROKEN I shot the short film on MiniDV Tape (yes I'm old) on the Panasonic DVX 100a, the indie film workhorse of its day. My team and I filmed it in West Palm Beach Florida (not exactly the Mecca of the film industry) and it starred only local, unknown actors. Now once the filming was over I marketed the living hell out of that short film. It went on to screen at over 250 international film festivals, won countless awards and was covered by over 300 news outlets. That little short film had a life of its own. I even got a review from legendary film critic Roger Ebert. 4 years later the revenue from this little short film is still coming in. I've probably have generated well over $90,000 selling that little short film over the years. All because I understood my marketplace and what it needed. I still make money on BROKEN and my other short films every week. I go into a deep dive on how I did this and discuss the Filmtrepreneur concepts and ideas that you can use today to make money with your films. Enjoy.
Today's guest is Filmtrepreneur Luke Neumann. Luke has taken a very interesting filmmaking path. He runs a very popular YouTube channel with over 140,000 subscribers. On his channel, you'll see DIY film tutorials, filmmaking tips and tricks, aerial drone videos, short films and vlogs presented in 4K/UHD, 4K/60fps and 8K. What makes him a Filmtrepreneur is that he leveraged his audience and created multiple revenue streams. First is his production services. Neumann Films is a production company located in the Pacific Northwest. He produces both narrative and travel/documentary work. Next Sponsorships. He became a brand ambassador for Panasonic because of showcasing his use of their camera on his YouTube channel. Next is Savage Stock, a new stock footage service that filled the niche for 8K footage. He also created product lines that he sells to his niche audiences like royalty-free music and color grading LUTS. Luke Neumann is truly a Filmtrepreneur. We get into the weeds on how he did it, his successes and his BIG mistakes. Enjoy my conversation with Luke Neumann.
We all hear that self-distribution is the future for indie filmmakers. Build an audience and make a film for that audience but finding real-world examples of a "true" indie film breaking $1,000,000+ using that model is tough. Well, I'm happy to introduce you to Range 15, the indie film that not only made $1 million selling on iTunes and Amazon but generated $3 million+ to date, and growing. Today's guest is Filmtrepreneur Nick Palmisciano, one of the writers, producers, and actors in Range 15. His story of how this crazy indie film came into the world is truly inspiring. Nick and Mat Best, his co-producer/writer/lead of Range 15, had a crazy idea to create a feature film for the communities they had built up over the years. They are both military veterans and own the military-themed apparel companies Ranger Rp and Article 15 Clothing, respectively. They wanted to make a film that the military community would enjoy and they did just that. They crowdfunded $1.2 million to make the film. Their goal was $350,000 but they made that in the first 30 hours of the campaign. With the extra cash, they were able to get William Shatner, Keith David, Sean Astin, and Danny Trejo to join the cast. As you can tell from the videos above Nick and the gang don't take themselves too seriously but what is serious is how much dinero Range 15 has pulled in. For an indie film with no studio and no distributor to break $3 million bucks is a miracle. My hats off to the cast and crew of Range 15. Nick and the boys also produced a remarkable documentary on the making of Range 15 called Not a War Story. It's starting to get buzz around Hollywood. You can watch the film on Indie Film Hustle TV. Enjoy my inspirational conversation with Nick Palmisciano.
Imagine you were back in the early 1900s when the film industry was a newborn. People were learning and experimenting with the new technology of moving pictures. Craftsmen were excited about discovering new ways of creating art with this powerful and amazing new technology. You would think that could never be recreated in today's high tech world but you would be mistaken. May I introduce you to Wakaliwood. A remarkable filmmaker by the name of Isaac Nabwana from Ramon Film Productions has created the Ugandan film industry, almost single handily without having any of the filmmaking knowledge or updated filmmaking technology. As we get to study the giants that came before us like Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and Akira Kurosawa, Isaac only had his imagination and his undeniable passion for telling stories. Isaac is easily one of the most passionate filmmakers I’ve ever met. With all the opportunities and technology we in the United States take for granted, he created an entire film industry with basically string and tape. Be prepared to be inspired. Enjoy my conversation with Isaac Nabwana.
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