Welcome back to the Business of Film Podcast. This week we chatted with Andrew van den Houten, producer of the soon to be released All Cheerleaders Die.
On the value of short films:
Until you do a feature, you don’t get the full-on experience of what it means to be with a group for 30 days or 20 days… to be able to have a full-on three to four day short film shoot – or week long short film shoot at most – with a real crew gives you the opportunity to understand the different roles invovled and make mistakes with it costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars.
On art vs. commodity:
The more you start thinking about movies more as a commodity and less as an art form you can compromise yourself. There’s something fun about the fluidity and the risk and excitement about taking a chance on a true idea that somebody believes in.
If someone pitches me, I like the whole story to be told to me within 30 seconds to a minute. If they can convey what their movie is about then I’m going to start asking questions. The worst pitch is a monologue pitch.
Things we talk about in this podcast:
- How to transition from short films to features.
- How film festivals impact independent films.
- How to pitch – what works and what doesn’t?
- Social media for indie filmmakers and the role of curation.
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Mia Bruno, Acquisitions Manager, Gravitas Ventures
Indie film making tips with Richard Boddington
Maren Olson, Traction Media – the sales business
Producing with Neal Dodson & Corey Moosa (All is Lost, Margin Call)