Upcoming B&H Seminar: 'Making a Movie Without a Hollywood Budget and Big Crew'
Beginning in the summer of 2010, filmmaker Gail Mooney and her daughter took a 99-day journey all over the world to create "a film about people who were making a positive difference." Opening Our Eyes was the result. The partially Kickstarter-funded film follows eleven subjects across six continents, and went on to achieve accolades such as Best Documentary at the 2012 Orlando Film Festival. Considering the scope and scale of the project, and the budget at which it was accomplished, Opening Our Eyes is a startling achievement -- and, through an upcoming B&H seminar with Mooney herself, other filmmakers can learn exactly how it was accomplished.
Below is the film's original Kickstarter video:
And here are the details on the seminar straight from B&H, and Opening Our Eyes' official trailer:
Making a Movie Without a Hollywood Budget and Big Crew
Most video seminars focus on “the gear” when talking about the DSLR as a movie making tool, but few provide a case study, showing by example, how to take an idea, create a project and monetize it. There is a high demand right now for story driven content for the web and beyond. We live in an age where the content creator is king/queen of their content’s financial destiny – the gates to the kingdom are open to all who are willing to think outside the box and do “the work”.
This seminar will provide the audience with information on how to take a personal project from concept to reality and maximize its potential in the marketplace. Gail [Mooney] will discuss making your film or creative project a reality:
- Recognizing an idea and overcoming inertia
- Breaking the project down into manageable facets
- Logistics – Scheduling, travel arrangements
- PR and press – finding the niches
- Building an audience with a project blog and utilizing social media
- Crew needs – what you really need
- In the field – the shoot – being prepared but flexible
- Post-Production – collaborating with an editor, sound mixer, composers and music licensing, composite artist
- Raising funds but keeping your rights – crowd funding (Kickstarter, IndieGoGo), Grants, Sponsorships
- Distribution options – selling your project – not your soul
For those interested (and in the area/looking to make a trip), the live seminar will be held at the B&H Event Space in New York City on March 19 from 1-3pm -- reservations are available on the seminar's event page at B&H.