No Business School: How to Save Time and Money on Your Films
Yes, you can make great films without breaking the bank.
Stephen Robert Morse believes that the film industry is broken. Time and money are wasted at every step of the process, leaving filmmakers less with which to actually make our films. Fortunately, he also believes we can fix it. In fact, he believes this so strongly that, after producing the documentary Amanda Knox for Netflix, he went to Oxford Business School to learn how we can run our sets more like businesses and started the company Observatory to do just that.
"A lot of people think this industry is glamorous and that’s the biggest problem."
Terms like "lean principles" and "simultaneous processes" probably aren’t familiar to most filmmakers, but if you put some basic business sense into place, you can make your films a whole lot cheaper and more efficiently. And if it sounds cold and calculated, remember that ultimately, this is all in service of having your film reach the most people and have the greatest impact possible.
In this practical conversation, Stephen Morse breaks down some business school lessons that we can apply to make our films in the most efficient ways possible.