June 18, 2017 at 9:50AM
I've completed a documentary short. What do I do now?
Myself and two friends have completed a short doc about an often overlooked British minority group. In all likelihood we've gone about it completely the wrong way...we had a chat in a pub, we did some research and then just started shooting things because we got all excited about the idea. We met more people in more pubs and interviewed them. We shot more, thought more and eventually...I've done an edit of a short, around 15 minutes.
My day job is corporate, events, online promo work etc and some music videos where possible. I can't help but feel like I've no idea what to do with the thing now that it's done (is it done?!?!? I don't know). I've worked as a cinematographer on a couple of other short docs, but those were ultimately driven by someone else.
The subject matter is worthy, and relates to modern economic problems, the dreaded Brexit included. It is also surprising to many British people and not widely covered. So we don't want it to fall into obscurity. I'm learning about festivals *as* I submit to them, I'm falling deeper and deeper into confusion about how to market it, distribute it and get eyes on it. I'm also wondering if I should enlist help in this regard, time is at a premium as I have to earn the rent money and it keeps falling off my to-do list.
To re-iterate...I feel like we've really gone about this the wrong way, but I don't want it to die just because of my inexperience. I like making art, not doing the paperwork. Though it's more and more evident that the paperwork simply has to be done.
Basically if ANYONE of any experience level (but some experienced voices would be great) wants to chime in and help with any advice whatsoever. I would be very grateful.