January 19, 2017 at 4:18AM, Edited January 19, 5:13AM


Stop wasting time & First feature film

Hello all, i'm a French filmmaker from Paris and i've recently won a VOTD Award for the Chapter 0 of my short film : "God wears hoodies".
I am the "Writer - Director - Cinematographer - Editor - Colorist - Producer" of it.

Here is my website where you can find my 35mm stills work:

And here is the film:

It's a 4mn moody piece that introduces the lead male character of my upcoming short, BUT..

My plan was :
-To make that first piece and get noticed (which is kind of the case)
-being signed by a production company like Somesuch, Iconoclast or Caviar and make money by directing music videos and commercials
-Inject the money into the production of my short film
-Convince producers with that short film and shoot my feature with a decent budget.

I'm stuck in the second stage, i have received the congratulations
of big league companies From the US and UK (no French companies answered me), but i still have no job.

So instead of wasting my time following a fancy plan i've decided to directly shoot my feature film (it has to be shot on Super 16mm), my question is:

Should i go wild in the scenario process and write the film i truly want? It will requires money and i'll have to hustle for financiers and producers..

Or should i restrain myself and write a humble piece that i can self produce ? Which will be really frustrating and unhealthy, as a street-workout athlete and someone who strives for greatness and balance it's not acceptable, my ambitions are destructive enough.

I'm losing my mind guys, any word would be greatly appreciated..

Thank you


I'd suggest writing a humble but quality piece that you can afford on your own AND see if you can get backing to help make that piece better. Always have an A, B and C plan to fit different budgets and scenarios for a given production.

Also, you might get away with being a one-man studio for a video short but you will kill yourself and your production if you try it for a feature film. I wouldn't want any less than eight people for a feature: Director, AD, DP, Editor, Boom op, two grips. If I can, I'd also get a dedicated production manager, rerecording engineer and a PA. The more you do yourself, the worse the end result as a general rule of thumb.

January 20, 2017 at 5:37AM, Edited January 20, 5:39AM


Good advice.

Dave Esposito

January 21, 2017 at 4:13PM

Id say write the film that you want, then you scale it down to a much more humble version on your second draft. Also as mentioned above, have a plan A, B, C, etc for different levels of funding.

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