Director of Indie Sci Fi Feature Film, COSMOS.
Thanks Geralde, really appreciate it. Please do reach out if you have any other questions about the process or indeed just want to connect with other filmmakers! We enjoy that :)
Hi Paolo, thanks for your kind words about the film and indeed about us getting distribution. I guess there are different scales of distributor and each filmmaker can aspire to attaching a distributor of some form; in our journey searching for the right company to work with we crossed paths with many distribution companies, small and large, I'd like to think there's a home for almost any movie; but perhaps I'm an optimist haha :)
And regarding the $7,000 - we say we had "no budget" rather than no money; by industry definition anything under $70-100K is "no budget" but we mean this more in the literal sense; there was no pot of money dedicated to this project, no outside help or support from investors or producers. That minimal spend over 6 years (~$1k a year) was out of our own pockets as and when expenses were required: some software, petrol, food, electricity bills and minimal advertising. Equipment was pre-owned as we were previously freelancers (including our editing software, camera and lights etc).
So, it's definitely not accurate to say we spent no money on the film but we feel we're being genuine when we say there was no budget. Hope you feel that's fair, apologies if you felt as though we were trying to suggest something untrue and thank you again for your complimentary words :) x
Hi Dominic, we've spoken to the folks at NFS about us writing a potential article on distribution as we've had a lot of questions on the topic. So we'll work on putting an extensive piece together sharing all we learnt. My biggest tip would be: don't hesitate to reach out. We compiled a list of indie distributors in our range and who might be interested in our film and then contacted them directly. Many of them are very receptive to this approach because it means they can deal directly with filmmakers (and in all likelihood get a better deal vs. a sales agent). If you're happy to do your research and broker your own deal this is a viable option. Sorry for the convoluted response - please do reach out to us on the social media links in the article, we'd be more than happy to go into more detail.
Kind Regards x
Hey Curtis, thanks for your support! Would love to hear what you make of it, please reach out to us on the social media links in the article.
Regarding the smoke solution, we tried various things, we have a cheapish fog machine that just wouldn't cut it and even trialed smoke pellets (but they were hard to control and not pleasant!). In the end we decided to purchase a Artem gas powered smoke machine - the single largest expense on the project! Our plan was sell it on after we used it on Cosmos to save money, but it was so effective we felt we'd rather hold on to it for future projects. It's not cheap by any means (more expensive than our camera!) but we felt it was worth it for the production value it offered (and for the things it helped us hide). Hope that helps and please do get in touch, we'd love to talk more. Cheers x
Hi Stephen, sorry to hear Cosmos wasn't your cup of tea but thank you for giving it a shot at least. This is our first article on NFS for Cosmos so perhaps you read about it elsewhere. Film is very subjective and what one person loves, others hate, we've learnt that through the process of releasing this film. But the film was not made to say "hey look we made a film", it was made to demonstrate the talent of those involved and to fulfill a lifelong goal to direct a feature. I can assure you, the motivation of "hey look what we did" is not enough to carry you through 6 years of work on a project - above all you must love your film and the story you choose to tell.
On a side note, there are no zooms in the film. There are push ins, perhaps that's what you were referring to.
We didn't say "the worlds top indie distributors" but apologies it should say "a leading" in both instances in the articles (it says "the leading" higher up and "a leading" in the outro), but regardless Gravitas Ventures is a leading worldwide film distributor. Also the merit of film worthiness is subjective, whether a film is worth someone's time or resources is really up to them