Breaking out with the Bat

You might be interested in making a film of your own. You might already be a member of an indie film team – possibly non-profit, for whom the end result is more important than monetary concerns – or you might just be starting out. You might already be part of the industry, and curious about how the other half lives.

No matter what your background, your methods or your objective, there are a few things you might want to consider.

First, you need to get the word out; you might have the greatest script in the world, but if no one gets to read it, it’s going to stay unread… and unmade, unfortunately. Second, reach out and make new friends. There’s a lot of competition going on, but just as you attract more flies with honey than vinegar, you’ll never accomplish much if you keep talented people, who only want to help you, out in the cold. Third, remember who you’re making the film for and why. Again, you might have the best intentions in the world, the most interesting story to tell… but your audience won’t have any of it, if they don’t understand what you’re trying to tell them.

Fourth, and most importantly… just go out and do it. There are so many good, untold stories and so many talented people out there who want their voices to be heard, but either aren’t allowed to, can’t or are afraid to express themselves. No matter what those limitations are, find the cracks and break through. And remember, you’re not alone in all of this. In the end, we’re all in this together.

The training is nothing. The will is everything. The will to act.

Pekka Paalanen

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