The famous 1000 True Fans post is a classic. It states that with 1000 crazy fanatic fans you can make a comfortable living whether it’s a cell phone film, music album, book, or anything else. But just how do you build that list of 1000. Below are some posts from bloggers on how to do exactly that.
101 Steps Toward 1000 True Fans (**This was my favorite post because it had specific ideas of how to create value and be personable with each of your fans so they feel emotionally invested in you and your projects)
Dov Simens is one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve ever met in the industry. He probably wouldn’t remember me, but he made a real impression on me. Such an amazing man who runs the 2 Day Film School that helped launch so many well-known filmmakers. It’s just common sense filmmaking that goes against the grain, against everything we’ve been taught we’re supposed to do.
Has an online class and blog and one of my favorite things he teaches is about the 1 Day, Real-Time Feature Film Shoot. This is when you shoot pretty much a play, one location. This is perfect for mobile filmmaking. Here’s a link to more information.
I thought I’d post everything I can find about Tangerine since it’s likely to spark a huge movement of cell phone filmmakers. Riding the transgender trend, this critically acclaimed film has ridden the wave all the way to success while truly plucking heartstrings and opening minds about this discriminated group. There have been many films made from cell phones before, but this one is getting the most attention and will likely create an even greater indie filmmaker movement for mobile filmmaking.
** Quick Review ** It tells the story of a transgender girl who finds out that her boyfriend may have cheated on her. She spends the whole film tracking him down and the girl he cheated on with. By the end, when she finds him, there’s a show down and a twist we weren’t expecting.
This is an important film in the LGBT movement. The cinematography may not be perfect, some of the pacing may feel slow at times, the ending sucks because it takes more of a European-style non-happy ending, but it will go down not only as an important step in LGBT advancement, but also mobile filmmaking. I wouldn’t be surprised if it receives some type of Academy Award recognition/nominations because of this. If it had been the exact same story, but not starred transgender actors, would it get this type of recognition? Probably not, only within the indie filmmaking community. Yet it’s also inspiring to see just how accessible mobile filmmaking has become and the possibilities of success you can achieve. Overall, I give the film about a B.
What I love is that the FiLMiC Pro app that was used as well as the cell phone resolution have advanced dramatically since it was first shot. It would not surprise me if within 5 years, an average cell phone camera can rival the quality of today’s RED camera.
Besides the fact the guy in the video is really hot, one of the reasons I love this video is that it shows how easy and inexpensive it is to light your photos or even scenes professionally with your iPhone.
Mark Duplass is this generation’s Ed Burns, Kevin Smith and Spike Lee filmmaker. One of my favorite parts of this speech he gave at South By Southwest is where talks about shooting the weekend short film on your cell phone and also the $1000 (one thousand dollar) full-length feature film. Excellent information.