Remember Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind?
Unless a traumatic romance left you running to the mind-altering surgeons of Lacuna Inc., it’s an indie that’s hard to forget. Moviemaker.com is equally concerned for your memory, compiling our best of August 2017 for your memorable pleasure.
Accompanying the celebration of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the success of Focus Features at “Meet Me in Montauk,” Moviemaker welcomed a variety of stories covering different movies and moviemakers from all walks of life in August. Ever wondered how to write historical fiction? Open a healthy dialogue for mental illness , or explore the punk movement through D.I.Y. filmmaking? How about premiering a short film on HBO with a budget of $500? Find these stories and more below.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Focus Features put on a lavish celebration of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in—where else?—Montauk.
The director, writer and cinematographer of the $500 short film “2500km” walks us through her journey from shoestring production to HBO distribution.
Prison is an unlikely launching pad for a film career, but these aspiring moviemakers are making it work.
“If you’re on the fence about a project, do not do it. It’s a resounding ‘yes’ or nothing.” Words of wisdom, Toni Collette edition.
This director wanted something “not only cost-effective, but something a studio movie wouldn’t let you get away with: shooting with only flashlights.”
“90 percent of the crew had never been involved in making a film before,” says Corbett Redford, director of the Green Day-produced Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk. “Luckily, our producers allowed us to make mistakes.”
Most of the time when a first-timer gets hired, it’s a fluke – so make sure you’re never far from the thoughts of people who might hire you.
“Grow your audience! Learn data analytics! Take control of your distribution!” For years, Sundance Institute has been screaming these things from the rooftops. Now they’ve created a fellowship to help you make them happen.
Elizabeth Blue was directly inspired by writer-director Vincent Sabella’s own experiences, but he refuses to be reduced to the label “mentally ill filmmaker.”
If writing historical fiction “sounds like preparing for a thesis… Well, that’s exactly what it is,” says the screenwriter of Pilgrimage. Read on for seven things that helped his script get medieval on your ass. MM