I’ve finished episode 5 of Mountain Cult, “Doctor with the Red Houseware.” I’ve showed it to the cast and crew and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback. It has a runtime of 30 minutes.
I now find myself at an unusual spot. This episode was the absolute most I could do without any outside assistance. I worked overtime shifts to budget much of the production. I designed all the props, secured all the locations, and scheduled all the actors. I did all the editing and even composed the songs and mixed the sounds.
I cannot film another project under these conditions. It would be foolish. I must find a way to leverage my current project in order to secure financing for a future one. I am confident I could successfully coordinate all the moving parts to produce a feature film if only securing the money and distribution through third parties.
A producer has joined the meetup group that I started a year ago. He has answered many of the questions a novice like myself has to ask. There is something called a “film triangle” that incorporates talent, financing, and distribution as the key ingredients towards a successful movie. He advised me that distribution is secured before a project is even filmed.
I still haven’t launched my kickstarter for this episode of Mountain Cult. I plan to do so in January but realize I must be incredibly prepared prior to its launch. The goal is to secure more financing from complete and total strangers then friends since I do not know too many people with money.
I am routinely contemplating methods I could use to make the latest installment of Mountain Cult a paid for viewing. Despite realizing a project of this sort ordinarily is free to view on youtube, I feel that it is not fair to the artist to receive such minuscule financial return from posting there. I know that 99.99% of viewers will likely pass if they must pay prior to viewing it. But I also feel that being able to raise even $100 from including such a paywall would still be an enormous accomplishment and step forward for myself.
Today I will submit to several film festivals in hopes of any sort of recognition. If I can win film awards, launch a successful crowdfunding campaign, and interest potential investors, I can move in a positive direction. I basically have a shoe lace that I must trade for a pack of paper clips, turn that into ream of paper, barter that for an old printer, and somewhere along the journey wind up with a new car. Not easy, and not likely. I get it. But none of this “art for a living” stuff is.