Welcome to the Filmmaker's Process Patreon page
Just in case you're unfamiliar with Patreon, it's kinda like Kickstarter but for ongoing creative projects. It's a way for fans to show continuing support for the creators and artists they dig. Plus, like Kickstarter, you can give away some cool rewards, which I totally am (take a look over there on the right).
Anyhow, the reason we're here is that I want to build Filmmaker's Process in a way that's 100% focused on providing value to you, not random companies. So through this campaign, hopefully we'll be able to rid this site of advertising and sponsorships and affiliate marketing and all that tacky stuff. But I need your help to make that possible.
Down below you'll find a quick rundown of why I think Filmmaker's Process is worth supporting. I'll show you why it isn't like all the other filmmaking sites, what I plan on doing with the site in the future (it's pretty ambitious and cool), and why I need your help to make it all happen.
And if any of this resonates with your own philosophy about filmmaking, or you just want to support a site that shares great content and ditches advertising, please consider chipping a few bucks. It'd mean the world to me.
Why Filmmaker's Process Is Different
- I don’t talk about gear. Ever. Having the right tools and knowing how to use them is an essential part of making films, but there are plenty of sites covering every new camera, lens, shoulder rig, light, or microphone that hits the market. Instead, Filmmaker’s Process is all about a different approach…
- I focus on teaching people how to make films they genuinely care about.There’s a lot to be said for making projects with broad appeal in the marketplace, but I believe the strongest films (and the ones that ultimately find their home with a particular audience) are the ones made by people who have something unique to say and the courage to actually say it.
- I have an intense focus on mindset and philosophy. Whereas many other sites are deeply technical and craft-driven (again, this kind of stuff is very useful), Filmmaker’s Process is about getting your mindset right so that you can tackle your projects confidently and overcome obstacles creatively. And as far as I know, I’m the only person who’s consistently talking about not just making films, but how to live a good, fulfilled life as a filmmaker.
- The micro-budget/no-budget approach is the one that appeals to me the most. Based on all of those previous points, this probably doesn’t come as a shocker. The more money that’s spent on a film, the more it has to be crafted to appeal to a generic mass audience. Yet with inexpensive digital production and distribution technology, people from all walks of life now have the ability to make and share films on their own terms. And this enables some much-needed diversity in the types of stories being told, helping to reach under-served audiences. So this site is about the new wave of completely democratized low-budget filmmaking, done by the people, for the people. For that reason…
- I don’t cover massive Hollywood filmmakers. Sure, Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers are great, but they’re playing a different game entirely. I believe the best way for truly independent filmmakers to learn the craft is to hear it directly from other indies. I even have an open submissions process so that any filmmaker, regardless of experience, age, or nationality, can share their filmmaking experience with our audience and promote their work.
- I don’t have any ads on the site. I don’t know a single person who likes web ads. Across the board, they make the experience of consuming content worse. So I don’t have them and never will.
- I don’t peddle clickbait, cheap listicles, or articles that just summarize a YouTube video. I’ve been guilty of writing like this in the past (especially during my No Film School days), and a few early articles on this site walked that line a little too closely, but no longer. Instead, all of the articles published on Filmmaker’s Process are substantive and well thought out. And they’ll never be given a hyperbolic or misleading headline. I pinky promise.
What Filmmaker's Process Creates Now
- In-depth articles about the filmmaking process, creativity, and mindset. My content is designed to help filmmakers not only tackle the process, but tackle obstacles more creatively, make more informed and intentional aesthetic decisions, and create work that leads to more fulfilled lives. It truly is a holistic approach unlike anything else out there.
- Articles written by indie filmmakers all over the world detailing their individual processes and how they overcame various obstacles to get their films made.
- A comprehensive weekly newsletter that contains our articles, a group of handpicked stories and tutorials from other sites, a cool short film, and an piece of inspiration to guide you through the week. Sometimes newsletters also include new articles and ideas before they're ever publicly available.
What Filmmaker's Process Will Create In the Future (With Your Support)
- Filmmaker's Process Podcast: With styling in the same vein as shows like RadioLab, This American Life, and Revisionist History, but with powerful, practical stories and ideas for indie filmmakers, the Filmmaker's Process Podcast is going to be epic. Pinky promise.
- Filmmaker's Process YouTube Channel and Show: Videos that contain short, bite-sized tips and ideas for indie filmmakers.
- Micro Film Festival: I believe that one of the ways indie filmmakers these days can strengthen their craft and build an audience is to create extremely short micro films. I'd like to start a platform that showcases the best of these films and helps them reach their intended audiences.
- Filmmaker's Process Podcast Network: Similar to how I share written stories of indie filmmakers all over the world, so too would I love to share these stories in audio form.
Books and Courses That Are Geared Towards Indie Filmmaking Success
Over the next year or two, I plan on putting out a series of deeply-detailed books and courses that solve the common problems faced by indie filmmakers around the world and help them craft great work.
The first one (planned for a December 2016 release) is book about finding talented and dedicated collaborators for no-budget film projects. Then there's the 31 Days to Better Filmmaking Challenge, a book about the entire philosophy of Filmmaker's Process, and a course that helps more creative filmmakers become producers (ie. become logistical ninjas and actually get films made instead of just talking about it).
If you're interested in any of these projects, or any of the ones I'll create in the future, any patronage level of $5 and above gets you some steep discounts.
Why Filmmaker's Process Needs Your Help
Running a website and producing high-quality content costs a considerable amount (both in money and the time invested into it) every single month. Here's a basic rundown of what your support would help cover each month.
- Website Hosting: The traffic to Filmmaker's Process spikes quite a bit because it tends to come from social media. This means I need our hosting to be relatively robust so that the site never goes down.
- Email Service Provider: This is far and away my biggest monthly expense, and it continues to get more and more expensive as the newsletter grows. Seriously, it's a pain in the ass.
- Social Media Tools: I use a couple different paid tools to engage and post frequently across social media channels (you should follow there if you're not already).
- Making Sure I Don't Starve: Though it's currently my "side hustle," I put upwards of 25-30 hours per week into Filmmaker's Process, and would love to eventually support myself with this work full time. Don't worry though. My lifestyle is pretty sparse and inexpensive (I'm a young guy in a 350 sq ft. apartment in a cheap city).
- Building the Next Version of Filmmaker's Process: I've got some big plans for Filmmaker's Process (which you can read about above), and I'm already starting to work with a talented web designer and developer to make the next version of the site far more beautiful, useful, and most importantly, community-focused.
So that's the pitch. If you find value in Filmmaker's Process and want to be part of it as it grows into something amazing, this is the place to show your support.
If you ever have any questions about any of this or just want to make a suggestion for the site, feel free to shoot me an email and ask away. I'm always around to help and listen.
Anyhow, I really hope to see you inside of the Patreon community. It's gonna be great.