These are the musings of someone trying to figure out how the hell you become a profitable filmmaker. It seems that the more and more I research the topic, the less hopeful the outlook appears. But—that’s only if you’re committed to one ideal of filmmaking (a.k.a. the one where you make big movies and win Oscars). And I would say that I am, to a degree.  Still, it’s kind of important to face reality and figure out how you’re going to survive. That said, I’ve made…Continue Reading “4 Ways to Make Money as a Filmmaker”

Awhile back, after seeing The Revenant, I was thinking to myself about the value of entertainment and why people pay for it. I think the simple answer is: fun. People get bored and want to have a good time. They want that so much that they’re willing to pay for it. But I’d like to propose it’s something deeper than that. Maybe it’s that people want to feel, and that’s what they’re paying for. To use The Revenant as an example, I (hopefully) will never…Continue Reading “Paying to Feel: Why People Love Movies”

With this being the first blog post, it feels appropriate to give a little introduction about who I am and why I’m doing this. I’m guessing you read the title of this entry, so I’ll take it from there. (You can also read the more detailed version of this story on HelloGiggles.) When I got pregnant, I was 21. The last thing I wanted to be was a mom. To me, this role was the antithesis to my ambitions as a filmmaker. At the same…Continue Reading “I Got Pregnant in College and It Made Me a Better Filmmaker”