The Filmmaking Stuff Podcast

Filmmaking Stuff provides tactics for film producing, film funding, and film distribution.

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Wednesday Apr 10, 2024

Welcome to another exciting episode of Filmmaking Stuff podcast. In this episode, we are delving into the world of creating brilliant micro-budget films. Our host, Tom Malloy, shares insights on how can you make your movie stand out, even with a limited budget. Citing examples from successful low-budget films like 'Blair Witch Project' and 'Paranormal Activity', Malloy discusses the importance of bringing a unique perspective to your movie.
He emphasizes the opportunity to experiment and innovate when working with a micro-budget, highlighting a recently made film 'Skinnamarink' as an example of uniqueness in storytelling. Consequently, this uniqueness can happen when filmmakers take familiar concepts and tweak them a little, creating something entirely special and distinct.
Moreover, Malloy asserts that filmmaking should never compromise on quality, regardless of budget constraints. Relating his personal experiences on co-financing three micro-budget movies, he encourages the dedication to improve the script and tell a good story from the ground up.
In addition to this, he introduces his video series 'The Backyard Blockbuster Blueprint', which provides tips on making a low-budget film look like it costs much more than it actually does. He addresses common misconceptions regarding micro-budget films, reaffirming their potential to be full-fledged feature films, rather than just minimalist productions.
He concludes the podcast episode with a call-to-action to all filmmakers: focus on creating movies you're proud of, irrespective of the budget size. That, according to him, is the true formula for making a micro-budget film that truly shines.
📌 Check Out the "Backyard Blockbuster Blueprint" Series: https://www.filmmakingstuffhq.com/backyard-blockbuster-blueprint-info/

Can You Profit from Short Films?

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024

Wednesday Apr 03, 2024

In this episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast, host Tom Malloy discusses the potential market and the inherent value of producing short films. Tom explains that the value of short films isn't necessarily about profit. Instead, short films present an opportunity to gain experience and create a 'calling card' as a filmmaker.
Aspiring directors should approach their short films like a test run or a teaser of their intended feature films. The genre should reflect that of the intended feature film, allowing audiences to gauge the director's aptitude in a specific area. However, Tom warns against investing heavily in these mediums, suggesting that such funds could be better invested in a feature film.
Moreover, Tom shares key marketing strategies for short films, like leveraging film festivals and using popular platforms like YouTube. He also highlights the benefits of presenting a consistent genre throughout, thus helping potential investors visualize the intended feature film. Despite limited income avenues, the true profit of short films lies in kickstarting and enriching one's filmmaking career.
He concludes that filmmakers should graduate from short films and aims at producing feature films, where more sustainable profit lies. A short film, therefore, serves as a stepping stone towards that goal, and its fundraising should resonate with this objective. Tune into this episode of the Filmmaking Stuff podcast to gain insightful filmmaking knowledge and strategies from seasoned professional, Tom Malloy.
Key Highlights:
The Real Purpose of Short Films: Gain insights into why making short films should focus on creative expression and career advancement rather than profit.
Budgeting Wisely: Learn why investing $50,000 to $150,000 in a short film might not be the best approach and discover alternative strategies.
Genre Consistency: Understand the importance of aligning your short film's genre with your future projects to build a cohesive portfolio.
Leveraging Short Films: Find out how short films can serve as a director's calling card, increase your chances of entering major film festivals, and attract potential investors and producers for your next project.
📌 Check Out the "Backyard Blockbuster Blueprint" Series: https://www.filmmakingstuffhq.com/backyard-blockbuster-blueprint-info/

Crafting Your Personal Film

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

Every filmmaker has a unique story to tell. If you're wondering how to bring your vision to the screen, this episode is for you.
We'll guide you through the process, from initial concept to final cut, ensuring you have the tools and knowledge to create a film that truly resonates.

Wednesday Mar 13, 2024

So you want to make money in movies?
It's not just about the glitz and glamour. In this episode, we dive into the nitty-gritty of turning your passion for film into a profitable venture. 

Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

Do NOT send out your screenplay with grammatical mistakes!  It signals to the reader that you’re an amateur and you haven’t put the effort into your writing. 

Wednesday Feb 28, 2024

Dive deep into the heart of cinema with "Behind the Screens: Unveiling EFM 2024," your essential podcast episode for exclusive insights and highlights from the European Film Market in Berlin. This episode brings you closer to the pulse of the film industry, providing a comprehensive recap of the most prestigious marketplace for movie rights, production, and distribution. We transport listeners directly to the bustling halls of the Berlinale, offering a front-row seat to the latest trends, groundbreaking deals, and emerging talents shaping the future of film.

The First Step in Making a Movie

Wednesday Feb 21, 2024

Wednesday Feb 21, 2024

You want to take the first step in making your movie.  What is it?  What is the absolute first thing you must to do get things moving?

Laurels on a Movie Poster

Wednesday Feb 14, 2024

Wednesday Feb 14, 2024

Laurels - the logo with the little branches that advertise what film festival you’ve been in.  Do Laurels Help on a movie poster?  Do they help with marketing the movie in general?

When is a film "Real?"

Wednesday Feb 07, 2024

Wednesday Feb 07, 2024

When is a film “Real”?  That’s a buzz word that a lot of people in the industry use when a film is actually greenlit and moving forward.  Today we’re talking about when you can finally call a film “real.”
 

The Sundance Lie

Wednesday Jan 31, 2024

Wednesday Jan 31, 2024

Unlock the truth behind the Sundance Film Festival dream in this eye-opening episode of The Filmmaking Stuff podcast. Join host Tom Malloy as he exposes 'The Sundance Lie,' unraveling the myths surrounding indie filmmakers' aspirations.
Discover the harsh realities, unexpected twists, and the lottery-like odds of gaining recognition at Sundance. Learn why banking on this festival as a shortcut to success is a risky business plan and explore smarter strategies for film markets. Subscribe now for actionable tips and inspiring stories on making your movie a reality. Take action and make your movie now!

Investing in Low-Budget Movies

Wednesday Jan 24, 2024

Wednesday Jan 24, 2024

Ever think about investing in movies? Ever wonder what movie investors want?
In this episode on film funding, we're all about investing in low-budget movies. Join us as we lay out straightforward tips, tactics, and support for anyone interested in putting their money into indie films.
It doesn't matter if you're just starting in film investing or looking for backers for your next project. We've packed this episode with actionable advice to help your investment journey go smoothly.
We’ll dive into the strategies for evaluating film potential, mitigating risks, and the truth about movie profits.
Get ready to unlock the secrets of film investing in the dynamic, creative world of indie movies.

Wednesday Jan 17, 2024

How do I find a distributor for my movie? That's the question we get a lot. And in this episode, movie producer Tom Malloy shares simple, yet effective tips on finding the right film distributor for your movie.
Tom highlights the need to know what makes your movie special and to look for distributors who are interested in that type of film. He recommends the importance of attending of markets and how to network with distributors and sales agents.
Give this a listen, and make sure to share it with a filmmaker friend.

Small Crew Big Movies

Thursday Jan 04, 2024

Thursday Jan 04, 2024

In this Filmmaking Stuff Podcast episode, you'll learn the essentials of producing a movie with the leanest team possible. 
Tom Malloy takes you through filming a simple scene like a family dinner, demonstrating how you can achieve cinematic quality regardless of your budget. 
You'll understand the importance of critical roles such as the director-cum-camera operator and audio, and how to handle lighting effectively even with minimal hands on deck.
This episode is about maximizing efficiency and quality with a skeleton crew, teaching you to focus on what matters - the final product on screen. 
Ideal for filmmakers working with tight budgets, this session will equip you with practical skills and insights to make your film project a success.

Want To Sell Your Movie?

Thursday Dec 28, 2023

Thursday Dec 28, 2023

In this episode of the Filmmaking Stuff Podcast, 'Simply Selling Your Film,' you'll discover the essentials for successfully marketing and selling your independent film. 
Learn how choosing a marketable genre and maintaining a realistic budget can significantly impact your film's success. Understand how having a recognizable cast or influencers can enhance your film's appeal and marketability.
You'll also uncover the crucial role a compelling script plays in attracting a strong and talented team. I'll guide you through the intricacies of navigating prominent film markets like the American Film Market and the European Film Market. 
These platforms are vital for connecting with sales agents and distributors. This episode is tailored for indie filmmakers like you seeking to sell your film efficiently and effectively. 

Tuesday Dec 19, 2023

In this episode of the Filmmaking Stuff Podcast, we explore the steps needed to build trust with movie investors.
We'll tackle the harsh truth about film investments - there's no guarantee of financial returns.
I'll share my insights on how promising a quality film, rather than surefire profits, forms the bedrock of trust. We'll discuss strategies for your first film, the importance of partnering with seasoned producers, and how to avoid over-promising.
This episode is packed with real-world advice for filmmakers at any level who want to approach film financing with honesty and integrity.
Let's explore how to make your movie dreams real.

Thursday Dec 07, 2023

Join Tom Malloy in this eye-opening episode of the Filmmaking Stuff Podcast, where we dive into the revolutionary world of micro-budget filmmaking.
We're unveiling the Backyard Blockbuster Blueprint – a game-changing approach that empowers indie filmmakers to create extraordinary films without the hefty budget.
Discover practical tips, insider tactics, and the secrets behind making your film stand out in today's competitive market.
Whether you're a first-time filmmaker or a seasoned pro, this episode is packed with insights to transform your filmmaking journey.
Tune in to unlock the potential of micro-budget movies and start making your cinematic dreams a reality

Wednesday Nov 08, 2023

Join Tom Malloy as he breaks down his top three lessons from this year's American Film Market.
Get the inside scoop on what's new in indie film, from funding to getting your movie out there and making connections that count.
Whether you're making your first film or your fifth, tune in to get the real deal on making movies today.

Navigating AFM with Tom Molloy

Tuesday Oct 24, 2023

Tuesday Oct 24, 2023

In this episode of Filmmaking Stuff Podcast, Tom Malloy offers his top strategies for attending the American Film Market (AFM), offering practical tips for filmmakers.
Get AFM networking tips, learn how to avoid common pitfalls, and discover why this event in Santa Monica is essential for anyone serious about the business side of filmmaking.
Whether you're new or a regular at AFM, tune in for Tom's tips on making the right connections in the indie film world.
Subscribe and grab your Filmmaker Checklist at FilmmakingStuff.com

MIPCOM For Filmmakers

Monday Oct 16, 2023

Monday Oct 16, 2023

In this episode, movie producer Tom Molloy takes you through MIPCOM, a key market in Cannes for TV and filmmakers.
Learn why it's a big deal, especially for those with films not aimed for big theater releases. Tom shares his own tips on how to make the most out of the market, connect with the right people, and possibly sell your projects.
Whether you're working on or selling a TV series or film, discover how MIPCOM can open doors for you in the global TV and film scene.

Wednesday Oct 11, 2023

Ever feel trapped in your day job and dream about making movies full-time?
In this episode, Jason and Tom Malloy get real about breaking free and diving into filmmaking, even when you’re clocking in from 9 to 5.
Tom drops some gems on changing how you think about your "real job" and making time for your film passion.
You’ll hear about:
- Tom’s own jump from a regular job to a film career, no fluff, just the real journey.
- Tips on seeing yourself as a filmmaker now, not waiting for some perfect moment.
- Balancing the bills and your film dreams without burning out.
Tom’s chatting with us right from a film set, proving it’s possible to live the dream.
And if you’re feeling alone in the grind, remember there’s a whole crew of filmmakers ready to connect in the Tom Malloy Movie Producer Mastermind.
We’re all in this together – let’s turn those film dreams into our day jobs! Hit play to get the lowdown – and don’t forget to subscribe for more straight talk on making it in movies.

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