THE INDIE ROUND UP #2: STORYTELLING TROPES, ROYALTY FREE VS COPYRIGHT FREE, GRASSROOTS MARKETING, AND MORE

Five things that we’ve come across this week that might be of interest to you DIY filmmakers out there:

  • Storytelling Tropes: You’re looking to make a movie. Where do you start? Most likely with a script, right? Well, where do you start the script? If you like fun and colourful images that help to make sense of how stories come together, let me point you to The Periodic Table of Storytelling
  • Copyright free films: And if that doesn’t get story ideas percolating, maybe have a browse through Archive.org instead? Or check out this wonderful collection of public domain films, collected by FreeMeo. (Conspicuously absent: Night of the Living Dead. Read the fascinating story about how it entered public domain here.) Use these sites for inspiration for your own script, or, because they’re completely free for public use, go out and shoot a shot for shot remake.
  • Royalty-free music: Once you’ve shot your movie, you’re going to need music. (Or not, if that’s your style.) There are a lot of great royalty-free music sites out there. Not including original compositions by Geoffrey Burch, we needed an addition 12 tracks in The Buskers + Lou, so to help keep licensing costs down Music Supervisor Nisha Lakhani of Storyboard Music and I spent an ungodly amount of time digging through hundreds of potential tracks. If you have the time, it’s well worth it for indie filmmakers to get familiar with royalty-free sites.
  • Cannes recapped: I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival has been going on for the last week or so. Without a doubt Cannes is the biggest, flashiest and most highly touted film festival in the world, and a good showing there can take your little movie and make it soar. Here is Metacritic with a recap of the key films in this year’s lineup.
  • Grassroots Marketing: But if you’re like the thousands of filmmakers out there who didn’t screen at Cannes, don’t worry – there’s more than one way to draw attention to yourself. Here’s a must-read article from IndieWire on the topic.
  •  And one to grow on freeby: the difference between Royalty-free and Copyright free courtesy of Making A Mark.
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