Produce Your Project, Or Die Trying
Producer Sarah Hawkins discusses mentality in indie film.
Editor’s note: We’re thrilled to have Sarah Hawkins of OR DIE TRYING write about their process and how they crushed their crowdfunding and production goals right here on the Stareable blog. This week, she talks mentality, and next week, she’ll be back to chat about the practical logistics of it all.
Although it can feel overwhelming, lack of funding shouldn’t be the thing that stops you from putting your vision into action. Set the intention now that your project will be made and start chipping away at bringing that vision to life with your community. Here’s how:
Stop Asking For Permission
Ask yourself “what resources can we pull together now?”
For our series, OR DIE TRYING, we produced a concept trailer first. There will be a ton of people who will tell you that this is exactly what you should not do, but here’s why we did it, and why it worked for us.
We knew we had a big vision for the series as a whole, but to produce the entire season pulling strictly from our personal funds, we wouldn’t be giving the series what we felt it deserved.
Creating the trailer first helped gauge interest and started building a brand and our community. By the time we launched our crowdfunding campaign to shoot the series, we had an audience already well-engaged and ready to support us.