The upside of producing indie entertainment is already being aware it will never be neat and clean and nice.
There are lots of people involved with making and most importantly finishing a movie that can be distributed and sold to viewers.
I know there are actors and crew that have not enjoyed working with me or were disappointed with the end result from their eyes. I read a review online where an actor trashed me and the movie they were in.
I am cool with those things. Not everyone clicks and gets along or is happy with the end result. All I can do as an indie filmmaker is try to treat people with respect and get a movie done.
I had one actor contact me if it would be possible they could get rush footage from a movie we did while still in post-production because they had a shot at landing a role or agent.
I forget what it was agent or audition reel. I had my coproducer Tim “Timbo” Beachum do them this favor and we had sent FED EX to them overnight on our dime. Once they got what they wanted there was not even a thank you.
That confirms to me you cannot buy class the entertainment business. Thanks does go a long way in this business we are in, at least on our end of things how we handle our business. I make it habit to say thank you to people that work on Slice of Americana Films projects.
I appreciate the time and effort people put in to working on indie films. It is far from Hollywood in the indie cinema world, but good people are busting their asses to work on entertainment outside the studio system.
My background won’t allow me to trash people by calling them out through a post. I just realized early on in the entertainment business it is nothing like working with friends you grew up with that know your word is gold and deals are sealed with a handshake, nothing else needed.
Producing indie entertainment will never be neat and clean for the simple fact most likely the people you trust the most are not in the entertainment business.
You are going to deal with what people in the know refer to as outsiders that have zero loyalty to you or the project.
There will be actors and crew you meet that honestly stick with you, but for the most part you only work with people once on a movie deal and move on.
Friends in the entertainment business run very thin as it should be in my personal view of producing entertainment on limited budgets.
People that know me understand I include close friends on my production team because I trust them even if they have no experience in the entertainment business. I’m not out to get over on them and they are not out to get over me.
I’ve also met some really cool people outside my personal circle during producing indie entertainment that have been a huge help to Slice of Americana Films as we continue to produce entertainment.
I always try my best to work with actors and crew again that stuck with me.
For me I never forget where I came from or who my friends are. I bring that up because some reviewer on a movie site made a comment on my face and where I grew up.
Nothing related to the movie, but good for them for watching and taking time to at least comment on me and the movie it shows me the watched for whatever reason.
I’m happy and grateful to be producing indie entertainment. Personal attacks are like morning dew. It goes away fast it came.
The only thing I can share with fellow indie filmmakers is that producing indie entertainment will never be neat and clean. Your hands will always get dirty.
But that is part of the creative fun of it all. Getting your hands in the soil and helping something new grow.
This is indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing FADE OUT