Anything Goes : Form a new film company? by John Simpson

John Simpson

Form a new film company?

Instead of banging our collective heads against the wall trying to get mostly low budget films made, why don't interested parties with particular skills make it know that he or she would be interested in trying this? We obviously would need at least one or two people in every department of a film company, including an attorney, producers, directors, actors, etc. We would also need someone connected somehow to sources of minor money. It's worth discussing, no? By the way, I have an LLC already formed that we can use to form with. Let me know your thoughts, because I'm tired of trying to get someone else to make my first movie. Thanks, John Simpson

Doug Nelson

John - I feel your pain, I've been trying to do exactly what you're saying for a few years now.

John Simpson

well you can see the massive interest in my suggestion! lol

Doug Nelson

John – The unfortunate reality is that we are on different sides of the country. I’ve held off forming an LLC until I’m confident that I can assemble a real working crew (and I even bring a little money to the table.) What I’ve found are a whole lot of unproven boasters who feel I should throw money their way because they say they can – but they are unable to show me they can. I finally assembled the best folk I could find in my area and produced my own film. Now I have a short that looks like it was made by a high school kid – an that’s the best I got!

John Simpson

I am sorry to hear that Doug. I already have a producer who has made other films and we were 30 days from kicking my film off when the lead actor and his screen trained dog pulled out of the movie. Everything crashed after that. But up to that point, I was involved in casting, arranging catering, and was a co-producer on the film. Both Michael and I were crushed from that experience. We had the budget of $30K in place for the most part, and lost all of that back to the investors. Wish we had talked before your experience.

Danielle Colbert

I would like to hear more about this endeavor. Feel free to email me at daniellecolbert382@gmail.com.

Doug Nelson

Not to feel sorry for me John. I’m a small time producer/retired old business guy that has produced some shorts… and I keep on keepin’ on. The hardest part is finding crew out here where I am (I have no intent to move.) I’ve never lost money making films because I’ve never tried to make any – I have a little chump change laying about and I see filmmaking as just a good provocative hobby but I’m also trying to pay it forward by helping newbies along the path - Now, if I could just find a few who want to travel that path.

Douglas Eugene Mayfield

In LA where I live, there are a lot of talented and experienced people. The two key ingredients which a film company needs are good scripts and money. And those are hard to find. I'm not arguing against 'climbing the mountain'. I'm just observing how tall it is.

Kirk Johnson

This might be of interest to you - something I'm working on - www.thefanfilmproject.com - www.theindependentnetwork.us

John Simpson

Seems as though Kirk, the last thing you're looking for is scripts, am I wrong? Thanks.

Kirk Johnson

Actually for our latest project we are looking to expand our group of writers. www.intergalacticspacerangers.com this is a 50's style science fiction television series in development. The format is an overlying story with related and unrelated science fiction stories within it. Check it out :)

John Simpson

Okay Kirk, I will and send you a message. Thanks!

John Simpson

Hi Kirk......I seriously don't think I could write for that "era" of sci-fy. I have written one short story about space, but it's futuristic rather than retro. Keep me in mind, and good luck with your project!

Kirk Johnson

Alrighty, thanks John :)

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