One of the most prolific indie filmmakers in recent years is undoubtably Joe Swanberg. He’s best known for his feature film Drinking Buddies, but has made dozens of other feature films too – including a string of 7 that he produced and directed in just one year.
Back in 2016 Joe delivered an amazing Keynote at SXSW that focuses on the business of making and selling truly independent feature films. In this week’s episode, I distilled my 8 biggest takeaways from his keynote and shared some of my own thoughts on each point. Topics covered include: why working with no money can be better than some money, when to invest in your own films, how shooting 25 pages a day can be feasible, why you should spend as little as you can on your production, and much more.
This is Episode 82: 8 Lessons On The Business Of Filmmaking From Joe Swanberg’s SXSW Keynote
Noam Kroll is an award-winning Los Angeles based filmmaker, and the founder of the boutique production house, Creative Rebellion. His work can be seen at international film festivals, on network television, and in various publications across the globe. Follow Noam on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more content like this!