Striking out on your own as a filmmaker can be a surprisingly difficult affair. As we’ve discovered with other chats with filmmakers, there are so many things to consider before you can even think about actually sitting down and making your movie. Your audience, your budget, your actors, your appeal…and that’s why I’ve tracked down the people behind Her Side of The Bed, an LGBT-themed love story, to talk to us about how they brought their romance to the big screen.
“We spent roughly six weeks, day in, day out, writing the first draft of the script. After many drafts we established a finalized script that we felt was ready to shoot. We then put together an Indiegogo campaign where we raised enough funds to start production process. Her Side of the Bed takes place in New York, so we flew out to the city and shot exterior shots, B-roll and anything that was distinctly NY that we didn’t feel we could capture in LA. Back in LA, we shot until we ran out of funds. We’re having a Film Finishing Fundraiser party on June 26th, as well as a Kickstarter campaign. With this money, we hope to finish shooting this summer with a rough cut in late fall. This process is a year and a half in the making, and we’re still working every day on turning our idea into a fully formed reality.”
The film deals with Rachel, a newly-single twentysomething who moves in with her best friend Nicole while she deals with the heartbreak. A single night together changes everything, and the film deals with sexual identity, the difference between sex and friendship, and, apparently, awkward nipple photos. The fiercely indepdent nature of the film, directed by Bryn Woznicki, has proved difficult in some respects.
“Her Side of the Bed’s story is not “mainstream”. We don’t have a ton of A-list actors, and it’s things like this that investors bank upon. As much as this is our art and our passion, it’s still the entertainment “business” so in general, investors don’t want to put money into a project unless they are certain there will be a return of their investments.”
We also discussed the importance of focusing on “mini achievements” and making sure to focus on the small victories in independent filmmaking. With an industry that’s as difficult as it is, even the tinienst of wins can be the push you need to keep going.
“Be relentless. It’s a tough business and you have to have a thick skin, but if you believe in your art, go down every avenue possible. Be diligent in updating your social media outlets. Reach out to people who are telling similar stories. Take meetings. Lots of meetings. At worst you just spent $5 on a coffee and learned a thing or two, at best this person may believe in your project and want to help you. A strong support system is also important. Surround yourself with likeminded, kind and hard working people who want to help you fulfill your dreams. Help them fulfill their dreams. Bolster each other up and support each other. You will have created a community and a family, and yes this will help you publicize your film, but it will also serve a much greater purpose.”
Find out more about the movie here.
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