IFH 117: Ask Alex – I’m Making My First Feature Film…HELP!

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Ask Alex – I’m Making My First Feature Film…HELP!

So this episode is going to be fun. I’m starting a new segment I call “Ask Alex.” Yes, I know it’s very creative = ) I asked the IFH Tribe to submit questions to [email protected] and I’ll do my best to answer them. This week we have a bunch of question from tribe member Kenny from Sweden. Here are the questions I answered in this week’s podcast:

  • Which is the best type of camera to buy for your first feature that is cheap? (DSLR or anyone else. Also including lenses or where you can use one lens?)
  • Which is the most important person to hire, a DP or a sound guy for a film? I´ve heard both. Some say good footage and others good sound.
  • If you don´t have English as your first language should you make your films in your own language  since it is your mother tongue or in English(If you know how to speak of course) to reach a bigger market since more people understands and speak English? 
  • Which format is best to use for the finished film? (I know you had a podcast about this but I want to hear your personal opinion)
  • Which part of post cost most money on of following things, sound, colorist or foley. I think it is in that order. Is that correct?  How much of the budget should you save for post-production in your opinion?
  • Should you do this and if so the best ways to send an edited film over the internet for sound editing and colorization and maybe name a few companies that do this for small independent films. Would you be interested in doing that? 
  • What do you say about moving to LA to be a filmmaker if you come from another country? (You had a podcast about that but I am thinking based on an international perspective from a foreigner)

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  • Louis Michael Mifsud

    What’s up Alex? I’m a writer/director from NY and I’ve been out here in Santa Monica and Venice for the last 6 years and have met with a lot of dead ends. I ran a small production company and made my first feature at 23 years old. I’m 37 now, and I know how important networking is what tips do you have on the subject, as well as setting up meetings. Where should one go, what’s your advice on networking and how to do it? It seems very different here than NY.