The Reel Truth on How to Survive Making an Indie Film with Reed Martin
Have you ever wish that you could avoid pitfalls and mistakes that other filmmakers made before you? Today’s guest does just that. Reed Martin is the author of the best-selling book The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn’t Know You Need to Know About Making an Independent Film.
Reed Martin is a former adjunct professor at NYU’s Stern School and Columbia Business School. Previously, he has worked as the Director of Marketing at Independent Pictures, the New York-based production company of producer Cary Woods (“Swingers,” “Scream”). Martin is also a former research associate at Harvard Business School, where he created class materials for the senior faculty.
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Here’s a bit on his best-selling book:
Did you know that most of the biggest indie filmmakers, screenwriters, and producers working today each made the same avoidable mistakes early on in their careers?
The Reel Truth details the pitfalls, snares, and roadblocks that aspiring filmmakers encounter. Reed Martin interviewed more than one hundred luminaries from the independent film world to discuss the near misses that almost derailed their first and second films and identify the close shaves that could have cut their careers short.
Other books may tell you the best way to make your independent film or online short, but no other book describes so candidly how to spot and avoid such issues and obstacles as equipment problems, shooting-day snafus, postproduction myths, theatrical distribution deal breakers, and dozens of other commonly made missteps, including the top fifty mistakes every filmmaker makes.
From personal experience and his years as a freelance reporter covering independent film for USA Today and Filmmaker magazine, Martin uncovers the truth about the risks and potential rewards that go with chasing celluloid glory. Whether you’re writing a screenplay, looking for financing, about to start shooting or thinking about investing time and money (or someone else’s money) in an independent film, The Reel Truth is a must-read.
Get ready for some killer knowledge bombs and enjoy my conversation with Reed Martin.
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- The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn’t Know You Need to Know About Making an Independent Film
- Reed Martin – Email
- Reed Martin – Twitter
- How to make a $1,000 Feature Film with Jay & Mark Duplass
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- FreeFilmBook.com (Download Your FREE Filmmaking Audio Book)
- INDIE FILM SYNDICATE Filmmaking Community
- IFH’s Online Film School
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