I'm Alex Ferrari, a writer, director, editor, colorist, post and visual effects supervisor with over 20 years in the wacky film business. Do you have a feature or short film dying to get out of you? Do you want to start a web series? Are you having problems marketing and packaging your existing project? Then this page is for you!
“Always pass on what you have learned.” – Yoda, Jedi Master
What is Indie Film Hustle?
I wanted to create a place where filmmakers and media artists could get REAL guidance on how to make it in the film business. I really just want to help my fellow artists.
Indie Film Hustle Podcast
I know we all have busy lives. It's hard to find the time to sit down and read blogs, books, etc. I created the IFH Podcast for those of you, like me, that love listening to podcast and books on tape in the car, standing in line at the supermarket or at your desk at work.
The IFH Podcast is currently ranked the #1 Filmmaking podcast on iTunes, thanks to all our loyal listeners.
ON-LINE FILM SCHOOL
I have searched far and wide for GREAT on-line film courses. They are hard to comedy but I have compiled a list of awesome course to further your education on your filmmaking journey. I broke them down by category below:
Film Festivals: Secrets and Tricks
If you are like me and every other filmmaker in the world than film festivals frustrate the hell out of you too. Spending $100's if not $1000's of dollars in entry fees just to get a lovely rejection letter, if you even get that. My films have been screened in over 500 international film festivals over the years and I paid for only a small fraction of those.
I created an ebook called 6 Secrets to Get into Film Festivals for cheap or FREE! Just sign up for my FREE newsletter and I'll send you a link to download your FREE ebook.
Unlike other guys on the internet I do not sell my lists, your email is safe with me. I'll send you exclusive content that you can't find on the website.
Just enter your name and email below and you’ll get a copy of it right away.
GET YOUR FILM ON ITUNES, HULU & NETFLIX
Distribber is an aggregator for iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, VuDu, Netflix, Cable VOD and much more. As an aggregator, we work to receive, repair, conform, package, and deliver your film to the outlets you have chosen. Distribber allows filmmakers to keep 100% of all profits generated, which effectively removes any middlemen from taking undeserving revenue.
Once your film is packaged, Distribber will deliver all assets into our partner portals to go live. Filmmakers have complete control over release dates, updates, removals, the list goes on. I've used Distribber on projects and highly recommend them.Get started today by clicking the Submit Now button.
IFH TV: Videos to help you get your hustle on!
"Tips from the Trenches"
A show going over real word tips and tricks on how to make your next production more successful. These clips are from my Blu-ray/DVD release of "Lipstick and Bullets".
If you want to take all 5+ hours of films a killer guerrilla film school home, you can buy it here:
"LIPSTICK AND BULLETS"
"The Indie Film Hustle Show" (Coming Soon)
Our flagship show discussing the raw and real truth about the film industry. Teaching you stuff they don't teach you in film school. If you want to consume IFH on the go this is the way to do it.
Creating an Image for Your Project
Most filmmakers and artist do not even think about marketing or distribution when creating a new project. This is where many projects fail. The first line of defense in creating a brand or image around your project is YOUR WEBSITE, the most under estimated part of the indie filmmaker's marketing plan.
Distributors, film festivals, production companies and even the general public (who is more savvy than ever these days) looks at a website as a sign of the quality of the project they are being sold. If the website sucks, then impress people get is...
"...more than likely the film or project doesn't have great production value or good story telling and I should just move on."
Now, I know what you're going to say,
"But Alex I'm not a technical person and don't have the money to hire a web designer."
I hear you, I can't write code if my life depended on it but I built this entire website by myself in under a week. IFH.com is much more complicated your basic film site so don't worry. I show you how I did it.
How to build a KILLER website for your film
Now there are many ways to build a beautifully designed website now a days. Since I'm not a web designer or coder I was always looking for an easy drag and drop solution for my website needs. WordPress is the way!
WordPress, Beaver Builder & BlueHost, the Great Equalizers.
Below is my secret sauce on how I build websites for all my current projects. Quick, cheap and professional looking. This option has a bit more time in the learning curve but in my opinion well worth it.
If you plan to get more sophisticated with email collection, building a fan base, selling products and all around building an online world for your company and associated projects, then the below option is the way to go.
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My gift to you, a free audiobook book.
- Audible: I don't know about you but I'm always on the go and rarely have time to sit down and read a book. I consume most of my books through audiobooks, specifically on my iPhone and iPad. I've partnered with Audible to give you one FREE book, no strings attached.
My gift to you. Any book you want. There are thousands to choose from.
Click here for my free gift and happy learning!
One on One Coaching.
Trying to get your film project over the finish line? With 20 years in the film business I can help you.
- Skype/Phone Consultation: I can coach you on: Indie Film marketing/promotions, sales & distribution of your feature or short film, post production workflow for your project, or advice on distributors who contact you.
- Full Post Production Workflow Package: I'll create a full workflow for you indie film project. If your either in pre-production, production or post I will create a post workflow that will: Save you a ton of money & time, get your film finalized, and assist you in what deliverables you'll need for distribution.
- Full Indie Film Marketing/Distribution Package: I'll create a marketing plan for you to execute. I'll break down strategies, coming up with techniques that are tailored for your film so it can be seen by the right eyeballs. I'll breakdown marketing strategies, cut out the distribution middle man, show you how to self distribute your film and create a social media marketing plan.
I wanted to finish by saying thank you for stopping by. I'm here for you as you go through your journey through the shark invested waters of the film business.
I do my best to respond to all the emails I get and I'll always respond. I'm just a filmmaker like you, no one special. I've just been around the block a bit and want to help other artists and filmmakers not make the same mistakes I've seen.
Thanks so much for your support. Please come by and say hi on my Facebook Page and join the rest of the indie film hustler tribe. I look forward to meeting you soon! All the best.
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