MISSION X: www.missionx.co.uk
A lot of people ask me how I am progressing with my film via twitter, facebook, email, which is great, really amazed that anybody is interested in my work. However, I can’t deny it’s also so time consuming for each response. So I am posting my up to date progress here for those who are interested.
Whoever follows me, will know I made this little film just to get kick started again. I had a few years gap from my first film, and it took me a few years to raise £500,000 for a horror, which also included a solid marketing, distribution plan.
When that collapsed at the start of the global financial crash, I had no option but to get a camera and start shooting a no budget story. Mission X. Filmmakers make films, so there should be a cut off point for roaming with the metal detector. I had enough of looking for money.
MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION
I would never make a budget film without having a marketing and distribution strategy. But Mission X was really just a desperate bid to get moving again, after years in “development hell”. I knew I would have no marketing money for MX, but at least I would have something to show potential investors
Without a recent project, people would simply ask, “What have you done lately?” I got sick of saying, “well, I have this idea, concept, script” Who gives a shit! Join the que! People invest in “doers”. They only invest in pitches if you are already well established.
Making this no budget film has simply been a calling card. Personally, it’s working for me.
- Private investment doors are opening again, and some are already commited for the next project.
- Its a lot easier to get the industry to consider me for bigger budget projects. They are open to packaged submissions now.
- I have a film to show a little bit of what I can do, so its easier to get great talent, resources, support for the next one. And access to named talent.
- MX is not going to make me rich, or even comfortable, but the sales keep me running.
- Some industry people are seeing a remake potential. (Much more action based) I would not even have been listened to without this little film.
- Because the film was so cheap, I can afford to experiment with it, hold on to my rights, and of course it will sell forever in many platforms
- Having the film has let me connect with a lot of great people via social media.
Anyway, there are many more positives to making the film.
I rarely see negatives in life. The positives definately outweigh the negatives. Sure, it is frustrating not having money to plug the film right out there, but on the other hand, its a small film, scottish accents, so not really for a mass global market, so it would not make sense to spend a lot of money on it.
On a whole, the film has already kicked started the original project I tried to get going. It’s created a spark for me that is leading to other things, so I have no complaints. If interested, watch this space for more updates.
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