Filmmaking Blog Posts by Indie Film Factory

Where to start as a filmmaker

Where to start as a filmmaker can be overwhelming.

The average indie filmmaker finds themselves wondering where to start. They often agonize over the resources that they lack. However, the key is to ignore all of that and start anyway.  

When I first decided I wanted to be a filmmaker, I remember the challenges I had. I wasn’t from wealthy parents, nor did I have any connections, equipment, or outlets to create a movie. Even more challenging, the year was 1996, and hardly any serious filmmaker was using video. Video was all that I could gain access to living 5 hours from Los Angeles.

I also remember the time I found out that my student aid had fallen through at the art school I had been accepted to in San Francisco. I can remember the feeling of failure that swept over me as I sat on the Southwest jet waiting to take off back to Las Vegas where I lived. It was at that moment that I decided that I wouldn’t let anything stop me from achieving my goal as a filmmaker.

In today’s video, I want to share a little insight on my story and how you can create forward movement for yourself as an independent filmmaker.


If you would like to learn more about this stuff, be sure to check out my new book:

What Film Schools Don’t Tell You
Your Basic Guide to Making Movies and Finding Good Distribution.

That’s all for now. Make Movies!


Kelly Schwarze is an Emmy © Nominated filmmaker who has written directed and produced 7 feature films, dozens of music vides and commercials, and has owned successful media companies in Las Vegas. 

Kelly also does one-on-one consulting for filmmakers. Click here for more details.

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