Movie Process as a Way to Learn

There’s nothing quite like jumping right in to learn from your movie process. Such is the case with “Thrillumentary,” a project on which the filmmakers are having their thoughts about process affirmed through the doing. Every project is unique and this one is because of the fact it started out as a one-man theater piece. Through the creative process it evolved into a full-on web series with various characters.

Starving Artist to Artist Entrepreneur

Once you’re in the “starving artist” mentality it’s not always easy to get out of it and start thinking of yourself as an artist entrepreneur. Or is it?

For some it’s as simple as having a shift in consciousness. Having an outlook that’s not about deprivation but rather focuses on┬áthriving. This may sound like a lot of new age hocus pocus, but there’s some truth in it. Though of course, this doesn’t work for everyone.

How are you approaching your art? Whether you’re a performing, film, fine arts or other kind of artist the rules are often the same as funding, making, marketing and distributing a movie. First you have to fund it (including making a living), then you make it (create the thing), next you market it and finally you distribute it.

We asked filmmaker, educator and artist advocate John Yianni Stamas what he thought about the relationship between movie making and the role of the Artist Entrepreneur and here’s what he said:

“In fact there’s a lot that can be learned from filmmaking that applies to going from “Starving Artist” to Artist Entrepreneur. I┬ábelieve that we’ve entered a period of time in history where anyone can make a movie.”

Developing cinema projects such as a web series or movie (a web series strung together) can be a great way of showcasing your work, whether your a musician, actor, visual artist and more. Why? Because a web series can feature our art form. Then, with each new webisode, you have another new excuse to promote.

The only difference between many starving artists and artist entrepreneurs is guidance, training and strategies from the entrepreneurial arts. Is business an art? Maybe, maybe not, but you need some of it to make your art into your living. You also need to think out of the box and not be trying to “get there” the same way that everyone else is.

Update on Filming for Thrillumentary

Filming for “Thrillumentary” has begun, though, initially most of it is being shot using a cell phone. This “selfie” approach to filmmaking is being utilized primarily to stay in keeping with a “no crew” approach.

Our lead actor is filming himself, a fact which makes sense in the context of the “Thrillumentary” story because he is communicating with others by speaking into his mobile.

The idea is to fund, make, market and distribute a full length feature in less than two years with no crew and virtually “no budget.”

Slight funds were raised initially via the organization with a nonprofit umbrella, Lights Camera Read. These funds went toward the purchasing of the recording media. Thus far that has been the only expense directly related to the production.

The key to “no budget” Art Gush Movie Process filmmaking is to draw upon your existing resources. In other words, use what you have. Write your script around locations and props you have easy access to.

But the thing that really makes the “Thrillumentary” Movie Process unique, is that the three-steps-a-day approach that the film is using is simultaneously being documented on the Art Gush website.

This means double duty for the filmmakers because it is not only about making the film but “documenting the making of the film” as well. Each is a large project on its own.

Members of the Art Gush website are following the three-steps-a-day to fund, make, market and distribute their own movies.