This month’s issue is filled with actors interviews and some discerning news concerning Independent film projects which usually start off with a strong cast, an unknown director or production team, seemingly “innocent” fund raising attempts on the web, and wind up going nowhere; as a matter of fact, many have just vanished off the face of the earth. This blog entry is only part of the liner notes [unedited and raw material] presented in this month’s issue, filled with the truth about how many Independent film projects never get off the ground or launch as promised.
Simply put, “What has your director produced prior to hiring you as an actor on his project?” – Did you know that many first time directors and/or production teams often claim to have “an in” with presenting their new project to a network or “someone” in Hollywood? Well, it’s been proven true on more than one occasion. Many local veteran actors, aspiring new actors, young actors parents, and film clique-teams have all been innocently mislead on projects that seem to have the right script, the right director, or the right production team that seem to have their shit together. These groups provide the strongest support of the Indie film project from within by promoting the special existence of the film without any real material to provide to their family and friends, save the old “Hey, follow this project on Facebook, because I’m in it” line. Most of these movies tag their movie posters with "Coming Soon" and they never arrive at all.
All of this usually occurs without any real filming ever truly occurring on the project, save for perhaps a low budget “trailer” that is produced by a small group of the loyal members of the production team, after that the powers that be provide insight of the project for crowd funding or Indiegogo websites that are usually end up being mostly funded by the actual actors that have roles in the film. Usually on every one of those fundraising sites, the reason for the funding is renting camera equipment, buying permits and such. Our question has always been, “Why call yourself an Indie film studio or Indie production team when you don’t even own a camera or work inside a studio?”
Better yet, why do most of those veteran actors wind up spending so much time promoting and funding these types of film productions? – The answer is very simple, those actors want to work and if that work helps build their reputations or video portfolios, then so be it. Many of these projects seem to produce the right steps to launch their films; they all produce grand photo shoots with descriptions of lead actors and their roles, some even go as far as bring in some new, young faces to present to the world with roles that are important and not just a scene as an “extra”. Most of these new young faces have parents that are willing to dump money into these projects to help it get launched and see their child on film in their first project.
The fact that remains for many of these failed projects is that hardly anyone ever knows what has happened to the money raised when things just being to fall apart. These same veteran actors and the young upstarts will follow one another from one project to another, usually with the same production team, until the luster and patience has run out. In many-many cases many young careers are extinguished before they ever start and that’s a damn shame.
So, what the QSE has done is provide a large list to subscribers of the 118 indie film projects across Texas that presented a good start but then just burned out as fast as they flamed up in 2017. We provide links to at least 67 dead film project Facebook pages – most of them from Austin, Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, IMDB pages for all of them, and some updates from disgruntled actors and actors parents who had enough of the shit that comes with production teams that just fail to produce anything but a promotional trailer.
The number of Indie film projects for 2018 is expected to triple this year as new directors are starting to spring up all over Texas and in the local Houston film communities. Many of these new Indie films are claiming “inside deals” and instant “hookups” with Netflix and Amazon after producing only one short episode to present to those streaming services, even though many are being shot out of required formats and without accredited director certifications or proper editing techniques that are always deemed necessary for approval.
In an attempt to keep the mass of veteran actors, aspiring actors, and young talent’s parents informed about Indie film projects who claim they’re targeting for release to Nexflix, ZULU, HULU and Amazon, this issue also lays out the filming formats and requirements that online streaming seek [as listed on their individual websites] prior to any approval; and there are NO exceptions!