by Michael Neel & Greg Ansin
So you wanna make an indie film? Great! We're going to help you,
or at least send you in the right direction.
Our goal with these blogs is to take you through the filmmaking
process, step-by-step, and help you to make your movie.
Zombie Frank gets ready for a night of work at the
We have worked on many independent films over the last ten or so
years, and we've observed that the biggest thing you can do for
your independent film is TIME. Yes, a film will cost some amount
of money, and it can take a while, sometimes years to finish. But
the important thing is that you keep going.
There are a lot of resources out there for aspiring filmmakers –
way too many to list in these blogs. If you have a question, ask
us! We'll try to help and point you in the right direction. There
are also tons of online forums, books, and videos that can help
you too. If you have questions keep digging and asking people. You
will find your answers if you look hard enough.
The great thing about film is that it is collaborative, and it allows
for a lot of different talents and people to come together and create
something bigger than all of them. As an indie filmmaker, you will
be wearing lots of hats – it comes with the job, and if you
find the right balance it can be very rewarding. Therefore, it is
important that you realize what you are good at and what you need
help with, and surround yourself with people that compliment your
skills. Only with everyone working together can the film be its
One very important concept for filmmaking is that you make your
film three times: there is the film you write, the film you shoot,
and the film you cut. Looking at your film in this way puts you
in a good mindset to bring your film to fruition. Let's look at
the different stages:
The film you write:
Script of the film you have written.
When you write a screenplay, the film exists on the page. You are
trying to bring characters to life, in a world that will exist in
your film. Who are these people (or aliens/monsters/etc)? What are
they doing? If you are honest with your characters they will take
your story to exciting places. When you are done, the story should
progress in a logical way, where the characters act of their own
The film you shoot:
The film you will shoot.
So you have a screenplay, and you've been imagining how things
will look and sound. During the shoot, many things shift and change
– after all, you now have real people in real locations bringing
the story to life. This is a good thing if you keep your mindset
correct – that is, every time something changes or you need
to adjust a shot or scene you keep your final goal in mind. Sure,
the specifics of what you are doing may evolve, but the essence
of the story remains.
The film you cut:
The film you will cut.
You have all the raw footage, now it is time to put it together.
Now the challenge is to respond to your material, and not force
it into what you thought you were making. Take a good look at your
footage – which things didn't work how you had planned? What
worked better? And what was totally unexpected? Step back and just
respond to the footage in front of you and you will make the best
film you can.
This blog will cover the following:
*Before you shoot (your reason for
making a film)
a Director of Photography
the Cinema 11/15/09
the Cinema 1/31/10
Horror Movie Preview
Frights of Christmas
and Shock 2009
Film Maker's Resources
Before you shoot
So let's get started!
they are saying about the Drive-In Horrorshow....
"10 out of 10"
- From Infernal Dreams
"Drive-In Horrorshow delivers a visual feast of blood splatter
and clever storytelling."
"Drive-In Horrorshow takes the anthology and juices it fully with five unique stories that range from clever comedy to dark body horror."
- From Deadly Doll's House of Horror Nonsense
"A well made anthology of short films."
- Zombie Movie Database
"Highly recommended for those who want to confront the monsters under the bed of their childhood. And as always find them scary."
From I 400 Calci (translated from Italian)
"The general tone of this film struck me, because I've seen real passion for the genre."
From Ulteriorit Precedente (translated from Italian)
"This is a high recommend from me, very entertaining and obviously done by filmmakers who love the genre. Long live the horror anthology!"
"Drive in Horror Show is–WITHOUT A DOUBT–the greatest horror anthology since George Romero's Creepshow"
- From Planet Fury
"I can't stop singing its praises."
- From Rogue Cinema
"If you like horror anthologies pick this one up, there's something for everyone here."
- From Deadly Indie Drive-In
"Every now and then a movie will come out that knocks you socks off and with its originality, creativity and magnetic appeal- well Drive in HorrorShow is that flick."
- From Angry Princess
"With a solid lineup of 5 stories that range from the serious to seriously goofy, Drive-In Horrorshow is the perfect film for a Friday night. Or any night for that matter."
- From Planet of Terror
"A tasty little anthology in the vein of Creepshow or Trick 'r
Treat, Drive-In Horrorshow is a nifty treat of a film, well worth checking
- From Radiation-Scarred Reviews
"A cut above the rest and slice of incredible independent filmmaking."
- From Horrornews.net
"One of the most entertaining horror anthologies I have seen in
- From KillingBoxx
"The horror world is a fickle beast but Drive-In Horror Show manages to walk the lines of the subgenres without missing a beat. It's appeal reaches to horror fans of all types."
-Bill Fulkerson from Outside The Cinema
"Celebrates the long-lost beauty of the drive-in theater and all
its bloody glory."
- From Basement Screams
"A slick five tale anthology film that was independently made
and a reminder of cool shit we used to see on late night TV when we
- From Gross Movie Reviews
"A good throw back to the late night creature feature."
- From Cinema Fromage
"Top notch effects that invoke fear and comedy at the same time.
I really really like this movie."
at Movie Fan House
"The horror! But that's what he seeks."
Boston Globe talks with the filmmakers
"What motivated you and Michael Neel to make the transition from
candid interviews and political documentaries to ghoulish gore horror?"
Torres at Punk Globe interviews DIHS producer Greg Ansin
"Wowzers! That really sounds like some good shit!"
In The Head is psyched for the release of DIHS