So you wanna make an indie film....
To start, there many great books, classes, and websites on screenwriting that are fantastic. Check some out - get exploring!
You must write. You make time for it. Do it. Don’t be afraid of it. Don’t be afraid of your “bad ideas” or “cliché stories” or “over-exploited characters” or "never having any good ideas". These are sometimes the best. Finding your voice is the key. The voice that flows out with ideas. Free flowing ideas. And the only way to channel this flow is to write on a regular basis.
There are lots of good exercises to start from, so find one and use it.
From this you should get some story ideas.
Once you get an idea, flush it out.
NOTE: if you are not familiar with screenplay writing format, find a big Hollywood script and follow that format in your writing.
Movie people expect a script to be written in this format so you need to learn it if you want to show your script to anyone. There is a lot of good screenwriting software out there. Some are even free.
Now, is your script shootable for your budget?
If no, and you think your script is good, you might want to try to sell it or find a partner to help supply/raise the money. Or take out the things that cost the most – if that kills your script then it does, you accept it, and you move on to another idea. If not you're in business.
Some things that drive up production costs:
Check out our "Writing Exercise".
Speaking of money, the next step is the budget.
What they are saying about the Drive-In Horrorshow....
"10 out of 10"
"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."
"A well made anthology of short films."
"Highly recommended for those who want to confront the monsters under the bed of their childhood. And as always find them scary."
"The general tone of this film struck me, because I've seen real passion for the genre."
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"Drive in Horror Show is–WITHOUT A DOUBT–the greatest horror anthology since George Romero's Creepshow"
"I can't stop singing its praises."
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"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."
"A tasty little anthology in the vein of Creepshow or Trick 'r
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"A cut above the rest and slice of incredible independent filmmaking."
"One of the most entertaining horror anthologies I have seen in
"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."
"Celebrates the long-lost beauty of the drive-in theater and all
its bloody glory."
"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
"A good throw back to the late night creature feature."
"Top notch effects that invoke fear and comedy at the same time.
I really really like this movie."
"The horror! But that's what he seeks."
"What motivated you and Michael Neel to make the transition from
candid interviews and political documentaries to ghoulish gore horror?"
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*The Meat Man
*Pix From Fango
*Before You Start
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*Props and Art Direction
*Before you shoot
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