The Independent Filmmaker
I was having a discussion with a client recently about the state of the independent film industry, and in many ways, it’s in virtually the same situation as the independent music industry. It’s thriving. More so than ever before. Indie film makers are more empowered than ever. The internet has exposed smaller, formerly almost invisible film studios for the gems they are, and the disc media industry has enabled film makers, just like musicians, to be able to create professional DVD releases that are on par with anything you might find at Best Buy with a big name attached to it. Here’s another big secret. Ottawa’s independent film scene is alive and well. I think it’s safe to say that most people don’t realize this, but the nation’s capital has a strong and vibrant presence in indie film circles. Lee Demarbre’s Odessa Film Works produces the Harry Knuckles films, and they are fantastic for those of you who haven’t seen them. Check out IFCO. Check out the Ottawa Film Forum. Check out the Canadian Film Institute. Check out the Canadian Film & Video Fund. There’s a ton of stuff going on in this city.
We service indie film makers for their manufacturing needs, and as a former Carleton University film student, it’s incredible to see how enabled someone with a vision, a script, and access to equipment is. It’s inspiring.
The business community isn’t coming around though. I’m big on gathering opinions and thoughts when I talk to clients and colleagues…but I feel that the general impression of film and production for business is that it’s costly and intimidating. Corporate video production is still seen as something a bit overwhelming, but the truth is that it’s a lot more accessible and possible than most people realize. Another thing we’re working on changing perceptions about…