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My name is Ashley, I love fashion, travel, sport and pickled onions but most importantly I love films! So when I’m not doing all these things I’m pretty lucky that I get to do all the social media marketing and PR here at IndieReign.

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Gowtham Shravan Kumar, Ditch Please, IndieReign, indie film

Bangalore-based, Gowtham Shravan Kumar, is a well seasoned filmmaker, both  in the independent scene, and in the Indian television industry. After recent success of the premiere of his new film, Ditch Please, we jumped at the opportunity to talk with him about the film described as “36 minutes of good fun”.

Gowtham Shravan Kumar, IndieReign Filmmaker Spotlight, Ditch Please

Where did the concept for Ditch Please come from?

I have this habit of remembering almost everything I see or listen. Ditch Please is a result of a combination of my own life experience and the love stories that I have witnessed.  I strongly felt the need of telling this story in the age where relationship trends are fast changing.

What were some challenges that you faced when making Ditch Please and how did you overcome them?

We were never sure of the return on investment.  The short film business in India is not as big as feature film business.  So we had to carefully spend without compromising on quality.  Luckily for us, every cast and crew, the equipment and the services came for goodwill that I have built during my 3.5 years of career.  All of us have day jobs.  So the production happened only on weekends.  It was tough to manage but somehow, with the support of all the cast and crew we made it.

Is there anything about Ditch Please which makes it unique?

It is one of the few Hindi independent films made in Bangalore.  Ditch Please is also one of the few Indian short films which has biking and a road trip.  Also, the film does not feature motorcycle stunts or superbikes in the name of biking.

What was it that fed your passion for film?

Making film itself is a strong passion for me.  So is my motorcycle.  I used to own the motorcycle shown in the film (it got stolen last month).  I was so thrilled by the idea of keeping my machine as one of the central character of the film.  Apart from that, the story is unique and delivers a beautiful message which many people are not aware.

Based on your experience, what are three bits of advice you would give to new filmmakers wanting to make their own movies?

1.  Be very honest with the film.

2.  Treat your cast and crew with full respect.

3.  Be thankful to your audience.

 

Take a look at the trailer and click here to watch Ditch Please for as little as $1.00.

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Courtney Daniels, indie film, IndieReign, What Other Couples Do

What Other Couples Do is a brand new independent feature film that has just been released on IndieReign. This romantic comedy follows four couples in LA who gather for a dinner party and play a kissing game, ‘Seven Minutes in Heaven’. On the dinner party menu we have envy, lust and… donuts.

This film is incredibly funny, witty and even heart-breaking at times.  It follows a story that I’m sure every married couple, parent, dating or single person can relate to and laugh about. Watch What Other Couples Do on IndieReign for just $2.99, it’s smart, funny and believe me, it gets real…

We had the opportunity to talk with very talented writer-director, Courtney Daniels who shared with us a bit about the film and also let us know about her filmmaking background.
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Where did the concept for What Other Couples Do come from?

I had been hosting a lot of dinner parties and thought that the way couples interact is sort of fascinating. When you’re around married friends, you get pulled into their issues. I wanted to document some of the dynamics I witnessed and explore some of the challenges presented by marriage.

What kind of audience do you think will enjoy What Other Couples Do the most?

People who have been in a serious romantic relationship long enough to have experienced problems!

It seems like you had a really awesome cast to work with, how did you find and cast your film’s actors?

Because we live in L.A., there’s a lot of talent, so we just emailed friends, asking them to recommend any good actors they knew (and some of the actors we met would bring in friends for us to audition, too). A few of the cast I’d seen in local theater or in web series and I knew I wanted them. For the remaining roles, we videotaped auditions with as many actors as we could, for a few weeks I think, then studied the tapes and debated which pairings of actors seemed like real couples. Most of the cast have been active in Upright Citizens Brigade, they’ve had pilot and guest roles in TV, they’ve been in national commercials, etc. Besides giving good performances in the film, they were fun to work with. We’ve stayed good friends and often meet up socially.

What was it that fed your passion for film?

In the 80s, my family watched Fawlty Towers and Harold Lloyd on TV and we went to movies like My Dinner with Andre, Stripes, and Saturday Night Fever. I saw Bye Bye Birdie with my grandmother when I was about 12 and it blew my mind. My husband and I met when we were very young and his family had watched a lot of good movies, too, so it was a shared interest. We both became writers and we both wanted to move to LA and write screenplays.

Based on your experience, what are three bits of advice you would give to new filmmakers wanting to make their own movies?

1.  Write a script that is specifically tailored for a low- or no-budget shoot (only one or two locations that you can get for free, no famous music, etc.). Everything hinges on the quality of the script, so make it as good as possible before shooting.

2.  Read Dov Siemen’s book “From Reel to Deal.” Use as little money as possible to shoot, to limit risk and to force yourself to be creative.

3.  Do not expect to get into film festivals unless you have a star or a known producer attached to your film, or a connection to a festival programmer, and even if you do, plan on the likelihood that you will be distributing the film yourself online.

What films/filmmakers have been the most inspiring or influential to you and why?

Valley Girl is my favorite movie. I love everything about it. The performances, how it’s shot in a naturalistic way, the music, the truth it captures and the feelings it inspires. I love that the director, Martha Coolidge, was determined not to use a ‘pretty boy’ model type for the lead actor and chose Nicolas Cage’s pic from a pile of rejected headshots. Also, she had been working on projects that had stalled, was living in a room over a friend’s apartment and was depressed when she got the opportunity to direct Valley Girl. She made it for $350,000 and it earned $17 million.

Bonus Question! If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?

I was going to say my dog, Japetto, or my other dog, Dash, who are in heaven, I hope. And I could say my grandmother on my dad’s side, but that’s probably not of interest to readers. In the spirit of keeping this about filmmaking, I’d like to have dinner with any of the great film editors, like Thelma Schoonmaker, Dede Allen, Susan Morse or Anne Coates. Seems like you could learn a lot by talking to them.

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Adi Shankar filmmaker director spotlight interview IndieReign

Adi Shankar is a young producer who is building a name for himself in the entertainment community, working with some of Hollywood’s biggest box office stars such as Liam Neeson, Brad Pitt, Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe.

At just the age of 28, Adi Shankar made a brand for himself by producing a string of critically acclaimed, R-rated, violent action and crime feature films through his production company, 1984 Private Defense Contractors

Most recently he produced the fantastical crime thriller The Voices starring Ryan Reynolds, directed by Academy Award Nominee Marjane Satrapi which premiered at Sundance this year to great reviews.

His impressive filmography as an executive producer includes Machine Gun Preacher, (starring Gerard Butler and Michael Shannon); the critically-acclaimed commercial hit The Grey (starring Liam Neeson), which opened number one at the US box office, and was featured on the New York Times “Top Ten Movies of 2012” list – this made Shankar the youngest producer ever to have a number one independent film at the box office, the critically-acclaimed cult phenomenon ‘Judge Dredd’ reboot, Dredd; the lauded gangster drama Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt, which was in competition at the 2012 Cannes film festival; then came 2013’s crime thriller Broken City starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe and the action-drama Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg based on the 2007 New York Times bestseller by the same name.

Shankar’s upcoming releases include the crime-drama, A Walk Among The Tombstones, starring Liam Neeson and written and directed by Academy Award Nominee Scott Frank.

Machine Gun Preacher, The Grey,  Dredd, Killing Them Softly, Broken City, Lone Survivor

We had the opportunity to talk to Shankar to ask him about his experiences producing films. Have a read about what he had to say…

How does it feel to work with some of Hollywood’s biggest box office stars? Adi Shankar Filmmaker

To be perfectly honest, I find the whole concept of “box office stardom” slightly offensive.  As an actor myself, I work with and sometimes employ other actors – actors who don’t recognize the Hollywood value hierarchy that’s ubiquitously imposed on them.  The fact that some laymen feel that one actor is worth more than another doesn’t change the peer group dynamic.  When you’re on set, everyone is equal. End of story.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?

Everything I’ve worked on thus far has gone towards earning a seat at the adults table.

What was it that fed your passion for film?

I grew up all over the world.  By the time I was 18, I had lived in Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Chicago, and Rhode Island.  I was traveling constantly, rarely staying in one city for more than a few years.  The only consistent threads in my life were film, and to a larger extent, storytelling.  No matter where I was in the world, I could always sit down and experience a universal human story.  That’s something that really stayed with me.  It’s only by telling stories that I can bring together everything I’ve been through and experienced in my life and make sense of it all.

How did you get your big break?

Unless your name is Jamie Dornan or Robert Pattinson, there is no such thing as a “big break.”  The big break is a myth that’s been perpetuated to sell magazines and bus tickets.  Any actor, writer, director, anything, that’s had actual longevity in their career will tell you that on the road to success, there never was one big break, but rather a series of major and minor victories, and even more setbacks along the way.  The sooner that aspiring creatives stop waiting for their big break and start actually working on their craft, the better off we’ll all be.

 Take a look at some of Shankar’s work in this 30 second video:

 

How would you describe your film education?

My film education was very fragmented.  I became a sponge, watching everything, even the crap, reading any book I could get my hands on, talking to filmmakers whenever I could.  I’m still learning, as should everyone who works in this business.  I hate cliches, but this one’s true: the moment you think you’re done learning is the same moment you start stagnating.  

Based on your experience, what are three bits of advice you would give to new producers wanting to produce their own movies? 

1.  Don’t wait for the system to validate you – it won’t.  You have to prove yourself in your own way and then “they” will come.

2.  Respect your elders – but if you don’t believe that you can eventually surpass them, or at least add something significant to the dialogue, then get out now because you’re dead weight.

3.  Develop your voice as an artist, no matter what job you’re trying to do. A distinct artistic voice is the backbone of any long-lasting career.

What are you currently working on?

Many, many projects at any given moment… Sadly, most of them will never see the light of day – and that’s just a reality of this industry.  More than half of all projects in development will never become a movie (or short, or TV show, or whatever it is) – and that margin gets even tighter when you take existing IP’s out of the mix.

Fortunately, my track record has afforded me the opportunity to be experimental in the projects that I develop.  Here are some that I’m particularly excited about: A gangster film set in a world where humans and puppets co-exist, a 90-minute crime drama told in a sitcom format, and a hidden-camera feature based on a popular television show.

Bonus Question! If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?

I’d have dinner with James Van Der Beek, one of my best friends.  He’s a wealth of knowledge when it comes to navigating all things in the public sphere, and he’s a guy I know I can turn to, time and time again, when I’m trying to make sense of the emotional turmoil that living and working in Hollywood inevitably creates.  He’s also a great actor.

 

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It's Not You, It's Me IndieReign Indie films

It’s Not You, It’s Me is a refreshing and entertaining look at the seemingly depressing breakup process…

Directed and written by Nathan Ives, this debut feature pushes the It's Not You, It's Me IndieReign indie films by Nathan Ivesboundaries of the relationship comedy genre by ingeniously giving the audience a front row seat to the absurdity that plays out in the minds of this couple as they debate the choice that will affect their future, together or apart.  It’s Not You, It’s Me is a familiar story that surprises by examining the complexities of relationships that exist, sometimes only by our own devices.

You’ll be sure to recognize some familiar faces in this comedy including Erick Avari (The Mummy, Planet of the Apes), Beth Littleford (Crazy, Stupid Love, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) and oh so many more.  Do your bit to support indie film and buy It’s Not You, It’s Me straight from the filmmaker for just $2.99.

“Hopeless romantic, serial commitment-phobe, Dave, is reeling from his decision to break up with his near perfect, now ex-girlfriend.  As he tries to forget her, his battling inner voices come to life and cloud his mind with conflicting desires.  Meanwhile, Carrie’s own disjointed inner voices push her to move on with someone less complicated.  Sensing time is short, Dave embarks on a sincere and sometimes fumbled personal journey to conquer his fear of commitment.”

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Million Calorie March IndieReign indie films Gary Marino

What’s hot on IndieReign? The brand new award-winning documentary Million Calorie March, picking up where Supersize Me left off.

Million Calorie March is a brand new feature-length documentary on IndieReign.  Director and main man, Gary Michael Marino’s film explores his 1200 mile fundraiser andMillion Calorie March IndieReign indie films Gary Marino awareness campaign.  This award-winning film educates and inspires the public on America’s Obesity Epidemic while exploring such issues as food addiction, portion sizes, the weight loss industry, child obesity, discrimination, depression, Sleep Apnea, relapse, the links with alcoholism and much, much more.

This humorous and inspirational documentary will make you laugh and cry.  Watch this personal journey on IndieReign for as little as $4.99 – you will not be disappointed.

“Through flashbacks to Marino’s childhood, viewers will see the influences that lead to obesity and the battle to overcome food addiction. They will witness what it’s like to lose nearly 150 pounds the old-fashioned way – and lead a first of it’s kind, one-man crusade up the eastern seaboard of the U.S. to help battle obesity. This documentary will make you think about why so many kids and adults are struggling with obesity and empower you to find ways to help them with the fight. Anyone who has ever struggled to overcome personal obstacles will be inspired by this engaging man’s willingness to laugh at himself and bare his soul.”

Take a look at the trailer…

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Hit The Road: India IndieReign indie films

Hit The Road: India is a new documentary on IndieReign and is a must to add to your film watch list.Hit The Road: India

Hit The Road: India is an adventure documentary following two friends, Ric Gazarian and Keith King, participating in Mumbai Xpress – a 12-day-long rickshaw rally across India, from Mumbai to Chennai.  It was recognised by Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, as one of the top ten greatest adventures in the world.  If you enjoy watching shows such as The Amazing Race or are just in to travel documentaries, I would highly recommend you give this a watch.  Directors Gor Baghdasaryan and Mushegh Baghdasaryan have done an excellent job capturing the stunning landscape of India which is complimented by some spectacular cinematography and beautiful photography.

If you are wanting a little adventure in your life, or just want to be thoroughly entertained, you can buy this feature-length doco for as little as $4.99

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King Lee IndieReign indie films

What’s hot on IndieReign?  The new feature comedy, King Lee, that’s what.  So hot that it has already received impressive 5-star reviews from those who have seen it.

Director Jonathan Case has done a fantastic job of creating an insanely funny film with tons of action sequences, groovy clothes, hair and plenty of hilarious scenes.  If this sounds like your kind of film, take a look at the trailer below and watch the full film on IndieReign for just $5.00.

“A really unique film and a fun one to boot”Film Threat

“King Lee occasionally feels like an old Batman TV episode on hallucinogens, although the supporting performances are often funny without going overboard into campiness. King Lee is hands-down the nuttiest political satire in Salt City cinema history”Syracuse New Times 

King Lee is  about “the mostly untrue true story of a young mayor in the 1970s whose ambition is only matched by his corruption. King Lee is a feature film about a fictional mayor of Syracuse, NY in the 1970s. It is primarily based the real-life exploits of the actual mayor of Syracuse from 1970-1986, Lee Alexander, but this is far from a true account. It’s a wild, surreal ride through an era when cities were in trouble, Syracuse was on the rise, and one man had to choose between lining his own pockets and the future of the city he loves.”

Want more? Of course you do! Click here to watch the full film for $5.00

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IndieReign indie films

At IndieReign, we are always brainstorming new ways to help our filmmakers. Whether it be sharing useful information or even just being available to answer questions – we’re all about how we can help out. We’re marketers who are easy to connect with and want to assist you with making your film a success. Our crew is full of experienced filmmakers, so think of us as a specialized helpline.

We want to go one step further. From here on in we’ll dedicate an hour a day, four days a week (Monday – Thursday) between 8pm – 9pm EST where we’ll answer all of your film and film marketing related questions through Twitter. Holler at us on @IndieReign using the #IRHour hashtag and one of our staff members will be there to respond ASAP.

If you’re feeling stuck or need guidance, make with the tweeting and use #IRHour Monday – Thursday, 8 – 9pm EST.

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Jaime Peak Mask Spotlight Interview

Award-winning filmmaker, Jaime Peak talks to IndieReign about her hit film Mask as well as sharing some helpful tips for filmmakers.

Jaime Peak grew up going to theaters and watching old movies.  Her passion for film was put in to action when she started making movies in the third grade.  From then on she has gone from strength to strength winning the Grace Award in 2010 for the Women Filmmakers Achievement Award at the ACM Awards.  She also ‘peaked’ (see what I did there) at the Aloha Accolade Award last year for Excellence in filmmaking for Mask from the Honolulu Film Awards.

We wanted to take a look into the filmmaking process of 5-star IndieReign film, Mask and find out more about Jaime’s experiences making films.  Take a look at what she had to share…

“Mask is a poetic drama about a girl who wants to fit in with a clique at school; however, she soon discovers that some masks can’t be taken off and drives her life to ruin.”

Where did the concept for Mask come from?Jaime Peak

The concept for this film actually came directly from a poem I wrote years ago by the same title.  I found it to be strikingly visual in nature with an apparent arc so I decided to adapt it into a screenplay.

What kind of audience do you think will enjoy Mask the most?

I think that everyone can enjoy this film but women especially since it is a female driven story.

What were some challenges that you faced when making Mask and how did you overcome them?

We had so many obstacles to making this film I don’t even know where to start! The three biggest were getting it cast, camera rental, and sound. Kim Ip (Lauren) was signed on with us from the start. However, we had trouble finding our Jenny and had to push back our shoot dates till we found Nicole Huffman. Luckily it only put us back a week.

Is there anything about Mask which makes it unique?

I think the most unique thing about this film is that it took a poem with a theme that is so pervasive in our society and translated it in a literal fashion for the screen.

What was your greatest success when making Mask?

I think overall, my greatest success when making this film was making something that was a step up from my previous work. I am constantly trying to improve. After each film, I look back and see all the weak points and then let that teach me how to make the next film better. So it makes me really happy to see each film take a step past its predecessor.

Based on your experience, what are three bits of advice you would give to new filmmakers wanting to make their own movies?

1.  My first piece of advice is to watch a lot of movies and TV and really study them. Pay attention to the camera movements and edits. Ask yourself “why does this work?” and “how does this work?”.

2.  Second, get involved in every aspect of film you can, even if it’s not a role you are specifically interested in. There is always something to learn on set and it will make you a better filmmaker to know first hand all of the elements that go into making a film.

3.  Finally, your greatest competition is you. I have seen so many film makers who get caught up in how good their film is but never improve. The truth is there is always something that could be better. Analyze your films and find those places you can improve. Then take that and let it guide and drive you to making your next film even better.

Bonus Question! If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?

Funny you should ask this! I always say that if I meet Peter Jackson I will die and if I meet Alfred Hitchcock I’ll be dead anyway. If I had to pick one though, I guess I would have to go with Alfred Hitchcock. I have loved his films and his mastery of suspense since I was little. I am a huge Hitchcock nerd. I actually have his picture as the background on my phone. I would love to just talk to him and see how his brain works.

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Picking just five films out of a catalogue of hundreds of top indie films was always going to be a tough one.  Keeping in mind how hectic things can get over the holidays, the majority of my picks are short films that you can watch when you have a few minutes to spare.  You’ll find that my top five for the year express my love for comedy and charming storylines that have been created by some very talented indie filmmakers.  Each one of these films touched and made me smile in one way or another and I hope they do the same for you.

The First Anders IndieReignThe First Anders

“A well-meaning but ultimately accidental Father tries to teach his artistic and troubled young son a valuable lesson. Telling a story that spans over one thousand years of Danish history and countless generations of the family Andersen.”

The First Anders made my top five because it is such a great ‘feel good’ film.  I loved all of the messages and life lessons in the film along with the very relatable relationship between Father and son.  The Viking scenes are brilliant and brought a fun, humorous element to the film.

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Scraps IndieReignScraps

“Eva is a young, compassionate woman who decides to travel amidst a grim urban jungle. She’s accepted by a select few who see her as a shining light in the darkness while shunned by everyone else as a wandering vagrant. Eva must prove herself to a judgmental, image obsessed world by showing how one simple selfless act of love can affect the entire community in ways they may not even realize.”

Scraps is a beautifully written and directed short film.  The story is so moving and had my complete attention throughout the film.  Director, Danny Safady has done an excellent job on Scraps and has done exceptionally well in promoting this film over the year.  Scraps has continuously been a top film on IndieReign and I would highly recommend all indie film lovers to give this a watch!

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Minuto 200 200th Minute IndieReign200th Minute

“A lonely elderly woman resigns herself to waiting for death convinced that it will come knocking on her door as soon as she has wasted the last minute of a cellphone credit.”

I can see why 200th Minute made the Official Selection at so many film festivals.  The set, the acting and the simplicity of the film was beautifully put together.  I loved Miss Orfa in the film and enjoyed that they could make something as doom and gloom as death surprisingly humorous throughout the movie.  Overall, a great indie film that I recommend you check out when you have a spare 20 minutes over the holidays.

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Permanent Vacation IndieReignPermanent Vacation

“Eric, a mild mannered man, takes his wife and his children on what he believes will be a final happy holiday before his kids leave the nest. Instead of a peaceful holiday, Eric is thrust into a world of sexual decadence, headless corpses, sadistic policemen, and one wise old man.”

If you are in to dark comedies then you will love Permanent Vacation.  The characters and plot was a little crazy but it all comes together in the end and totally works.  If you are going camping these holidays, I would recommend you wait until after to watch this slightly bizarre film!  Check it out, you won’t be disappointed!

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The North Pole Deception IndieReignThe North Pole Deception

“A clever, stop-frame animation satire of workers’ conditions at Santa’s factory. Hobbits don’t have anything to complain about compared with the working conditions the elves have to put up with: the freezing cold, lack of toilet breaks and a tyrannical boss who appears to be the missing link between the workers and the big man himself.”

It would be rude not to choose one of my top five films of the year to be a Christmas movie!  This is not your normal ‘merry’ Christmas movie though, in fact it can be rather dark at times; however,  Joe Hitchcock has done an awesome job of keeping the film quirky and funny.

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 For these and many more indie films, visit IndieReign and do your bit to support independent cinema.

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A Documentary about YouTubers featuring Daily Grace, Dan Brown, Hannah Hart, and Mitchell Davis

YouTube Documentary starring Daily Grace, Dan Brown, Hannah Hart, and Mitchell DavisIndieReign Exclusive: Documentary Please Subscribe explores who the most influential vloggers are on Youtube and their rise from obscurity to internet celebrity.

Do you ever find yourself going on a Youtube-watching binge and find that you’ve lost hours on end? What is everybody watching on YouTube? Who are these people creating all of this new content? More importantly- why is anyone watching?

If the names Hannah Hart, Mitchell Davis or Daily Grace are ringing bells, then some of these talented vloggers may be the reason why you’re turning to Youtube. Millions are watching, subscribing, and fascinated.

This documentary follows the YouTube-sensations who have found fame by uploading their video escapades of drunk cooking, playing video games, creating stop motion music videos, and getting discovered. Through a series of intimate narrative vignettes, the film explores the different journey taken by a creator to get to where they are today, how they’re staying relevant in a growing and saturated market, and what they hope the future in this unstable, ever changing medium looks like.

Please Subscribe, explores the wonderful world of YouTube fame as director Dan Dobi interviews and follows some of the site’s top vloggers to try to find what drives them, where they come from, and where they see themselves going.

“YouTube is not just an amateur video site. The third most trafficked site on the Internet is among of a handful of mediums building the careers of independent artists who are making over six figures a year by just uploading videos to the internet. Please Subscribe is a feature-length documentary that gives an exclusive look and explores the phenomenon behind of some of the most influential and unique content creators currently taking the world of online entertainment by storm.”

Please Subscribethe feature-length documentary is now exclusively available on IndieReign, usually $6.99 but for the next 24 hours you can get your hot hands on it for $4.99 to celebrate Cyber Monday!

Take a look at the trailer for Please Subscribe

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Ben Woollen Scott Granville

Filmmakers, Ben Woollen and Scott Granville talk to IndieReign about their films; Pride of Caldwell and Lily White as well as sharing some great tips for other filmmakers including their camera of choice to make top indie films.

Ben and Scott are dear friends of the IndieReign team and I can honestly say that these are a couple of top directors that have some invaluable advice to share with other filmmakers in our interview.  Take a look at what the lads had to say about their experiences making films, filmmakers and films they find inspiring plus heaps more – take note people!

What were some challenges that you faced when making these films and how did you overcome them?

Funding is always a major obstacle when beginning any new project but the most constructive way to get around this obstacle is to work with people who are willing to actively participate in our films.  As any no-budget filmmaker can attest to, it is important to surround yourself with like-minded hardworking people.  They often give their valuable time for little more than a hot meal, a beer and couch to crash on.  We hope that in the near future we will be able to offer these same people paid opportunities for their skills and expertise.

What was it that fed your passion for film?

It’s the same old story, loved movies as a child and wanted to be Han Solo… well truthfully I was young so I really wanted to be Luke Skywalker.  Then came the teenage years and I discovered horror movies.  It wasn’t so much the movie I was fascinated with; it was how they made it.  I loved the work of John Carl Buechler (check out his IMDb, some amazing 80′s flicks in that list) and really got into effects makeup.  It’s amazing how many times you can get out of class with a little bit of fake blood and latex. Then came University and David Lynch, and the effectiveness of story, and character, and depth and EVERYTHING.

You have to love it and really dedicate yourself to making films on a regular basis, and to keep making them for a long time.  There’s nothing quite like being on set and creating something with other people.

What is your camera of choice for making low budget films, and why?

I love the Alexia, but it’s expensive, far too expensive for us at this point in time.  The RED cameras are also great.  We used the RED ONE on Lily White and the RED Scarlett on our latest short film, and a feature film I DP’d at the end of last year for a friend of mine, Joe Hitchcock (who’s film The North Pole Deception is on IndieReign).  We used the Canon 5D for Pride of Caldwell, our new addition to the IndieReign catalogue.  I use a Canon 60D a lot for smaller projects, usually with a Pentax SMC 50mm 1.4 – best cheap prime on the market in my opinion.  It’s different cameras for different jobs really.  For the look, I would love to shoot with the Arri Alexa, for ease of use and affordability; we use a RED and/or DSLR’s.

Based on your experience, what are three bits of advice you would give to new filmmakers wanting to make their own movies?

1.  A good friend of mine said, and I take this as gospel, “you can have all the gear in the world but it’s all for nothing if the story is rubbish”.  The story is so important, so spend some time on it, rework it, let someone you don’t know read it and rework it again.  Don’t go to the grave with it though, you have got to have a cutoff to begin pre- production.  I know so many people that sit on scripts that will never see the light of day.  If you can’t write, see if you can make someone else’s script – the writer will more often than not be stoked that you’re interested in his or her work.

2.  Get a good crew and don’t try and do everything yourself.  As a director it’s a given that you will have to know all the elements of the production process, but don’t be an asshole about it.  Let people do their role.  It’s a creative process and way more enlightening and fun (and less stressful) as a collaboration – it’ll be a hard road getting people to work with you on the next dozen projects if you micro-manage them.

3.  Read, practice, write, learn what light can do, watch movies, copy other filmmakers’ styles, and become original.

Maybe in the end this can sum it up…

Follow the rules as it’s all been done before, but be original – simply making films is the only way to find what defines you as a filmmaker (I’m still a long way off).

How did making these films help you to grow and develop as filmmakers?

Just doing it is a huge step forward.  There are so many variables to deal with in every aspect of making a film and the best way to grow and develop is to get amongst it.  The main thing that sticks in my head from Pride of Caldwell is the scene where Darryl Kitchen pokes his head in the lounge room and his mother is knitting in the chair.  They have a conversation, he crosses off a day on the calendar and leaves.  A simple scene, but I lost my train of thought and everything became a bit confusing – it can happen easier than you think.  The DP quietly mentioned to me that maybe everyone should take a quick break so we could set up a different shot.  Once we cleared the room, everything came back and it was good for the rest of the day.  It’s the simplest thing to think of but I will never forget it.  I will always take a five minute break to myself a few times a day during a shoot to just stop everything and do nothing.  Works wonders.

What films/filmmakers have been the most inspiring or influential to you and why?

  • Coen Brothers – Amazingly deep substance to their work.  Great writers, great dialogue, and stunning looking films – you can put that down to Roger Deakins (the way that man controls light and color is insanely good).
  • David Lynch – Quite possibly my favorite filmmaker of all time.  I think I was introduced to him at the right time in my life and just cannot let him go.  I have watched Mulholland Drive about 30 times.
  • I’m going to say Dazed and Confused was the one film that I watched and thought, “I can make that!” Until I tried to make my first film and I was like “how the f”k did he create that”.  It feels so real when I watch it!  Similar to Almost Famous from Cameron Crow.  It’s a skill man, and once you can make a film feel absolutely real to someone, especially someone who makes films, then that’s all there is to it.  I think I have watched that film more than any other film – which says a lot about my teenage years.

How are you going to leverage off your previous films to get new films off the ground?

IndieReign is a good platform for people to get involved in the films that we’re making.  It’s a solid way to attract an audience base and hopefully if our films are good enough, that audience will keep expanding and expect to see more from us in the future.

Bonus Question!  If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?

Ben – I would love to say Stanley Kubrick but I have a feeling he would be way too intense and there are a hundred other people I can think of too.  Maybe, Laurel Canyon in the late 60’s to mid 70’s, with Neil Young… Laurel Canyon man, it would have been something to be there during that period in time.

Scott – F. Scott Fitzgerald – literary hero who also enjoys a couple of drinks so should make for an interesting night.

Thanks guys!  Check out Ben and Scott’s films Pride of Caldwell and Lily White that are now on IndieReign for you to watch:

Take a look at the trailer for Pride of Caldwell

Click here to watch Pride of Caldwell for $1.00.

If you liked that, you may also want to check out the trailer for Lily White

Click here to watch Lily White for $1.00.

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Eternity Indiereign indie films

Eternity, the hit sci-fi indie is now available exclusively to IndieReign on VOD after it’s special selection at Cannes 2013 and the American Film Market this year…

Eternity was exclusively released on DVD today and we are lucky enough to also have it distributed on IndieReign.  Eternity is a New Zealand/Hong Kong sci-fi mystery Eternity IndieReign indie filmsfeature film, written and directed by New Zealand filmmaker Alex Galvin.  This is Alex’s second feature-length film, following his critically acclaimed first feature When Night Falls (also available on IndieReign).

Eternity takes place not only in the near future, but also in a city created totally within a computer game.  If you enjoyed When Night Falls or are just into awesome sci-fi indie films, you’ll love Eternity.

A police detective, Richard Manning, is taking part in a futuristic computer game investigating the most difficult case of his career:  A seemingly impossible locked room murder mystery of a wealthy property investor.  The more he investigates, the more complex the case seems to become.  Richard begins to realize that there is far more going on than just one mystery, and his own future is at stake.  His only chance to escape the game depends on him solving everything – and quickly.”

Eternity is the first official New Zealand/Hong Kong film collaboration and combines fantastic locations as well as cast and crew from both countries.  While visually stunning and epic in scope, it’s still an indie to the core.

The film has recently been screened at the American Film Market and many other film festivals, winning several awards.  It had its World Premiere at the St Tropez Film Festival in October 2012 and its New Zealand Premiere at the Hastings Opera House in November 2012.  In 2013, Eternity won the Special Jury Prize at the California Film Awards.

The film was selected for screening at Cinema des Antipodes at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013 and was the only New Zealand film to screen at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June 2013.  In July 2013, it was nominated for four awards at the 2013 Madrid International Film Festival and won two prizes: Best Editing of a Feature Film and Best Supporting Actor for Ralph Johnson.

Take a look at the trailer for Eternity

Want to watch the full film?  Click here to watch it for just $3.99 and help support indie film!

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Troy McGatlin IndieReign indie films

Director, Troy McGatlin chats to us about his three independent films on IndieReign and his experiences as a filmmaker.

Troy McGatlin is the familiar face behind a whopping three films on IndieReign; Broken Fences, Old Coaches and Head Hunters.  McGatlin has had some great achievements with all three films such as winning awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Editing.  As well as that, his films have premiered at film festivals such as the Denver International Film Festival, Estes Park Film Festival and the New York Independent.

We wanted to find out the secrets behind McGatlin’s success, so we got the chance to talk to him about his films and his experiences as a filmmaker.  Take a look at what he had to say…

What were some challenges that you faced when making films and how did you overcome them?Troy McGatlin movies on IndieReign, Head Hunter, Old Coaches, Broken Fences

Well, Old Coaches was actually shot on 16mm film and I was a one man crew.  Unlike some of these HD cameras of today, there’s a separate sound system for film cameras.  Anyway, I wore the dat recorder (sound) on my chest and I built a microphone stand that hooked into my belt.  So in order to get a take off I would first need to read my light meter then adjust my f-stop then start my dat recorder then roll my camera (and since I didn’t have a free hand to slate the take I would just call out the shot number) then snap in front of the lens for a sync mark.  I had to do this for all four months of the shoot.  Then after shooting I ran out of money and I couldn’t get my footage out of the lab.  It took me two years to pull together enough money together to purchase all of my footage back.  Oh, and the first edit of the film was done on a movieola (look it up if you don’t know what it is) in my kitchen.  Final cut 1 then came out and I borrowed 5k from my brother to telecine the whole film and start the edit again.  The film was in post for four years.

What was it that fed your passion for film?

I’m like a lot of filmmakers from my generation.  I saw Star Wars when I was six and from that point forward I wanted to make films.

What is your camera of choice for making low budget films, and why?

Well, I’ve been using HVX200 lately but probably never again.  It’s become too dated and limited.

Based on your experience, what are three bits of advice you would give to new filmmakers wanting to make their own movies?

1.  Don’t talk about making movies, just make movies.

2.  I write everyday for just one hour.  It takes me a long time to finish a script but I get it done.

3.  Sound trumps everything.  Strange advice I know but people will watch a crappy image with good sound any day verse a great picture with crappy sound, trust me.

What films/filmmakers have been the most inspiring or influential to you and why?

Stanley Kubrick, Stephen Spielberg and David Fincher.

Do you have any other films you are currently working on?

I have a films playing in theaters around the States now titled Love & Teleportation.  A trailer for that can be seen at www.loveandteleportation.com.

Are you planning to work on another film in the future?

I’ve got a film written and storyboarded titled Helldorado – The Devil’s Playground that I’m in the process of raising the money for now.

Bonus Question! If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why?

I guess Stanley Kubrick.  He was such a genius filmmaker.  I’d love just to pick his brain for an hour or so.

Take a look at the trailer of McGatlin’s film Broken Fences below:

If you like the look of Broken Fences, you may also want to take a look at his other two films on IndieReign, Head Hunter and Old Coaches.  All three of these films are under $3.00!

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