Where do you go after winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes for your first short film? For director/editor David Greenspan, who became the first USC student film to win the Palme d’Or for short films at the 54th Cannes Film Festival (with his graduate thesis film “Bean Cake”), the path to getting his feature film debut out into the world has been circuitous. Though his first feature film, a dark comedy called “51/50 Mall Cop,” starring Kathleen Robertson, premiered in competition at the 2005 Slamdance festival, it’s only now available on digital platforms. Below Greenspan details in 10 not-so-easy steps how he made the film and finally got it seen.
Go to film school. Make a thesis film. Win a Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at Cannes with thesis film.
Have a producer who saw thesis film at Cannes approach you and ask if you have any scripts.
Send him a very mainstream sports comedy script. Have him politely reject that and ask if you have other more interesting, original, or personal projects. Send him a friend’s script about a mall security guard who loses his right arm in a freak accident and then falls in love with one of the guards who replaces him.
When producer falls in love with that script and hires a casting director, thank your lucky stars that you’re going to shoot a real feature! Meet a lot of talented up-and-coming actors for coffee. Hire a few and reject others. Even the ones you reject will go onto great success (e.g. Jason Siegel, Johnny Galecki)…
Check out the rest of the 10 Unconventional Steps to Get Your Indie Film Out in the World, originally found on Indiewire.