“If you can find a path without obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”- Frank A. Clark
The Declaration of Independence:
If there’s a single real problem with the Independent film world at the moment, it’s that it has a Lord of The Flies Mentality. It’s every man/film for itself, and it’s all about figuring out a way to separate yourself from the crowd, get that deal, and hold the conch for a little while. But what no one seems to realize is that it’s that mentality that has led the indie film world into the situation it finds itself in… which is, well, that there is no indie film world anymore. When everyone is so busy with their career, and their film… who the hell is left to watch your film? And so, you have 4000 indie movies being made each year that no one watches… and maybe 5 that people actually do. When you add this overcrowded marketplace to a total economic meltdown, a world with ADD that has too many different avenues for people to find their entertainment, a completely broken indie film distribution model/film festival circuit, and a prevailing mentality from the average person that all content should be free, you have a recipe for an independent cinema apocalypse. Like it or not, that’s where we’re at. If you don’t believe me, ask anyone who’s trying to find distribution for their film at the moment (and yes, we are some of those people) how things are. It’s bad. Things suck. This site, and our group, is dedicated to changing that. And while we may not be able to make a dent in this ridiculous mess… well, hey… everybody needs a hobby, right?
At the end of the day, we’re filmmakers who are trying to make things. Whether it’s our stuff or other people’s stuff, we’re interested in making things, Not only that, but we’re interested in meeting other people who want to make things, and make things better. That’s the reason this website is here. That’s the reason we run our workshop. That’s the reason we throw events. It’s so that we can make the films that we want to make, and actually have a few people give a crap and want to see them. There’s no film community anymore. We’d like to make one.
So… yeah, that’s all great and wonderful, right? Let’s all hold hands and look at rainbows! Hell, part of me just re-read the last two paragraphs and laughed, too. But the fact is that is that if we don’t figure out a way to get together, and get a workable indie film model into place, this will all die, and we’ll all be working at Walmart. Anyway, WE MAKE MOVIES is our attempt to get something going, and get a little indie film community vibe in the air.
To sum up… we intend to make shit happen. We’ve got a bunch of features actively in development, a ton of shorts in some stage of production, and an award winning feature, How I Got Lost, that received distribution and is now available on DVD, Itunes, and all the other usual suspects. Anyway, at the end of the day, if there’s one thing you should know about us, it that we absolutely refuse to accept that indie film has become a hopeless and miserable experience. We may be wrong… but at least we’re doing things. What are you doing? If the answer is nothing, but you’d like it to be something, come hang out with us.
The We Make Movies Code of Ethics:
(Basically, if you want us to get excited about and really behind your project, it should adhere to the following ideals:)
1. Everyone gets paid.
2. Food is provided.
3. Short films tend to suck after 10 minutes.
4. Don’t spend money you can’t afford to lose.
5. Make your movie.
About WE MAKE MOVIES:
We Make Movies has an animal mascot, a deformed footed rooster we call “el pingüino” (‘the penguin’) because of the way he wobbles when walking. We use the crippled rooster as a symbol and parable of the various disenfranchised people whom we champion. We hope to build a coalition: indigenous people, women, unionists, the young and jobless, actors, factory workers, writers and small farmers. (20 bucks to the first person who can figure out what wikipedia entry we stole that from)…. anyway, In addition to that:
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein