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Artist Share - Sundance Fever - Part 2

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Here’s Part 2 of our Production Update documenting our experience with “Sundance Fever” while making BLAST!  You can see Part 1 here.

Stay tuned for more of our ArtistShare Production Updates for a behind-the-scenes look at our filmmaking process.  And good luck to all the filmmakers out there with Sundance deadline extensions!

Artist Share - Sundance Fever - Part 1

Posted by Paul Devlin:

The Sundance film festival is on the horizon and many filmmakers have been killing themselves trying to meet the submission deadline, THIS WEEK!  Others have been granted extensions and are still killing themselves.  

Be careful! The Sundance deadline has ruined many movies. Our advice in these circumstances comes from our advisor Bob Hawk, “Make the movie, not the deadline.”  

 We documented our experience with “Sundance Fever” while making BLAST! in a two-part Production Update.  These Updates were part of our Artist Share Participant model for fundraising.  Participants who helped fund the film were kept up to date on our progress through these videos, which we released regularly.

We plan to share more of these Production Updates, including Part 2 next week.  So if you’re interested in the filmmaking process, visit again and see how we did it.

By the way, if you’re interested in more info on film festivals, I also wrote an article in The Independent on our experience releasing BLAST! to the festival circuit.

BLAST! Theatrical run in Filmmaker Magazine

Filmmaker Magazine CoverIn a recent print issue of Filmmaker Magazine, Director Paul Devlin talked about the challenges facing an indie filmmaker pursuing a theatrical release. Paul discusses the often conflicting opinions and advice he received from friends, family and filmmakers alike:

"I discovered there's no shortage of conflicting opinions and emotions when it comes to whether or not a non-fiction feature filmmaker should try a theatrical release these days. I heard both "You're crazy. It's a big mistake. The model doesn't work anymore. Don't do it!" and "You can't stop now, before you've crossed the finish line. You have no choice. You must do it!""

Editor Scott Macaulay comments on the longest article ever published by Filmmaker "If you want to know what you're in for in terms of work, finances and emotions after you decide to self-release your film, you need to read this piece." More here.  You can read Paul's article in its entirety here. (pdf)

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