Good morning Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
If you’ve been around for a while, or if you’ve signed up for my free email list and read my introduction emails, you know I was an indie filmmaker before I ever started writing books.
But independent film is really, really hard to break into. Every time I wanted to direct my own film I always ran up against the same barrier: time, and money.
Films are expensive. Even a short film you can shoot in a couple of days can cost you a few thousand dollars. A feature-length film runs into the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Hollywood films, of course, cost millions of dollars.
And even if you can conquer the money barrier, there’s the time involved. You’re going to be shooting for days, weeks, sometimes months. Even if your cast and crew are working for low rates, you need to work within their schedules.
Long story short, I made very few films. I worked on a lot of other people’s films, people who could borrow the money they needed—but I never had access to that kind of help myself.
Just over two years ago I decided to take my career in a different direction. I began adapting my screenplays into books, hoping to earn an audience that way and then turn the books back into movies.
Today marks the first milestone on that long, long road with the release of my first short film adapted from one of my own books: Unsaid.
Unsaid is a deeply personal story, a highly fictionalized account of my mother’s passing away. It deals with grief and loss and the things we go through when our loved ones move on.
The trailer you saw at the beginning of the video shows you a little bit of what it’s like. If you want to see the rest, click below:
Obviously this is a pretty exciting day, but I’m MORE excited about what this movie could mean to the whole field of independent film.
There are countless indie filmmakers out there who are REALLY good. They could be the next Christopher Nolan or Peter Jackson or Quentin Tarantino.
But they face the same barriers I did when I tried to make it as a filmmaker. And most of them will never conquer those barriers.
No one has EVER done this before. No indie has ever written their story into a book, sold it on the open market, and then used that to assemble a budget and a crew to adapt their book into their own indie film.
If we can prove that this method of filmmaking works—even if it doesn’t make a lot of money, but it at least pays for itself—we could start a brand-new revolution in indie film. And that could be huge.
Click the link to watch the film, plus see an exclusive behind-the-scenes article published by FlinkTo, as well as download the ebook, which is now free on all platforms.
This is a big day, Rebels. Thank you so much for being a part of it with me. As always, thank you for watching, and I will see you tomorrow. Maybe. Byyye.