This is my first post. I’m attempting to compile info and responses from more than a dozen conversations. I’m posting to ask about mentorship for “next steps” as a first time filmmaker with no budget or recognition, but a project with “reach” on a lot of topics. Thank you to all the people who were so helpful to me at the IDA conference “Getting real”. This post is in response to some of the feedback I received regarding my first-time film project. Two trailers intended to represent different ends of the spectrum are included in this post as follows:
1) Recent “movie” version
2) An older “ask for support” version, aimed at ecosystem support communities as well as film funders. I present this older trailer here to show the original intent of highlighting people in the story.
A bit more about me can be found here:
http://www.audnews.com/ introducing-filmmaker-nigel- noriega-competing-reelpitch- challenge/
A summary of feedback from Getting real (my first film conference) is tallied in categories as follows
A) You need to get a producer/Who is your producer? (more than 10)
B) This is a documentary conference, but you need to go to one that focuses on science (3 comments)
C) We'd like a human story to follow (4 comments)
D) You are very competent (3 comments)
E) This looks like a scientist trying to promote his work (1 comment)
F) This is extremely interesting, let's talk more (5comments)
G) You really need to talk to "X" (more than 10 comments)
It seems the overwhelming consensus is to get a producer and talk to suggested people. Talking to the recommended people (filmmakers as well as “higher ups” at film festivals and networks) is what produced the comment list above.
There is more that I’d like to film to flesh out the story, but it seems like some people want to see a rough cut of what I already have (complete enough to be informative, but requiring key footage to be entertaining). Is this a good use of effort? Or would it be better to develop the story coverage more fully so that people take me more seriously?
I’ve asked to speak to several producers. Hopefully I’ll hear back from them soon.
Thank you for your time. If I posted in the wrong section of D-word, might you kindly direct me to the most appropriate spot?