Jason Brubaker is a Los Angeles-based movie distribution executive specializing in direct to consumer distribution strategies. As the founder of Brubaker Unlimited, he currently consults with media companies, rights holders and content creators to develop strategies to source content, maximize distribution, grow audiences, build buzz and create community around each title.
Additionally, Brubaker is the founder of FilmmakingStuff.com, a professional resource for independent filmmakers. His articles on independent movie marketing and distribution have been featured in numerous publications, and he dishes to Filmmatic.com below about the several avenues to becoming a filmmaker:
“Living in Los Angeles, I am surrounded by people trying to figure out how to become a filmmaker. Here are 3 ways how to become a filmmaker…
1. Employee Filmmaker (indie producer works at a production company): An employee filmmaker is someone who obtains a job at a production company. The employee-filmmaker shows up each day, on time. The employee filmmaker usually “starts at the bottom” and then works their way up. Many spend years working on on other people’s projects (OPP) and one day, if they are really lucky, they get permission to helm a movie.
2. Freelance Filmmaker (indie producers hired on a per-project basis): As a freelancer, you get hired on a per-project basis. Then when the production wraps, you go back to your network, seeking your next job. Eventually, you find ways to move up and take on other jobs. Like an employee filmmaker, as a freelancer, you spend years working on other people’s projects (OPP). If you’re really lucky, you get your shot.
3. Entrepreneurial Filmmaker (indie producer creates his or her own projects and hires other people): In this scenario, your goal is to find a good screenplay, raise money and make your movie now! You don’t wait for anybody to give you permission. But unlike an employee or freelance filmmaker, if your project doesn’t get made, you don’t get paid!
As an experienced production and distribution professional, Jason has a wealth of advice to pass along to up and coming filmmakers who are full of energy but looking for direction. If you’d like to find out more about the indie filmmaking process, you can grab a copy of his Filmmaker Action Pack here: makeyourmovienow.com