Filmmaker Andy Simpson, joins Tom Wilton on a rooftop in New York to talk about the US tour of his debut feature, Young Hearts Run Free.

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Our second guest post is from filmmaker, Maria McIndoo, with whom I've worked on three film projects, including Let It Go.

When I set out to make my first feature, Say It Like It Is, I researched forever and throughout the process about how others did it. What equipment they used, where they shot, and most importantly, how they paid for it. I figured I would follow the path that a few recent filmmakers had created for themselves - make a cheap movie that would focus on the story, and hope that its charm would overshadow its shortcomings. I focused on getting through it alive and figured once it was finished it would miraculously fall into the right hands and everything would work out. There was nothing that was going to stop me as I blindly barreled through the process, only stopping when I hit a wall on the other side, completely unsure of my next step.

It’s now been two years since I made the movie and as I begin to work on my second feature, I realized a lot has changed. I’m a little more in touch with reality, one part being the reality that a lot of creatives like to omit, which is, a helping hand.

Money is like grease to wheels, if you’re moving in a certain direction it doesn’t make everything necessarily easier, but smoothes everything in the process. I’m not attempting to undermine those with said helping hand, but to offer some consolation to those who don’t see the hidden map linking A to Z. Besides the connections that money can bring in our industry, it is the smallest details that make the differences.

In terms of money’s relationship with filmmaking, its best to stay aware but not bitter. Don’t beat yourself up when your micro-budget film doesn’t look and feel the same way as one with a similar budget does. A perfect example was a film with the same “budget” as mine that was made with borrowed equipment that cost ten times what mine did. Post was taken over by a larger company and the editing and sound was done with equipment that I could only dream of working with. Again, greasing the wheels. Nonetheless, If you get bitter everyone loses. The privileged will always have more at their fingertips. A lot of them won’t use it, and the ones that do and are talented, so who cares? They deserve to tell their stories as much as anyone else. The other side’s advantage? Stories they only dream of experiencing, and way more common ground with the majority.

All you can do is learn how to use what you have to your own advantage. Reusing the same camera and lenses? Shoot in black and white like we did. Have a bunch of funny stories working shitty jobs? Have not so funny stories from childhood? All the stories are yours to tell, and only you can tell them.

Maria is a filmmaker living and working in New York. You can follow her on Twitter @mariamcindoo. Her film, Say It Like It Is will be screening on Cinema Zero in September.

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Let It Go is playing in London, New York and LA in September, but you can get to get a sneak peek of the movie right here on Cinema Zero.

In advance of the Cinema Zero Distribution release of this snappy comedy, we're making the first 15 minutes of the film exclusively available for you to enjoy between now and August 31st.

This is the story of what happens when Jeremy decides to ask Steph to get married. Only problem is, she's chosen today to break it off with him... 


*The preview has now finished! Thanks to everyone who checked it out - you guys are awesome. The film is available from September 23, but you can pre-order it now at Cinema Zero Distribution.

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Filmmaker Clive Williams joins the podcast to talk about his film, Mr Obscure, and how he made the movie with almost no experience, but a lot of enthusiasm.

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