I've listened to a number of very experienced Independent Film Makers / Producers - taking note regarding their concerns / observations about the state of the British (and American etc) Independent Film Sector ie. that there definitely needs to be a much more robust state of affairs going on with viable Independent Films being the mainstay - rather than having to endure the never-ending barrage of sub-standard set-ups that go nowhere, being churned out at an alarming rate. And of course, bringing overall industry standards down.
The crux of their unsettled demeanour focused on Distributors, Film Markets, Theater Owners, Audiences and Film Critics - needing to align themselves with reputable Film Makers by investing their time and energy in actually demanding that higher standards of film making become the mainstay, yet for there to also be a more wide-ranging (eclectic mix) spectrum of Talented Filmmakers involved in this process - in order to once again really raise the standards within this industry.
They all seemed more-or-less happy about encouraging Talented Independent Filmmakers who obviously had experienced Producers and financing attached to these projects. At the same time, this is of course, the ultimate challenge for all 'up-and-coming' Film Makers - who've got Talent, but no track record, industry contacts or funding in place etc. Basically people have to start somewhere!
But having heard these recent comments / observations made by various experienced Film Makers / Producers over the last few months - has definitely struck a chord with me - as I'm currently part of a small team of Film Makers / Directors / Producers / Actors - who have slowly, but surely, been stepping up our game.
We're on course to produce our first Independent Feature Film.
We have yet to make our mark - so, we will have to follow through with our mission to get all the relevant people, contacts, resources, planning, logistics, financing, distribution and marketing in place - if we're to be successful with our goal - and to also make a positive contribution by helping to raise the standards of British Independent Film Making.