This week’s featured indie entrepreneur is indie film maker /producer Dawn Fields of Palm Street Films.
Dawn shares how she got her start in the film industry working as an extra “Love Potion No 9” with Sandra Bullock in Atlanta. This led to work shooting with George Lucas and music videos with Brett Ratner.
Realizing that the funding and infrastructure was still lacking back east, Dawn made her way to Hollywood. In the entertainment capital she began working as a PA (production assistant) before realizing that she wanted more creative control.
Over the years Dawn has worked to get various projects through what’s known as “development hell.” Finally, she decided that she wanted to finally see something she worked on made!
Some of the other things Dawn shares –
6:40 – forming relationships that nurture your creativity
7:12 – dark moments of self-doubt and ready to quit
10:42 – bridging the gap between a filmmaker’s vision and making it a reality
11:30 – what crowdfunding has made possible for indie filmmakers
12:32 – how the real work of indie film making really starts after it’s made with promotion and the business side
14:06 – making the decision of bringing aboard bigger name actor to the project
16:36 – fun & games vs. realities of doing the film festival circuit
18:28 – identifying influencers for indie films and other ways to promote your work
20:05 – how social media and crowdfunding is changing the indie film making and the film industry
21:28 – Dawn shares some of her upcoming indie film projects and what that “next level” looks like
24:20 – will “Zombie Elves” ever get made? what’s involved with the realities of a holiday film and struggling with the challenges of bringing a vision into reality
Watch the rest of the replay for our talk here –
To find out more about Dawn and her projects – http://www.dawnfields.com/
Dawn’s film production company – Palm Street Films