If you’re wondering how to make an indie film, it’s not that hard nowadays. The best strategy is to start practicing making very short films, even if you have to use your smart phone. Then get a decent but not very expensive camcorder and start making ones that are a bit longer. You shouldn’t have trouble finding at least amateur talent, as everybody wants to be a star.
If you want to learn from experts, you may want to consider going to film school. The Hollywood reporter recently published the 2011 Film School Rankings. At the top of the list is the American Film Institute, followed by the University of Southern California.
There are now many resources for indie filmmakers, whether you want to do it yourself from scratch, take a weekend workshop or go to a bona fide film school.
Of course, once you’ve made your indie film you want to have it seen. There are all kinds of guerilla marketing tactics you can use to get publicity for your own film. In the following video, Lloyd Kaufman discusses his book, “Sell Your Own Damn Movie!” in a four part video of a talk he gave at Strand Books in New York City.