Choose Your Own Indie Filmmaking Adventure

by Richard Schenkman

You're the Hero of the Story! Be an Indie Director!
Choose from 12 Possible Endings!


You love movies. You've always loved movies. Back when you were a kid, your best friend wanted to be the first human being on Mars. You wanted to be the first director to make a 3-D western horror sci-fi musical film noir. You still do. You spent your childhood making little 8mm shorts. When it came time to go to college, you begged your parents to let you go to film school; they agreed, but only if you co-majored in "something to fall back on" (in your case, marketing). You graduated two years ago but are still living at home while you noodle around with a couple of different screenplays. A college classmate who crewed on your Senior Thesis film was signed to CAA off hers, and last week she was hired to direct the new Winona Ryder picture. "That's it!" you realize. Time to get off your ass. You don't know how to get a movie going, but it's shit or get off the pot time.

IF you decide to try and make a movie...

IF you decide not to...

Adventure Story Writer/producer/director Richard Schenkman started his professional career creating promos, network ID's, and documentary programs for MTV. He has produced and directed music videos, fashion videos, commercials and promotional films. He has made award winning shorts and three feature films, two of which were released theatrically. Schenkman's second feature film "Went to Coney Island on a Mission From God... Be Back by Five"was featured in the first SF IndieFest. Schenkman and his long-time collaborator Jon Cryer have recently completed two new screenplays and sold a pilot to Fox Television. He continues to direct commercials and write for both movies and television.

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