Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Get involved with and help support independent horror!

Nowadays technology is to the point where just about anybody can get a camera, get some friends together and make a scary movie.  That is a good thing and a bad thing.  The good thing is that there are a lot of talented people now given the ability to demonstrate their talent to some degree.  That opportunity wasn't available a decade ago.  The bad obviously is that there are a lot of really bad movies out there as well.  The Internet has allowed filmmakers and fans to connect with each other developing even more opportunities to raise money through sites like KIckstarter and Indieagogo or simply spread the word about upcoming projects faster than ever before.  This is a great time for movie geeks especially those who want to take their love for film one step further by getting involved in the filmmaking process and make a difference. 

For about a year I have donated to a couple of horror movies on Kickstarter and offered my services to local filmmakers in my area.  I reviewed a couple of independent horror films at the behest of the directors and used my blog to spread the word about other projects that I feel are important.  It is an absolute thrill to help out whenever I can.  The results have been amazing.  I have made a lot of new friends and had some doors opened to me that weren't there before.  How wide those doors are open only time will tell.  The experiences have been phenomenal.  (See picture above) I can say that there are a lot of creative directors out there trying to do great things in the horror genre that are highly appreciative  of any help they can get.  They will understand the sacrifices you make (hopefully) to the their cause.  You never know what will happen.

If you are sitting around not doing anything I suggest finding out if there are any projects going on in your area and offer a helping hand.  Most likely there are.  Sure you won't get paid but being on a horror movie set is fun and you will never forget your time doing it even if the movie is a complete embarrassment.  Support Kickstarter campaigns and help promote truly great horror films that are works of art and not just another homage to THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE or PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.  Lets get the good stuff that we want to see get made.  We can change the landscape of the horror genre you just have to do something about it.


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