The Slings and Arrows of Independent Filmmaking

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer, director, filmmaker living in Los Angeles. She co-created the unprecedented project 52 Films/52 Weeks: A Year in Filmmaking, where she and her partners, wrote, directed, produced and edited a film a week for an entire year. She currently has several independent film projects at various stages of development.  

The Glamorous life of Very, Very Independent Filmmaking…

It's a fallacy that writers have to shut themselves up in their ivory towers to write. I have all these interruptions, three of which I gave birth to. If I was thrown for a loop every time I was distracted, I could never get anything done.

“Casting is storytelling”…Joss Weadon

I really enjoy designing a characters world.  Every tiny detail.  What coffee they drink, how they wear their hair and how they live, everything…

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 10:29

Becoming a Filmmaker

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Becoming a filmmaker by sheer force of will is what sets the dreamers and the succeeders apart from all the rest…

So let me set this up a little…

New Mexico is very popular place to shoot right now.

Scent, 52 Films/52 Weeks 2011

Monday, 06 April 2015 10:31

The Power of the Camera

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The chances are that people all around you are up to something. And by that I don’t just mean cheating on their tax returns. They are creating, they are writing, they are shooting, they are planning and scheming and all that energy is well worth taping into.

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The Best Independent movie theaters…

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 09:47

New Projects for a New Year

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“Sunday Lunch”, 52 Films/52 Weeks Project, 2011, LA

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it’s stupid. 
- Albert Einstein

Alex, Lily & Monsie

I was asked a few months ago to take part in a filmmaking festival a dear friend of mine was putting together. Because I am ridiculously busy and always say yes to things anyway, and then sometimes run myself ragged trying to get it all done, I acted like a grown up and said no.

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