The Slings and Arrows of Independent Filmmaking

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer, director, filmmaker and photographer living in North Hollywood. In 2012 she was involved in 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 projects in development, runs a music video production company as well as a budget conscious photography business for the hard working actor. You can reach her at

Very Independent Filmmaking - Things Can and Will Go Wrong


“It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” 

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes”
Oscar Wilde

You said it Oscar!

On location, Lancaster, CA, Cold, early and miles from anywhere, having the time of my life…

Since there are rather a lot of mistakes to make, and while I feel from time to time that I have made more of them than most humans on this earth, I thought I would continue along the oddly popular theme of my failures, just for a little while longer…

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”

Pablo Picasso

‘The Bite’, 52 films/52 weeks, 2011

Sometimes the easiest way to advise a person embarking on their dream is not to tell them what to do and how to do it, but what not to do and how to avoid doing that over and over again.

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end… but not necessarily in that order.
- Jean-Luc Godard

Well, thats one way of looking at it, but before the story there is the idea, and a beginning.

‘Across The Pond’ England, 2009

All the movies released over the past year, and even some not yet to be released, are vying for our attention, good reviews and possible consideration for various award ceremonies.

Gustavo The Great, 52 Films/52 Weeks, Angeles Crest, 4am, 2011.

Our second episode about episodic’s!

What stunning thematic dialogue we are having!

The Web series

Choosing to make a web series is a very big subject and as such I have decided to write about it over the span of two articles, so you don’t get bored, and I don’t get lost...

It takes a village to make a film, and, as the filmmaker, it’s up to you to find your village.


I’m sure you’ve heard the old joke...Mother Teresa arrives at the pearly gates, God calls out to her.

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Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee. - Director James Cameron

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Across The Pond, UK, 2009

"There’s nothing quite like the idea of failing spectacularly to excite a filmmaker." - Mike Figgis

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Across The Pond TV Pilot, UK, 2009

“I’m not under too much of an illusion of how smart or un-smart I am because filmmaking ultimately is about teamwork.”  - Guy Richie

“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.” 

― Yann Martel, Life of Pi 

Here here!! 

Of course Yann Martel is a writer, a brilliant one, and not a filmmaker, but he is an artist, and so are we!

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Across The Pond, TV Pilot, England, 2009 

“Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole, it would be about me.”
Federico Fellini 

Ain’t that the truth!!

As artists we all need to find our voice.

Your reason for creating.

Your ‘why’

In some cases, such as mine, it can take half a lifetime to find, but once you have found it, it’s hard to ignore.

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‘Fontana’ 2011, 52 Weeks/52 Films

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