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.  

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‘Fontana’, 52 Films/52 Weeks

In the realm of very low budget filmmaking it can elevate the production value from 0 to a million dollars in one very simple and hopefully very free step. The studios have the luxury of purpose built sound stages and fabulous, fabulously expensive locations. We do not.

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Writing characters and casting them are two of the most enjoyable parts of the filmmaking process.  Bringing people to life on the page and then seeing them manifest in front of you in the casting room is really quite thrilling.

Thursday, 27 September 2012 00:48

Very Independent Filmmaking >> Blog 2

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Story

Where there’s a film there’s a way, and where there’s a story there’s a writer.

As long as there is a story of course...

Monday, 03 September 2012 01:34

Very independent Filmmaking

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Good to meet you!

My name is Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros and I am a very independent filmmaker.

Confused? I know I regularly am, but to me the term ‘very’ or in some cases ‘very,very’translates as ‘low’ and mostly ‘no’ budget, entirely on your own, begging, borrowing and always stealing (locations usually) filmmaking. I will try to explain.

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