Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

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Independent Filmmaking – Crew – too many, too few!

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

Independent Filmmaking – I Wanna Direct!

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

Independent Filmmaking – Pick up a camera. Shoot something.

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....

Independent Filmmaking >> Back to the Beginning

"There’s nothing quite like the idea of failing spectacularly to excite a filmmaker." - Mike Figgis Across The Pond TV Pilot, UK, 2009

Independent Filmmaking >> Playing Well With Others

“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

Very Independent Filmmaking >> Supporting Your Habit

“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...

Independent Filmmaking >> Fontana, recollections of a film shoot, finding your voice…and why

“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...

Very Independent Filmmaking >> Trust your instincts…

“Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's.” Billy Wilder  (1906-2002); filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist Beautiful...

Independent Filmmaking >> What’s this one about then?

What’s this one about then? There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.- Frank Capra

Independent Filmmaking >> Success

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” ― Woody Allen ‘Across The Pond’ TV pilot, England, 2008 So what is success? When I first began...