Chronicling first-time filmmaker Daniel Gillies' struggle to finance his independent feature film, Broken Kingdom, and featuring other filmmakers' stories of their own adventures in indie cinema.
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The documentary follows the multi-year journey of a first-time director and his producer through the challenging process of raising financing for their independent film entitled _Broken Kingdom (2010)_. This individual study of indie perseverance interweaves itself with rare and intimate interviews from over thirty experienced filmmakers and actors sharing their own personal stories of challenge and triumph in indie film. Written by Anonymous

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Following your dreams can really be a nightmare.

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The struggles of filmmaking
28 October 2012 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

A lot of people (mostly non show-biz people, but some which are) think filmmaking is an easy enough job - a cozy, smooth, fun and carefree process done by people who are eternal children, people who refuse to grow up and get normal day jobs, people who live in a world of fantasy... mostly referred to as LalaLand. Although some of it may be somewhat true (about the filmmaking being young at heart), the reality of it is that filmmaking is one of the hardest, harshest and most non-gratifying of all occupations - artistic or non-artistic.

As a freelance filmmaker with a bit of experience in trying to create my own films (in Israel and outside it), this movie has been a very empathetic-sympathetic story to which I could relate very easily. I think this documentary is a must for anyone who thinks movies are whipped out of one's sleeve, or get done by a mere shake of a magic wand. Anyone thinking about making a movie, as a client of filmmakers such as myself, should be educated about the hardships of the profession. If applied to animated movies - just multiply it by ten... Filmmaking is not only very time-consuming (and time is - as we all know - money), but it is also a form of art which is the work of many, rather than that of a single person, as each of the people working on a movie has his specific job. There are differences between independent movies and those of the film industry (especially funding-wise), but the process of making them is pretty much the same.

The documentary is educational and emotional, and is recommended for anyone who's a movie fan, and wishes to learn more about the backstage struggles of independent filmmaking.


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