If you’re a movie lover, chances are you’ve watched some behind the scenes bits of making of videos. Maybe you’ve seen a documentary on a film you like. But have you ever wondered what an indie filmmaker has to go through? Is movie making as glamorous as we think it could be?
Arrow Video will be releasing CLAPBOARD JUNGLE on April 19. Not only does this film follow five years of the life and career of independent filmmaker Justin McConnell, but this documentary does a deep dive into the reality of the film business. According to the press release,
Navigating the current film business is more difficult than ever before. Rapidly changing technology and an overcrowded marketplace have led to an industry in which anyone can now make a film, but few can make a living.
I am friends with an independent filmmaker and know some of his struggles. CLAPBOARD JUNGLE also has interviews so we get to hear about others’ experience, not just McConnell’s. Here’s the summary:
Following five years in the life and career of independent filmmaker Justin McConnell (Lifechanger), this documentary explores the struggles of financing, attracting the right talent, working with practical effects and selling the finished product in the hope of turning a profit. Featuring interviews with a range of industry luminaries – including Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak), Sid Haig (Spider Baby), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Mick Garris (“The Stand”), Dick Miller (Matinee), Tom Holland (Fright Night) and George A. Romero (The Crazies), alongside a host of others – not only are technical aspects and interpersonal skills discussed but also the emotional stamina and little-known tips needed to survive in the low budget film industry.
I have already added this one to my to-watch list. But I can’t let you go without sharing the trailer with you:
Clapboard Jungle is available for streaming April 19th.