Finishing your short film script is a major milestone. But you’re suddenly presented with a whole host of options for what to do with it.
This process will get you from script to screen without wasting months wondering what to do next.
Step 1: Get feedback on your script
This is my favourite step when you’re holding a finished script in your hands. There’s always something you’ve missed, and it’s important to know exactly how your script reads to fresh eyes.
So ask your filmmaking friends how the script reads to them, what they think of the characters and what they feel the message of the story is.
Take note of the most common feedback you get, and edit your script accordingly. You don’t need to take on board every piece of feedback you get, but you should adjust any glaring points.
Step 2: Focus on your audience
Now you’ve gotten feedback on your script you’ll have a clear sense of who the story speaks to.
Take a moment to think about where you want your film to end up. Who needs to see your film?
Let your answer guide your next step, which is to build your audience.
Growing your audience and getting them excited for your latest project is the next big thing on your to do list now that the script is done and dusted.
Building an audience full of people who enjoy your stories and are ready and waiting to watch your next film is a vital step for any creative in the 21st century. It’s also the step I see skipped most often.
Focus on 2-3 platforms and tease them with snippets from your project and your future plans.
Paying attention to growing your audience now will make life so. much. easier. It will also leave you with more time + creative energy to focus on your work.
Step 3: Get a producer
A producer is the best option for any writers/directors. They’re going to source funding, make the film the best it can be and create a distribution plan that will have more people watching than you ever imagined when you first opened FinalDraft.
Research producers that have made films with similar themes and messages to your script. You can also research producers that have made films of a similar format/budget to your script.
Send them an opening email and get to know them before you dive into your pitch. Be sure to ask if they’re looking for projects first, before you jump into the whole synopsis.
A producer is likely to require some final rewrites to the script, so you’ll have to be open-minded. If you’re adamant about not changing your script, you might want to produce the film yourself.
Step 4: Focus on your next project
Future-proof your next 2 years as a creative by developing your next project. Even if you’ve only just finished your script, it’s never too early to get started on the next one.
Read more: Why you need a slate as an indie filmmaker
The best part of doing this, is you can hand over your first project to a producer and only have to do minimal rewrites on it, whilst also developing your next idea. Then as your first script is in production and heading towards its release, you’ll be pitching your newest script.
This dovetailing process will mean you’re consistently making projects, providing regular content for your flourishing audience and doing what you love with zero stop-starts.
Bonus step: get my eyes on your project (for free)
Start making your films
Or just stick with the never-ending freelance jobs