“Never in the history of the movie business has there been a better time for the Independents to be entrepreneurial.”
Graham Taylor, WME
Money Talks And Art Matters
June 2011

“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.”
Benjamin Franklin, Entrepreneur
(And one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence)

This blog, E-Filmmaking, stands for Entrepreneurial Filmmaking. Something that has been a part of filmmaking since its inception when inventor Thomas A. Edison and his assistant William Kennedy Laurie Dickson began working on the first motion picture camera.  Edison wrote in 1888, “I am experimenting upon an instrument which does for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear, which is the recording and reproduction of things in motion .”

Edison’s kinetograph was a success. And through the years the battle has raged on as businessmen and filmmakers have tried to find that gentle balance between art and commerce. Fortunes and been won and lost and many a great movie has emerged over the decades.

Over 100 years after the invention of the motion picture camera the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well as this blog launches on July 4, 2011. American filmmaker Edward Burns earlier this year premiered his film Newlyweds the closing night of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Burns and his film represent entrepreneurial filmmaking. The indie film was shot in 12 days for $9,000. Burns used social networking as part of the creative and marketing process and is his own film distributor using VOD, iTunes, and selling DVDs on his website.

But I also take a broader video of entrepreneurial filmmakers as I watch photographers becoming filmmakers with the advent HDSLR cameras, and have witnessed an explosion of creativity mixed with entrepreneurial zeal in fields as diverse as wedding storytellers and internet producers around the world.

So on a weekly basis this blog will explore global trends in e-filmmaking and serve as a compliment to the daily posts on Screenwriting from Iowa…And Other Unusual Places.

Happy Independence Day,

Scott W. Smith


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