Delta College Gets “Naked”
Saturday, May 22, I participated in Media Fest 2010 put on by William Story, the Radio-Television Instructor at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. An event about film, video, media, photography.
I was the independent of the bunch and addressed the student filmmakers about my brand of one-man filmmaking because these were the exact audience that I wrote Naked Filmmaking for – people with the desire to to make films, but who don’t have the big bucks to make a big movie, and can’t afford to make a lot of mistakes.
This audience was exactly the group I wanted to pitch my filmmaking method to – a completely new bunch of filmmakers who I didn’t know and who didn’t know me.I only had a couple of hours to participate in Media Fest before I had to go onto my day job, but by the time I’d left I’d sold eight copies of Naked Filmmaking and a ninth copy was bought by one of the participants from Amazon, as well as four DVDs of the films.
These are the kind of people I want to reach out to and I want to send a big note of thanks to everyone associated with Media Fest 2010 for accepting me and embracing Naked Filmmaking so strongly.
Later in the day I got this note from Will Story:
“Thank you for generously sharing your knowledge and passion for making movies. You have inspired a group of student filmmakers to go forth and achieve their dream of making full-length movies. On behalf of these students, as well as myself, thanks for being so completely dedicated to the craft of making feature movies and then being so completely open to sharing this valuable knowledge with a new generation of moviemakers.
“P.S. Mike, I need 5 more books. For the MediaFest Video Competition we handed out cash prizes and your book to the first place winners. Even though I haven’t had a chance to read all the way through the book from what I have read, I believe this book is just what my serious filmmaking student’s need. Therefore, I want to award your book to the second place video winners, as well.”
Then later got this e-mail from Solomon Stadtner:
“I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your panel discussion. You seem to have a lot of intriguing ideas about filmmaking. Out of all the books that I’ve read about independent production, I’ve never heard something as practical as what you were talking about yesterday. I just ordered your book on Amazon and I can’t wait to read it.”
So, Will, my heartiest thanks for helping me to sell 14 copies of Naked Filmmaking and, more importantly, spreading the word that there are alternative, simpler, and affordable ways to making movies.