78 – From Producing Film DVD Extras to Doc Filmmaking with Jeffrey Schwarz
If you’re like me, you are a fan of watching the DVD extras or the making-of videos of some of your favorite films. In fact, Ive been inspired and gained some of my very filmmaking knowledge by watching some of the film extras included on dvds.
We have a special conversation with a man who did so many making-ofs and added value content for Hollywood studios that he became known as the EPK Samurai. His name is Jeffrey Schwarz, and he has over 300 producer credits and over 100 directors to his name. And he has parlayed his early career doing the EPK work into becoming a full-fledged documentary filmmaker.
how a student film turned into the impetus for lifelong subject matter for future doc films
how producing EPK and making-of videos allowed Jeffrey to practice his passion of documentary
how following your obsessions can lead to some wonderful places as a doc filmmaker
why you should always be budgeting for yourself to make a living in your film budgets
Now as an independent documentary filmmaker, I like to make sure that I include these types of extras on dvd and digital distro packages so that others may benefit in the same way that I did when I was first starting out. And I believe that by including added value like this to your film packages, you can give the consumer another reason to buy your film (instead of somebody else’s!).
5 Best Practices for Making Film Extras
In this episode I also go over 5 Best Practices for Making Film Extras, which are:
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