War Stories and Tall Tales from the Frontlines and Deep Trenches of Independent Filmmaking - Ask Me Anything - AMA
Hello, Brave Souls, Dreamers, Creatures of the Night, and Early Morning Risers:
I’m Sean J.S. Jourdan - imdb - (I know, don't be blown away...)
Nice to meet you.
As you can see, my name is on and associated with a number of short films, screenplays, and one feature film in particular. Overall, I’ve been fortunate – I’ve made films with highly creative and talented people that I’m fortunate to call friends – some of them my best friends – and those films have won awards and played all over the world.
I’m very very proud of them.
You may hate them.
It’s okay, we can still be friends.
Don’t get the wrong message (ha!) – I am, by no means, a trust-fund wielding filmmaking prodigy with star-connecting residencies at the Sundance Lab, a premier at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight, and an offer to direct a character-driven Marvel movie… not yet anway... like you, I imagine, I’m chipping away at this thing called “a dream” and hustling to get the next one off the ground.
A little more about me from ol’bio:
“Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sean J.S. Jourdan now lives and works in Denver, Colorado where he relocated after receiving a MFA degree in film and video at Columbia College Chicago. His work gradually developed from theater to film where he has worked as an award-winning screenwriter and director (Silver Hugo/Chicago International Film Festival, 2nd Place – Creative Screenwriting Awards, Finalist Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards, Top 5 Finalist in MTVu’s Best Filmmaker on Campus Competition, CINE Award of Excellence, among many others).
Shorts International, via iTunes, and BigStar.tv currently distribute Sean’s short films, which have also played in a number of film festivals worldwide (Raindance, Chicago International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, etc).
His award-winning debut feature film, TEDDY BOY, can be found on a number of streaming platforms near you."
You can find much more about me at www.seanjsjourdan.com... maybe too much… (hmm, I should probably update that…)
So what do you want to talk about? Film school? Film Festivals? Pre-production? Production? Post? Financing? Crowdfunding? Genre? Story structure? How do you make a gd living doing this? Screenwriting? Casting? Whatever.
And, no, I don’t have access to funds to get your movie made. I’m sorry.
Like I used to tell my students, when I taught, if I don’t have the answer maybe I can point you in the right direction.
I’m an open #AMA book for you to peruse, glance at the best parts, and leave discarded and unpurchased :)
(before I change my mind and back out of this)
(my hair likes to stick up like that in the back)
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