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A New Comic-Film Synergy

I, like most microfilmmakers, have often thought about the prospect of making a comic-based film. After Robert Rodriguez teamed up with Frank Miller (and lost his Director's Guild membership in the process, I might add!) to make Sin City, the future for true adaptations of comics-to-film finally seemed possible.

It was only as I pondered this thought a month ago that I realized the sheer absurdity of the non-authentic comic based movies that old Hollywood churned out from the '50's to the '90's. Comic book movies should have been the easiest adaptation for any filmmaker in the history of the motion picture industry. Why? Because when you make a comic book into a film, you already have your script, shot sheet, and storyboard completed! It's like the Bisquick of filmmaking: just add water and bake. Or, in our case, just add actors and shoot!

I realized that a natural synergy could and should exist between comics and films. A synergy that has been almost completely absent in old Hollywood, despite how many comic franchises they own. If done properly, this synergy could unlock the creative forces of comics and film in a way that could propel both beyond their normal limits. But in order to do that, there would have to be simple, fair agreements that allowed collaboration, rather than the highly demarcated boundaries of the Hollywood infrastructure.

With that in mind, I started thinking about connecting indie comic creators with microfilmmakers. Indie comic creators wante their stories told as they wrote them and we, as microfilmmakers, want to tell comic-style stories with a definitive visual look to them. If the two could be brought together, then we would be a force to be reckoned with. Even more importantly than that, we would have a decided advantage that Hollywood's red tape has excluded them from.

I have taken this thought to comic creators around the country and found that they were very interested in joining with this synergistic revolution. So much so that, as we open our Comic-to-Film section in this issue, we have 19 comics from 9 different creators who are interested in having their work made into films and shorts. And this is just the beginning, for we are in the process of connecting with a brand new comics distributor that is interested, not only in allowing microfilmmakers to make their comics into films, but also in helping microfilmmakers write and storyboard scripts from the treatment level on!

Stay tuned, for exciting new things are happening here at Microfilmmaker Magazine!

God Bless,

Jeremy Hanke
Microfilmmaker Magazine

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