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MicroFilmmaker's Mission

Our mission at MicroFilmmaker Magazine is to connect and assist the ultra-low budget independent filmmakers who, more often than not, seem to get lost in the shuffle.

Statistically 80%-90% of all Independent films are made for under $30,000.00.

Because this budget is so low that Hollywood contemptuously considers these films to be 'Below No-Budget', they have come to be referred to as 'Micro-Cinema' films--or, as we've shortened it further, Micro-Films. Micro-films are most often made by people who are working a normal job and funding most or all of their films out of their own pockets. These are the sort of people who are so passionate about making films that they might go hungry in order to be able to make a film they are creating. These are the people for which filmmaking isn't about money--it's about the magic that can only come from their souls when they pour their life's blood into the art of making films.

We use the term 'film' loosely, because those who make films for less than $30,000 can rarely afford the expenses of actually shooting on 'film.' As such, they are the ones who most often experiment with digital film, digital video, and high definition mediums. They are the ones who are pushing the envelope in ways that the current regime of Hollywood could never stomach.

And I have news for you, this isn't a new trend!

MicroFilmmakers from the dawn of film have been pushing the envelope. In the new short film compilation, Unseen Cinema: Early American Avant-garde Film 1894-1941, we see that fringe indie filmmakers were the ones testing the newest technologies long before Hollywood ever embraced them. (In fact, that's literally what the term avant-garde means: 'ahead of the pack!') In 1896, there were MicroFilmmakers experimenting with colorizing moving films after they were shot, so that the projected film was in color! That's forty-three years before the Wizard of Oz, folks!

All this to say, with as rich a heritage as Micro-Cinema has (even though the name was coined only a decade ago!) it was high time that someone created a filmmaking website that focused on connecting Micro-Cinema filmmakers and helping them improve their craft.

With that in mind, we created MicroFilmmaker Magazine to provide all the things that MicroFilmmakers need: how-to guides on building steady rigs, dollies, and other equipment, discounts on services MicroFilmmakers can really use, articles on better filmmaking techniques from preproduction to post, reviews of the newest cameras, software, equipment, and adapters in a MicroFilmmaker's actual price range, a community section for filmmakers to converse and help one another, and even a critiques section on new Micro-Films.

The last part is especially worthy of note, because, we at MicroFilmmaker are so bent on making your films better, we actually will do three critiques on a single film: a rough critique, a semi-final critique, and a final critique. The first two are designed to help you work the bugs out of your film as your editing progresses, while the last critique, is more like an actual review that you would receive by Rolling Stone or Esquire. As such, you can improve your film exponentially by availing yourself of our site long before you ever submit your film to a film festival or agent. (And for new filmmakers, you can avoid a lot of mistakes by reading the critiques we do on other people's films!)

And because we are trying to help the microfilmmaking community, we charge no money to our readers.  The the only thing we charge any money for is a small fee to the film's director or producer for our in-depth critiques of their films.

Don't hide in the fringes of society any longer! Be part of the microfilmmaking revolution!

God Bless,

Jeremy Hanke
MicroFilmmaker Magazine


Want to know more about the editor of this magazine, what his background is, and where he sees the site going? Continue on to page 2.

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