I've been infatuated with film for a long time. Started when I was a kid (making 8mm horror films with a camera I borrowed from a friend), then at college made mixed media animation/live-action shorts. On leaving I set up a production company (from my living room) to direct a music video and then joined a company and directed several more. Moved onto commercials, but my heart was always into features. Like many people I pitched, but that's a lottery. And even when I was very close, something happened (like the tragic death of an actor or managerial changes) that scuppered a project. Time waits for no man, so finally I decided to just make my own feature and do it as cheaply as possible. And I mean CHEAP. I was always inspired by the resourcefulness of the Pink directors I'd met from Japan. They made great films (often all on film and cut on film) for next to nothing. And incredibly quickly - a few weeks, believe it or not. So I decided to follow their advice. I shot without sound, and went one step further, without any dialogue. Actually that was the surprisingly easy part - removing all the dialogue from my script. I also picked a commercial genre - thriller/ghost story. Then of course I made my thriller/ghost story as uncommercial as possible! LOL. I had as few actors in the film as possible (4), and kept the locations down to one (my place and locality). Plus I decided to only use natural lighting. All these would make production faster. I got my crew (as small as possible) and we shot roughly 3 days a year for about 5 years. That was the max free time we all had together every year. and since ono of us were getting paid the had to live with that. But it worked and I'd scripted it to work that way. I'm now doing post work. It's cut, and I'm writing the score. I took the rough version to AFM last year and got 2 solid offers. Just wanted to get some feedback. But in the end decided to wait. I've had bad dealings (as a producer) and heard other rough stories from filmmakers about distribution deals. It's the side of the business most filmmakers don't really understand. I decided to learn about it over the years - attending AFM annually since 2007, and getting to know many of the sales agents and distributors in town. The paradox is that we can now make feature films more easily than we ever could, but find it harder and harder to make any income from the fruits of our labour. It was that that lead me to start my own distribution company this year. One aimed more towards filmmakers like myself. Anyhow, enough rambling on, I have to get back to scoring my film and getting it finished.