Today’s Daily Filmmaking Tip is a bit different. Sometimes, to hype your completed film, the best thing to do is to party! Attend screenings, networking events, social gatherings, and the like. You have to get yourself out there and make as many contacts as humanly possible. Get to know other filmmakers, film groups, vendors, theater owners and employees, local businesses, etc. Everyone will be the key to getting a good word of mouth for your new film or webseries. Go back to your college or high school and see if they would be interested in screening your movie (or a few scenes) with a Q&A. Talk to the local theater to do pre-screenings and events.
Not only should you attend other people’s parties, but you should also throw your own party. Get creative. Have you ever been to any themed parties? Not only are they a lot of fun, but it sticks with people. I once went to a release party for a horror film DVD and all of the waitresses were dressed as “sexy zombies.” This caught a lot of people’s attention and gave strangers something to talk about. I know people who have held decade parties, where everyone had to dress in the particular styles of a decade and all of the music and movies they had on fit the time. One of my personal favorite ideas was someone that held a “Heroes and Villains” party where everyone had to dress as a superhero or villain from movies, comics, or video games.
Anyone can gather people together and screen a film at a local bar or apartment. It is what you do to set your screening apart that people will remember. And they will not just remember your party, but also your film.