This week, on The VFX Artists Podcast, my curiosity with how movies are made and brought to life, brought me to a discussion with London based film director, writer and producer Marcus Flemmings.
On this episode, I find out about Marcus’ background and journey to becoming a film director, talk about his new film Blonde Purple, out on November 30th, and discuss realities of inspiration, competition, originality, ego, mistakes and more, in the life of an indie film maker.
Marcus’s latest film Blonde purple can be watched on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Voodoo and on the Xbox.
You can also find Marcus on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and IMDB
Apologies for the occasional echoes in this episode.
#indiefilmmaking #marcusflemmings #blondepurple
00:00:00:00 - What to expect in this episode
00:02:46:23 - Host intro
00:03:23:21 - Marcus introduction & Filmography
00:12:01:14 - Filming during covid
00:13:11:15 - Process of bringing a film idea to life
00:16:14:19 - How to manage responsibilities leading a crew, as a director, during production
00:18:39:10 - How important is it for film makers to have connections to attain budget for a project, or during distribution
00:21:42:14 - Competing with other film makers for exposure on streaming channels like Netflix & Amazon
00:24:31:09 - What’s the end goal/desire as a film maker/creative
00:27:01:02 - Story vs visuals - which takes priority?
00:28:48:19 - Competition with other creatives
00:31:18:08 - How to produce original content
00:34:22:20 - How to catch a break/be recognised for what you do
00:37:00:22 - Dealing with the ego from constructive criticism and feedback
00:39:30:05 - Challenges of being a black creative
00:43:26:05 - Vision for the future
00:44:37:05 - Words of advice
00:46:17:14 - How to reach out to Marcus
00:47:12:23 - Question for the host - My role in the VFX industry
00:49:29:15 - Conclusion