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June 16, 2021

It Takes A Village To Make A Movie - Levi Austin Morris

It Takes A Village To Make A Movie - Levi Austin Morris

Actors teaming up to make films together is impressive. And it’s happening more and more often with the rise of smartphone filmmaking. 
You may think an actor cannot make a quality film, but think again. They have spent countless hours on film sets. They...


Actors teaming up to make films together is impressive. And it’s happening more and more often with the rise of smartphone filmmaking. 

You may think an actor cannot make a quality film, but think again. They have spent countless hours on film sets. They have the ability to ask questions and learn the filmmaking craft. They network with filmmakers all the time. And then…well, you knew I was going to bring it up, right? That’s correct, they have a smartphone camera close by.

Our guest in episode 102 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is Levi Austin Morris. He lives in Los Angeles and is an experienced actor. 

This discussion shares the process of crowd funding in great detail. Can a podcast be a tutorial? Levi Austin Morris had experience in crowd funding and he was inspired by a conversation we had about feature filmmaking with smartphones. 

Levi was one of the participants in a mobile filmmaking and storytelling panel streaming now on Mobile Film Stories. When he realized Inga Vosk was a first time filmmaker blew him away. Inga won the Best Feature Film Award in 2020’s International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego with her film, STEALTH shot in St. Petersburg. 

Levi wrote a screenplay at the end of 2020 for a feature mobile film. He then began to ask for collaboration with his filmmaking team/family. Several revisions later, Paralysis was ready and is currently in the pre-production process. Paralysis is a 96 minute film to be produced in Los Angeles. The trailer for the movie is quite impressive! 

When it comes to campaign and crowd funding, the team decided to make it very inclusive and interactive. The campaign is based around gamification and contests. Levi shares insights on planning for the campaign. 

There are two ways to plan your campaign between the production and post-production phase. Levi shares which one they chose and why. He also shares how to plan your budget in detail, how to market your campaign in Instagram and Facebook, etc.

In this episode, we hope to inspire filmmakers making short films to make feature films with a solid plan for success.

SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking: The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones. 

Watch the trailer for Paralysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOpQQa1w-VQ&t=1s 

Paralysis is in the funding phase so don’t miss it! https://seedandspark.com/fund/paralysis#story

Paralysis on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ParalysisTheFilm

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paralysisthefilm/ 

Mentioned in this episode: 

Panel discussion on smartphone filmmaking and storytelling on Mobile Film Stories with Levi Austin Morris. https://mobilefilmstories.com/smartphone-filmmaking-and-storytelling/ 

The Tea Short Film from IMFF 2020:  https://youtu.be/wnFnxxE8Uao 

90 Seconds To Live IMFF 2015: https://youtu.be/3-_dp8LSYCc 

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