Time to make your film
Tom Hofbauer is an award-winning independent filmmaker with three successful film projects under his belt. In addition to his own film work, he was a cinematographer and location producer on the Oscar-nominated documentary film, Twist of Faith, which was produced for HBO by celebrated director, Kirby Dick and producer Eddie Schmidt. He's a writer, producer, and director, and he has produced scores of commercials and industrial films.
Tom's first feature film won the award for Festival Director's Choice at the 2009 Trail Dance Film Festival in Duncan, Oklahoma, Best Dramatic Feature Film at the Telluride IndieFest in 2002 and the Key West IndieFest in 2003. It has also been honored with the Best Director - Gold Medal for Excellence at the Park City Film Music Festival in Park City, Utah in 2005 and a Best Dramatic Feature Film award at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.
Tom provides valuable information based on his experience as an indie filmmaker. And it's not just for producers and directors. There's great information for actors and writers and even craft service people and PAs. He covers it all in his blog posts.
If you're new to this world, Tom can help you jump over some hurdles without the pain of making a lot of mistakes along the way.
If you've got a film project you want to do, we can help you get started. We'll also help you along the way.
Making an independent film without the backing or support of a studio is perhaps one of the most difficult things an artist can attempt. Filmmaking is often a huge collaborative effort and requires that the person at the helm understand the process inside and out. Coordinating a team of crew members and actors, sets and locations, meals and craft services, contracts and permissions (and that's just scratching the surface) is not for the faint of heart.
Your first step is to send us a message about your project. If you have a specific question, send it to us and we'll do our best to answer it (and it's a service we provide at no cost to you). If you have a more complex issue, send us a message and we can give you a quote which you can include as you develop your budget. We'll point you in the direction of your next steps. We've been there before so don't hesitate to contact us soon so we can help you get on the timeline you need.
Plan to attend one of our filmmaking seminars (as soon as it's safe to hold them). In the meantime, keep an eye on this page for some short filmmaking videos.
If you have a specific question you'd like answered, send us a message and we'll get right back to you.
Had a great meeting today with Tom Hofbauer. Thanks again Tom for your expertise and knowledge with screenwriting. If anybody out there needs advice or help with a screenplay, get on my friends list and friend request Tom Hofbauer for more. If he can help me, I know he can help you! (Danny Kazee, BGSU)
My thanks, really really, to everybody. Tom, you and Laurie and Greg and Jenn, all working so hard to make me look good, and teaching, teaching, teaching me how to do a shoot, how to hold my head, how to fix my hair, makeup, be careful not to go out of the shoot until released, how to get rid of negatives and accentuate the positives. Constantly giving, caring, warning us what to watch out for, being sure we were doing the right thing, letting us know how to behave on set, preparing us for the future. Not only do we get incredible pictures, we also get a full class on 'how to be a success in this field.' It will always be up to the individual to use the information, but if used I believe we have a head start, a big head start, on going further in this business. (Pat Stroble., Toledo)
Thanks so much for the shoot today. I had fun and am so glad I came. You guys are so kind, and you both really made me feel comfortable! Hopefully I'll be able to see you both again or maybe even work with you one of these days. Thanks again!!
(Amy Herzig., Toledo)
This is a sample from one of Tom's guest lectures at the Bowling Green State University Department of Theatre and Film.
This is an award-winning commercial created for dot.TV. It was conceived and written by Tom Hofbauer and Jennifer Holman who both acted in it as well.
It won first prize in a national competition.
This scene is from the multi-award winning indie film, "In the Company of Strangers", written, produced and directed by Tom Hofbauer, the MidwestFilmGuy.
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