Kevin Smith’s Seven Golden Rules of Moviemaking


Director, screenwriter, sometimes actor, and all-around major geek Kevin Smith has deep roots in independent moviemaking, filming his first feature, Clerks, in the convenience store he worked at for just over $25,000.

The small indie film soon traveled to Cannes where it won the Filmmaker’s Trophy and was quickly snapped up by Miramax. Needless to say, Smith’s career blew up. He has since written and directed a diverse variety of work, such as Mallrats,Chasing AmyDogmaJay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Zack and Miri. Smith has been a major proponent of independent cinema both advocating for it and participating in the process. The outspoken director shocked the industry in 2011 when he auctioned off his film, Red State, to himself, choosing to self-distribute rather than sell it to a studio. READ MORE