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Who We Are

Just Fucking Shoot is a collective of established and emerging filmmakers in Los Angeles. The idea for the group was sparked in January 2013 by Steve Yager. The founding members who ate breakfast together one January morning and decided on the rules of the group are Corey Evett, Kathy Lindboe, Shanna Micko, Peter McCain, Mike Testin, and Steve Yager.

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What We Do

Every two months, directors sign up for a round and commit to individually creating a brand new short piece of work. At the end of the round, we have a public screening party in Hollywood to show everyone’s new work. If a director doesn’t create their piece as promised, they pay $100 to the group or get listed on JFS website’s Wall of Shame and banned from the group until the fine is paid.

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Why We Do It

It’s easy to make excuses. Especially with filmmaking. It’s a field inherently filled with obstacles: scripts, budgets, crews, casts, time… We wanted to stop saying, “but my script isn’t PERFECT,” or “but I don’t have enough money,” or “but I’m too busy with my day job,” or any other limiting thought that gets in our way of being creative. Instead, we wanted to band together with other creative, talented filmmakers and make a commitment to just fucking shoot. Something. Does it have to be our opus? No. Could it be? Sure! There is so much value in taking action creatively. We challenge our members to stop waiting around and be productive.

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WE ARE JUST FUCKING SHOOT.

Over 90 films made, and counting.

See below for some of the films our directors have created for JFS screenings.

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SOME OF OUR WORK

for more, visit our jfs vimeo channel

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Screenings

Every two to three months, Just Fucking Shoot holds a screening party to showcase the work of all the directors who created a film for the current round. As of May 2015, we have held ten screenings. The Round 10 screening was on May 9th and featured 15 filmmakers. Stay tuned for Round 11!

Currently, our screenings are held in the private event space upstairs at the Happy Ending Bar and Restaurant in Hollywood. We take over the entire space and pack the house with directors, actors, crew members, friends, family and film enthusiasts. Food and drinks are available for purchase during the screenings from our own private wait staff.

Each screening lasts about an hour and a half and includes a brief Q&A session with the directors, prizes, and lots of fun. If you are interested in joining a round of JFS as a director, come to a screening, see what it’s all about, and introduce yourself to the organizers. We will put you on the list to be notified when the next round is opening up.

Here are some photos from past screenings.

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Screenings

Every two to three months, Just Fucking Shoot holds a screening party to showcase the work of all the directors who created a film for the current round. As of May 2015, we have held ten screenings. The Round 10 screening was on May 9th and featured 15 filmmakers. Stay tuned for Round 11!

Currently, our screenings are held in the private event space upstairs at the Happy Ending Bar and Restaurant in Hollywood. We take over the entire space and pack the house with directors, actors, crew members, friends, family and film enthusiasts. Food and drinks are available for purchase during the screenings from our own private wait staff.

Each screening lasts about an hour and a half and includes a brief Q&A session with the directors, prizes, and lots of fun. If you are interested in joining a round of JFS as a director, come to a screening, see what it’s all about, and introduce yourself to the organizers. We will put you on the list to be notified when the next round is opening up.

Here are some photos from past screenings.

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“I didn’t make anything for a while. I felt like if I were going to make something it had to be a festival movie. It had to be a calling card. It had to further my career. I became completely frozen, just thinking about the money, time and manpower required to create a film that I thought my next film had to be. Eventually I became so depressed and upset with my life as a director that I couldn’t bear it anymore. I needed to create something.”

Read Steve’s full article about the genesis of Just Fucking Shoot at Miramax.com

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The Rules

Just Fucking Shoot is not an ordinary film group. It’s a film accountability group. Directors who join agree to the rules and, most importantly, agree to pay the consequence if they do not follow through on their commitment.

 

Why the rules? Well the founding members agreed that, for us, a little pressure and a touch of fear go a LONG way in beating procrastination and resistance. And so far, being strict with the rules and holding directors accountable has helped directors create over 80 brand new pieces of work. We aren’t all fear-based, though! We also offer the reward at the end, which is a huge screening party where directors can celebrate what they’ve accomplished.

 

But before we celebrate, we’ve gotta do the work. So, here are the rules*:

The Just Fucking Shoot Film Group Rules

RULE #1

You must direct a short form project no longer than 10 minutes within the time period from the round signup to the screening you’ve signed up for. Anyone may write, produce, edit, DP, etc., but you must be the director. Short form projects may be narrative, documentary, experimental, music video, a spec commercial, or a complete scene. Projects that would not qualify are vlogs, home videos, camera/lens/gear/software/FX tests, industrials, promos, or client work (any work you directed for-hire that you were planning to direct anyway). If you have any questions about what types of projects qualify, email Steve.

 

RULE #2

No footage shot before the current round time period can be edited and submitted. The only exception to this rule would be to incorporate old footage into the short as a storytelling device. For example, if you wanted to work in old home videos into your short, that would be fine, but the majority of your footage needs to be new.

 

RULE #3

Don’t count on other JFS members to crew for you. This isn’t a typical film group, it’s an accountability group. No one should feel obligated to crew on set for other members. Of course, if you want to, that’s awesome and the favor would probably be returned at some point. But this isn’t film school; everyone makes a movie every round, and they are solely responsible for its completion.

 

RULE #4

If you don’t screen your movie on screening day, you will immediately pay the JFS collector $100 through Venmo (available on Android and iOS). The members that successfully screen all split the money paid into the pot. The JFS collector will distribute this money through Venmo. If you are signed up for a round, you must sign up for a Venmo account.

 

RULE #5

If you do not screen a project and fail to immediately pay the $100 penalty, you will banned from participating in or attending JFS screenings for life, and you will be publicly shamed on the JFS website’s Wall of Shame. If you still haven’t paid after a week, the fee doubles to $200 to remove the entry on the Wall of Shame and regain access to the group.

 

RULE #6

If you are screening, you must invite people.

 

*These rules may change from round to round.

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And now…

It pains us to do this, but it must be done…

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WALL OF SHAME

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The following people signed up for a round of the Just Fucking Shoot film group. They agreed to the rules and COMMITTED to directing a new short film or else pay the other members the sum total of one hundred dollars. They failed to complete a project and FAILED to pay the one hundred dollars. So here they shall remain, on the WALL OF SHAME, until they pay the re-instatement fee of two hundred dollars. Until such action is taken, they remain on the wall of shame and are banned from all JFS activities.
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Alison Palmer – Round 9
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WALL OF SHAME

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The following people signed up for a round of the Just Fucking Shoot film group. They agreed to the rules and COMMITTED to directing a new short film or else pay the other members the sum total of one hundred dollars. They failed to complete a project and FAILED to pay the one hundred dollars. So here they shall remain, on the WALL OF SHAME, until they pay the re-instatement fee of two hundred dollars. Until such action is taken, they remain on the wall of shame and are banned from all JFS activities.
Alison Palmer
Alison Palmer

Round 9

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Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee.

-James Cameron

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The Badass Filmmaker Award

The Badass Filmmaker Award was created to honor those directors who complete five films for Just Fucking Shoot.

 

We love our repeat shooters and want to encourage them to keep on keepin’ on!

 

So far, eleven filmmakers have received the Badass Filmmaker Award. They are (in order of presentation):

 

Shanna Micko

Noah Mucci

Steve Yager

Josh Mork

Buz Wallick

GiGi Hessamian

Kathy Lindboe

Jacob Smith

Ali Chen

Laura Birek

Mike Testin

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The Badass Filmmaker Award

The Badass Filmmaker Award was created to honor those directors who complete five films for Just Fucking Shoot.

 

We love our repeat shooters and want to encourage them to keep on keepin’ on!

 

So far, eleven filmmakers have received the Badass Filmmaker Award. They are (in order of presentation):

 

Shanna Micko

Noah Mucci

Steve Yager

Josh Mork

Buz Wallick

GiGi Hessamian

Kathy Lindboe

Jacob Smith

Ali Chen

Laura Birek

Mike Testin

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