Mainstream films have always been created with a huge budget, casting the big starts, and can reach out millions of people worldwide. Yes, they can be earning millions of dollars on its first opening day. It depends on how well the film is marketed, the actors being cast, and even if the storyline is kind of a sequel, or a recycle, still moviegoers do buy tickets and watch them.

What about films that showcase one-of-a-kind storyline, with artistic vision, done at a low budget, the characters are portrayed by not so known actors, and depicts more about life, making your question reality, the status quo, and it catches the innermost emotion of the moviegoers? Do these have a shot? Well, it depends on what spectrum you are in.

For an aspiring filmmaker who wants to showcase his or her vision, one thing is for sure, it will take ages for big studio films to take a risk and give you a budget on your film, more so if you have no experience yet and do not have a long list of successful films underneath your sleeves. This does not mean your dream of creating a film based on your vision is doom. Let’s just take for example one of the most successful indie films of all time Black Swan.

Let’s walk down the memory lane and see how the film progresses and making it big. It premiered on September 1, 2010, on 67th Venice International Film Festival with a limited release in the US on December 3 of the same year, and on December 17 it had its wide release. This film garnered box office success to the tune of $329.4 million with a budget of $13 million.

The film gained a total of five Oscar nominations. Then, Natalie Portman the Best Actress award for this film. This simply shows that the movie, Black Swan, is not your average mainstream movie. It is classified as a psychological horror film. It serves a poetic metaphor with regard to artistic perfection from the beginning till rising to the top and have to pay a hefty price for it.

The film has been considered to be one of the best in 2010. The journey of an indie film, transitioning, be well-received by the mainstream and even garnered various nominations on different awarding bodies, is a testament that when a film maker’s vision and artistry it will yield to a good harvest.

With Black Swan, as an example, this would serve as an inspiration for aspiring independent filmmakers out there, to take a risk, pour your hearts out, let your vision put to reality and showcase your artistry throughout the entire film. When you are genuine, and remain true to yourself and your roots, and parlay to your audience the message you want to impart, is the formula for having a successful indie film.

Yes, the journey might not be as smooth as it can. There will be challenges along the way like any artist creating their masterpieces. But at the end of the day, when it’s all over and you can see the final output, it is all worth it. So, today, start unleashing your creative juices. Come up with a concept once it pops up into your mind, write down your ideas. Who knows, maybe your indie film will be the next Black Swan in the making. Have faith and trust in your skills and abilities that you are going to make it and pull it through. Take great pride in the masterpiece you are about to create.