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BIGFILMS is an American digital products for filmmakers company. The company was founded in 2015 by Steven Liszka and is based in Houston.
Special effects tools for Filmmakers! EXPLOSIONS, LIGHTSABERS, DESTRUCTION, METEORS.
Digital Media (Digital)
Steven Liszka details the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on BIGFILMS?
OK, this story is really interesting! It involves traveling to Hollywood and flying to space. Or kind of.
I always wanted to be a filmmaker since my young age. I was fascinated by Star Wars when I was a kid, and when my father bought our first camcorder in the middle of the ’90s, I knew that wouldn’t do anything else but filmmaking.
As a teenager, I discovered Photoshop. Big life-changer. Suddenly, wood sticks turned into lightsabers in my short films. I became good at special effects.
Fast forward a couple of years later, I was 27, and I was writing the big blockbuster short film I always dreamt about. It was about Space. With the money I had in my pocket, I hired an engineer, and together we created a gear capable of taking our cameras up to the stratosphere to get our own real shots from space.
The space launch was a great success.
The project quickly caught the attention of film producers, which was exactly what I expected. I flew from Paris to Hollywood, met some very inspiring people from the film industry, but at the end of the day, no one wanted to take the risk of investing in a short film.
And no one willing to put money in my project was probably the best thing that could have ever happened to me.
Back in Paris, and I decided to put all my time and effort to create a business that could fund my short film. Working as a filmmaker didn’t leave me enough time to work on my personal projects. I had to find a clever way to earn money without having to work day after day for other clients. Selling a digital product came to me as the best option.
The hardest part about creating this kind of business is finding what to sell. If you ever struggle with finding an idea, here’s a quick tip for you: think about what you’re already good at. Something that sets you apart from others. For me, it was special effects. Then see if there’s a gap in this market and find a way to turn your knowledge into a service or a product.
That’s how BIGFILMS was born, somewhere between Earth and space!
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
- Wiki Updater