An appeal from Canadian filmmakers and artists Atom Egoyan & Arsinee Khanjian for the safe & immediate release of John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, currently being held on far-fetched charges including murder, attempted murder, threatening security and social peace and possession of firearms and explosives
'The Optimist is linked to the mysterious Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird projectTomorrowland, but according to Scott Trowbridge, vice president of creative at Imagineering Research & Development, building an ARG wasn’t an isolated experiment. It’s just one step forward in the company’s larger pursuit of interactive experiences that put the audience at the center of the action — ones that can stretch beyond the historically niche ARG audience and reach more people than ever before...'
"This is a guest post from director Nick Lawrence who wanted to share his experience in releasing his filmTime Expired on Youtube so that all might benefit from it. If his numbers seem low to you, think about how much money a typical filmmaker receives from a no advance distribution deal with little marketing efforts put behind it where the filmmaker has relinquished all rights to her film. That is the most common distribution scenario of most low budget, no prestige festival, no name cast independent films.
YouTube isn’t just a spot to share short videos. It’s also a surprisingly strong platform for releasing your feature-length film. My producing partner (Rachel Tucker) and I released our 93-minute comedy film Time Expired on YouTube in late 2011. Since then, the film has been viewed almost 700,000 times, with 2,000-3,000 people watching it every day. We’ve earned $3400 in ad revenue in the last year, and the numbers keep growing: $339 in April, $442 in May, $652 in June.
In fact, YouTube has become our most lucrative platform, far outperforming VOD and DVD sales. Since Time Expired was made for a very low budget, we are actually looking at recouping our entire investment in five to ten years — almost completely thanks to YouTube revenue...."
"Sega has announced today that they are establishing a new sub-universe for the Sonic franchise which will span games, a TV show and a line of toys. Dubbed Sonic Boom, Sega calls this a “new look” for the famed characters that make up the Sonic universe…"
Recently, I was in Singapore for the second Transmedia SG, giving a Masterclass on Native & Indie transmedia, & I had the opportunity to connect with two fellow Transmedia Alliance co-founders, Anita Ondine & Marco Sparmberg.
Anthony Kaufman: "The documentary filmmakers and media producers who are venturing out into the world of transmedia or interactive storytelling have advanced storytelling, but have spent much time, elbow grease, and sweat on their projects."
Gary Hayes: "Alongside my day job for the past couple of years and various labs and seminars I have been involved in, one thing that keeps coming up is 'why is the process for making multiplatform so complicated" ...
Desdemona Bandini: "Not just a new film, “The Cosmonaut” is a labor of love four years in the making, crowdsourced and created with a plan to test the boundaries of transmedia content distribution worldwide."