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Steve Ramos: '"Fitzgerald Family Christmas" director Ed Burns has carved a path as an indie pioneer and a self-taught VOD success story' ...
Interesting look at how Ed Burns developed a "model for near certain profit" ... something I think we all strive for.
Tags: Distribution, Independent Film, Storytelling
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Ann Hornaday: "Once stigmatized, the simultaneous release of films in theaters and on video-on-demand formats has made it possible for a niche of tiny independent films to survive."
Morgan Spurlock: "[...] the idea that we are not only filmmakers but also film marketers, and an understanding of alternative distribution outlets, namely Internet or VOD partners that a few years ago had the same air of failure and backtracking that television once did."
Amanda Lin Costa: "Traditionally, there were three main types of distribution for the work of independent filmmakers: theatrical, broadcast and straight to DVD. Most filmmakers hoped for a combination of all three.
But everything has changed. The digital online world has opened up new avenues of distribution including video on demand, live streaming, and mobile and tablet applications"...
"With at least 35,000 feature films on the film festival circuit every year, by some estimates, very few films are going to premiere at one of the top 5 film festivals. When that happens, filmmakers need to decide what is the best launch for their film."
In the case of Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance, the filmmakers decided that "some form of robust live event premiere would help to create awareness for the film in the oversaturated media landscape".
This article takes an indepth look at the things you need to consider when creating a live event première.
"I know, collective groan "yet another social network to keep up with?" Seems like there is a new one born every minute and many of them fail to get off the ground. But here is why Pinterest might be a site you should consider using for your production."
From crowd-funding to the visual language of online video, internet culture is slowly but surely seeping into independent film...
No one would have guessed that, more than a decade after "The Blair Witch Project" broke box-office records to become one the highest grossing independent films of all time, audiences would still flock to found-footage flicks.
[...] this is a list of a few great Internet Native Films in the following categories:
1) Interactive film:You interact with it DURING the experience2) Personalised film:You personalise it BEFORE the experience3) Enhanced film:Traditional linear films, but with enhancements
As an actor-turned-filmmaker, I’m often mystified by how fellow directors think about actors.
[...] the biggest asset a filmmaker has is an ability to find on-camera talent. He just needs to learn how to cast well.
Edward Burns discusses the importance of social media and the disruption taking place in independent cinema.
This is the first of a series of posts that will detail the process behind the transmedia marketing and distribution campaign for a film called Grassroots.
Film Rights Aren't Sacred. Just Give Your Audience a Reason to Buy. - There's nothing sacred about traditional film rights; studios created them in reaction to technology.
Based on her presentation at the Big Screen Symposium, Anna Jackson explores what the Transmedia concept of ‘Doing It With Others’ has to offer filmmakers.
Randy Finch: "Yes, Pinterest is a great tool for sharing images and "making-of" stories that can capture attention and engage users. But has any filmmaker (besides me?) considered the possibility of telling your entire motion picture story on Pinterest?"
Tiffany Shlain: "As a filmmaker who hardly shoots anything and is primarily into remixing and recontextualizing images, this explosion of online video was not only a much bigger candy store than I had ever dreamed of, it also completely changed the way I make films."
"Should filmmakers focus more on the word "social" and less on the word "marketing?" Sheri Candler shares some helpful tips for filmmakers in this new digital landscape."
"Many of you are already familiar with using YouTube to release trailers and clips for your film, but in the last few months YouTube relaunched their site and they made some adjustments to their analytics functionality"...
Today's film-makers regard the smartphone as more than just a replacement camera and it allows directors greater creativity than a mere script.
"High Definition and pixel-sensitive smartphones are a new platform and mean films made on them can be watched on all devices and in cinemas."
It’s taken me a while to overcome the many years of indoctrination and accept failure, but now that I have I feel liberated and empowered.
Good news! Following many reports over the last five days or so that the first-ever science fiction film to actually be filmed in space was ...
[Read more on NASA's original position @scoopit http://bit.ly/xl4BBG]
A new documentary about space tourist Richard Garriott's flight to the International Space Station is hitting theaters now, but the sci-fi movie he made aboard the orbiting lab remains under wraps...
Operating outside of the stale system of commercial creativity is a new vanguard of cultural revolutionaries.
"47 films spanning 50 years of filmmaking are channeled into a stream of images that attests to an inimitable talent: an artist who transforms the world simply by how he looks at it through a camera."
Piracy might be a filmmaker’s best friend. Or at least not the worst enemy.