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A Natural Born Story Teller Becomes A Distribution Innovator: Ed Burns’ Hybrid Film Career

A Natural Born Story Teller Becomes A Distribution Innovator: Ed Burns’ Hybrid Film Career | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

Steve Ramos:  '"Fitzgerald Family Christmas" director Ed Burns has carved a path as an indie pioneer and a self-taught VOD success story' ...

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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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The on-demand indie film revolution

The on-demand indie film revolution | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

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."

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Biggie Smalls: Morgan Spurlock's Advice for Filmmakers

Biggie Smalls: Morgan Spurlock's Advice for Filmmakers | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

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."

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How New Platforms, Streaming Media Change the Equation for Indie Filmmakers

How New Platforms, Streaming Media Change the Equation for Indie Filmmakers | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

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"...

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Keys to a Successful Film Launch: Part 1

Keys to a Successful Film Launch: Part 1 | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

"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.

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Using Pinterest For Your Film

Using Pinterest For Your Film | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

"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."

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Me @the Zoo Exemplifies Internet's Infiltration of Indie Film

Me @the Zoo Exemplifies Internet's Infiltration of Indie Film | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
From crowd-funding to the visual language of online video, internet culture is slowly but surely seeping into independent film...
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Bloody Disgusting Founder and 'V/H/S' Producer Brad Miska On Why the Found-Footage Movie Is Here To Stay

Bloody Disgusting Founder and 'V/H/S' Producer Brad Miska On Why the Found-Footage Movie Is Here To Stay | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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.
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Internet Native Film – An Annotated List

Internet Native Film – An Annotated List | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

[...] this is a list of a few great Internet Native Films in the following categories:

1) Interactive film:
You interact with it DURING the experience
2) Personalised film:
You personalise it BEFORE the experience
3) Enhanced film:
Traditional linear films, but with enhancements

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5 Rules of Casting For The Indie Filmmaker

5 Rules of Casting For The Indie Filmmaker | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

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.

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Edward Burns and the Socialization of Indie Cinema

Edward Burns and the Socialization of Indie Cinema | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
Edward Burns discusses the importance of social media and the disruption taking place in independent cinema.
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THE MAKING OF A “GRASSROOTS” MOVEMENT: INTRODUCTIONS

THE MAKING OF A “GRASSROOTS” MOVEMENT: INTRODUCTIONS | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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.
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Film Rights Aren't Sacred. Just Give Your Audience a Reason to Buy.

Film Rights Aren't Sacred. Just Give Your Audience a Reason to Buy. | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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.
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[Film] Distribution in the digital age

[Film] Distribution in the digital age | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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.
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Will Pinterest Become the New Platform for Indie Filmmakers?

Will Pinterest Become the New Platform for Indie Filmmakers? | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

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?"

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The Cloud Filmmaking Manifesto

The Cloud Filmmaking Manifesto | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

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."

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Filmmakers: Find Your Digital Mindset!

Filmmakers: Find Your Digital Mindset! | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

"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."

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Using YouTube Analytics For Your Film Project

Using YouTube Analytics For Your Film Project | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

"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"...

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Film-makers push smartphone cameras to their limits

Film-makers push smartphone cameras to their limits | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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."

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THE MICROBUDGET CONVERSATION: THE SUCCESS OF FAILURE

THE MICROBUDGET CONVERSATION: THE SUCCESS OF FAILURE | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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.
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NASA Relents: First Sci-Fi Film Shot in Space Will Be Released

NASA Relents: First Sci-Fi Film Shot in Space Will Be Released | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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]

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Richard Garriott's "Apogee Of Fear," First Sci Fi Movie Ever Shot In Space, Fails To Launch

Richard Garriott's "Apogee Of Fear," First Sci Fi Movie Ever Shot In Space, Fails To Launch | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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...
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THE MICROBUDGET CONVERSATION: DO YOUR HOMEWORK

THE MICROBUDGET CONVERSATION: DO YOUR HOMEWORK | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
Operating outside of the stale system of commercial creativity is a new vanguard of cultural revolutionaries.
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Essential Viewing: “Godardloop” Turns 50 Years of Cinema Into A Split-Screen Work of Art

Essential Viewing: “Godardloop” Turns 50 Years of Cinema Into A Split-Screen Work of Art | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

"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."

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Piracy May Be An Indie Filmmaker's Best Friend

Piracy May Be An Indie Filmmaker's Best Friend | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
Piracy might be a filmmaker’s best friend. Or at least not the worst enemy.
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