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Apr 18 / Truly Free Film

A Participatory Documentary, Is It Possible?

By Mike Hedge

Every summer, deep in the Nevada desert, a temporary city is created by tens of thousands of people. This week-long celebration is known as Burning Man. Radical participation, gifting, self-reliance, and self-expression, are a few of the core principles.

After many years of post production, we have finally finished our huge participatory documentary, As The Dust Settles, which was shot out at Burning Man during the summer of 2008. [...]


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Apr 17 / Truly Free Film

Filmmakers: Why 1% is the Most Important Number

By Scott McMahon

Screen shot 2014-04-14 at 10.13.43 PMFilmmakers, what comes to mind when you think of 1%?

The “Occupy Wall Street” movement perhaps?

1% Milk?

Hmm … maybe …

1% RULE OF THE INTERNET

(From Wikipedia, because it’s fact)

In Internet culture, the 1% rule is a rule of thumb pertaining to participation in an internet community, stating that only 1% of the users of a website actively create new content, while the other 99% of the participants only lurk. [...]


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Apr 16 / Truly Free Film

What Issues Do Filmmakers Need To Track?

A creative life is a precarious thing.  Actions occur that could profoundly effect your ability to earn a living doing what you love.  We get blindsided again and again, sometimes not recognizing things until they are too late to alter them.  It’s one of the reasons I have tried to meticulously track for you what are the good thing and bad things happening in indie film these days.  Yet, it seems to me we all need to do a better job of tracking them if we don’t want to get trapped in a future we won’t be part of..

My thought is that we should be able to define a series of issues in which we can put events, ideas, and articles into as they occur, helping each other stay on top of them. 

The first step is to define the issues.  That is what I am doing today . [...]


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Apr 15 / Truly Free Film

Diary of a Film Start-Up: Post #48: What You Must Know About Amazon CreateSpace

KNLOGOBy Roger Jackson

Previously: Quality Control or Why Films Fail

Filmmakers frequently upload their movies to Kinonation after they’ve submitted to Amazon’s CreateSpace service. This is a truly excellent service for book authors, musicians and filmmakers to self-publish their creative work and make it available on Amazon.com. And in the context of films, a good way to make DVDs available without upfront expense.

BUT: for getting a film onto Amazon there are many reasons to use a specialist VOD aggregator like Kinonation, instead of CreateSpace. I’m not saying that out of self interest. Yes, Kinonation (or any aggregator) takes a fee or percentage of gross revenue – in our case 20%. But it’s much more about video quality, speed, marketing and, above all, access to many more Amazon US and global platforms, including Amazon Prime. [...]


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Apr 14 / Truly Free Film

BondIt: The Value of Strategic Partnerships in the Business of Filmmaking

By Luke Taylor & Matthew Helderman
 
UploadBuilding a business is an incredibly challenging task. You must recognize a problem. You must find a solution. You must structure a business model that is viable, strong, and withstanding. You must raise money on an idea alone. You must assemble a team. You must prove a market. You must acquire a customer base. You must create. You must operate efficiently and effectively. You must scale. Most importantly – you must provide a return. [...]


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Apr 9 / Truly Free Film

The Box Office Numbers for Favor

By Paul Osborne

TeaserPoster_WebSizedSmallThere’s been a recent battle-cry within the independent film community – lead by folks like Ted Hope and Jon Reiss – urging us filmmakers to publish the revenue generated by our movies, specifically in regard to new forms of distribution.  Unlike the weekly box office reports of studio films, the actual figures for indies, particularly those using newer release methods such as Video-On-Demand, are hard to come by.  Without them, and subsequently without any way of determining the success or failure of specific releases, it makes perfecting and improving new avenues of distribution quite difficult.   How do you know what’s working, and what’s not, if you don’t see the results? [...]


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Apr 7 / Truly Free Film

BondIt: The Difficulties & Realities of Producing Films at $1M & Below

By Luke Taylor & Matthew Helderman
 
UploadAs every facet of the film industry has experienced, the digital era has drastically shifted the economics of how films are produced, marketed, and distributed. Camera technology has reached a level that provides filmmakers at any stage of their career the ability to produce content with the potential of landing a fruitful distribution deal as the world has witnessed with films such as Beast of The Southern Wild, Like Crazy, Another Earth, and Martha Marcy May Marlene – all produced at 1M or under and distributed theatrically through studios. 
  
The financial ease of production that has developed over the past decade has increased the volume of films produced on an annual basis from 2,000-8,000 – creating a financial ripple effect in the production industry as labor rates, rental rates, and talent salaries continue to decline. [...]


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Apr 19 / These Are Those Things

What Makes YOU Happy?

When I lived in NYC, I walked around unconsciously listing out everything that made me angry. I was able to get a decent amount done by piling up the chips on my shoulders.

Recently, friends’ lent us their Venice, CA home. They were generous and it was lovely, with an open courtyard and perfect water pressure. Outdoor space & a […]


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Apr 17 / Issues and Actions

Foreign Sales Agent Masterlist

Courtesy of Screen Australia and sourced via Sheri Candler, three cheers for the sharing of information!

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Apr 13 / Issues and Actions

There Are Solutions To Some Problems

You read about them first here. And second here too, but it is great to see BondIt getting wider industry coverage.  I was happy to give them a quote.

“I believe they are taking a community-minded entrepreneurial approach to improving our industry,” said veteran independent producer Ted Hope

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Apr 12 / These Are Those Things

If You Love Something, Set It Free

I caught all the toads I could as a kid.  I kept them in cages.  One morning, they were all gone, and in their place was a note from Walter Wart The Freak Frog.  This lovely short animation reminded me of those days…

TANK from Nate Milton on Vimeo.

Thanks yet again for Disposable Film Festival for tipping me […]


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Apr 10 / Issues and Actions

What Tax Incentives Are Where?

Get your Free 2014 Incentives Guide For US Film Prodctns, 112 pg State-By-State + Int’l report [.pdf]

 http://bit.ly/1i2Ycjs

Courtesy of CastAndCrew.com

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Apr 7 / Issues and Actions

The Orphan Works Problem

IDA and Film Independent are working on your behalf to solve a big problem hurting filmmakers everywhere.  They deserve a big THANK YOU from us all.

Read this:

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Apr 5 / These Are Those Things

When It Blows Like This, You Know Someone’s Finger Is On The Switch

WIND from robert loebel on Vimeo.

Thanks again to the Disposable Film Festival for tipping me off to this.

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Mar 29 / These Are Those Things

I Need A Barber Who Can Do This

Ballpoint Barber // Stop-motion Reverse Haircut and Beard-cut // Trim 2 from Peter Simon (Petey Boy) on Vimeo.

Thanks to the Disposable Film Festival for tipping me off to this.

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Mar 27 / Issues and Actions

Awesome Filmmaker Program In Amsterdam

You should fly in this June to Amsterdam.  I am going to.  Check it out here.

The Binger FilmLabs’ “Filmmaking In The Digital Age” kicks off June 10th with yours truly, but it keeps on getting better from there.

Look at this program!

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