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Sep 20 / Truly Free Film

The Answers Are Revealed

IMG_6202The other day I did it a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).  I managed to answer every question.  There were a lot of them.  You can find all the answers here. They run the spectrum from favorite color and what I like about being a CEO to how I got started, whacky experiences, and the future of the film business.  Please check it out.

If you need a quick fix, here’s how I got started: [...]


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Sep 19 / Truly Free Film

How Not To Negotiate A Distribution Deal Part 2

Evolving out of a recent presentation and interviews with members oFilm Independent, leading distribution strategist Peter Broderick has written an important set of guidelines for anyone seeking to negotiate a distribution deal for their movie. Shorter versions of this post have also run on IndieWire and Film Independent, and we’re happy to run the complete post here in three parts on Hope For Film. Read PART TWO BELOW. PART ONE HERE. And PART THREE Next Week.
 
KEY STEPS TO TAKE

Identify the main distribution avenues in North America and overseas. In the United States there are ten:

  • film festivals

  • theatrical

  • semi-theatrical (single special event screenings on a campus, in a museum, or at a theater)

  • cable VOD

  • television

  • educational

  • retail DVD

  • direct DVD (from the filmmaker’s website)

  • retail digital (iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, etc.)

  • direct digital (downloads and streams from the filmmaker’s website)

Overseas, the main avenues are television and digital, with limited potential for theatrical and DVD distribution. [...]


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Sep 18 / Truly Free Film

Welcome To My Media Blitz

I never had a day like yesterday.  It was the first time I ever did a full day of publicity.  I started at Columbia University talking about producing to the first year grad film students.  From there I went to HuffPostLive and Ricky C show.  Check it out:

I lingered there afterwards so I could [...]


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Sep 17 / Truly Free Film

How Not To Negotiate A Distribution Deal Part 1

Evolving out of a recent presentation and interviews with members of Film Independent, leading distribution strategist Peter Broderick has written an important set of guidelines for anyone seeking to negotiate a distribution deal for their movie. Shorter versions of this post have also run on IndieWire and Film Independent, and we’re happy to run the complete post here in three parts on Hope For Film. Read PART ONE BELOW. PART TWO Friday. And PART THREE Next Week.

You’ve finally finished your film and have just received your first distribution offer. Now what?

Negotiation is an essential but little understood part of dealmaking. To make fair deals with good distributors, there are mistakes you must avoid and steps you need to take.

I recently gave a presentation on the secrets of negotiating distribution deals to a full house of Film Independent members. My subsequent interview for the Film Independent newsletter evolved into this Bulletin. It supplements my Special Report on festival and dealmaking strategies. It is not a comprehensive guide to negotiating distribution deals but does highlight key dos and don’ts. [...]


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Sep 16 / Truly Free Film

Film Is MUCH More Than A Product

Often when I go online to look for a film to watch, I end up feeling kind of dirty. I grow depressed. It is not just about the movies I find (or fail to find), but much more so about how they are positioned. Films are sold online the same way that shoes are sold — in a grid with no community interaction. We create jewels and then discard them as garbage, never unlocking the true power they hold. Granted, this is what we are aiming to change at Fandor, but it is still the state of the land when it comes to online cinema. We can do better.

I don’t like always being sold to — and I don’t know anyone who does.  Yet, I feel that my humanity frequently is only acknowledged because I have money to spend. This is how it feels generally when it comes to online cinema. It feels that what is valued most about a film or an experience is its ability to generate profit. We are failing to recognize cinema’s unique attributes, let alone emphasize them to consumers.  If we reduce a film’s value down to its potential for consumption will limit the business it can do.

Film is a transformative experience — at least good films are. They change us. They change how we perceive things.  They can [...]


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Sep 15 / Truly Free Film

Buffalo 8: Balancing The Art of Filmmaking With The Economics of Filmmaking

In the past we’ve written extensively about the economics of low budget filmmaking from the fundraising stages through the sales delivery. We’ve focused heavily during the early stages of our producing careers (and the founding days of the company) to build a sustainable business model that would allow us to produce content with a return structure. Bottom line — our focus has been economical and that was never the intention when we first started in the film/entertainment business. Our real passion was (and still remains, although slightly altered over the years) great content & impressive artists that have mastered the difficult craft of visual storytelling.
Whether an actor like DeNiro enthralling us with a performance, or a director like David Lean dazzling us with both the scope and intimacy of his storytelling abilities or a producer Harvey Weinstein impressing the notion that great films can be made — we were hooked and drawn in, like the majority of the entertainment business, by the art itself. [...]


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Sep 11 / Truly Free Film

Kitchen Sisters Recording & Interviewing Workshop Returns to NYC

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The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are holding their Interviewing & Recording Workshop in New York City on Wednesday, September 17 from 10am to 1pm at WNYC Radio. The three-hour session is designed for people who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of audio projects: radio, online, podcasts, storytelling, oral histories, audio slideshows, family histories, news, investigative reporting, documentaries and other multimedia platforms. [...]


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Sep 20 / Issues and Actions

Cord Cutting? Americans Dig Their TV

How America Is Watching TV, an Infographic by Koeppel Direct

It is so easy to think we’ve moved away from the TV and to mobile and online, but..

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Sep 15 / Issues and Actions

Ask Me Anything: All My Secrets Revealed!

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This Wednesday, Sept 17th at 1P ET I will be doing a Reddit AMA and I hope you can join me.  Don’t hold back. Ask me anything. 

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Sep 13 / My Films & These Are Those Things

Why Producing Is Not My Profession

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In reviewing my book, Nick DeMartino captures a great deal of what I am feeling these days. I think we can move things forward and build it better together.  Nick spots how my love of cinema drew us forward and then how that same love drew me away from a focus on project producing.

“At a certain point, living an […]


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Sep 5 / Let's Make Better Films & My Films

More Nice Plugs For My Book

I hope film fans everywhere find my book and dig it.  It is so hard to get the word out that I am particularly grateful whenever anyone writes something good about the book.  Evidently it makes a huge difference when someone posts a five-star Amazon review.  Hopefully those of you who read this blog and recognize how much effort has […]


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Aug 21 / Issues and Actions & My Films

Read Some Excerpts From My New Book

I know what you are thinking. You are wondering “why should I go buy a book when I can just download a movie illegally for free?” right?  Well there is a price to pay for everything.  One of the reasons I wrote this book is to advance and preserve the film art and culture that I love — and that […]


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Aug 8 / These Are Those Things

LA Times Digs My Book!

Check it out:

“Ted Hope’s new book “Hope for Film” is part memoir, part manual, part manifesto”

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Aug 7 / Issues and Actions

Festival Planning Gets Easier And Easier

Don’t get me wrong, it is still hard. How do you know what festival to play when?  That remains to be answered, but just knowing what festivals are approaching is great gift — and now you can quite easily.

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Jul 25 / These Are Those Things

Bring The Golden Age Of Trash Back!

Care for a little sexploitation anyone?

 

 

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Jul 16 / Issues and Actions

The Search For A New Business Model: Bond360 Offers Cinepacks

Check it out! As the site says:

“From BOND/360 labs, CinePacks brings together the best of independent cinema in “pay what you want” digital bundles, allowing fans to discover great films that share a common theme. Each curated collection allows audiences to experience films that explore the communities, people, and stories tapped into the zeitgeist of yesterday and today.”

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