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Oct 20 / Truly Free Film

How Economics Influences Indie Film Aesthetics

IMG_9758It is a rich topic, and we need to think about it far more than we — the filmmaking community — do.  Here’s a start:

1. There is very little development funding of scripts. Consequently directors are encouraged to develop their own material. Generally this encourages a focus on personal stories, stories based on experience, and thus we get character dramas first and foremost. [...]


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Oct 17 / Truly Free Film

Filmmakers: You Are Being Lied To

unnamedFilmmakers, you’ve been lied to. Film school has taught you to pitch the WHAT about your project — WHAT is the story, WHAT is the cast, WHAT are the target group for the film etc — but the WHAT is not the most important element when it comes to crowdfunding. The WHY is!  You see it comes down to your likability on camera.  ‘But I’m cool and I’m a great filmmaker’ I hear you say. While that’s good for you, that’s not why people want to engage with your crowdfunding campaign.  [...]


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Oct 15 / Truly Free Film

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Crowdfunding

IwPwsRINUK69LHo9OD9IEvvqKPlny9Qz0tAo_duI4g4Currently, I’m crowdfunding on Kickstarter for The Quantified Self, an experimental story about a family that records and analyzes everything about themselves. It’s my third science-fiction film mainly because where I grew up science fiction represented hope for something better. Just twenty years ago I was a humble physics student at Kharkov State Polytechnic University in the former Soviet Union. When I came to the US I had to start from scratch like every immigrant. My first job was $4.75 an hour working at a hardware store on Coney Island. It took me 15 years to get a stable job in IT on Wall Street. It also took me 15 years to realize that I was moving away from myself. I felt depressed and confused. Having a job I didn’t like eroded me from inside and made me rather passive and ignorant about the world around me. Something was missing.

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Oct 14 / Truly Free Film

What the F!$@ Is All This: A First Time Writer/Director’s Trial by Fire

Crafting a brilliant script. That’s all it takes to get a project noticed and “green lit”. This was my single-minded approach when I got the bright idea to start skipping down the indie filmmaking road. It was all so clear; admittedly up hill but I saw no potholes or wreckage to avoid. Nope. Curious sights and comfortable, clean rest areas amply stocked with fresh toilet paper lined my highway. The horizon seemed practically at arms length. My first detour: I had as much interest in writing a screenplay as Hunter S. Thompson probably did with the idea of writing sober.

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Oct 7 / Truly Free Film

The Long Road to Success

 Four years after my original guest post “Navigating Rejection With Grace” (May 10, 2011) we’re still navigating plenty of rejection (c’mon, does that really ever end!?) but also proud to share some “wins” – seven years in-the-making! Our doc FINDING HILLYWOOD (www.findinghillywood.com) has screened at more than 60 festivals around the world, and is available on iTunes (and a myriad of other digital platforms) this month!

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Oct 6 / Truly Free Film

Buffalo 8: First Time Directors — Getting From “Who” to Tarantino

Bigger film budgets continue to dwindle. Smaller film sets continue to appear. Camera technology and film centric software continue to evolve. Through all the change, one aspect of film production that has remained the same— difficult directors. As a producer, I understand this. Filmmaker’s are passionate people by nature. Their work is the ultimate fruit of their labor, and they only want to make quality of the highest caliber they’re capable of. Of course, there are a few directors in our industry who have a license to demand their perfected vision — David Fincher and James Cameron have proven their artistic credibility, skill set, and commercial viability through consistent quality work and perseverance.  Yet, as an independent producer, I’m often presented low budget films helmed by first time directors with an unrealistic approach to execute their vision on a budget — most often due to lack of experience. This serves not to lessen ambition, but to provide guidance for amateur, working or budding professional directors. [...]


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Oct 1 / Truly Free Film

You Too Can Have Your Faith In Cinema Restored

Whatever time you have to give today, tomorrow, this weekend, lend an ear to this interview I did in Toronto with David Poland for his DP/30 series.  

I explain why I have taken a hiatus from project producing, why I went to Fandor, and what we are truly capable of building now — in pretty specific detail.  

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Oct 15 / These Are Those Things

Signs…

One of the many signs I encountered on my morning path today: pic.twitter.com/X7v11HRwn9

— Ted Hope (@TedHope) October 15, 2014

 

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Oct 4 / These Are Those Things

I Am Glad Buster Keaton Lived In Our World And He Shared Himself With Us

It’s Buster’s birthday.  Celebrate it with this:

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Sep 29 / Let's Make Better Films

I Am Taking Credit Where Little Is Due

So what if it is not my Oscar?

Bet you didn’t know I was responsible for this summer’s biggest box office hit. Yup. Guardians Of The Galaxy: I am responsible for that.

And if you were in Zurich for their film festival, you might have gotten some excellent advice on how to make award winning films.  It may have seemed like Nicholas Chartier was giving the speech, but […]


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Sep 26 / My Films

Book Excerpt: How Nicole Holofcener Got Her Start

Did you miss the excerpt of my book “Hope For Film” that Women And Hollywood ran the other week? It’s not too late.

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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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