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By Rob Millis
Of more than 300,000 people going to SXSW this week, there are four whom every filmmaker should pay especially close attention to. They are easy to find if you’re going to be in Austin this week, because they will all be part of the Meet the Insiders sessions. For those of you staying at home, bookmark this list and do a little googling to keep tabs on what these four gurus are up to.
Ingrid Kopp, Tribeca Film Institute
Ingrid Kopp has been deeply involved in breaking new ground for independent filmmakers for over a decade. From her time at Channel 4 in the UK to running the US arm of Shooting People to her work with Tribeca Film Institute, she has a uniquely valuable understanding of where film has been and where it is going. [...]
You are in, and now you have all sorts of wonderful problems — the kind most filmmakers wish they could enjoy. You know, you have to do all the things you have to do for a film festival. I have tried to collect the various blog posts I have written or have found written by others that will really prepare you. There’s a lot more to be written. But this is a good start: [...]
Today’s guest post is letter to YOU from Peter Broderick. Okay, it is to me, but only so I can forward it to you. This is a can’t-miss-event.
We would like to invite your colleagues and readers to Distribution U and offer them a special discount (see end of post). It is a unique event that will give them the latest information about new distribution models and connect them to many of the people who are pioneering cutting edge strategies. The event is being presented by me, Peter Broderick, a leading strategist and pioneer of new distribution models, and cutting-edge author and tech analyst Scott Kirsner.
This one-day crash course on the New Rules of Crowd Funding, Audience Building & Distribution is being held Saturday, November 13th in New York at NYU and the following Saturday, November 20th in Los Angeles, where it is co-sponsored by UCLA’s School of Film, Theater, and Television.
We are very excited about the stellar roster of resource people who have already committed to participate. They are pioneers who are creating and implementing the latest distribution models and strategies. [...]
Today’s guest post is from filmmaker Chris Ohlson. Chris produced one of the indie films that I truly enjoyed last year, THE OVERBROOK BROTHERS. Check it out; you won’t be disappointed. He’s making the move into directing now.
I was recently invited to the IFP Narrative Filmmaker Labs with my directorial feature film debut Melvin. (the IFP Labs workshop and mentor 10 narrative works-in-progress that showcase ‘creative promise and vision’) To be able to participate in the Labs was a truly humbling and altogether amazing experience – and I have much to share.
But first, some quick and fast back-story. I’ve been a working producer and production manager surviving by doing commercials, web series and music videos. In recent years, I have acted as some variation of a producer on films like The Overbrook Brothers, Lovers of Hate and The Happy Poet. So that’s what I do, but not necessarily who I am. I am a filmmaker.
Back to the Labs. Early in the week Scott Macaulay (Editor of Filmmaker Magazine and producer of Gummo and Raising Victor Vargas, among many others) said something that brought the Labs to life for me. “As a producer,” he said, “I try to learn from my mistakes and I try to never make that particular mistake again on the next film, or the one after that.”
Simple enough, right? But I was thunderstruck. [...]
Scott Macauley of FilmmakerMagBlog tipped me to this. He writes:
Peter Sunde, one of the founders of the torrent site The Pirate Bay, has launched his venture, Flattr. Basically, on a monthly basis you commit to an amount of money that you’ll disperse to content creators. Then, as the month goes by, you click on their Flattr buttons and at the end of the month the service divvies up your funds and gives an equal amount to each person you’ve clicked.
I don’t have that answer and I will leave it to the others (at least for today) as so many are offering options:
- Francis Ford Coppola has got his opinion (and it sure got a lot of comments when I posted it to Facebook).
- The New Yorker ran a funny piece on the state of publishing that read a bit like Scott Macauley’s Letter From The Near Future.
- Power To The Pixel just delivered three awesome days of discussions of new forms (Check out their recommended reading).
- Arin Crumley and Jamie King have some interesting solutions.
- The industry can’t figure out formats yet again.
- the change social media has delivered is pretty astounding.
That’s Aza Raskin from Mozilla. And this is an attempt to explain Google Wave:
What are the other five tools that will make sure tomorrow does not look like today that I should be posting about?
I hope to get a breath to give my thoughts on all this, but it more likely will come in the form of short subject posts, but I am really impressed with the wrap ups that greeted me this morning.