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“A Tree Falls In The Forest” and Other Ruminations on Social/Community-based Marketing…

  • By Jeffrey Winter, Sheri Candler, and Orly Ravid
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  • January 26, 2012 8:30 AM
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The old philosophical thought experiment "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" has never been truer for film distribution. With the incredible number of films available for consumption on innumerable platforms, getting some form of distribution for your film is no longer the core problem. The central issue now is: how will anyone know about it? How will you find your audience? And how will you communicate enough to them to drive them to the point of actually seeing it?

"Like Crazy" Co-writing On A Project Without A Script

  • By Ben York Jones
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  • January 24, 2012 8:30 AM
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It’s hard to describe to someone what your role was as co-writer, on a movie they read in the New York Times, “Was Filmed Without a Script.” There’s no succinct answer. I couldn’t Tweet a properly inclusive explanation. Well, I tried. This was after I received a Tweet that seemed to accuse me and by association, my co-writer (the film’s very talented director, Drake Doremus) of self-aggrandizing – for awarding ourselves writing credit on a reportedly script-less film. I remember feeling dismissed. Frustrated. Worse yet, I began seriously doubting my abilities when I read the offending Tweet: “Is it true the dialogue was all improvised on Like Crazy? That's the word on the street...”

A Future Of Film (And My Fave Film Of 2010)

  • By Ted Hope
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  • January 21, 2012 8:30 AM
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What can we do together?  How can we collaborate better?  What sort of value can we add to a film?  STAR WARS UNCUT: The Director's Cut answers these questions.  It is an entirely crowdsourced film and a total revelation.  Watch it with the entire family and try to get through it without wanting to create something yourself.  Watch it and create.

A Case for Truly Free Short Films

  • By Matt Morris
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  • January 20, 2012 8:30 AM
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We all love a success story. We'd hear more of them if we realigned our definition of success. For most emerging filmmakers, success will come from discovery. Movies need to be seen and certain practices limit that. I don't recall how I met Matt Morris. I believe it was through social media online. He thought I would like his short film, and he was right. He had a good sense on how to engage me without wasting my time or taking advantage of my availability. I have really enjoyed seeing how he has gotten his work done and seen. Today he shares some of what he's learned with everyone; sharing seems to be in his DNA. If only that happened more...

Two Great Films Need You

  • By Ted Hope
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  • January 19, 2012 8:30 AM
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There are two great films in need of completion funds screening as abbreviated Works-In-Progress. Come with your checkbooks out and know that you can save the world.

Why Filmmakers Must Stop SOPA

  • By Rob Millis
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  • January 18, 2012 8:30 AM
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For the past three months a couple of dangerous bills have been making their way through meetings on Capital Hill. The Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) have become famous for their dangerously reckless approach to combating online piracy. Worse yet, this legislation will do almost nothing to actually stop piracy but could cripple or crush online distribution.

Office Hours: Hope & Vachon's Killer/Hope Twitter Q&A

  • By Ted Hope
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  • January 17, 2012 8:30 AM
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This past Tuesday Christine Vachon and I did a Twitter Q&A. For one hour we answered whatever questions the community put forth. We tracked them under the unifying hastag: #KHQA (which also happened to be a radio station's call letters, but...). These sort of Twitter meet ups are not only a lot of fun but a great way to connect and share info. I think it should become standard operating procedure for any filmmaker who premieres a film or is about to. They can also then be repurposed into a blog post so it keeps generating new content!

Martha Marcy May Marlene hits DVD and VOD Feb 21 With New Art Work

  • By Ted Hope
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  • January 12, 2012 8:30 AM
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Martha Marcy May Marlene hits DVD and VOD Feb 21 With New Art Work

All Your Distribution Options In One Image

  • By James Franklin
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  • January 3, 2012 2:18 PM
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All Your Distribution Options In One Image

The Really Good Things In Indie Film Biz 2011

  • By Ted Hope
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  • January 2, 2012 8:30 AM
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I didn't produce a movie this past year, but I did premiere three. I managed to blog on a regular basis, and offer up my "column" as a soapbox for many others, hoping it would inspire more action and change from the community at large (the results still remain to be seen). I also did a lot of public speaking and consulting all over the world in 2011, telling myself that all of this was part of my personal attempt to move things forward towards a vibrant, diverse, and ambitious culture open to all who are willing to take responsibility for it. I taught at NYU for the same reasons, but remain unclear as to the results of any of these endeavors. Maybe it was more of a survival tactic or some sort of self-justification. After all, what I really want to do is... make films. It's what I think I am particularly good at, particularly when the broadest definition of both "making" and "films" is applied (i.e. the discovery, contextualizing, and deployment) -- yet as much as I try to keep a broad perspective, I am still a bit confounded as to why it is so damn hard to get good work made or even appreciated.

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