Hope for Film

What Is The Future Of The Film?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 13, 2011 3:00 AM
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The "No Endorsement" Mark - A Simple Solution For A Complex Problem

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 11, 2011 3:00 AM
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"if there’s one thing the file-sharing wars have taught us, it’s that there’s more profit in figuring out how to let honest people do the right thing than there is in chasing down cheapskates who don’t want to pay up – especially when the anti-cheapskate measures make life miserable for the honest cits," so says Cory Doctorow, and he's come up with an interesting way to encourage fan merch of On Demand Objects (ODO), while making life simpler & better from those that inspire the action (generally the copyright holder).

Guest Post Alex & Andrew Smith: "Crowdfunding = Barnraising: We All Have To Do Some Heavy Lifting"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 2, 2011 7:08 AM
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It's kind of hard to find the appropriate analogy for what we do, particularly these days. Often I am tempted to think it is running full speed against a brick wall without any protective headgear on, hoping that a door may open the moment before impact. But those are on my down days. Usually I can see us all working together, building bridges, fusing connections, doing the labor that will lift the culture in many ways. It shouldn't be so hard to describe that, but I still struggle.Which is one of the reasons I was so pleased to reconnect with Alex and Andrew Smith, twin brothers, whose go to it attitude and willingness to reach high with their ambition has never been lagging. They look for the truth of it, and don't shy from the honesty of the hard work. Which is why the analogy they unearthed for crowdfunding for their guest blog today is so fitting.

A Public Discussion On THE FUTURE OF FILM With You, Me (Ted Hope), & Brian Newman

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 1, 2011 12:00 PM
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Brian Newman and I are headed towards the Czech Republic this holiday weekend in order to have a very public discussion on The Future Of Film with the filmmakers and audiences at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Yet, you too can join in even if you can't make your way to this wonderful festival. Neither Brian nor I are great fans of panel discussions these days; they fail to mine the great knowledge or passions of the community. So in contemplating how to get something done in the time we have allotted, Brian and I decided it would be good to get the conversation started a bit early. Below, Brian and I put together a focus on what we think are the key factors shaping the greatest and necessary change to the way films are made and consumed. What's your opinion?

Guest Post: Gary Baddeley "Towards A Sustainable Independent Film Community"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 20, 2011 3:00 AM
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Information needs to be shared. To fix this thing of ours, we have to speak up and out about what we want and how we operate. I was recently approached by an old friend, Gary Baddeley, about helping him do just that. Allow him to give you the details. Help him out, okay?

The Next Step Towards Your Personalized Pleasure Planet

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 6, 2011 10:48 AM
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Suggestion engines tell you what might appeal to you: i.e. you loved "REPULSION" and "CACHE", so you will also like "MARTHA MARCEY MAY MARLENE". But if you are at all like me, you've already found enough movies to get you well past your life expectancy rate. It's now more you crave, but less!

The New Digital Repertory Model

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 4, 2011 1:26 AM
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In a recent post on his excellent blog, Ira Deutchman asks "Why not recreate the repertory cinema model for the digital age–program different strands of films on different nights, day-part them if you will. Why not stage national events to showcase those strands and have audiences feel like that are part of something larger–something they can’t get on TV or from a DVD?"

The Next Wave Of Media Companies

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 2, 2011 3:00 AM
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I don't like to say I am a "content creator", because I think it reduces the quality of what I do. I prefer to say I am a "storyteller", even though I think that sounds a bit smarmy too, and really just covers one aspect of -- along with the ultimate result thereof -- my endeavors. "Film producer" is certainly a term that no longer is truly applicable to my ambitions, but still probably works best to capture what I do. One day I may finally stumble across the correct term for how I use my labor, but for now I just generate within an industry in total transformation.

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