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25+ Things I Want To Know From New Filmmakers

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 6, 2011 3:00 AM
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When I moderate a panel, I get to ask some questions that aren't the kind I often get to ask in a regular meeting. The questions are as much, and maybe perhaps more so, for the audience. Still though, I am generally trying to get at something: the how and why of creativity at this time in the world.I learned a lot from moderating the "New Faces Of Indie Film" panel at Lincoln Center on Saturday June 11, 2011. Yes, in the future when I am involved on a panel I will insist upon diversity, and yes, I will set a limit to the number of people on the panel. But I also learned from the answers folks gave. I didn't get to ask all of them, but had I, I had the list prepared. These are those questions.

Guest Post: Jacques Thelemaque "Independent Film (Dis)Integration Part 2"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 30, 2011 7:30 AM
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Perhaps you read today's earlier guest post from Jacques. But did you realize that The Filmmakers' Alliance fundraising campaign closes today?! I hadn't, so I hadn't given until this morning. Jacques explains below some of the great needs that are within our reach to solve: curation, aggregation, & organization. Shall we seize the time?

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?

Your Second Chance: New Faces Of NYC Indie Film Video

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 12, 2011 1:00 AM
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We had a packed house at Lincoln Center for our "New Faces Of NYC Indie Film" panel. It was a good conversation. Sure, my game show idea did not work out, but hey, when you have eleven people up on the stage with you, it means you have eleven people not talking and that's hard to keep it lively. Luckily, all eleven people had a lot to say and are clearly a group of passionate and committed filmmakers, making sacrifices for the privilege of making their art. If you didn't get there, now through the miraculous power of the internet, you can give us two hours of your time and see what it is you missed.

Come Play At My Panel Today At 4P At Lincoln Center

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 11, 2011 1:55 AM
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I am moderating the "Some Of The New Faces Of NY Independent Film" panel today to help kick off Lincoln Center's new theaters. They are truly beautiful and will surely be a must-see destination for all Cinemaniacs throughout the universe. As I believe we will have eleven panelists on the stage with me (it having been determined that that is the magic number required to get me to shut up and let someone else talk), it is going to be a bit of a circus.

Guest Post by Jennifer Fox: "Change Or Die: How 22 Years On One Film Lead To Desperate Measures

  • By Ted Hope
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  • May 20, 2011 3:00 AM
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I have been producing for about 25 years now. I have routines, methods, and even rituals that help me get done what I have to get done. But if there is one thing that is constant in the film/media biz it is change. If we don't remain eternal students, we don't evolve and grow. Both our art and our business requires that we sometimes abandon all we have learned and take new approaches. We have to learn new tricks and embrace them with the love of a true amateur.

Guest Post by Jon Fougner: Cinema Profitability Part 3

  • By Ted Hope
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  • May 13, 2011 3:00 AM
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This is Part 3 of Jon Fougner's guest series on Cinema Profitablility - today he focuses on the channels:

Guest Post: Sam Rosen & Nat Bennett "Getting Un-Stuck and Making it Work"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • April 29, 2011 2:58 AM
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Today's guest post comes from two emerging filmmakers, Sam Rosen and Nat Bennett, who had a screenplay that caught my eye back when. Now they have their first film in the Tribeca Film Festival. Their path to getting it made revealed some lessons, ones that are applicable to all of us. You can boil it down to don't wait or seek permission; find good collaborators and get going. But it always more than that too -- and they know that.

Lettter To The Under-Appreciated Producer (aka One & All)

  • By Ted Hope
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  • April 20, 2011 11:29 AM
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Do producers ever get enough love? Is our work acknowledged for what it is? I hear from other producers, and when they speak openly and honestly, they often say no.

Guest Post: Chuck Wendig "Where Storytelling And Gaming Collide"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • March 3, 2011 6:29 AM
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Saturday, DIY DAYS comes to NYC, bringing with it filmmakers, game designers, techies, designers, and entrepreneurs -- but mostly it brings a tremendous community that collides where stories begin, are discovered, and get shared. Chuck Wendig speaks so well of why we needs this crash point, it's safe to bet that a full day of such immersion will be nothing short of mindblowing. Hell, why settle for inspiration. Chuck shares after the break.

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