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John T Trigonis on "The Tao of Crowdfunding: Twitter Tips for Crowdfunders"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 8, 2011 12:30 PM
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I think you know how enthusiastic I am about all the tools and services out there to get our work done and share it with the community. We have moved from the Era of How to one of How To Do It Well. It is time to truly develop best practices.Luckily this blog has become a bit of a platform for the community to share what we've learned. We are recognizing that we can build something better together. Today, filmmaker John T. Trigonis shares what he's learned marrying Twitter to his IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign.

Our Obligation To Share

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 4, 2011 3:00 AM
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There are so many things that we need to do in order to make independent film a sustainable and vibrant culture and industry. That said, we are in a better place to do that than ever before. For the first time in our culture, we can say that that vision is dependent on no one else other than those who participate in it. The question is whether we are up for the challenge.

It's NOT About Art: The Film Industry Is About People Keeping Their Jobs

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 20, 2011 4:00 AM
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Avenue Q reminded us: The internet is for downloading porn. Well, do you need me to remind you that the film industry is for keeping the few jobs in film development, production, sales, marketing & distribution that still remain?

Guest Post: Matthew Chapman "How Do You Make Sure You Are HAPPY With Your Film?"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 15, 2011 3:00 AM
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Some subjects are truly difficult to confront on film, both from a personal and public perspective. Creativity generally requires confrontations -- with oneself, others, and the world at large. Those of us who indulge in these battles, recognize that we -- and our work -- are better for it. Personally speaking, I think it even extends much further: our culture and our world are better for it too. But that doesn't make it easy.What does make it very satisfying, is to be able to stand back after it all, and recognize that the initial decision, the one to engage, was not just justified, but ours. It is that decision that makes a movie our movie. And it is that decision too, that I think allows a film to speak personally to a veiwer, to help them recognize that this film is not a corporate product, but something truly heartfelt. Writer/Director of THE LEDGE (currently in theaters) Matthew Chapman guests today, and captures that feeling perfectly.

It's Up To Filmmakers To Make The World A Better Place

  • By Ted Hope
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  • March 17, 2011 4:00 AM
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Every once in a great while, someone comes along and shows us we have not really been recognizing the reality of the world we are living in. People tend to speak of this as "disruptive thought", subtly implying that this clarity may not be a good thing -- at least for some. Certainly Freud, Marx, & Einstein have been leaders in this field, but equally disruptive has been the community at large, as we recognize that our group think might well be a bit wrong headed. Now it is being recognized that the traits that make good filmmakers, traits that haven't previously been championed in other fields, may just make the world a much better place.

The butcher, the baker, the amateur filmmaker – getting the language right...

  • By Ted Hope
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  • March 14, 2011 3:00 AM
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What's in a name? A lot more than we initially suspect, frankly. We have been talking about "what is "Indie"" for decades -- and probably will for decades to come. My attempt to define "Truly Free Film" has lead me to be called on the carpet more than once for not making TRULY Free Film (we can talk about that in a future post). And that discussion is just for specific monikers. What happens when we start to get poetic and delve in to the realm of metaphor?

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