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What Are The Common Themes Found In Indie Film?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 13, 2011 12:30 PM
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Themes resonate with communities. Communities congregate around common themes. Communities endure whereas films perish at a certain point in time. Community interest can revive forgotten works. Many different communities are vested in similar themes. Common interests between creators, financiers, and promotional entities can exist within the themes of work.

Who Are Today's Curators? And Where The Hell Are The Rest Of Them?!!

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 5, 2011 12:29 PM
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In this Age Of SuperAbundance one of the things we need more than anything is trusted filters. How do we prioritize what to watch? How to discover new work? How do we escape our echo chambers to be reminded of how expansive our taste really is?

Shawn Bercuson on "What Filmmakers Can Learn from Tech Startups"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 23, 2011 12:30 PM
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I've long felt that one of the most important bridges the Indie Film Community needed to build, was the one into the tech community. I've felt the ideas & know how of the tech sector held the solution to our neglected pillars of cinema: discovery, participation, appreciation, & presentation. I still do, but I realize now that I was narrowcasting my reasons.Truly Free Film and Film Cutlure in general got a great boost last week when Prescreen launched. Audiences and filmmakers both found new ways to connect with great films. What I hadn't anticipated though, was how the process of this new venture's launch offered additional insight for filmmakers. Prescreen's CEO, Shawn Bercuson, offers up his lessons.

How Would You Use All 27 New Platforms Available For Direct (aka DIY/DIWO) Distribution?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 30, 2011 8:30 AM
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We are awash in wonderful opportunities. Distribution has long been said to be one of the top concerns of Truly Free / Indie filmmakers. Ditto on the marketing side. We've been neglectful to address the equally important social side, but that's changing. Financing is always a challenge, but even there we have new help and hope. The great news is that never before have we had so many opportunities in all these areas.

David Geertz on "How To Extract The Value Of Your Film When You Need It Most"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 29, 2011 3:00 AM
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Metaphors reveal truths. Analogies help us have deeper understanding. Perhaps we have been looking at our business in the wrong way. Today Brave Thinker David Geertz offerrs up a fun new vision on how to see what we all are doing.

Ed Burns On Learning To Love To Engage With The Crowd

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 10, 2011 2:59 AM
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I have truly enjoyed my collaborations with writer/director/actor Ed Burns. We started working together on his first film and did the next two together. Although we didn't make a movie together after that, our get together share-sessions over beers have always been both fun and informative. It's been truly inspiring for me, to see how he keeps learning -- and having fun doing it.In both watching, working and hanging out with Ed, you quickly see that he really enjoys and respects people. He knows everyone's name quickly on his shoots and never forgets he too was once a production assistant who never knew if he'd have a shot at making his own movies. It is not a surprise that he has not only embraced social media, but found excellent ways to integrate it into his creative process. I reached out and asked him to share a little bit of how he learned not just to love the crowd, but to embrace them as a community that he is but one part of.

Video: The Art Of Immersion - How The Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 9, 2011 3:00 AM
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A little while ago I got to participate in a great discussion at Google, centered around Frank Rose's must-read book The Art Of Immersion. Joining Frank and I were Chris Di Cesare, Director of Creative Programming at Google Creative Lab, i Paul Woolmington, Founding Partner of Naked Communications, and Susan Bonds of 42 Entertainment. If you want to know where it is all headed, I suggest you read Frank's book and listen to our talk, posted below.

Call for Video and New Media Installation Art - The Window Project

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 1, 2011 3:00 AM
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How do we extend our work? Film culture has been stuck in a single product mentality for a long time. Even when the core of a work is a feature film, can't we place other elements on to different platforms to aid in the discovery process?As common sense and as necessary as this seems, we are hindered by the lack of opportunity to do so. My spirits are always lifted when I learn of a new opportunity. I am delighted to share this email I got with you.
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What Is The Future Of The Film?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 13, 2011 3:00 AM
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What Is The Future Of The Film?

Guest Post: Hal Siegel "My Film Has a Virus? WTF?”

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 1, 2011 3:00 AM
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How do you make your film go viral? That may be one of the questions that filmmakers ask most these days. And today we have the answer for you... sort of.

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