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Josef Astor on "The 4 Scariest Things About Kickstarter"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • November 1, 2011 11:00 AM
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A few months ago, Jennifer Fox wrote a guest post for this very site, a three-part, 29-point guide to running a successful Kickstarter campaign. Fox’s groundbreaking documentary My Reincarnation had recently broken all Kickstarter records and would ultimately go on to raise over $150,000, so her posts weren’t just informative and useful, they were a manifesto, a victory lap for the very concept of crowdsourcing.

Gary Baddeley On "What One Learns About Film Financing From Film Financing Conferences"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 4, 2011 12:30 PM
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Sometimes it seems like there's more talk about movies getting made than there is actual activity. The question of how we all learn and remain aware of the actual practice of day will always loom large. Since knowledge and access (i.e. connections) will always be key commodities in the pursuit of getting it done, conferences that provide the two are always a lure.

Koo On "Your Audience is Worth More Than $"

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  • September 19, 2011 12:30 PM
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Film may be 110 years old, the Film Industry a century, Amer-Indie, as a semi-organized infrastructure and process, 30 years, but as a creative community we are only a few years, at best, in. Sure the guilds have been here longer, but as an open & transparent, group, activity sharing information and aspirations, it's taken the rise of blogging culture to bring us together.As much as we are coming together on a general basis, indie film communities come together now around specific voices. Nonetheless, other than Kevin Smith there are very few folks who have truly built and served their audiences to such an extent that that audience is in fact a community that can be depended on to support a film to the extent necessary to move it through production and release. Or rather, until recently. Crowdfunding, more than just a money raising tool, allows us to measure how communities can truly make movies happen. Koo, who has built the much loved and very useful blog No Film School, now is making a film, and as he shares below, he couldn't have gotten so far with the support from the community he has so loyally served.

David Fine on "More Thoughts On Crowdfunding Campaigns"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 16, 2011 12:30 PM
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This past week, we've had a lot of input from filmmakers who have used the IndieGoGo crowdfunding platform. Filmmakers have been sharing techniques and best practices on what made their campaigns a success. It's a practice we hope will continue for all filmmakers, across all platforms, utilizing a wide range of tools. Let's figure this out, together.

K Lorrel Manning & Michael Cuomo on "Riding The CrowdFunding Train To SXSW"

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  • September 15, 2011 12:30 PM
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We all one know how to do more with the very little we have. This is the year the indie film world turned to each other for help. And people responded. It is so exciting that we are working together to get the work done. Indie / Truly Free Film has never been more of a community!In just the first half of this year, eleven films that raised money on IndieGoGo appeared in the world’s leading film festivals. From Tribeca to Sundance, intrepid filmmakers learned the ropes about what it takes to make a splash in these festivals. This is the first in a series of posts are from the teams behind some of these films. --Adam Chapnick, IndieGoGo

Adam Chapnick on "IndieGoGo Films Showcased at World-Class Festivals in 2011"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 12, 2011 12:30 PM
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Google became a verb several years ago. In the Indie / Truly Free Film space we are close to verb-izing another company. But just like all tissues are not Kleenex, there are many crowdfunding platforms out there, and it is worth not forgetting that. Find the platform that works best for your film, as there are plusses and minuses on everything.Today Adam Chanpick speaks of the films (and some of the benefits) of crowdfunding platform IndieGoGo.

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

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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.

Michael Collins on "Utilizing Your First Ever Film Festival"

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  • September 7, 2011 12:30 PM
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Toronto International Film Festival begins tomorrow. Getting you film to a festival is a dream come true for most filmmakers. But it is so easy to overlook the great opportunities that are right before you when you attend a festival. Today, doc filmmaker Michael Collins, shares some of the lessons he's learned from his initial experience at Tribeca.

The Costs Of Crowdfunding

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 5, 2011 5:30 AM
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Filmmakers speak of crowdfunding as if it is free money. It isn't. In some instances it isn't even close to being so.

Where The Tax Credits For Film Are In America These Days

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 27, 2011 2:00 AM
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Tax credits and subsidies for the film business are job stimulus. As a producer asked to ALWAYS squeeze a buck, I simply won't shoot my films where the tax credits are not. Luckily I live in the wise and wonderful state of New York, that has one of the best tax subsidies for film and television any where in the world, not to mention the BEST talent pool in the universe too.

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