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David Fine on "More Thoughts On Crowdfunding Campaigns"

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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"

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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"

  • 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.

Michael Collins on "Utilizing Your First Ever Film Festival"

  • By Ted Hope
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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.

Lynette Howell on "Producing Is Supporting New Talent Through More Than Just Production"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 2, 2011 3:00 AM
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If you are a regular reader of this blog, or follower of mine on Twitter, I think you know that for me a Producer only deserves that credit when they truly commit to support the project from beginning to end. You also probably know how challenging I find the calling of producing these days, when we are required to do more and more, and are rewarded, at least financially, less and less.

Jon Reiss on "What Are A Producer of Marketing And Distribution's Responsibilities?" Part 2 of 2

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  • September 1, 2011 12:30 PM
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Yesterday, Jon Reiss explained why indie films need a "PMD" -- and if words don't work for you -- just look at Tuesday's list of all the new tools and services available that we can't afford to miss. Today, Jon takes it further, and tries to lay out the job description for both experienced and aspiring marketing & distribution collaborators.

Jon Reiss on "Why A Producer of Marketing And Distribution?" Part 1

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  • August 31, 2011 12:30 PM
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Yesterday's HFF post on the plethora of new platforms & options for truly free filmmakers should have made you leap for joy and run for the cliff simultaneously. It is wonderful that filmmakers have SO many great tools and services at their disposal. But how does anyone take advantage of this situation. The choice is overwhelming. Sure the rewards could be great -- but so is the risk. Well, the answer, my friend, is... best explained by Jon Reiss.

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

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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.

Sheri Candler on "New Online Distribution Service: Prescreen"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 19, 2011 3:00 AM
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Don't you love it when you see something new and it all makes sense. I had the opportunity to view the new distribution platform PRESCREEN and I dug it. I was all set to tell you all about it when I learned they sponsored the book Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul , and as a result Sheri Candler spoke to them and quizzed them on what they were up to. How sweet is that: all the info you need, clear and simple, and I don't have to write anything. Love it. Check it out. Prescreen is just one of many new exciting new tools and partners coming for indie filmmakers who want to step into Direct Distribution.

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