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Guest Post: Orly Ravid "Going to Market with Your Film, Cannes 2011"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • May 6, 2011 10:39 AM
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Ah, it's that time of year again. I just booked my travel at Cannes; of course I did it last minute. My love for the market is as great as my dislike, alas. The place is filled equally with hope as despair. The promise of wealth and discovery looms with every glass of Rose and Pernod -- and I am not sure which causes my headaches more. That said, I am packing my bag, glad that once again I have a film playing in the official selection. I wish the first time I went I was armed with all the recommendations that regular contributor Orly Ravid has thought to offer us today.

Guest Post: Hal Siegel "Virality And The Potential Of Social Films”

  • By Ted Hope
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  • May 5, 2011 2:59 AM
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It is only through our communal efforts, and subsequent sharing of our processes, successes, and failures, that we will find a way for our creative work to find & build audiences, transform them into communities, and as a result build a new creative middle class that will able to support themselves through their creations, be they of widest, most diverse and ambitious forms, styles, and content. That's the desire right?

Guest Post: Jordan Passman "Value What You Use: The Film + Music Equation"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • May 2, 2011 3:00 AM
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Just because you can do something, does that mean that you should. Do short term needs always outweigh long term goals? Does obtaining services for less than they are worth make you a good producer?

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.

Guest Post: Rob Mills "Online Distribution: 10 Lessons from Dynamo Player"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • April 28, 2011 5:30 AM
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It used to be that indie filmmakers generally made their films for an audience/market of 6-10; those days their audience was the buyers at the film festivals. Those days made life simple: filmmakers had two responsibilities -- make your damn movie and then surrender. The idea then was that distributors would distribute the work we made. Several years ago folks started to realize that this model covered less than 1% of the films made in America (forget about the rest of the world).

Guest Post: Mike Ryan on "Let's Celebrate The 'Collapse' Of The Indie Film Bubble"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • April 27, 2011 5:29 AM
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Is it necessary to earn a "good" living creating ambitious work? Should it be enough just to get the opportunity, to hear the calling, of making films outside of the mainstream commercial industry? Can we ever give enough thanks and appreciation that we don't have to weld, lift, push paper, or aid in the killing of civilians and instead can inspire, instill hope, develop empathy in others? I struggle with this, as you know, and am thankful that friends and collaborators like producer Mike Ryan join in this discussion, as he does below.

Guest Post: Rodney Evans on "Building Communites & Embracing New Models"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • April 26, 2011 5:30 AM
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Why do we wait so damn long for our projects to come together? Do we fetishize "permission"? Is it akin to waiting for Prince Charming or the like? Is patience really a virtue for creative endeavors? Have we fooled ourselves into thinking we can depend on anyone other than our family, friends, and collaborators? In telling how he is putting together his latest project, filmmaker Rodney Evans sums up a feeling many filmmakers know too well: "Enough of the bullshit, the jig was up."

Guest Post: Audrey Ewell "Until The Light Takes Us case study: DIY and DIWO International Release"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • April 18, 2011 3:00 AM
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What do you do? You have no money but KNOW your film has an audience. Even sometimes with great content, the world conspires and leaves us all alone, just meat for the vipers. Often, a good movie is not enough to make it in this world. Faced with surrender or the long hard road, it's then that the real filmmakers, the ones passionate about their babies, are willing to sharpen their claws and dig in.

Guest Post: Bob Ray "Bringing It To The People, The Badass Way"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • April 15, 2011 3:00 AM
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How do you do it? If the mainstream industry and the mainstream festivals are not responding to your work, does it mean there's no audience or community for you work? HELL, NO! You just have to bring it to where they are. It might be hard. It might be grueling. And it will be brutal, but it can be done.

Guest Post: David Van Taylor "R.I.P. Ricky Leacock... Long Live 'FILM TRUTH'?"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • April 14, 2011 3:00 AM
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What is it that a camera sees? Do we need to accept and conform to the dominant storytelling paradigms, or is there actually more that we can be striving for? Perhaps no life and work embodies these questions as well as Ricky Leacock. Filmmaker David Van Taylor guest posts today with an examination of him and these issues, and the difference between documentary and essay film. There is a lot that can be said about these subjects, certainly enough for a six hour documentary AND many blog posts.

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