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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.

Tools Review: Stonehenge Mobile Apps For Films

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  • September 5, 2011 12:30 PM
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The other day, I posted a WIP list of some of the many tools and platforms filmmakers have it their disposal these days. It's hard to make heads or tails of them. How do we determine which ones we should use?
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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.

New Platforms & Services For Truly Free Filmmakers

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 31, 2011 7:00 AM
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Yesterday's list of 27 is now a list of 30. Check it here.

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.

Hal Siegal on "Watching Games and Playing Films"

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  • August 18, 2011 12:30 PM
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We are at in incredible time in our indie film culture. The distinct poles at which is perceived have never been more distant. Great things are getting done. Experiments are happening. And people are sharing. Whew!

Guest Post: David Geertz "Are Indie Filmmakers Slave Drivers?"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 28, 2011 2:59 AM
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How do we truly think about film? Do we ignore the truth even when it is right before our eyes? Are we sometimes willing to compromise our ethics in order to achieve our creative goal? Would we be willing to defer that goal in order to maintain the ethical standards that we otherwise embrace?I named David Geertz as one of Hope For Film's Brave Thinkers (2009 Edition) for a new start up he had then. That venture may now be gone, but David is still very much a Brave Thinker, as his guest post below, and his commitment to more, attests.

Guest Post: Mihir Desai "Collaboration 2.0"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 26, 2011 3:00 AM
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We are really in this together. As never before, we know no barriers. I met Mihar Desai virtually, over the internet, and have been impressed with his passion, innovative ways, commitment, and collaborative instincts. Possessed with such qualities, it is no surprise that he has come up with a simple solution to solve some problems.I am very interested how the issues of micro-budgeted filmmaking are being addressed around the world. We face a set of common problems. Solutions will come from all over. Adopting transparency and openness, a commitment to share, we will make better films. With his first guest post here, Mihar is stepping forward and offering some solutions. Who will be next?

Guest Post Alex & Andrew Smith: "Crowdfunding = Barnraising: We All Have To Do Some Heavy Lifting"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 2, 2011 7:08 AM
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It's kind of hard to find the appropriate analogy for what we do, particularly these days. Often I am tempted to think it is running full speed against a brick wall without any protective headgear on, hoping that a door may open the moment before impact. But those are on my down days. Usually I can see us all working together, building bridges, fusing connections, doing the labor that will lift the culture in many ways. It shouldn't be so hard to describe that, but I still struggle.Which is one of the reasons I was so pleased to reconnect with Alex and Andrew Smith, twin brothers, whose go to it attitude and willingness to reach high with their ambition has never been lagging. They look for the truth of it, and don't shy from the honesty of the hard work. Which is why the analogy they unearthed for crowdfunding for their guest blog today is so fitting.

Guest Post: Jennifer Fox “PART 4: How MY REINCARNATION Broke All Kickstarter Records”

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 24, 2011 3:00 AM
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Two weeks ago Jennifer Fox shared with us some of the lessons she learned crowdfunding (1st six here, next 14 here, next 9 here).

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