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Apr 16 / Truly Free Film

What Issues Do Filmmakers Need To Track?

A creative life is a precarious thing.  Actions occur that could profoundly effect your ability to earn a living doing what you love.  We get blindsided again and again, sometimes not recognizing things until they are too late to alter them.  It’s one of the reasons I have tried to meticulously track for you what are the good thing and bad things happening in indie film these days.  Yet, it seems to me we all need to do a better job of tracking them if we don’t want to get trapped in a future we won’t be part of..

My thought is that we should be able to define a series of issues in which we can put events, ideas, and articles into as they occur, helping each other stay on top of them. 

The first step is to define the issues.  That is what I am doing today . [...]


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Apr 15 / Truly Free Film

Diary of a Film Start-Up: Post #48: What You Must Know About Amazon CreateSpace

KNLOGOBy Roger Jackson

Previously: Quality Control or Why Films Fail

Filmmakers frequently upload their movies to Kinonation after they’ve submitted to Amazon’s CreateSpace service. This is a truly excellent service for book authors, musicians and filmmakers to self-publish their creative work and make it available on Amazon.com. And in the context of films, a good way to make DVDs available without upfront expense.

BUT: for getting a film onto Amazon there are many reasons to use a specialist VOD aggregator like Kinonation, instead of CreateSpace. I’m not saying that out of self interest. Yes, Kinonation (or any aggregator) takes a fee or percentage of gross revenue – in our case 20%. But it’s much more about video quality, speed, marketing and, above all, access to many more Amazon US and global platforms, including Amazon Prime. [...]


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Apr 14 / Truly Free Film

BondIt: The Value of Strategic Partnerships in the Business of Filmmaking

By Luke Taylor & Matthew Helderman
 
UploadBuilding a business is an incredibly challenging task. You must recognize a problem. You must find a solution. You must structure a business model that is viable, strong, and withstanding. You must raise money on an idea alone. You must assemble a team. You must prove a market. You must acquire a customer base. You must create. You must operate efficiently and effectively. You must scale. Most importantly – you must provide a return. [...]


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Apr 9 / Truly Free Film

The Box Office Numbers for Favor

By Paul Osborne

TeaserPoster_WebSizedSmallThere’s been a recent battle-cry within the independent film community – lead by folks like Ted Hope and Jon Reiss – urging us filmmakers to publish the revenue generated by our movies, specifically in regard to new forms of distribution.  Unlike the weekly box office reports of studio films, the actual figures for indies, particularly those using newer release methods such as Video-On-Demand, are hard to come by.  Without them, and subsequently without any way of determining the success or failure of specific releases, it makes perfecting and improving new avenues of distribution quite difficult.   How do you know what’s working, and what’s not, if you don’t see the results? [...]


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Apr 7 / Truly Free Film

BondIt: The Difficulties & Realities of Producing Films at $1M & Below

By Luke Taylor & Matthew Helderman
 
UploadAs every facet of the film industry has experienced, the digital era has drastically shifted the economics of how films are produced, marketed, and distributed. Camera technology has reached a level that provides filmmakers at any stage of their career the ability to produce content with the potential of landing a fruitful distribution deal as the world has witnessed with films such as Beast of The Southern Wild, Like Crazy, Another Earth, and Martha Marcy May Marlene – all produced at 1M or under and distributed theatrically through studios. 
  
The financial ease of production that has developed over the past decade has increased the volume of films produced on an annual basis from 2,000-8,000 – creating a financial ripple effect in the production industry as labor rates, rental rates, and talent salaries continue to decline. [...]


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Apr 2 / Truly Free Film

Wake up! Don’t wait for the Sale!

by Jen Sall

Rapid advances in technology make it significantly easier and much less expensive to make a film today. A record 12,218 films were submitted for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 72 more films than the 2013 festival. Of the 4,057-plus feature films submitted, 121 were selected. Of those approximately 15 were purchased by the close of the festival. A few more have been bought in the past few months, not many.

Perhaps you beats the odds (you have around a 4% chance of your film premiering at a major festival and then 10% of distribution deal once it makes the festival) your film premieres at Sundance, Tribeca, Toronto, SXSW or a festival with a track record of sales.  Lightening strikes a second time and your film is bought. You are in the minority and you can stop reading this article.  If you are one of the thousands of other films premiering at a festival with no distribution deal or buyer in sight, a film that has never screened in a festival, or you developing a film keep reading. [...]


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Apr 1 / Truly Free Film

Diary of a Film Start-Up: Post #47: Quality Control or Why Films Fail

KNLOGOBy Roger Jackson

Previously:  Why We’re Different

Quality Control

At Kinonation we’ve automated much of what has traditionally been manual. Films are uploaded to us instead of shipped on hard drives. Digital movie assets are stored in the cloud instead of locally at our office. Transcoding and metadata authoring is triggered automatically and happens in the cloud, replacing the existing process of “guy in a room for a day” — which is expensive and error-prone — with cloud computers that rarely make mistakes. But one very much human element we retain is QC — quality control. [...]


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Apr 13 / Issues and Actions

There Are Solutions To Some Problems

You read about them first here. And second here too, but it is great to see BondIt getting wider industry coverage.  I was happy to give them a quote.

“I believe they are taking a community-minded entrepreneurial approach to improving our industry,” said veteran independent producer Ted Hope

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Apr 12 / These Are Those Things

If You Love Something, Set It Free

I caught all the toads I could as a kid.  I kept them in cages.  One morning, they were all gone, and in their place was a note from Walter Wart The Freak Frog.  This lovely short animation reminded me of those days…

TANK from Nate Milton on Vimeo.

Thanks yet again for Disposable Film Festival for tipping me […]


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Apr 10 / Issues and Actions

What Tax Incentives Are Where?

Get your Free 2014 Incentives Guide For US Film Prodctns, 112 pg State-By-State + Int’l report [.pdf]

 http://bit.ly/1i2Ycjs

Courtesy of CastAndCrew.com

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Apr 7 / Issues and Actions

The Orphan Works Problem

IDA and Film Independent are working on your behalf to solve a big problem hurting filmmakers everywhere.  They deserve a big THANK YOU from us all.

Read this:

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Apr 5 / These Are Those Things

When It Blows Like This, You Know Someone’s Finger Is On The Switch

WIND from robert loebel on Vimeo.

Thanks again to the Disposable Film Festival for tipping me off to this.

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Mar 29 / These Are Those Things

I Need A Barber Who Can Do This

Ballpoint Barber // Stop-motion Reverse Haircut and Beard-cut // Trim 2 from Peter Simon (Petey Boy) on Vimeo.

Thanks to the Disposable Film Festival for tipping me off to this.

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Mar 27 / Issues and Actions

Awesome Filmmaker Program In Amsterdam

You should fly in this June to Amsterdam.  I am going to.  Check it out here.

The Binger FilmLabs’ “Filmmaking In The Digital Age” kicks off June 10th with yours truly, but it keeps on getting better from there.

Look at this program!

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Mar 24 / Issues and Actions

FREE Passes: BANFF Content Industry Connect in LA March 26

Lucky you! I got this great offer on Facebook that I can extend to you dear reader:

Hi Ted,

I wanted to reach out to you with complimentary passes (retail value $199 each) to the upcoming Content Industry Connect event for film, TV and digital media executives happening this Wednesday in at the London in west Hollywood. We thought that […]


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Mar 22 / These Are Those Things

This Prediction Of Your Future Is Sorely Speculation

A little high weirdness for your Saturday morning…

Fortunes, an experimental comedy from Greg Barth on Vimeo.

Thanks to the Disposable Film Festival for tipping this off to me.

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