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Jul 23 / Truly Free Film

Inside the Writers’ Room: Post #7: How To Rewrite and Be Rewritten, Part II

 

In_Treatment_TV_Series-137205646-largeSo how can you stay true to yourself as a writer, especially when one is supposed to be imitating another writer’s voice? For one thing, one can stop chasing fads or writing what one think the showrunner might want to see. Jane Espenson, who has written for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica and Game of Thrones and has also created her own Web TV show, Husbands, talks to me about how important it is to trust your own instincts and your own good taste. She is not the only one: Jenny Bicks encourages “writing what you want to write, going towards the love” and Tom Fontana goes as far as to very simply state that “being successful is being faithful to oneself.” [...]


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Jul 22 / Truly Free Film

Why Filmmakers Fail

As the manager of a group of 10,000 producers, directors and associated industry professionals, one can’t help but notice certain fallacies coming up on a recurring basis. So I’d like to briefly consider the question, what are some of the principal reasons fledgling independent filmmakers fail?

1. BUILDING IT ISN’T ENOUGH While a struggling artist can get by with little more than a canvas or guitar, film requires an enormous investment of time, money and many. “Build it and they will come” just isn’t enough; it’s perhaps the easy part.

Making films is akin to launching a new product. Statistics show that most fail. “All we need is money” isn’t the answer. It requires a marketing plan. [...]


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Jul 21 / Truly Free Film

BondIt: Filling the Gap in Entertainment Financing & Offering Liquidity to Filmmakers, Sales Agencies and Sales Agents

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After the collapse of 2008 – entertainment banks began taking less risk – which in turn meant it became more difficult for independent film producers, filmmakers and film sales agents to access the capital (whether equity or debt) they needed to complete, gap, bridge, leverage or develop their project.

Today in 2014 – these same entertainment banks have adjusted their mentalities and aren’t necessarily “evacuating” the niche’s they once partook in — but they are certainly not re-visiting the previous opportunities of the pre-2008 era.

When we launched BondIt in early 2014 – we wanted to provide liquidity for union deposits (SAG, DGA, IATSE, etc…) and we expanded on that model as the demand grew for our services to broaden.

In the past few weeks we’ve begun beta testing our newest form of financing by offering liquidity once more – but this time to filmmakers, sales agencies and individual agents. [...]


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Jul 16 / Truly Free Film

THE ECONOMY OF SELF-DISTRIBUTING BLUEBIRD

Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 5.30.05 PMAbout 3 months ago we made the decision to self-distribute BLUEBIRD in North America. From the beginning, our goal was to make an intimate, quietly affecting ensemble drama. For writer/director Lance Edmands, there was a specific kind of feeling he was trying to express with the film. There was a unique sense of loneliness, solitude, and isolation that was linked directly to a region of Northern Maine and the culture that permeates the area. Lance grew up in Maine, and he felt that these melancholy emotions stood in stark contrast with the great rugged beauty of the state. We wanted to explore that conflicted feeling in way that would resonate personally with a viewer.  It was important to us to maintain the subtle, quiet tone of the film both in the way we made it and the way we brought the film to an audience. With that in mind, we spent the last year considering various distribution offers and scenarios as we traveled with the film to festivals. [...]


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Jul 14 / Truly Free Film

Buffalo 8: How To Cut Through the Noise in the Over-saturated International Markets

Market figures
 
Different sources provide different figures but the bottom line is the same — too many films are being made on an annual basis.
 
“Too many” seems like a very broad term – but it isn’t. A recently conducted study resulted in a finding that the international community of audiences (those able to attend theaters, view content remotely traditionally as well as on mobile) was able to absorb 1,000 film per year.
 
The problem — roughly 8,000 films we produced/released in 2013.
 
With the markets therefore over-saturated by 87.5% – the cliched adage once again applies: something’s got to give. [...]


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Jul 9 / Truly Free Film

Inside the Writers’ Room: Post #6: How To Rewrite and Be Rewritten, Part I

By Christina Kallas

west_wing_1527547aOne thing’s for sure: people don’t go to writing to be rewritten. But they still are, first and foremost by the showrunner. The showrunner is the writer who tells the writers what to do, and who will eventually do it herself.

So should a showrunner polish the final draft of every episode to preserve the “voice” of the series, or should each individual writer be allowed to use their voice to bring out new sides to the characters and the series? [...]


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Jul 8 / Truly Free Film

BondIt: Expanding Cash-Flow Opportunities to the Sales Side of the Independent Film Business

UploadBegan as producers & recognized problem

Before launching BondIt – our speciality financing operations to cover union deposits for feature films and theater productions – our team at Buffalo 8 Productions produced over 30 feature films.

Ranging in budgets and sizes — we dealt with the development, pre-production and post-production process — and branched in to the sales side of the business out of the necessity to build a revenue stream capable of sustaining a functioning business model.

As we grew as producers the company grew as well — offering new projects, larger budgets and further opportunities for the model we had built to pivot, adjust and expand.

More than anything – we recognized that capital allocations had changed for many of our colleagues as producers and production companies – with tight operating budgets and even tighter margins of profitability. [...]


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Jul 16 / Issues and Actions

The Search For A New Business Model: Bond360 Offers Cinepacks

Check it out! As the site says:

“From BOND/360 labs, CinePacks brings together the best of independent cinema in “pay what you want” digital bundles, allowing fans to discover great films that share a common theme. Each curated collection allows audiences to experience films that explore the communities, people, and stories tapped into the zeitgeist of yesterday and today.”

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Jul 3 / Issues and Actions

Never Miss A Deadline Again

This is awesome.  POV’s “For Filmmakers” calendar includes funding deadlines, calls for entries, festivals and other documentary events.

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Jul 3 / These Are Those Things

Trip Through The Globe Of New Filmmaking

I am a judge for Viewster’s Online Film Festival. It is so great to give money to filmmakers.  $100,000.00!!!!  This installment was “It’s Complicated” and it takes a global tour through relationships.

The thing I found most striking was the exposure to filmmakers from around the world.  Sitting hear in America, I mostly see local work, and you become […]


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Jun 24 / Let's Make Better Films

Free Reading To Enhance The Art And Business Of Your Film

We move things ahead by sharing what know and learn.  That has been the impetus behind this blog and many others.  The same can be said about case studies. Lately it has also become the impetus behind handbooks and the like.  Here’s a few you must download and read:

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Jun 20 / Issues and Actions

Must Read Interview

I was definitely “on message” with this interview for this really beautiful Danish magazine The CIFF Gazette.  I think I capture what will be the next chapter in the future of film pretty f’n well, if I do say so myself.

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Jun 17 / Issues and Actions

Social Media Handbook For Filmmakers

Thanks Kristen McCracken and Seed&Spark! Here’s a great gift for all the filmmakers:

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Jun 10 / These Are Those Things

Divide And Conquer

HUSKER DU: Divide And Conquer (September, 1985)

Well, they divided up all the land
We’ve got states and cities
Cities have their neighborhoods
And more subdivisions

There’s countries divided by walls
Oceans and latitude
And longitude, longing to find out
Just what they’re missing

There’s lots of area codes
And nine digit zip codes
Secret decoder ring codes
Arteries, shopping […]


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Jun 10 / Let's Make Better Films

The MOST Useful HopeForFilm Post Ever

Is it? I am not sure how to measure this.  But not only do I find myself frequently going back to it, every time I see a movie I love or one that is lacking I go back to this post for contemplation.  I really should call it in the plural too because I did write an extension of it.[…]


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Jun 7 / These Are Those Things

MUST WATCH Short: Entirely Set On A Computer Screen

“Noah” directed by Walter Woodman & Patrick Cederberg

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