Last week reading Ted Hope’s blog I came across a clever, funny, short animation, which included a web address. Clicking through to the webpage, I learned that the animation was promotion for a self published novel. I was impressed enough with what I saw on that website to purchase two copies (yes, 2!) as birthday gifts [...]
Continuing my exploration into the many subcategories and arguments around film piracy, today I look at the people who say they want to try before they buy. The Previewer is someone who doesn’t commit to purchase until after they’ve watched a film and found it to their liking. They may have seen a friend’s copy, [...]
“Ink” is an indie feature film that gained traction last October after being ripped and downloaded by the bit torrent community 400,000 times in the first week, pushing it’s popularity well past Hollywood giants released at the same time. This wasn’t an intentional strategy from the filmmakers, but they embraced the heightened awareness gained from [...]
How Do You Write A Joe Schermann Song is a micro budget indie film using Kickstarter to raise the budget. HOW DO YOU WRITE A JOE SCHERMANN SONG | a feature film Musical | KICKSTARTER VIDEO from Gary King on Vimeo.
One could argue that a webseries is the form that makes best use of the internet: content is the right length for casual viewing, ongoing release dates create the ultimate “slow build” to gain a growing audience, episodes are easily forwarded on to social networks, producer’s can test the popularity of their idea small scale [...]
Thanks to Ted Hope for bringing Matthew Porterfield’s partly crowdfunded “Putty Hill“ to my attention. This microbudget feature is screening at Berlin this week.Worn out by the long development and funding process of the traditional film industry process, Matthew resorted to using an improvised script, mostly non-professional cast and crew, a free camera rental, $20,000, [...]
“Don’t Call Back” is a microbudget feature being shot this week in London. The filmmakers managed to raise slightly more than their goal budget (of £20,000) via crowdfunding. Theirs is a pretty cut-down version of crowdfunding, but it met their goal, so that’s worth commendation. They’ve kept it simple with all funds considered ‘donations’ (no [...]
Mid last year Tommy Pallotto (producer of Scanner Darkly) released his documentary “American Prince” online for free. He choose to distribute his film this way so that his documentary would be available to anyone anywhere in the world, rather than face the prospect of having his film die largely unseen, as so many cult films [...]