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Why are Australian film distributors not using social media?

An interesting post on Mumbrella questions why Australian film distributors are not using social media to cost effectively promote the films on their list. It takes a look at how poorly a couple of recent films, Not Suitable For Children  &  The King is Dead, were treated by the distributors as they neglected and mishandled [...]

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Be Inspired…by Alternate Reality Games

I’m constantly coming across articles, links, videos, and presentations that inspire me… so I decided I’d group some of them that belong together to share with you.* Today I’ll begin with Alternate Reality Games (ARG). If you’ve never heard this term before, don’t feel too bad. It’s more often used by academics and professionals in [...]

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Wellywood Woman

On a side note, filmmaker Marian Evans asked me to comment on an Inside Film article where Martha Coleman expressed concern that not enough emerging female filmmakers are putting up their hand for funding under Screen Australia’s Springboard initiative. Marian has posted my response on her blog Wellywood Woman, if you’re interested in reading it. [...]

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Relativity – a Freemium Web Series

I first became aware of the upcoming web series Relativity last December when I happened across an awesome teaser trailer on Facebook. I’m impressed enough by their emerging business strategy and indie spirit to share it here.The creators, Jonathan Adams and Steve Fanale, cut together the trailer and released it early, even though it would [...]

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Can Indie Filmmakers Survive ‘Free’?

Prompted by a recent blog post by Mark Barrett titled “Doctorow, Anderson and Godin, Oh My”  criticising the gurus who support the notion of giving content away for free, I thought I’d discuss the argument in terms of how it applies to indie filmmakers. For those who haven’t heard of Cory Doctorow, Chris Anderson, Seth Godin, or [...]

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“Ink” Ink A Deal With Their Fans

“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 [...]

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Crowdfunding from Putty Hill to Berlin

Crowdfunding from Putty Hill to Berlin

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, [...]

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Don’t Call Back – Crowdfunding

Don’t Call Back – Crowdfunding

“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 [...]

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American Prince Digital Distribution

American Prince Digital Distribution

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 [...]

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The Cosmonaut Model for Crowdfunding & Crowdsourcing

The Cosmonaut Model for Crowdfunding & Crowdsourcing

One small step for man, one giant leap for indie film… The Spanish indie film The Cosmonaut has perhaps the best crowdfunding model I’ve seen so far, and has also incorporated crowdsourced elements and freemium techniques.[Thanks to Robert Pratten for pointing me in the direction of this project - do check out his fantastic articles [...]

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