Sundance selected 110 features from 4,042 submissions for its 2012 U.S. and World Dramatic and Documentary Competition lineups. Based on the festival’s history, it’s fair to say that less than 40 of those films will be acquired by established, full-service film distributors. At best, this translates to a 1% success rate for aspiring Sundance filmmakers. Given this sobering reality, producers — members of the 99% — are embracing a post-distributor marketplace. But understanding how to navigate this alternate landscape is essential.
If you’re like me, Facebook is both a blessing and a curse. As more and more people that I’m connected with join Facebook, the more I find Facebook both valuable and noisy.The truth is some of my actual friends are folks who I’m glad to be connected with, but I might be happier if I could tone down, or tune out, some aspects of their Facebook Broadcast.
With this in mind, I’ve developed a solution for how to Curate my Facebook newsfeed. I know the word ‘curate’ may not be familiar to you in this context, but in the new world of too much data— organizing and filtering information is critically important.
What I’m going to suggest is a series of steps that I think may help you make Facebook more useful and interesting.
The battle raging around the SOPA bill these past several weeks has been fascinating to watch. There have been a lot of blog posts and interviews full of bluster, confrontation, some sanctimonious, others nasty and yes, also informative. It is worth spending the time to read them all to get a feel for the complete picture of this epic battle.
We are reminded yet again that a great gulf exists between mass media (companies in the movie, TV and music industries) and the tech industry as broadly defined. This gulf has many features ranging from the psychological, the economic, to the political and the cultural.
However, beneath this debate lies something much more fundamental and rarely discussed. This dispute is really between two types of network architecture and the unique belief system each creates.
I know this may sound a little esoteric, but please bear with me.
Iconic moments from 84 films in Oscar history are currently being showcased online and on digital billboards in NY and LA. Fans can view digital images at Oscar.com and at YouTube.com/Oscars. Movielovers can also share their favorite movie-going experiences using social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.
Film festivals are an amazing launch pad for your film. Hopefully your film will premier at the festival, be anointed by the critics as the new coming of Sex, Lies and Videotape, you’ll sign a major distribution deal for big bucks, and then your profit will really kick in as the film platforms from a limited release to a wider release and the theatres are packed. You get a first look deal from a major studio and option Michael Lewis’s next book and do it all over again on a bigger scale where your artistic vision can be fully realized without the constraint of a small budget.
Take a moment to consider if that does not happen.
Online-Only Originals Are Entering A Virtuous Cycle
By Will Richmond
Editor’s Note: Will Richmond argues persuasively that the creation of original web series is now entering a transformative period. In 2012 a number of factors will come together and online originals will begin to compete with broadcast and cable TV. And take note, a lot of creative independent voices like Richard Linklater and Morgan Spurlock are leading the charge. We look forward to watching.
“Hollywood is discovering that the return on investment becomes more minimal if you don’t employ your property across all platforms… young people want to be told stories in the way that they use media. So you’re looking for a way to reach them pervasively.”—Jeff Gomez in THR on the approved transmedia credit for the Producers Guild of America
“I think that Kickstarter has a promising future ahead of itself. We’re still growing; it’s only been two and a half years. We’re still just mostly known in the early adopter world and certain other demographics. There is an unmitigated opportunity, if you make the most of what you can do with the site. We have no barriers but the guidelines we give, which benefit every project.”—Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter Co-Founder in Indiewire
The preliminary estimate of a 4% decline in movie theater attendance in 2011 vs. 2010 is certainly not good news for the film industry.
That said, if you are in a room filled with the 48 owners of professional sports teams whose teams also saw their attendance decline in the last year or, more specifically, sitting next to any of the 21 team owners who saw their attendance decline by more than 4 percent, you would realize attendance woes are not ours alone.
“The New Year offers a fresh start. It’s a fantastic time to reset your goals, aims and ambitions. In addition to making positive changes in the real world, it’s also a great opportunity to refresh your digital life." —Amy-Mae Elliott, Mashable.com”—10 Ways to Refresh Your Digital Life for the New Year
As an actor-turned-filmmaker, I’m often mystified by how fellow directors think about actors. I know one director who considers Clint Eastwood the greatest actor of all time. I think my friend is insane. Sure, Clint’s got amazing presence, but acting?
There’s been a great deal of breathless chatter recently about comedian Louis CK’s online sale of his comedy show, which, at the risk of dredging up what is old news at today’s pace, is as good a starting point as any for this post.
Some of the latest praise came from Fred Wilson, the founder of Union Square Ventures, who doffed his hat in a recent post to the power of direct-to-fans sales, repeating a familiar refrain that a bracing new age of unbridled creative genius is upon us. In this brave new world, the Artist finally invents and fully controls her own destiny.