DIY = Do-It-Yourself. DIY film = low budget indie films made and distributed by the filmmaker. This is a blog by independent filmmaker Sujewa Ekanayake. 2018 films - Werewolf Ninja Philosopher, Breakthrough Weekend, Brooklyn Fantastic, Agnes the Alien. Blog active since 2006, with posts on cinema, NYC, positive news, various other concerns. Indie film can save the world (or at least entertain a part of it :) ).
1 - figure out how to use all the research, experience & info that resulted from the last 10 years of DIY filmmaking & distro in the US to develop profitable small businesses that produce & distribute artist/filmmaker driven films (films that are made & distributed outside of the Hollywood & indiewood, festwood systems)
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The face of indie films future? (i don't mean literally jonah hill as the face of indie films future, but, bringing together DIY filmmaking approaches & Hollywood $s & stars & distribution as done for the movie "Cyrus" could create a new - & perhaps profitable for the filmmakers & the studios, & good for famous actors looking for interesting work & a paycheck - indiewood genre: the low budget studio movie made in a way similar to DIY filmmakers are used to working but featuring marketable stars & Hollywood supported distribution - could be a nice career place/line of work for some DIY filmmakers down the road). More on "Cyrus" here. Here's the trailer:
This page on Amazon will be useful to any filmmaker thinking about creating their own DVDs for sale on or through Amazon. I believe most commercial DVD duplicators offer bar codes for an additional fee, however, if you have DVDs already made w/ out bar codes or you make a whole bunch of DVDs at home & you want to get bar codes for them, the Amazon page should provide some useful info.
"At some point, however, anything is better than nothing. By Mr. Sapan’s estimation, the average production cost of a feature film submitted to Sundance is roughly $1 million, which would put the total cost of films submitted this year at about $3.7 billion. Only about $120 million worth make the schedule, and of those less than $30 million worth will find their way to market through the traditional system."
So, my latest thought re: race theory is that: 1) it was very useful for the wealth building - ultimately - projects carried out by certain European companies & countries - through colonialism, conquest of new lands, & slavery, however, 2) in a post-colonial, post-slavery world, & one without complete dismantling of race theory (partially because race theory was developed into something like a living entity - a "truth" in the world/something that everyone responded to as if real though it was build on many lies/fiction/un-truths - let's say - from over 600 years of usage & refinement) there exists some very unique, sometimes hilarious, and often sad, unnecessary misery & situations that comes out of these ghosts - the ideas that are still alive even though the projects that the ideas were used to support: conquest of land & people, colonialism & slavery have been shut down for somewhere around a century or more to a little over 50 years in var…
Of course I do not know what Quad Cinema charges for their four wall services, but the entire menu is available: screenings in a NYC theater, access to publicists (for a fee), a DVD sales option, an online streaming option, & possibly getting "a shot" at screening at other theaters nation wide. Sounds like (or at least a very good starting point for) an ideal option for DIY filmmakers/self-distributors (who have or can raise the necessary money) who do not want to go through several layers of indie film/film biz/scene gate keepers (who have historically been a small group with narrow tastes, thus not accessible to most indie filmmakers in America) in order to get their film out to the public using pretty much all of the commercial methods available at present. More info. at the Quad's site.
Now, on to a vastly different, very slightly related, subject; a different part of the future:
Re: the different part of the future segment on the subject line - that's a…
1. Publicity - start a place on the web - a blog, or a web site, such as this blog that you are reading now, can be started for free - to promote the project and tell people about your story & the story behind the movie & get all manner of related work out.
2. Make clips & trailers available to view on the web - you can use Vimeo, YouTube, etc. for this
3. Make DVDs available for sale - home made DVDs are fine for this purpose at first, make sure they play in most computers & DVD players - if you can. Eventually, if you start to sell a lot of DVDs you can get DVDs made in large numbers from a duplication/replication business such as DiscMakers. You can advertise the availability of your DVDs through your blog(s) & site(s), e-mail people about it, spread the word through all available means, and use a post office box if it makes keeping track of the orders easier, and can use PayPal or checks or money orders to collect payment for DVDs. If you get a bar code/UPC label…
This 8MM footage is interesting for many reasons; people are protesting a movie, & there is a lot of discussion about religion & also censorship, rights & freedoms of adult individuals (namely being able to watch whatever movie they want), also the 1980's clothing is interesting, plus the look of the footage. Check it out: