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Saturday, January 30, 2010

DIY film 2 Do items for 2010

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)

2 - do it


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Behold the product of Duplass bros. DIY stylings & Hollywood $s + stars

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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:






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A new NYT article about DIY film

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Indie producers talking at Sundance, Part 1 & 2





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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Trailers for the 2 Taqwacores movies - the doc & the fiction feature





 

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Hey, a Sundance movie that I actually want to see: Director Tanya Hamilton on "Night Catches Us"

Flick is apparently about a Black Panther coming home:



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Duplass brothers talk about their 7 million dollar movie

I liked Puffy, B-Head, Hump, so, Cyrus might also be enjoyable. The video below is part 1 of 2, see both & article related to it at Anne Thompson's blog.


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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Amazon's guide to bar codes, with a list of bar code production companies

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.


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Monday, January 25, 2010

NYT article: "...the average production cost of a feature film submitted to Sundance is roughly $1 million..." (???)

Without knowing much about that $ figure, my first reaction is that it sounds way too high. From this New York Times article:

"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."

Read the rest at NYT.


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Building bridges in Ethiopia



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Awesome tech - Israeli & Doctors Without Borders field hospitals in Haiti

These portable hospitals are pretty awesome, the world needs more of these:





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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tough indie director gets arm broken by actress

More or less, I think, get the story directly from director Angelo Bell:



 

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ending the week with Rza Screen Test

Enjoy, & have a great weekend, see ya next week!


 

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Ride5's 3 min video contest - win $500 & other prizes

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Yup, I think there is enough interesting material for a book or a doc

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 various parts of the world. Anyway, another interesting aspect of the workings of race theory in this world is that it is difficult to see in all its many hydra-headed permutations for most - probably a lot like that idea that the fish does not see the water or something. Anyway, this could be a good subject for a fun & informative book (not necessarily a fun subject, but I can make it fun - at least some of it) or a documentary. Maybe this'll be my doc project for this year.

Oh, I got this new wave of ideas by observing & listening in on a conversation (sometimes hilarious) re: race among a group of "multi-ethnic" students (jr high age i think) on a NYC subway ride today. More on that in the book or the doc.


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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Is this from a different part of the indie film future? Quad Cinema's Four Wall plan looks pretty sweet

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.

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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 reference to a thing that I am looking into - that the past, present, and the future (and various levels of the three states) exist simultaneously on Earth when it comes to human/civilizational/national development. Also, there are post-historical societies/nations (ones where residents & citizens have near total freedom - compared to their ancestors - if they want to exercises that freedom - re: how to live, think & feel) and historical societies (nations that are still traveling or still have to travel past a set of developmental markers before their residents & citizens have something like complete freedom as individuals - so, countries that are on top of the great pyramid (like the all seeing eye on the dollar bill) vs. countries that are on one of the sides of the pyramid - heading to the top or the bottom at any given decade. So, in a post-historical society/nation such as the US, some may have access to different levels of "the future" - or, some people may be able to envision, create early versions of, use & implement new things (objects or ways of doing things) that may become the general norm in the nation, nations, & world in a few days, months, or years.

Related idea:

I think there is a limit to the future or there may be a point beyond which new & drastic changes do not occur in a society/nation/civilization & the changes that do occur are only minor advancements. On the bright side (of sorts) there's probably several hundred years of development left to happen in the US before we hit that plateau, & perhaps a little longer for many countries world wide (Haiti, for example). Either way, we (many people in many developed/industrialized, democratic, capitalist countries) are living in the future - or, the world that may exist in another thousand years in the US should be very recognizable to us (except maybe with a lot more space ships, some aliens, etc. - basically more Star Trek like :), just as certain past eras & aspects of the ancient Egyptians & ancient Romans seem recognizable to us. So is human development linear or cyclical or is it a combination of both? The ancient Egyptians and Romans have elements in their societies that are similar to ours/that of the US, but they seem to have lacked the universal individual rights & freedoms component - a very important one that developed out of the Enlightenment ideas coming into conflict with colonialism & slavery. Hmmm, this (thinking & writing about this subject) can go on forever, best to leave this stuff to sci-fi writers, historians, & peeps who are into predicting the future FT :)

And, one last thing, not very important I guess - time travel is definitely possible.


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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Wyclef Jean defends Yele Haiti

Thanks Shadow & Act blog for the video.

D.I.Y. NGO article

Check out How to Start a Successful NGO in 10 Steps article, in case you need to create a non-governmental organization to carry out your world-saving activities.

Lady Gaga an instrument of Illuminati mind control?

Get your daily dose of pop culture related conspiracy theory here. Also, just because something sounds fantastic does not mean that it isn't true.

Simple D.I.Y. self-distribution for indie filmmakers - an overview

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 for your DVD you can sell it on Amazon. Keep track of the $s earned through DVD sales for tax purposes.

4. Try to get screenings (festivals, etc.) or set up your own screenings. Screenings can generate publicity & maybe you'll be able to sell some DVDs at the screenings also.

I think that's a very basic, relatively simple, number of things you can do to make your movie available to interested people/potential customers.

One indie filmmaker I know is following these steps and is selling about a dozen DVDs a week (at least he was when I checked in on his project back in early December). I myself will be taking these steps with Date Number One & Indie Film Blogger Road Trip soon/before the end of this month.

A filmmaker could, if they wanted to, just do those 4 items for each of their DIY/"no-budget" movies & the movies will be available for the public/will be in distribution. And then they can focus on making other movies & building the career & the catalog/body of work.

Downtown 81 trailer

I'll have to see this movie someday.

Protestors & supporters for movie Caligula, 8MM footage from 1981

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:

Part 2 of Roundtable: Giving Away Your Movie For Free

Read it here.

Roundtable: Giving Away Your Movie For Free - Part 1

Read it here.

Unlimited Mind

Read post at Do The Work blog.

New Dargis NYT article about self-distribution

Read it at the New York Times.

The Haitian Revolution in 6 parts

At Shadow & Act blog.

This blog is back on

Looks like there is at least another year (this year/2010) worth of material that I can create for this blog, so, this blog is back on, back from retirement.

First item, Jon Jost is blogging regularly, it appears, at Cinemaelectronica blog, check it out.

DATE NUMBER ONE on Vimeo VOD

Indie Film Blogger Road Trip

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