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The American Jobs ActBack in July, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) voted on Title II of the JOBS Act in favor of lifting the ban on general solicitation for certain private securities offerings. And yesterday, it became law. This means that filmmakers can now market their fundraising as publicly as they want — with a few stipulations. Read on for a breakdown of what the new law entails, as well as how you can qualify for general solicitation fundraising. More »

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indiegogoIndiegogo first released the helpful Crowdfunding Field Guide earlier this year, which broke down the crowdfunding process for those who were new to the game. A couple of days ago, the Indiegogo team announced on Twitter that their newest free guide, or rather —  debunking document, is now available for download. Continue reading to get the rundown on what their new publication is all about. More »

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Kickstarter AussieIn late June, Kickstarter announced that their crowdsourcing platform was coming to Canada — campaigns for which will be able to launch in September. Continuing their expansion across the globe, Kickstarter announced yesterday on Twitter that campaigns will soon be open to Australia and New Zealand -based projects. When will Australians and New Zealanders be able to get their Kickstarer campaigns underway? They haven’t specified an exact date, opting for a more vague, but exciting, “in the very near future.” Continue reading for more info. More »

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Spike Lee KickstarterThe last month has seen quite a bit of dissension amongst filmmakers regarding Spike Lee’s decision to crowdfund his latest film on Kickstarter, but the quarrel started much earlier with the campaigns for Veronica Mars and Zack Braff’s passion project. Some say these filmmakers are pulling away pledges that would be going into other projects, and others say they’re introducing the crowdsourcing platform to new backers. Kickstarter decided to give their two cents on the matter regarding whether or not celebrities, like Spike Lee, should fundraise on a platform used by creatives who don’t have the resources or connections more readily available to established, successful, and well-known filmmakers. More »

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Be Natural

Can you answer this question: Who’s the first female film director? Don’t be surprised if you can’t, because it’s not really common knowledge. When speaking of filmmaking pioneers, Alice Guy-Blaché may not come to mind as readily as the  Lumière Brothers or Georges Méliès, but her contributions to cinema, as well as the lessons we can learn from her story are as far-reaching as they are profound. NFS sat down with filmmakers Pamela Green and Jarik van Sluijs, who, along with executive producer Robert Redford, have gathered industry greats like Diablo Cody, Julie Delpy, James Bobin, and Ben Kingsley for the documentary Be Natural, a film that looks to inspire new filmmakers by uncovering the mystery of the first female filmmaker. More »

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darkenergylogoblogthmCinnafilm’s Dark Energy plugin for After Effects is arguably one of the best noise reduction and grain emulation tools on the market today. Most notably, Shane Hurlbut turned to Dark Energy in order to make the Canon 5D Mark II shine for Act of Valor, and high-end production companies around the world rely on Dark Energy for everything from noise reduction for green screen keying to film grain emulation. However, at this point in time, Dark Energy is only available as an AE plugin (and only on the PC). The folks over at Cinnafilm have just started a Kickstarter campaign to port Dark Energy over to the OFX platform so that it can be used in programs like DaVinci Resolve, Nuke, and Avid. Check out their campaign video below: More »

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dog day afternoonIf you haven’t seen Sidney Lumet’s classic Dog Day Afternoon, you’re missing out. The story of a hapless bank robber (Al Pacino) who gets trapped in a standoff with the police all so he can raise the money to pay for his partner’s gender reassignment is based on a true story. It wasn’t until 2006 that the inspiration for the title role passed away, and now the filmmakers of a new documentary about the true story behind this classic film are seeking funding in an innovative way. Click to see what makes this Dog Day doc different from the rest of the pack. More »

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SFX_handYou know — there’s more than one way to skin a guy’s arm. The London-based filmmakers of the short film He Took His Skin Off For Me have come up with a unique and intriguing premise for a film: a “story of a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend, and why it probably wasn’t the best idea.” If that’s blowing your mind right now, just take a gander at their tutorial that shows you how they created the “skinless” SFX. If you have $250 and a team of dedicated and talented artists and filmmakers, you could be well on your way to making excuses to make a film about people with no skin. Check out the tutorial, videos, photos, and a few words from director Ben Aston after the jump. More »

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Seed and Spark Emily BestWe are back to play hardball with Emily Best, Founder of Seed&Spark, a new crowdfunding and digital distribution platform that claims to be part of “the future of filmmaking.” Yesterday we explored the genesis of the website and its differences with other crowdfunding giants. Today, the conversation gets more interesting. More »

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Emily Louise Best Seed and Spark

Seed&Spark Founder Emily Best was fundraising for a feature film when she had a moment to which most producers can relate. In an industry with over 15,000 independent films made each year, where only 1% of US releases get picked up for traditional distribution and only a fraction of those actually make any money — where do we draw the line between independent and idiotic? Even after successfully green-lighting a film, getting a full house to watch it can be like extracting teeth if it doesn’t feature zombies or Ryan Gosling. Best decided to put two problems together to create a solution for all filmmakers in the form of Seed&Spark, a new crowdfunding and digital distribution model that puts audiences center-stage in the filmmaking process, rallying supporters to engage beyond the usual credit card transaction. Read on for Seed&Spark 101. More »

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Spike Lee KickstarterKickstarter has descended upon the consciousness of established filmmakers and it’s here to stay. Today’s high-profile project is none other than the Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint. There are a lot of qualms associated with celebrities using the crowd-funding model, and Spike Lee looks like he’s trying to appeal to some kind of middle ground; calling out the studio system for its perils and explaining that he has a “different vision of what Cinema can be.” Read on to get the scoop. More »

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Securities and Exchange CommissionThe Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted on Title II of the JOBS Act this last Wednesday, with a 4-to-1 vote in favor of lifting the ban on “general solicitation of private placements to accredited investors.” Basically that means that previous to this legislation, filmmakers, producers, or whomever was looking to get their film projects funded (or any other small business) were required to meet with potential investors individually. Now that the ban is lifted, those wanting funds may “advertise their fundraising publicly” as long as investors are accredited through the SEC. What could this possibly mean for independent film? Hit the jump to find out. More »

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James Franco Palo Alto Stories IndieGoGoWho’s next to weigh in on the celebrity crowdfunding discussion? Well, James Franco recently launched his first crowdfunding effort on Indiegogo – but before you lump it with his Oz the Great and Powerful co-star Zach Braff’s Kickstarter project, hear him out. Based on his book Palo Alto Stories, not 1 but 3 feature films are slated to be made, and are to be directed by some of Franco’s fellow NYU students. Franco also plans to donate any profit the films make to charity. Read on for more from Franco on the campaign. More »

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Breaking-Bad-Crystal-ShipIf your answer to that question isn’t a deep and resounding “OHMYGODYES” then I seriously doubt that we could ever be real friends. But that’s beside the point. A ride in the “Crystal Ship” to the premiere of one of the best shows on television, in the company of one of this generation’s most accomplished character actors, is undoubtedly one of those opportunities that only comes along once in a lifetime. Interested? Here’s how you could win the ultimate Breaking Bad experience plus some other killer prizes. More »

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Kevin SmithWhether or not you feel that people with so-called access to funding should be staying away from Kickstarter, the continued impact of crowdfunding on the world of filmmaking is fascinating to watch. Some of the recent big name crowdfunding campaigns have received criticism, and while many think it’s a good this for all of us, Kevin Smith has other ideas, stating that it’s “not fair to real indie filmmakers who need the help.” A recent interview with Smith on KCRW’s The Business reveals more of Smith’s thoughts on the issue and his plan to finance his final film in CLERKS III without the use of crowdfunding. Hit jump to find out more. More »

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Shoulderpod

We’ve been talking a lot about Vine lately, and even Instagram’s new video feature. So many new filmmakers were born when the opportunity to make films evolved right into their already-texting fingertips. As of right now, we have the hardware (smartphones,) we have the software (video-recording/editing apps,) all we need is something that will make it all look — smooth. Enter Shoulderpod’s Mobbo and Handdo, a stabilization combination that may take your smartphone filmmaking to the next level. More »

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Kickstarter Coming to CanadaSome exciting news for our friends up North: Kickstarter is coming to Canada. The crowdfunding giant’s last expansion was into the UK, and we wondered where they’d go next — and now we know. Kickstarter broke the news on Twitter this morning, saying that they will be open to Canada-based  projects sometime this summer. For all of our Canadian indie filmmakers and creatives, as well as the rest of us who are excited to see the great projects and films that are going to be made as a result of this, hit the jump for more info. More »

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Independent film has grown and blossomed over the last few decades. Production costs are low and spirits are high, but the question on every indie filmmaker’s mind after wrap is, “How do I get my film out there?” Independent director Nicolás Alcalá and his team at Riot Cinema has rewritten the book on how movies are experienced and distributed with their film The Cosmonautand Alcalá was kind enough to share his thoughts on distribution in contemporary cinema.

This is a guest post by Director Nicolás Alcalá. More »

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The Cosmonaut still About a month ago, we had the honor of talking with director Nicolás Alcalá about his crowdfunded and transmediatic film The CosmonautEver since then, we’ve been waiting with bated breath for the May 18th release of the film — and now, that day is here. After years of raising funds, traveling across Europe, and enlisting thousands of people to become co-creators of their project, the team of at Riot Cinema Collective are ready to unveil their newest creation. More »

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Bijou Digital Conversion In my town, if you’re a cinephile and a lover of all things local, The Bijou Art Cinema is a home away from home. This former Spanish Mission style church turned mortuary turned art-house cinema is nestled in the University District in Eugene, OR, and has a 30 year history of supporting independent, foreign, and local film. In mid-2010, a handful of longtime employees pitched in each of their life savings to save The Bijou from bankruptcy, and now are calling on the community to help them make the jump to digital. And if crowdfunding wasn’t already an endeavor and a half, a second location is being opened downtown, which will help cater to local independent filmmakers. More »