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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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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 »

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kickstarter-logo4Hollywood likes Kickstarter now, and it was only a matter of time before we started seeing projects from some of our favorite filmmakers show up on the crowdfunding website. There have been many opinions thrown around about whether or not these projects should be on the site given that many of these filmmakers should be able to find money elsewhere, and poor indie filmmakers don’t really have much of a choice. Many have talked about Kickstarter being a zero sum game, that Hollywood stars are taking good money away from projects that really need it. Well, turns out the numbers don’t support that in any way, and both Zach Braff and Kickstarter have responded to explain the situation, and give some hard numbers. More »

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Last week we covered the new innovative website, Chain of Title, which at its launch will provide filmmakers with invaluable legal information, forms, and resources for the reasonable price of — totally free. Headed by independent filmmaker and producer, Jordan Clark, Chain of Title will feature, among other things, information described using both layman’s and legal terms accompanied by videos, accessible forms, and easy and creative navigation. We were lucky enough to sit down with Clark recently and ask about his project, its Indiegogo campaign, and how it intends to help independent filmmakers once it goes live. More »

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Thanks to cameras being made with mounts very close to their sensors, we can adapt all sorts of older lenses that were made to be farther away from the sensor/film plane. The two most adaptable and supported so far, the Sony E-mount and the Micro 4/3 mount, have seen a wide range of adapters for lenses like Canon, Nikon, and PL, and we’ve even got adapters now that can make your lenses faster, wider, and sharper. If you’re shooting in brighter environments, and you want to keep your shutter speed and f-stop consistent, you need ND filters, so it was only a matter of time before someone decided to put a variable ND into a lens adapter. That’s exactly what Thomas Läräng did with the HolyManta internal ND lens adapter, and he’s running a crowdfunding campaign to try to get the project off the ground. More »

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You’ve written the perfect breakout indie hit. First, the budget is small, which is great because you can easily raise it on Kickstarter from all those tastemakers who just can’t wait for a signed DVD. On top of that, you’ve got a story that is so universal, anybody and everybody would enjoy it. “FWACK!” That’s the sound of the cold brick of reality hitting you in the face. In the series of Film Courage interviews below, independent marketing strategist Sheri Candler breaks down how we screw up our films by unwittingly sabotaging our marketing, and just how little we have in common with Veronica Mars. More »

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Ready to get your project funded, but not exactly sure where to start? Well, you may want to check out Indiegogo‘s Field Guide for campaign owners, which contains almost everything you’d ever want to know about how to make your crowdfunding campaigns potentially more successful. It covers a large range of helpful topics that aren’t necessarily exclusive to Indiegogo: tips on how to write and film a pitch, generating buzz, essential social media sites, and marketing. However, the guide digs in and lays out the Indiegogo experience with helpful tools, like checklists, clickable links, and a clear and engaging design. As an added bonus, it’s really easy to understand! More »