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Gary VaynerchukWhat is at the core of filmmaking? It’s the same thing that made us want to pick up a camera in the first place. Storytelling. But, as things tend to do, the landscape of media consumption has evolved to match our changing needs and desires. Platforms like Twitter, YouTube, and Netflix have sprung up to accommodate this change, but have the ways we tell stories followed suit? Gary Vaynerchuck doesn’t seem to think so. In this 99U talk, the best-selling author and founder of VaynerMedia describes how to be better storytellers in today’s “A.D.D. Culture.” More »

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WuTang ClanOne of the most influential musical groups of the last 20 years, the Wu-Tang Clan, recently announced the release of their secretly produced album, The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which will surely be one of a kind — literally. The hip-hop group has decided to release a single copy of the double album with a purchase price somewhere in the millions, hoping to shine a light on the value that is put on art and intellectual property — a hot button topic that has been in the mouths of many filmmakers since the proliferation of VOD. How much is art really worth in the modern age, and who stands to lose or gain as the value goes up or down? Join the discussion after the break. More »

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always frustrated when I get excited about a good movie at a festival, only to see the film descend into the bowels of obscurity after distribution dead-ends. Why is it so hard for anyone but a handful of good independent films to make their way onto my screen at home? After a year of hard work, I am excited to see the atmospheric, underdog film Hide Your Smiling Faces finally making it somewhere. Around this time last year, director Daniel Patrick Carbone sat down with No Film School over Skype. Checkout our original interview below, and find out where you can download the film now! More »

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Veronica MarsKickstarter is slowly becoming a mainstay of independent filmmaking. Since its launch in 2009, the crowdfunding platform has generated over $1 billion in pledges, funding everything from food to gaming projects, big names in filmmaking, like Spike Lee, Kristen Bell, and Zach Braff, have brought crowdfunding into the mainstream — somewhat. Kickstarter has created their very own iTunes channel that showcases films financed using the site, giving filmmakers’ movies more access to an audience and vice versa, and hopefully giving crowdfunding more mainstream exposure. More »

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Simple Machine's Nandan RaoA huge challenge for independent filmmakers is getting eyeballs on their movies. Many new tools aim to solve this problem, but Nandan Rao’s DIY screening platform Simple Machine is going one further: they are offering cash for you to create your own live event, your own film festival — as long as it can be accomplished for $1,000 or less. Read on for the full details and a quick word from Simple Machine founder Nandan Rao. More »

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after the wrap panel sxswYou busted your butt to make a damned good film. Now what? If you’re hoping somebody like Magnolia Pictures will swoop in and give you a distribution deal after you send them a DVD, you might be sorely disappointed when they turn you down. If only you had gone to the SXSW Panel After the Wrap: Finding the Right Distribution Partner, maybe things would go differently! Luckily, No Film School attended for you, and below are the three most salient points that might maximize your chances of getting picked up. More »

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WipsterKeeping up to date with what’s currently happening in the cinematic world is certainly an important part of being a filmmaker, as is being able to recognize and anticipate changes. We’ve heard many thoughts on where the future of cinema and filmmaking is headed, from the transmediatic, multi-celled film to the end of TV as we know it. Adding to the discourse through their new series of (very) short SXSW video interviews is Wipster, who asked industry professionals, like reps from Blackmagic, Adobe, and Vimeo, what they saw in the future of video. Continue on to find out what they said. More »

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Vimeo on DemandFollowing the announcement of their plan to invest $10M to help support filmmakers utilizing Vimeo on Demand for direct distribution, Vimeo has unveiled their newly redesigned VOD platform at SXSW. The new design is aimed at creating a more organized way to discover and browse films using both genre categories and their new “film collections” feature. What does this mean for indie filmmakers? Well, a more user-friendly experience will help audiences navigate the site and bring more potential viewers to your film. Continue on to find out more about Vimeo’s new changes, as well as how you could potentially get your hands on a piece of that $10M. More »

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VHXVHX has a pretty simple mission: to allow users the ability to sell their content directly to their audience through their online distribution platform. It has spent the last two years in private beta testing, working with the likes of Kevin Spacey, Ira Glass, and Aziz Ansari, and distributing films like Upstream Color and Oscar-nominated The Act of KillingWell, VHX made the announcement yesterday that they are finally out of beta and ready to offer their services to the public at a price they’ve lowered to commemorate the launch. To find out more about this direct-to-fan distribution platform, continue on. More »

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Menthol World Premiere at SBIFF

In Part 1 of this series, I talked about the decisions in creating the seminal piece of marketing (the trailer) for my first narrative feature Menthol. We just had our world premiere last month at the 29th Santa Barbara International Film Fest and, being my first festival experience from the filmmaker’s side, I wanted to share a little bit about the experience and what it’s got me thinking about — the philosophical, the social, and the pragmatic. More »

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BitTorrent Bundles Download within ClientThe alpha publishing project BitTorrent Bundles is catching on as a diverse tool for the distribution of content directly to fans. BitTorrent has announced a new Android app and an update to two of their software clients, uTorrent and BitTorrent. The update will make Bundles available to download directly from inside the clients. What does this mean for filmmakers? Read on for more details. More »

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indiegogo distribution programIf you’re thinking about making your next film, you might be toying with the idea of crowdfunding some (or all) of the budget. If you thought picking your crowdfunding platform was about deciding which site’s design you like better, think again! During Sundance, Vimeo announced it was partnering with Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Seed&Spark to help successful projects find audiences. A week later, Indiegogo announced a specialized Film Distribution Program with VHX and Yekra. Now, your crowdfunding platform could also get you a clear, discounted, or lucrative channel to distribution! Below is a look at what the changing distribution opportunities could mean for you. More »

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Menthol Trailer Festival Laurels

In this series of posts, I’m going to test, prod, and explore the process of releasing my first feature film almost entirely online, with no money or nepotism. As some of you know, I’ve been regularly writing about distribution on No Film School in recent months with the intention of one day putting what I’ve learned to use. That day has come with the imminent release of my narrative feature Menthol – and what better place than here to have the discussion as the process evolves? Read on for Part 1, in which I discuss decisions in cutting and releasing the all-important trailer. More »

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Anchorman 2 Last Paramount Movie Distributed on FilmMovies have been shown in theaters on actual film since the beginning of the format, but this year could very well be the last that we get to experience new films on 35mm. It has been reported that Paramount is ending distribution on celluloid, with Anchorman 2 being their last film print release — instead releasing all new movies digitally. What does this mean for the rest of the industry, and who is going to get left behind in the process? More »

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vimeoIt has been a big week for independent films — especially for independent, crowdfunded films. Not only is 10% of this year’s Sundance slate made up of Kickstarter-funded films, but Vimeo made an announcement at the festival yesterday that they’re launching a program specifically for films that have raised funds through crowdfunding platforms, offering $500K in support for marketing. Continue on for more info. More »

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Sundance InfographicWith Sundance ’14 being only four days away, independent filmmakers, studios, and buyers are gearing up for another festival year of screenings, bidding, passing, as well as contemplation over the current state of independent cinema. Cultural Weekly and Entertainment Media Partners CEO Adam Leipzig have released an in-depth infographic compiling key data from Sundance, namely on spending, which analyzes how these numbers stack up against those of the major studios. Their findings are a mixed bag of encouraging stats and disheartening truths. More »

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Blue Film Reels

As is customary at the beginning of every new year, we ask ourselves, “How will this year be different? What will change? What will stay the same?” As filmmakers, I’m sure most of us are asking these questions about the film industry, perhaps even making assertions and predictions about what we’ll be seeing in cinema in 2014, and founder of Sub-Genre Media, Brian Newman does the same. Here are his 10 predictions about the 2014 film industry. This is a guest post by Brian Newman. More »

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Jon Reiss no film school interviewUnless you are the 0.0005 percent of filmmakers who got picked out of the line-up of would-be Hollywood auteurs, you should stop thinking of ‘entrepreneur’ as a dirty word, and start thinking about how to find your audience yourself. That’s what producer/director Jon Reiss suggests, and he’s carved a living in independent film since, well, before the Internet. In the No Film School video interview below, Jon Reiss talks about anything from a filmmaker’s goals dictating a release strategy, to making music videos with Danzig and Trent Reznor, to the interactive theatrical experiences of his latest indie sequel Bomb It 2. More »

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The Act of Killing Bittorent BundleJoshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar-shortlisted The Act of Killinga documentary revisiting squad leaders from the Indonesian genocides of the 60′s, was released on iTunes today. In a partnership between Drafthouse Films and BitTorrent, heaps of exclusive and free bonus content can be downloaded through their new BitTorrent Bundle. Read on to find out what’s inside the Bundle and how you can download it. More »

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Reelhouse and Warner Bros

It’s been a good year for Reelhouse as the direct-to-consumer platform continues to find ways to incentivize audiences to click play. Reelhouse announced a partnership with Sundance earlier this year and now it adds select Warner Bros titles to its repertoire. However, this is not a move away from their independent focus, but an attempt to connect some of the virtues of the independent marketing sphere to the studio world. Read on to catch up with Reelhouse CEO Bill Mainguy to talk about their new initiative. More »