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indieflix indiegogo campaign indie independent cinema film filmmaking revenue profit movies viewing streaming web video content monetize seld direct distribution festival service logoIn our direct distribution roundup, we went over IndieFlix as basically the ‘indie version of Netflix.’ Subscribers pay $5 per month or $50 per year to stream an ever-expanding library of films. This may sound familiar, but unlike everybody’s favorite binge-watching enabler, IndieFlix makes earning money for independent filmmakers central to its mission. You can stream on any device with an internet connection, but IndieFlix is still missing a proper mobile app – and that’s where you come in. Though an app is already in the works, IndieFlix has embarked on an Indiegogo campaign to help it reach or surpass its development goals even sooner. More »

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expanded symphony projectorEver since the Lumiere brothers projected their first film to the public — a train arriving at a station — cinema burst into the world as the newest and most populist art, beating out books, theater, and radio. Today, where is the popular future of movies headed if films become increasingly relegated to a small, elite group of people who get to make and watch them? Jose Carlos Zavarse Pinto and Irene Garibay are setting out to bring movies to a small village in Venezuela. And no, it’s not to show them the latest comic-book-smurfs-street-racing blockbusters, but rather, to have them create their own cinema. Below, Jose talks to No Film School about his project, and how filmmaking can be used to preserve or promote culture across the world. 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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Strahlen Product Shots R3-020

These days, we seem to be at the beginning of an LED lighting revolution, and the future of the technology is certainly bright (dah-dun-chhh). However, the LED lighting solutions that are currently available on the market are either cheaply built, really difficult to modify, or they’re just insanely expensive. Last year, Andy Waplinger, a freelance filmmaker out of San Diego, set out to create the perfect LED light for low-budget and professional filmmakers alike. He created Strahlen, and the company’s first product, the ST-100, a ruggedly simplistic, yet incredibly powerful LED light is now available. I recently talked with Andy about the creation of these lights. Read on to see what Strahlen’s all about. More »

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IndieGogo Partners with IndieReignIndiegogo has been a pioneer in the crowdfunding game ever since its launch in 2008. Today they’ve announced a partnership with the filmmaker-friendly distribution platform IndieReign. The partnership aims to put the spotlight on interesting crowd-funding film projects and offer a seamless transition from funding to distribution. Hit the jump to find out how this news could affect you. 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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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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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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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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Filmmaking is hard. We all know that. Fortunately, we have lots of tools, gadgets, and resources that make almost every phase of production easier: from screenwriting software that formats your scripts for you, to step-by-step online video tutorials. However, one aspect of production still seems to be absent from the bountiful spring of online help: securing, maintaining, and assign the copyrights for projects. Wading through all of the legal jargon, lengthy documents, and confusing rules and regulations can stomp out your creative fire, but, it looks like that’s about to change with Chain of Title, a website geared toward making this process a lot less painful. More »

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We briefly interrupt our regularly scheduled NAB programming to bring you this short announcement about an intriguing animated short film masterclass. A little while ago, I highlighted a video from animation filmmaker Lucas Martell about his ideas tournament for generating new ideas and selecting the best ones to pursue further. Lucas is currently running an Indiegogo campaign for his latest animated short, The OceanMaker, and is now offering a perk specifically for those of you looking to expand your animation capabilities. For details about his upcoming animated short film masterclass, check out the video below. 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 »

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Beginning in the summer of 2010, filmmaker Gail Mooney and her daughter took a 99-day journey all over the world to create “a film about people who were making a positive difference.” Opening Our Eyes was the result. The partially Kickstarter-funded film follows eleven subjects across six continents, and went on to achieve accolades such as Best Documentary at the 2012 Orlando Film Festival. Considering the scope and scale of the project, and the budget at which it was accomplished, Opening Our Eyes is a startling achievement — and, through an upcoming B&H seminar with Mooney herself, other filmmakers can learn exactly how it was accomplished. More »

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Imagine this. You’re working a RED Epic film with a bunch of new crew members, and you’re in the camera department. It’s the first set of the second day. This production is moving, and you shot 10 pages the previous day. Your DP calls out for the 35mm Cooke prime — no sweat. You head over to the video village or camera cart, look for the lens case, and *gasp* the case isn’t there. After a full half hour of looking, your team can’t find the missing lenses. Panic ensues, mistrust starts to brew, and fingers begin to get pointed. What’re you to do? There may be an innovative solution for you if you’ve got a prepared equipment manager — the StickNFind, a bluetooth powered  location sticker that works with Android or iOS. Click through to see the IndieGoGo pitch video: More »

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So did anyone notice that some camera company just dropped prices? No? I think some of you just might have…Anyway, back to the rest of the world for a moment. The Kickstarter world to be exact. The crowdfunding site has been in talks to expand to the United Kingdom, and now it’s official. In fact, people have been setting up projects since the beginning of the month, so that they could go live immediately once the service officially launched. The first project to debut in the UK, Picade, an arcade cabinet kit for the Raspberry Pi computer, has already been successfully funded — so the service is off to a great start. Check below for more details about the UK launch and what makes it different from the U.S. version. More »

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Back in July we talked about Kickstarter finally moving outside of the US this fall, and the company has now confirmed that they will be opening up shop in the United Kingdom on October 31. They’ve been criticized for their lack of international involvement (unlike IndieGoGo) — and they also recently changed their guidelines regarding hardware and product design — but they are beginning to put the former criticisms to rest with the launch of service in the UK. Here is a rundown of what this means for you (assuming you live in that area): More »

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Many of us have used crowdfunding platforms to get a project off the ground or at least to gauge interest in it — and many more of us have considered, or are planning, on doing so. But David Branin and Karen Worden from the indie film site Film Courage are utilizing a crowdfunding platform for another purpose: to distribute their finished film. Yesterday they released their DIY feature Goodbye Promise on Indiegogo — for just $1. David and Karen are seeking answers to the question we all face as filmmakers: how to best release our films to a changing world. I spoke to them via Skype about film festivals, online distribution, crowdfunding platforms, social media strategies, and more: More »

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Kickstarter has grown considerably over the past few years, not just in the number and breadth of projects, but in the amounts raised. A few projects have now passed the million dollar mark, and very soon we’ll get the chance to see if any projects will pass the million pound mark. If you happen to be one of the many creative or entrepreneurial individuals living across the pond, there is good news just around the corner: Kickstarter will be accepting projects from the U.K. beginning this fall thanks to the expansion of Amazon payments. More »

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I just launched a Kickstarter campaign for my first feature film (seen at left), and I hope if you’re reading this that you’ll help me turn my dream into reality. Seriously: my entire life has been leading up to this, and I can’t do it without you. However, this site has always been about helping others while I’m learning these things myself, so I kept track of all the valuable posts I found during my research. If you’re thinking running your own crowdfunding campaign — defined as asking for small amounts of money from a large number of people, as opposed to asking for large amounts of money from a small number of people — consider the following posts essential reading. I should note on my own campaign that there are some great rewards available — get the entire film for just $10, or get a producer credit for $120!

Louis Pasteur once said, “chance favors the prepared mind.” If you use an all-or-nothing platform like Kickstarter, as I am, you’re taking a huge chance: if you don’t make your goal, you get nothing. To prepare, then, I read everything I could get my hands on. Here are ten of the most helpful posts for anyone thinking about launching their own fundraising effort on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or any of the other crowdfunding sites: More »

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Many folks seem to think that crowdfunding is some magical new way of raising money that works like the Staples Easy Button. People love to talk about the success stories, but of course there are hundreds of campaigns that fail (and no one hears about them). With this in mind, marketing and publicity specialist Sheri Candler has written a great post about mistakes to avoid when about running a Kickstarter or IndieGogo fundraising campaign. Her post is a must-read for anyone thinking about crowdfunding. Here’s one of her reasons: More »