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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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It seems like only yesterday (8 months, actually) that the curated rental website Prescreen appeared as one of the many new startups competing for eyeballs in the growing digital distribution world for independent films. Prescreen (technically still in beta) sent a message to users that it would be suspending operations for the foreseeable future and would notify members of future plans with the site. Just because Prescreen is shutting down, however, does not mean all hope is lost for independent film. There are plenty of other services still going strong. More »

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Producer Jon Kilik (who has an untouchable resume of 37 films) told Emerging Visions participants earlier this week a great story about working with Spike Lee. Spike told Jon for Do the Right Thing, his third feature, he wanted Robert DeNiro, a budget of $10 million, and a June 30th, 6AM start date. In Jon’s words, “we didn’t get DeNiro, we didn’t get $10 million, but on June 30th at 6AM we rolled camera.” This is a guest post about start dates by director Jeff Orgill, whose feature comedy Junkie Nurse debuted on Prescreen today.

You’re thinking of directing your first feature film – you are about to dive off a cliff into a lake far below. When to jump? When to jump?…

This is your “start date.” Filmmaking can be full of Catch-22 situations — how do I get the name cast without the money? Or the money without the name cast? — and so on. But the big daddy of them all is picking your start date. You don’t want to commit to a date without everything in place — what if we don’t have the budget by the start date? What about that location we don’t have yet? But without a start date you will never make your film. More »

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If VOD is the future of film distribution and Netflix isn’t paying indies much, we’d all better hope for some new — and successful — players in the digital film distribution space. Dynamo Player was one of the first out of the gate, and Distrify looks great. Amazon VOD and YouTube Rentals are also players, or you could always try to build your own VOD portal. Now there are two more options; here are the video pitches from newcomers FilmDIY and Prescreen: More »

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I’ve been waiting for this one for quite some time, and after flipping through it quickly, it looks to be an absolutely essential read for filmmakers. I’m talking about the free eBook Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul, which is presented by Prescreen and is co-authored by full-service indie nonprofit The Film Collaborative, filmmaker and distribution guru Jon Reiss (I called his first book Think Outside the Box Office a “great gift for filmmakers“), and marketing strategist and social media expert Sheri Candler. It’s available in several eBook forms, including for iPhone, Kindle, Nook, and of course PDF. It’s free until October 1st. Go get it now. Or watch the trailer: More »