I make a living by making websites, but am learning the trade of filmmaking.
No experience with any, so hoping someone else responds. But I bookmarked this based on a past article I read from another filmmaker: https://www.discmakers.com/
Great question... I can't help with that. Never edited anything that long, but am hopeful you'll get an answer so I can read it too :).
Pfft. You're asking for a lot. I haven't used their services, but I've done some distro research for my own sanity and planning. So my question to you is: is releasing on AVD your distro plan?
I'm working on a film this year and research distros available now (knowing things will change before I can release). While AVD was part of my release plan... it's the tail end of it. I'm curious if you have more of a release plan and/or is AVD your starting point?
Put on Amazon yourself. Research what you should do and do it. Distribber should charge you if you're having them do the research for you. There's no magic wand that Distribber waves for you. Amazon doesn't care how you got on there (unless they brought you on in one of their special programs).
But I'm curious on the timing of your question. Do you have a film already made and didn't think through distribution until now? Or are you just researching what's out there as you plan for your film? Listen to enough podcasts and videos out there, you'll find that things are always changing. Stay up on them and have a general plan. But who knows what the sort of Indie Film distro plans will be available a year from now.
I gave you a youtube subscribe. Want to see the feature. The waterfall and shoreline really bring up the production value from an indie 'shot in the woods'. You got the points across of different personalities (scared/adventurous), treasure, family, dangerous from more than just the location (some one following).
Love that you got sunbeams in a wood shot... was that just the location or did you add the fog/smoke to the scene for that?
If I were to provide critique... trim up the front of the trailer. We don't need someone saying he's afraid... we just need to see him afraid of the dark. The 'get in the boat' helps solidify that.
Also I noticed... and don't know if this is normal or not (or even a problem)... a lot of colorization in the film. It's jump from bright, to low saturation, to mid-day. The color feel across the trailer didn't feel consistent. Probably grabbed from color-graded scenes?
And the marketer in me wants to say: hey, fill out your youtube profile! You have 4.5 hundred views... what is your CTA? What do you want these viewers like me to do to know about future updates? I have to type all that in a URL? You didn't add a place for me to click or a bit at the end telling me your preferred method for me to get updates?
I plan to start mine in March. Doing prep work now. I have marketing spreadsheet of weekly content goals for youtube, facebook, instagram, and my own site's blog going into 2020. My goal isn't to make much money with youtube, but rather showcase what I learn as I create my first indie feature. The want is to have more eyeballs on my movie when it's complete. I'm a web developer that has worked closely with marketing teams for the past 10 years. So when I decided to make a movie, I also decided that I wanted people to see it at the same time. This year that planning is being implemented (after 5 years of learning).
Some feedback on the video you just posted/channel (yes, I realize I'm a no one on youtube).
1. Would you be better thinking of your channel as a class? Where you start off simple and build up? You say you're looking for the middle ground, but then talk about future tuts on some simpler topics.
2. You mention vlog separate from tuts each week. But you're combining both in your first video. If i was looking to learn about Presets, I would get frustrated if 1/3 or 1/2 of your video was talking about topics other than the title and be less likely to follow your channel.
3. Production quality: that is a boring white wall you have there. Get rid of the toys near the wall we can't make out and put something visually interesting that we can see in that space? White lights coming off of monitors early on.
4. If you're looking to go beyond the basics.... talk about how multiple editors can share presets when working on a project. or if there's value if you're sending the files to someone to color correct or final edit to have these? Or if I'm upgrading my machine... will the presets come over when I install the program on the new computer.
5. Upload an image to NFS for your account too :)
fyi: i did subscribe. Interested to see your growth over the next 6 months and maybe learn some. Feel free to return the sub. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsqeLGCRtUdLJMDuInUfNiA