Saturday, October 31, 2009


Selling your film on
DVD or download

has never been easier!
First, find your audience.
Here's how...

FISSURE Movie Trailer

Still reeling from a personal tragedy, Detective Paul Grunning is sent on a routine call to a local professor's home. When things turn deadly, he must navigate a fractured reality to solve the mystery before it's too late.

INTRUDER Movie Trailer

A short promo-reel from Gregory Caiafa's brutal killer clown thriller "Intruder", NOW AVAILABLE on Cable VOD throughout North-America & for Pre-Order on AMAZON.COM. Check with your local cable provider, and check my channel for other "Intruder" clips.

© 2009 YouTube, LLC


Friday, October 30, 2009

The END of CINEMA as we now know it?

Francis Ford Coppola
shines at Beirut Intl Film Festival
but he Sees Cinema Falling Apart

“The cinema as we know it is falling apart,” says Francis Ford Coppola.

“It’s a period of incredible change,” says the director of “The Godfather” and “Apocalypse Now.”

“We used to think of six, seven big film companies. Every one of them is under great stress now. Probably two or three will go out of business and the others will just make certain kind of films like ‘Harry Potter’ -- basically trying to make ‘Star Wars’ over and over again, because it’s a business.”

READ MORE by Ladane Nasseri -

©2009, Bloomberg L.P. All Rights Reserved.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

13 Minutes to Midnight 3D

13 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT will have its worldwide premiere on Wednesday, October 28th with "Halloween - Part 1."

3D is HERE!

Starring Erika Smith, Heather McDonald of Chelsea Lately, Elizabeth Killmond, Donato Crowley, and featuring a surprise celebrity cameo!

©2009 Dailymotion


Dead Celebrities: Use of Another’s Likeness

Ideas, Inspiration and Legal Resources for Artists, Filmmakers, Producers and Film Students

Whether the image, voice, likeness or identity of deceased celebrities or lesser-known individuals may be exploited in commercial endeavors turns on the analysis of the individual’s “right of publicity” or the ability of the individual’s heirs to control that right. Generally speaking, analysis of right of publicity law presents significant challenges since there is no unified federal statute on the subject and one must look to states’ laws for guidance. Even at the state level there are significant differences because the scope the rights varies from state to state and some states do not have any statutes on the subject at all.

READ MORE on Indiefilmlaw's Blog by David Adler -

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

FREE viewing of 1,375 movies


The National Film Board of Canada launches an iPhone app for free viewing of 1,375 movies in English and French. The hundreds of documentaries, animated films and trailers are streamed over WiFi, 3G and EDGE wireless networks. “We continue to add new films every week, depending on how many we clear the rights for and can digitize,” says Deborah Drisdell, NFB director general of accessibility and digital enterprises.


Copyright © 2009


Tickets to Dreamland

Somebody asked me recently how the cost of movie tickets is determined. I told them “Good question.” Then I realized that they were serious and actually waiting for an answer. After staring blankly for a few minutes, I excused myself to go to the bathroom and never came back.

Movie attendance is already down.

Forget the claim that there has been a 5 percent increase this year; that claim is bogus. If anything, business is off by more than 5 percent and declining.

Attendance will continue to drop (and drop sharply) well into the first quarter of 2010. Meanwhile, the mighty heads of Hollywood are totally convinced that the average American is just chomping at the bit to pay $15 dollars or more a pop to see movies in digital 3-D. This thinking is completely irrational. It is even delusional. In fact, it is utterly insane. But this is the current direction of Hollywood.

READ MORE by Dennis Toth -

©Copyright 2009 R&R Consulting


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Movie poster mashups


We all know the joke: Hollywood is so devoid of original ideas, it keeps recycling old ones. Who can't imagine the desperate screenwriter's pitch to a studio bigwig... "It's like Aliens meets Love Story!"

In the spirit of mockery (a spirit we're big on, by the way), we've taken some of our favorite movies and combined the titles.


© Copyright 2009 All rights reserved.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Movies For Nobodies

Film, Drama, Comedy, Tragedy, Action, Sex, Violence, Comics, Movie Reviews, DVD reviews, Comic Book movies, Netflix, and everything you love in movies is a weekly podcast for movie lovers by movie lovers!

Just check out and get in on the conversations. Post your thoughts and comments over on our webpage! Get your opinion heard because we want to hear from you!

This is a weekly podcast for movie lovers by movie lovers!



Ellison, Paramount settle Star Trek lawsuit

Harlan Ellison, multiple award-winning writer of the famed teleplay for the original Star Trek episode, City on the Edge of Forever, sued Paramount on March 13, 2009 for failing to account to, or pay, Mr. Ellison for the merchandising, publishing, or any other exploitations, of the famous teleplay, from the 1967 'Star Trek' episode to date.

The suit also named the Writers Guild of America and alleged the WGA failed to act on Ellison’s behalf after numerous requests.

Read more By DAVE MCNARY -

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BIG budget = BIG profit

Pics costing over $100 mil make more $$$

Studio heads worried about runaway budgets are reassure by a new study that shows that films with production budgets of more than $100 million actually generate higher returns than mid-range pics. The study also confirmed that the box office has thrived during the recent recession.

"Consumers are increasingly turning to Redbox's $1 kiosk rentals and Netflix's all-you-can-watch DVD and streaming services," said SNL Kagan analyst Wade Holden. "Going forward, we expect the sell-through industry will continue to decline despite growth in high definition. We estimate video sell-through revenue will drop 13% to $12.86 billion in 2009 as VOD technologies begin to erode market share."


© Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.


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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Anatomy of a Distribution Deal

If I had a dollar for every poorly-written, ill-conceived and unfair distribution deal that came across my desk, I could easily produce films instead of just writing about producing them! Too often, filmmakers are dazzled by the numbers that may result from an exceptional commercialization and so eager to land a deal that they leave common sense on the cutting room floor.

For those of you who are shopping your film project, read about some keys terms with which you should familiarize yourself. Understanding the acceptable parameters will prevent you from accepting a ”bad” deal and improve the efficiency of your legal counsel.


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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Will advertising adopt stereo 3D ?

Hollywood has adopted it already and advertising will follow..

"3D is the singlemost revolutionary change since color pictures" -Jerry Katzenberg, CEO Dreamworks Animation (All Dreamworks films from 2009 will be produced as stereo 3D)

These are some of the stereo 3D feature films recently released or on the way: U2-3D, Hannah Montana, Journey to the centre of the earth, Bolt, Monsters vs. Aliens, My Bloody Valentine, Coraline, Up, Ice Age 3, Avatar.

Here are more:

Advertisers are demanding that their commercials are shown in this new medium.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Making Flipbooks TUTORIAL

PATCHES, the cat, shows you how to take your short video film or animation scenes and make them into a memorable present: a flipbook!

Going to the movies is wonderful, but it is a temporary experience. When the movie is done, all you are left with is a ticket stub. However, with flipbooks you can keep the memories forever, or at least until you spill coffee on them.

Until that imminent coffee disaster, a flipbook is an object you can keep as a thing of beauty to watch over and over again.


© 2009 Etsy Inc.


Monday, October 19, 2009

FREE Screenwriting Teleconference


Thursday, October 22nd at 5:30 PM Pacific time (8:30 PM Eastern time)

ATTEND a FREE teleseminar for all our newsletter subscribers with Chris Soth of HollywoodByPhone and, who will interview Script Pimp Owner Chadwick Clough LIVE.

Chadwick will be answering YOUR questions on:

- Current trends in feature film development

- The studio system

- What producers are buying

- Contests, festivals, and new media

- Facets of screenwriting

. . . and ANYTHING you wish to know about the industry.

REGISTER NOW and submit your questions:


Sunday, October 18, 2009


From Fantasia to Waltz with Bashir, TIME MAGAZINE looks at some of the greatest ever animated movies for the grown-up in all of us.

VIEW HERE:,29307,1861107,00.html

© 2009 Time Inc. All rights reserved


Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Global Move to Digital Entertainment

Everything Old is New Again!

If you think you’re witnessing a new media juggernaut with megashows like American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and Survivor, you’re too young to remember the Golden Age of Television, where Texaco Star Theatre, The Buick Circus Hour, The Colgate Comedy Hour, Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts, and the Ford Television Theatre dominated the TV screen with exactly the same type of programming as today’s shows. How did the content and advertising industries come full circle?

In the early 1950’s, at the dawn of the broadcast television age, nearly every prime time media show was headlined by a big star, underwritten by an advertiser, and filled with advertising from sponsors whose brand messages were shamelessly trumpeted throughout the sixty or ninety minutes of drama, comedy or music content. Television was a new medium for actors, directors and advertisers. The ad agencies played a role as both brand manager and creative director for the programs, just as they had done for the previous forty years on radio.

In fact, no one knew how to treat this new TV audience, because no one really knew what audience was tuning in to watch. Were they radio listeners (older viewers), moviegoers (younger viewers) or a new hybrid of post World War II entertainment seekers made up of young families who were staying at home, raising families and looking for cheap entertainment? In reality, the audiences turned out to be made up of a broad cross section of age, race and gender. The advertisers had hit the mother lode thus the introduction of the Golden Age of TV.



Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Hunting of the Snark

Final university animation, based on Lewis Carrol's poem by the same name.


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Canon HV30 High Definition Video Camcorder

This camera is excellent and the price is right.

The reason I went with this camera, is because it connects via FireWire. This allows me to also use it as a webcam. I’m using a wide-angle lens. This way, I’m able to bring not only myself into the video, but also more of my surroundings.

The video quality is simply amazing, and does more than what I even need. People are swearing up and down that they can tell the new setup is worse… or better. However, I think it’s much better now. I tweak the settings and lighting quite a lot, so stay tuned to see what happens.

Chris | Live Tech Support | Video Help | Add to iTunes

© 2008 Chris Pirillo, All Rights Reserved


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Low Budget Independent Films

"How to Seduce Difficult Women" is a low budget independent film that brings American men back full circle to the roots of seduction, forged tirelessly throughout the centuries in France.

Throughout the film, we get to witness how Philippe, a Frenchman tries to teach a motley crew of clueless American men the wit and wisdom that it takes to charm difficult women.

However despite his seduction course and How-To manual we get to see if the Master has the ability to keep his own game tight or is he the one who needs educating? The comedy also includes a taste of real-life NYC street interviews on romance, sex and seduction.


Friday, October 09, 2009

Fan-Made Tekken Movie Trailer Isn't Real, But Should Be

TEKKEN is a high-octane action movie about a young man who discovers he holds a great power and must battle a team of elite fighters who will stop at nothing in order to get it from him.

This "fan trailer" was originally made for a video game trailer contest. It missed the deadline and although this film isn't going to be made, the trailer makes a very convincing argument that it should be.

COPYRIGHT 2009 Spike Digital Entertainment Inc.


Thursday, October 08, 2009

When Your Roommate Wakes Up Dead


One day my roommate – Drex Greene – woke up dead. But he didn’t just wake up dead. He woke up in a body bag. At the morgue.

I think he got hit by a bus? Anyway, it doesn’t matter.What matters is that he’s dead. Deceased. Passed away. Kicked the bucket. Minus heartbeat. Without pulse.

EXCEPT… Drex still walking around. Going to work. Getting hung up on chicks that are way out of his league. You know what I call that? I call that BEING A ZOMBIE.

Now here’s the question: what would you do if your roommate woke up a zombie?

Don’t tell me that you’d take him to the hospital or call his mommy or the police department (animal control?) or any of that BS. Because if you did that, you’d be an idiot. My roommate woke up a zombie, and I’m doing what any self-respecting capitalist-celebrating film-school-graduating fine-looking human being such as myself would do.

I’m going to make a show about him. And, y’know, maybe a few million bucks in the process. (I need a sponsor. Hello, Kodak? CALL ME!) Drex is lucky that lives with an independent filmmaker such as myself. (And Drex, I know you’re going to say that I’m dependent on my parents but you can SHUT UP. It beats having a real job.)

Everyone in film school who said I’d never amount to anything? You can bite me. Because I am making a zombie movie with a REAL LIFE ZOMBIE. (A real dead zombie. Who happens to be alive. And my roommate.)

From Crackle: Matt Vlog 1




Everybody's got a dream!

For Matt (Josh Gad), he hopes to become a famous filmmaker and a Hollywood legend. He films everything with his Kodak Zx1 HD Pocket Video Camera. His roommate, Drex (Jon Heder), wakes up dead and that's the start of his career and a great web series.

WOKE UP DEAD also has a great tag line...

with my camera."

Even webisodes need great tag lines to impress and this web series showing the Kodak Zx1 HD Pocket Video Camera has a great premise.

It was made to plug the Kodak Zx1 HD Pocket Video Cameras. While this camera is a perfect pocket video camera for bloggers, it's images do not match those of more expensive camcorders but, relatively rugged and attractive in design, the Kodak Zx1 HD Pocket Video Camera captures video at 720p HD resolution and at $82-$115, it is a great bargain for any filmmaker.

And did we mention that the Kodak Zx1 HD Pocket Video Camera is one of the stars in this web series?



Wednesday, October 07, 2009

I Will Not Read Your F**king Script

That's simple enough, isn't it?

"I will not read your f**king script."

What's not clear about that?

There's nothing personal about it, nothing loaded, nothing complicated. I simply have no interest in reading your f**king screenplay. None whatsoever.

You're a lovely person. Whatever time we've spent together has, I'm sure, been pleasurable for both of us. I quite enjoyed that conversation we once had about structure and theme, and why Sergio Leone is the greatest director who ever lived. But if this seems unfair, I'll make you a deal.

In return for you not asking me to read your f**king script, I will not ask you to wash my f**king car, or take my f**king picture, or represent me in f**king court, or take out my f**king gall bladder, or whatever the f**k it is that you do for a living.

READ MORE by A History of Violence screenwriter Josh Olson -

©2009 Village Voice Media All rights reserved.


Sunday, October 04, 2009

"Investing" versus "Donating"

Is it better for an individual who wants to support filmmaking, and obtain some financial benefit, to “invest” in a film or “donate” to a legitimate fiscally sponsored or 501 c 3 project?

Would it be more advantageous for an individual to donate to a film project and claim the tax deduction than to invest and hope to recoup an ROI?

What are the pros and cons of investing versus donating?

Most filmmakers look to investors to provide funds for their films. Most investors expect to recoup their investment plus a ROI of 10-20%. Unfortunately, most investors not only do not receive their ROI, but never recoup their original investment.

I’ve seen lots of seminars on finding investors but I’ve not yet seen any that include a discussion of the fiscal sponsorship option.

Would an individual with $250,000 of disposable income who wants to support filmmaking be at a greater advantage than an individual with $10,000 of disposable income who wants to support filmmaking? Would investing versus donating be more beneficial for one type of individual versus another? - Paula Smith

owner at Script 2 Screen, LLC


Saturday, October 03, 2009

Sit in on a class at HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Isn’t new media wonderful? The things we can do are infinite but


Justice is one of the most popular courses in Harvard’s history. Now it’s your turn to take the same journey in moral reflection that has captivated more than 14,000 students, as Harvard opens its classroom to the world.

In this twelve part series, Michael Sandel challenges us with difficult moral dilemmas and asks our opinion about the right thing to do. He then asks us to examine our answers in the light of new scenarios. The results are often surprising, revealing that important moral questions are never black and white.

PREVIEW (4 minutes)

GET HOOKED with LESSON ONE (55 minutes)


Friday, October 02, 2009


Here is some of the information - I've left out a lot about TV viewing habits, which are important to advertisers targeting movie ads, but may be inside baseball for others - prioritized and separated into groupings by me…


84% of moviegoers told us that when they make up their mind to see a movie, it doesn’t matter what the critics say about it.

62% of moviegoers now get review information online; this was consistent across all demos except the 50+ group, which also relies on newspaper reviews.

45% of heavy moviegoers rely on movie review aggregation sites, placing a high value in seeing an average score.

75% say they trust a friend's opinion more than a movie critic.

80% say positive reviews from other moviegoers make them more likely to see a movie (vs. 67% who say a positive review from professional critics does).

40% say negative reviews from other moviegoers make them decide not to see a movie (vs. 28% who say negative reviews from professional critics would keep them from going).


Moviegoers 2010 study released

A new research study of Stradella Road (nearly 4,000 moviegoers) presented the findings to a select group of movie marketers and press at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills on Sept. 29. The study provided actionable insights into how best to reach movie consumers over the next decade.

The “Moviegoers: 2010” study was supported by a consortium of media companies that include AOL, Facebook, Fandango, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo!

The research showed that an overwhelming number of people across all age groups have fully adopted digital technologies and increasingly depend on them to gain information about new movie releases and help with their decisions about which films to see.


© 2009 Stradella Road, All Rights Reserved.

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YouTube's NEW Insight Overview

What began as an anti-piracy tool has evolved into a monetization and marketing tool.

Google announced that it is integrating its Content ID system with YouTube Insight, the analytics package that provides producers with a breakdown of who's watching their videos and when.

Content ID alerts YouTube's 1,000+ partners when one of their videos or audio tracks is being used without authorization, giving copyright owners the ability to block freeloaders from accessing a video or audio track, or to claim a portion of any ad revenue it generates.

The system has now become an accepted to way to monetize uploaded content as a majority of partners choose to leave infringing uploads up, either linking to legit versions or adding overlay ads. By combining Content ID with YouTube Insight's reporting tools, networks and studios can now gain insight into what demo is watching their videos and which versions are scoring the highest engagement numbers.

Watch this video to get a basic understanding of the new YouTube Insight tool.


Directing Actors-Sept. 12, 2009

Featuring New York's talented and emerging Actors and Writers for stage and screen, the Directing Actors Gym is an episodic scene series workshop hosted by Miles Maker (dir.) in Midtown Manhattan. Each event is videotaped in front of a live audience of casting Agents, Producers, Directors, Writers and Actors--then broadcast on Directing Actors TV, Directing Actors on Facebook ( ), Directing Actors on YouTube and distributed virally via user-generated content platforms and video aggregators.

This episode Directed by Damian Bailey

Edited by Miles Maker; Sponsored by dv Depot

Produced by Famly Trēo Productions; Distributed by Converciné Communications