Nine months ago, Javier and I were having some drinks with a few friends. Among the crowd there was this red hair aspiring filmmaker who asked this, the minute she learned that we were producers, "Would you recommend me to get into film school?" We hear that question a lot, so the answer was automatic, "If you have the money, film school is a way to get into the film world, but if you're going to get into a humongous debt to do it, our recommendation is that you get your hands on some money, find an experienced producer, read some books, talk to some filmmakers and go shoot your first feature, that experience is as good as 2 years of film school, and you'll have a feature". She gave us that skeptic, but also familiar look, and said "Really?"
After that conversation we decided to create the Guerrilla Film League, and paradoxically, took us nine months to design the best way to do this...
Without further ado... we present you: Guerrilla Film League: Class of 2010...
The presentation above is an overview of how one can use social media to
extend a story and generate a conversation around their work. In the end social media can be an effective way to build an audience / community around a project and / or a body of work.
For those that aren’t familiar with Social Media, it represents a change in the way people create, discover, and share content online and off.
Well I know I've been lax about writing here, but again that's what happen when a filmmaker decides to start a blog, when he's in production is a little intermittent, but believe me I'm learning so much that I can't wait to share all the experiences with you guys.
For now I want to invite you to watch the teaser of my next feature film, if you like what you see, you can favorite it, rate it, comment on it, that would help us to get some honors on youtube, like #32 Most Viewed video on Film & Animation category, and that would allow us to get featured, driving more people to our teaser and ultimately to our movie.
Over a month ago, right before I started the crazyness with subHysteria, I met with Jamay Liu and Tony Cheng from Tripfilms.
The meeting took place in their unique office located in the east village: "Gramstand Cafe", a cute little place with full WiFi internet connection. It allows the six people team from Tripfilms to use their place as headquarters.
Tripfilms is... I’ve to stop here, only to preface that something so avant-garde that does not have real competition is difficult yet easy to explain. Trip Films is the ultimate video reference for the out of ordinary tourist. For that person that is not only interested in the mainstream landmarks, but is also eager to extend their experience to those hidden and underrated places that are out of the flyers’ kiosk in every city hotel. They start every video with a "Travel Quote", no wonder their tagline is Travel Inspired, it couldn’t be better. I am one of those travelers that really enjoys to live my adventure as a local, and right now, I’ve to say, thanks to Tripfilms, it is really simple. The best thing is that you can find all the mainstream attractions and landmarks without leaving the site, also.
At this point you’re maybe asking yourself “Ok, nice. What this has to do with guerrilla filmmaking? Let me show you an excerpt of how they get their videos!
I just saw one of these fully operational, it was a great experience. Definitely creativity has no limits.
I asked for the source and here you have, an amazing projector.
You need a LCD Flat Screen that's not in use, if you don't have one you can find it easily in craigslist.org for $50 or less. Ebay is a good place to get a used one too. You will also need an Overhead Projector, again I just saw one in craigslist for $45.
Watch the video, it's really simple to build.
Now, after watching the video you might have some questions...
How do you get the show on?.How do you power the screen?
When you take apart the monitor, you're only removing the external case and the display screen that captures the picture.When you place the guts on the overhead projector you still have all your component inputs and cords attached to the display. You just plug everything back in as you normally would.
Do I really need the fan?
The projector operates by using light from a bulb (bottom portion of projector) projected through an object and the reflection projected by a mirror (top portion) on to a surface. The light produced is hot enough to damage the LCD. Combine that with the heat the LCD is putting out means definite toast. An external cooling device is needed to prevent overheating.
Charles Choi and Tom Hicks are entrepreneurs with a background in computer engineering, radio and theater.
About a little more than a year ago they launched caachi.com a place that allows independent filmmakers to sell their undistributed films to a wider audience.
Now, what makes caachi different from any other online distributor?, something called the Vidget, a video widget that allows, pretty much everybody to become a sales agent for any good film.
Let's face it, for years we had been watching short films for free on youtube, after some of those films you totally feel that you would be willing to pay something because the film was really good, right?, in the other hand there's a lot of horrible pieces, you feel they owe you money for the waste of time. Now with the Vidget you can avoid those terrible films, you just see which films your friends are supporting, you know your friends' taste, so if they are displaying the Vidget of any particular film is because that film is interesting! you can even ask them if is worth to buy... so you buy it, you loved it and you display the Vidget of that film too. You become part of that filmmaker's audience while you see something that make you happy, everybody wins! Plain and simple, is digital word of mouth or another form of viral marketing. Do you want to know how the Vidget would save independent filmmaking?
In this interview we talked about the future, and the future is to cut the middle man (The Big Distributors) and take the wheel of your success getting directly to your audience, well, caachi is a great way to start building that audience.
The Mini Interview
Scilla Andreen is a mother, a filmmaker, CEO of IndieFlix.com and an
active member of her Seattle community. Yes, in that order, that’s how
I figured she’s a good mother, she put that title first: Mother.
But let’s talk about a broad meaning, we’re talking about a person that treats every project as a baby, she nurtures it, feeds it, watches it grow and then feels proud of it. IndieFlix is 4 years old and as Mozart did, is making the difference since the early years. It’s not only a distribution company it’s a distribution experience.
She’s very passionate about her life at this moment, she sounds really happy and she’s decided, along with her partner Carlo Scandiuzzi, to make IndieFlix the link between the independent filmmaker and their audience. They recently announced their deal with all the major online distributors such iTunes, Netflix, Joost, Hulu, Vudu & Tivo.
This is a long interview, almost an hour, but every second is worthy. We talked about numbers, pay-per-view streaming, DVD Distribution, Digital Distribution, Non Exclusive Rights and her latest adventure IndieFest, among many other things.
"The old model is broken, but it's still in place and the new model it's not fully functional" this was the conclusion of Wendy Lidell, president of International Film Circuit, in other words, we're in a moment of transition where the filmmaker, specially the guerrilla filmmaker, it's in absolute control, because the studio executives and the indie filmmakers don't know how to confront the new model, but for us nothing has changed, on the contrary, we have more resources.
The panelists: Karen Cooper, Director of the Film Forum, Ned Hinkle, Director of the Brattle Theater, Cynthia Swartz partner of 42 West PR and Cora Olson, Filmmaker. Brilliantly moderated by Mark Elijah, Founder of Rooftop Films.
Highlights of the panel down here
My favorite quote from the panel was "Technology is no substitute for craft" by Bryan Poyser, the rest of the panel was conformed by Barry Jenkins, Todd Rohal and Melissa Scaramucci, it was moderated by Gabe Wardell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Film Festival.
All the filmmakers agreed that the best way to start is starting! Bryan Jenkins said "Film is like a sport, you need to train to be good, and the only way to train is making films".
Funny how this entry is totally in the same line of yesterday's interview.
Here the highlights of the conference, boost the volume, I was kinda far.