Film financing: the seemingly elusive holy grail of independent filmmaking that we all know we need but nobody seems to know how to get. In the old days financing meant hitting up the film markets in hopes that a distributor would find some potential in your project among the thousands of others out there, or begging for funds from private investors or equity firms. The last decade has brought some new advances that make raising funds for projects much more accessible to the average independent filmmaker, and one of the most valuable of these newer methods has been crowdfunding. Minneapolis Producer Ryan Strandjord is no stranger to the topic–in the past two and a half years he has managed crowdfunding campaigns for two different film projects and several food-industry related projects, raising a total of over $270,000 primarily through Kickstarter. In fact, one of his most recent projects, the Herbivorous Butcher, was featured in the New York Times. We talked to Ryan and he shared some of his best tips on how independent filmmakers can hack Kickstarter to raise funds and build an audience for their projects.
It’s not enough in our fast paced, modern world to expect that your film will be watched solely on a television or PC. Studies report that 35% of all smartphone users and watching more video on mobile devices than they did last year, and over a third of viewers are watching longer form video content (videos longer than five minutes) on their phones, iPads, or other devices. It’s important to make sure that you create mobile-friendly versions of your video to cater to this growing trend. Here are some tips to make sure your video can be enjoyed by mobile users on the go.
Copyright law has been protecting the rights of writers, filmmakers, and creators since even before the birth of the US. For years, copyright holders have had all rights reserved on any original work that they created, which means they had the ability to charge money and license their original work to others without fear of anyone stealing or copying their work.
You don’t have to back that ass up, but your ass better back your films up!
In the northern hemisphere we’re at a time of year that many filmmakers dread–ice, snow, and cold weather leave many of us hibernating for the winter. Poor weather and the post-holiday duldrums often mean less projects are happening, leaving most people with a lot more freetime than they normally have. Rather than hide out in your bedroom with Netflix, this month is the perfect opportunity to make sure your backup systems are set up to keep your data organized and protected during the busy months ahead.
Last week I was at the NAB Show in Las Vegas attending Filmapalooza, the year end competition for the 48 Hour Film Project. Over 70 films from around the world were screened, all representing the Best 48 Hour Film from each of their respective cities. I had a great time watching the films, checking out the latest video gear at NAB, and of course soaking in a little bit of the Las Vegas nightlife. But the highlight of the trip for me was watching Jason Reitman speak.