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Why You Clicked on That Tweet: The Psychology of Twitter Engagement

Lanya Olmsted outlines 4 pscyhological theories behind why people clicked on that tweet. Via Raindance What does the academic field that has brought us Freudian theories have to do with the social network that popularized hashtags and play-by-play updates of Sunday brunches? More than you would think. We want to know what will motivate our followers Read MoreRead More

Here’s How Piracy Hurts Indie Film

Film piracy continues to be a significant and controversial issue in the industry. Below, Ruth Vitale, Executive Director of CreativeFuture, an anti-piracy organization backed by the motion picture and television businesses and Hollywood’s labor unions, and Tim League, founder and CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, which is a CreativeFuture Coalition Partner, Read MoreRead More

Nine Lessons for Self-Distributing Filmmakers with No Money and No Experience

Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez tell the story of how the made and distributed their documentary Burn through DIY Theatrical distribution. As filmgoers are increasingly flooded with new media options to keep them at home, the prevailing theory is that the days of theatrical releases for independent films are in their last slow throes. We disagree Read MoreRead More

A Useful 75 page Document on How to Market Your Webseries

Making a web series can be serious business. Julie Giles created this document for the Independent Production Fund of Canada to get you started on how to promote and market your web series. While it wasn’t so long ago that a scripted web series was considered a promotional offshoot of a television series, or a Read MoreRead More

How to Save Indie Distribution in 5 Easy Steps

Straith Schreder is the Director of Content Strategy, BitTorrent, Inc., which has worked with Drafthouse Films on its BitTorrent Bundle. Below Schreder outlines the ways in which Drafthouse Films is an indicator of where independent distribution is headed. Schreder highlights five ways that Drafthouse Films gets the new distribution model right. Alamo Drafthouse started out Read MoreRead More

Examining Kevin Smith’s Red State Self-Distribution Gamble

Jeremiah Karpowicz examines the Kevin Smith’s self distribution strategy for his 2011 film, Red State. In January of 2011, Kevin Smith premiered Red State at the Sundance Film Festival. As with practically every film that’s screened at Sundance, filmmakers were there to show off their work in the hopes that one of the assembled distributors would Read MoreRead More

The Golden Age of Creative Distribution Is Upon Us, Use These 5 Tips to Stay Ahead

PJ Raval offers 5 tips to keep in mind the independent distribution game. It’s true. Distribution is a hard road for any independent film and perhaps more so for a documentary – and even more so for one about gay seniors and the aging community. Despite these odds, we’ve been feeling good about our distribution Read MoreRead More

Advice for Filmmakers from Someone who Ran a Festival.

Here’s some festival tips from folks that have been on the other side of the submission form. You see, from 2008, through till 2013, working with some incredible people, we headed up the Bootleg Film Festival?—?a traveling event that played at a variety of cities on both sides of the Atlantic. I retired the festival Read MoreRead More

The History of the Movie Trailer

Some people consider them the best part of the movie going experience – the Movie Trailer. Take a look at the evolution of the “coming attractions” from simple silent film splices, through the template style of the Golden Age of Hollywood, to the Auteurs of the 60s and finally into the Blockbuster era. In The Read MoreRead More

Is Television Still the End Goal?

Liz Shannon Miller ponders the question of Network Television and is it still the goal of digital content creators? Before the rise of digital content, life for creators was a lot more simple but a lot harder: If you wanted to tell stories in a visual medium, your only real option was to head to Los Read MoreRead More

Saturation Curve is the New Threat to Indie Filmmakers Online in 2014

Independent filmmakers looking to make money out of their films online need to be aware of a saturation curve that is set to alter the battleground for content success in 2014. SOCIAL NETWORKS DOMINATE DISCOVERY Back in December, Facebook made a significant algorithm change to their platform which has essentially put a restriction on reach Read MoreRead More

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