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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

Deliverables Demystified

If you manage to get a film distribution deal, you’re going to to receive a list of deliverables – Film Independent takes a look at the different kind of deliverables out there. Deliverables can come as an unpleasant surprise for indie filmmakers. When a distributor buys your film for release, they expect more than just Read MoreRead More

YouTube expands live streaming to all channels, adds option to directly launch a Google+ Hangout On Air

The Youbiquitous video sharing platform is rolling out live streaming for all channels soon. YouTube today announced it is expanding its live streaming service to all YouTube channels. The Google-owned company now only has two requirements: your account must be verified and it has to be in good standing. If you have both, but don’t see the feature yet, don’t Read MoreRead More

Project shows the Result of YouTube’s Digital Copying

Patrick Liddell ran an experiment. What would happen if you uploaded a video to YouTube then downloaded the version YouTube compresses and then upload the compressed version for YouTube to compress again? After 1000 iterations The result is surprisingly foreign and unhuman. From an FAQ on his site. I thought digital copying was lossless. Why does Read MoreRead More

ABC’s of International Pre-Sales

Kathryn Arnold interviews Joe Woolfe, Executive VP, Media and Entertainment Finance at One West Bank about the financial vehicle of PreSales and how they work internationally. A common financing vehicle for independent films is “Pre-Sales.”  The phrase is often thrown around among producers and distributors in every day conversation.  However, as more and more content creators Read MoreRead More

Top 14 tips for getting KILLER stills that will help sell your film

With a flooded marketplace, having that stand out still for your Press kit is essential to your film’s success. Here are a few things to consider in your journey to capture that killer still. 1. Understand that this is not art… pictures should look like the movie Get photos that look like they are from Read MoreRead More

Netflix Wants To Replace The Movie Theater

The internet streaming giant wants to displace the movie theater. If you hate spending money to see lame new Hollywood movies in theaters, Netflix wants to fix that for you, by letting you watch all of the lame new Hollywood movies on your own couch. This, in Netflix’s estimation, might actually make movies better. It Read MoreRead More

How Netflix Uses Piracy to Pick Its Programming

Tracking what’s popular among the pirate sites is part of the Netflix buying strategy. In addition what’s popular among TV viewers in a given country, “when purchasing series, we look at what does well on piracy sites,” Netflix VP of content acquisition Kelly Merryman said, according to a translation of her comments to Tweakers, a technology website based Read MoreRead More

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