Content and Control for Online Film

By Jon M. Garon Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, PC The rules for creating, marketing and distributing films derive from a host of different sources. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences controls the rules for the Academy Awards statuette, the Oscar, while collective bargaining agreements with various trade unions require that their members participate Read MoreRead More

Indies still looking for Internet equation

Internet distribution is maturing but has there been any viable Online model of distribution for independents? …If only more indie filmmakers could sell as many Internet downloads as “Helvetica,” the future of indie distribution might look more promising. Gary Hustwit’s documentary about the ubiquitous font has taken in a six-figure sum from its showing on Read MoreRead More

DIY DAYS: Better Than Free

The Internet is a super-distribution machine that allows copies of digital media to flow in an almost frictionless way. As the wealth and survival of traditional media businesses are built on selling precious copies, the free flow of free copies is undermining the established order. If reproductions of media are free, how can we keep Read MoreRead More

Silverdocs Session: Future of Public Media

Pat Aufderheide, from the Center for Social Media at American University, put together a panel at Silverdocs to try to forecast the future of public media threw futurists, investors, business people and public media programmers. VIA: CinemaTech (The clips play in sequential order – when you reach the end of clip one, clip two will Read MoreRead More

5555 Writing Tips and Resources

Effective writing skills are as important to a filmmaker as their camera. Many filmmakers believe writing begins and ends with the screenplay, but from development to distribution there are endless amounts of required writing. Acquiring good writing skills takes time, patience and determination. Even gifted writers need to polish their skills to stay sharp. We Read MoreRead More

How NOT to use the internet to find film investors

Entertainment attorney Gordon Firemark offers some words of caution to all those looking to use the internet to find investors for their film. …In recent weeks, I’ve begun to see more and more independent filmmakers and theatre producers using forums, chat rooms, and other internet-services to seek out investors for their projects. In most cases, Read MoreRead More

Internet Marketing: The Trent Reznor case study

Since completing his earlier major record label contract, musician Trent Reznor has been experimenting with a variety of new and unique business models for his band, Nine Inch Nails, to reach and connect with fans. This case study explores Reznor’s experiments, examining what has worked and what has not – and why. Speaker: Michael Masnick Read MoreRead More

Lee Stranahan Interviews Kevin Smith

Lee Stranahan interviews Writer/Director Kevin Smith in this insightful 6 part series. Lee Stranahan is a writer, photographer, and independent filmmaker living in Burbank, CA. He writes for The Huffington Post and contributes regularly at You can subscribe to his YouTube Channel: HERE Kevin Smith Part 1: Sellling Out And Salty Language Kevin Smith Read MoreRead More

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