Is Traditional Movie Distribution Dead?

Traditional Movie Distribution

A few years back, I produced my first feature film. The movie was rough, but good enough to get us a few distribution offers. But upon reading the fine print, none of the offers seemed like good deals. It was clear we were living in a traditional distribution paradigm. Make a movie, get into festivals, get noticed, get distribution, get screwed in the process. At the same … [Read more...]

No-Budget Filmmaking: Rise of The Backyard Indie

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Like it or lump it, there are a lot of backyard indies being made each year. Thanks to inexpensive production technology, no-budget filmmaking is not only possible, but has become the norm for many first time feature filmmakers, web series producers, YouTube artists and short filmmakers. These days any filmmaker with passion and a story can make a movie. And unlike years … [Read more...]

Episodic Funding Model

Brian Norgard is the founder of Chill. And today he stopped by Filmmaking Stuff to share news about the Vigilante Diaries, which is also the first series ever to use the "episodic funding model." In full disclosure, I manage film acquisitions for Chill - at the same time I thought the filmmaking community would benefit from the Episodic Funding Model, so I included the … [Read more...]

Audience Database For Your Movie

With the demise of traditional DVD distribution, you as a filmmaker are responsible for your audience. Why? Because your audience is your business - and without an audience you will have no movie business. Having an audience database for your movie is essential. Whenever I give talks, I make people repeat this aloud. This gets a few chuckles, but kidding aside - this is … [Read more...]

Movie Marketing: Are Film Festivals Losing Relevance?

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Filmmakers often utilize film festivals as a way to get their work seen and hopefully sold. And while acceptance to top-tier festivals is super exciting - the reality is, many filmmakers do not get in. As a result, many of these semi-dejected filmmakers take a shotgun approach to their festival strategy. They start applying for most every regional and local film festival, … [Read more...]