Filmmaking Podcasts

As a filmmaker, your time should be spent making movies or thinking about your next movie. And while this is ideal, it’s not practical. Outside of the creative process, each of us has obligations to family, our community and possibly a day job. If you do not watch it, these other obligations will consume your life and you will never make movies.

Day to day, I spend a lot of time in my car. I would venture to guess that you spend a lot of time in your car too. So I’m going to offer you a piece of advice that has worked well in helping me get closer to my filmmaking goals. Unlike a lot of filmmakers who listen to news and music, I spend my time listening to educational audiobooks and podcasts.

In my personal and very biased opinion, there are not a whole lot of good filmmaking podcasts available. So I decided to improve this and create a podcast so you can enjoy Filmmaking Stuff wherever you go. While I’m not sure how the Filmmaking Stuff Podcast will evolve, I will do my best to provide you with useful filmmaking tips and strategies.

Please feel free to subscribe to the official Filmmaking Stuff Podcast by clicking here.

Filmmaking Podcast: Make Your Movie

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If you want to make your movie, you might find this valuable. I just recorded a filmmaking podcast where I share 3 tips that are NOW essential for all successful independent filmmakers.

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At the end of the recording, I talk about our new new Filmmaking Book, which is NOW available through Amazon as well as your Amazon Kindle.

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Happy Filmmaking!

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Jon Reiss and Sheri Candler talk Movie Marketing and Distribution

Traditional independent filmmaking is changing. In years past, the independent movie business was defined by a filmmaker’s ability to find a script, locate movie investors, raise the necessary money, make the movie and (hopefully) land an awesome distribution deal – and then live happily ever after.

At least that was the dream.

But these days, the entire model of indie filmmaking has gone Topsy-Turvy. Nobody knows this better than Jon Reiss and Sheri Candler. Both are on the cutting edge of independent movie marketing and distribution.

Earlier this week, Sheri Candler and Jon Reiss stopped by Filmmaking Stuff to share some ideas on how filmmakers can think outside the box office. You can download This Filmmaking Stuff Podcast

Jon Reiss has produced and directed three features films and has been named one of “10 Digital Directors to Watch” by Daily Variety. Based on his experience, Jon Reiss wrote “Think Outside the Box Office: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution in the Digital Era.” This book has gained international acclaim. Check out: Think Outside The Box Office

Sheri Candler is an inbound marketing strategist who helps independent filmmakers build identities for themselves and their films. Through the use of online tools such as social networking, podcasts, blogs, online media publications and radio, she assists filmmakers in building an engaged and robust online community for their work that can be used to monetize effectively. To find out more about Sheri Candler’s independent movie marketing services, visit her website here: Sheri Candler Movie Marketing website.

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Filmmaking Stuff Interview with Peter Broderick

As a filmmaker, you probably know the entire world of filmmaking is going through a massive paradigm shift. Much of these changes are a direct result of distribution.

Changes in the ways in which movies are seen and sold continue to raise questions within the independent film community. The most common filmmaking questions are: How will filmmakers raise enough money to pay cast and crew? And without traditional deals, how will filmmakers make that money back?

Peter Broderick is President of Paradigm Consulting which helps filmmakers and media companies develop strategies to maximize distribution, audience and revenues. Earlier this week, Peter stopped by Filmmaking Stuff to talk about the the new world of distribution and how filmmakers can navigate the ever changing landscape of independent filmmaking.

To download the podcast <<click here>>

You can also play the interview directly within this filmmaking article.

To check out Peter Broderick’s website and learn more about Distribution U, CLICK HERE.

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Is Traditional Movie Distribution Dead?

If you are subscribed to the filmmaking stuff podcast, you probably already know my thoughts on movie distribution. In a few years VOD will be the primary method by which movies will be seen and sold.

With this belief, there will come a day when there is no delineation between your TV and the internet – which means you’ll be able to upload your feature into popular marketplaces with the ease of uploading a movie to YouTube.

With each passing day, your ability to tune into the iTunes, Amazon or Netflix on-demand channel on your TV is increasing in popularity. Science fiction has become science fact sooner than we ever thought possible.

These innovations, no matter how subtle, will put the last nail in the coffin for traditional distribution.

So we may as well get ready for the new world of distribution right now…

Is Traditional Movie Distribution Dead?

Even now, traditional DVD distribution is deteriorating. And with the rise of VOD marketplaces, old-timers are trying like crazy to make sure that traditional, global territories remain safeguarded by pre-existing, DVD territorial bounds.

The problem with trying to fit  VOD into the same “box” as DVD is simple. Video on demand marketplaces are bound by the internet, which doesn’t have boundaries.  This is potentially bad for traditional distribution. But it’s great for modern moviemakers. Why?

You no longer have to worry about preserving the old ways of doing things, including asking some 3rd party to give you permission to sell your movie.

With all these changes in distribution, as a filmmaker, getting you movie seen and selling is still one of the biggest challenges you face.

That’s why I created my latest product: How To Sell Your Movie. This step-by-step action guide shows you how to market and sell your movie in popular marketplaces such as Amazon and iTunes. Additionally, I show you how I lost around $100,000 dollars with our first feature and how you can avoid my mistakes.

While creating community around your title, building buzz and increasing your fan base is both challenging and fun, a lot of filmmakers have no idea how to get started. In this regard, one of your first steps is to determine if your movie is ready for the marketplace.

Do you have all your paperwork and errors and omissions insurance? Are you ready to get your movie seen and potentially selling? If you have a movie collecting dust on some bookshelf, and the title is currently not selling, listen up:

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