Awesome news! My post about the Vimeo Festival and Awards is up on the awesome Future of Film blog over at Tribeca Film. In it, you’ll find lots of great tips for inventive digital outreach, including crafting great incentives for participation, changing the container of how your film is distributed, and more. Check it out! [Read more…] about Recap of #vimeofest, plus top resources for filmmakers
For many years I made my living primarily as a professional word-slinger. Finding sixteen hour days on movie sets a poor vocational choice for the long-tem (however romantic and adventurous), I turned to the air-conditioned confines of the copywriter’s life. And it could be cush. One job I would routinely spend one week massaging a copy line that would appear on a billboard or a bus side. I once came up with the title for a Lifetime Original Movie. In another gig, I got to come up with wacky and erudite ways of er, positioning, women’s literary erotica.
When I got a position where my copywriting chops would be used in service of marketing British tourism to Americans, I thought I’d be in heaven. I mean, from a young age I was a total Anglophile. The music, the food, the fashion — I loved it all.
But right away there was trouble. Due to quirky governmental funding requirements, we were not allowed to speak the L-word (London), which all Americans know as their very first stop when hopping the pond. We were limited to talking just about the regions that would give us money. I sharpened my pencil and got to work trying to entice people to visit the grey industrial landscape of the north, or a tractor museum in the East Midlands. [Read more…] about In awe of the woman with the hand-lettered sign (thoughts on @amandapalmer)
When I was at NYU film school I had one of the coolest jobs ever. I was a teaching assistant.
Sometimes I worked with the same professors, and sometimes I rolled the dice and let the administrators pair me up with someone new. One semester I got assigned to an instructor, a gentleman from the former Yugoslavia, who had a reputation for being somewhat difficult. He was prone to barking at people, and thus was not among the most popular professors. [Read more…] about Making Movies
If you’re an indie type, where do you find music to put into your videos that won’t cripple your budget? Where can you find stock photography that won’t break the bank?
These are things I’ve asked myself over the years working on a variety of multimedia projects. It’s true that while working on projects that have 0% of turning a profit (like a music video I made starring my dog), I have been a little, shall we say, flexible about sourcing, when working on business-related projects, I’m absolutely scrupulous about being on the up-and-up.
Why? What if your video or book becomes massively popular? You don’t want someone to come and hunt you down for the rights to their song or photograph.
So please, look into permissions, and credit where credit is due. That said, for those of you out there working on an absolute shoestring budget, here are some awesome resources that might help you: [Read more…] about Free and ultra-cheap music, stock footage and imagery to enhance your multi-media projects
Working at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for a little more than two and half years was such a blast because it really tested my creativity and allowed me to open up a lot of new digital frontiers for the successful development of new community support and awareness of their programs: [Read more…] about [Video] The One-Hour Website: Bootstrap your Next Online Initiative with WordPress is now Live!