Archive for April, 2014
If you’ve been reading my posts, you know that I’ve been making a big push to launch my films onto the Internet using Reelhouse and IndieFlix. The big news is that several of my favorite short films have now launched on IndieFlix. What I love about IndieFlix as a subscriber is that I can always find cool, interesting, well made films to watch. For me the difference between IndieFlix’s curated listings and just about every other video service around is like the difference between going to a great film festival or channel surfing basic cable at 3:25 in the morning. (Sure there is good content around, but try to find it!)
As a filmmaker, I like having my films viewed by an audience who appreciates films like this and want to have constant access to awesome independent films and series. IndieFlix subscribers can view any of the films right here. If you’re not a subscriber, I have a special offer for a free trial coupon code below.
One of the unforeseen consequences of launching nearly my whole library of films (all the best ones, anyway) on Reelhouse and IndieFlix over the past few weeks is that my office a bit of a disaster area. You see, to launch these films, I not only needed the video files, but lots of stills, press kits, lists of festivals, etc. To get those I had to dig through boxes of film assets, some fifteen years old. It reminded me of an important lesson in filmmaking: Save EVERYTHING. (continue reading…)
I had the chance today to participate in a group mentoring event for young filmmakers in Seattle’s NFFTY Film Festival for filmmakers 22 and under. It was such a pleasure to share my perspective on the filmmaking life with so many young filmmakers from around the world. I had taken part last year as well and jumped at the chance to take part again. It’s inspiring to see these filmmakers just starting out and doing exciting things. If you’re in Seattle, definitely check out NFFTY.
One thing I noticed this year and last is that a lot of the same questions kept coming up throughout the “speed networking” type event and I developed a bit of spiel to get through my advice in the few minutes allotted. So to those who I didn’t get a chance to speak with at the event today, or just to young filmmakers who weren’t taking part in NFFTY, here’s my best advice. (By the way, this advice is actually pretty good for filmmakers at any age. I have to remind myself of it sometimes.) (continue reading…)
I’m very pleased to say that my first feature film, Entry Level, is available again for the first time anywhere–and it’s on a platform that I really love, IndieFlix. Entry Level is a comedy about starting your life over and the craziness of looking for a job. It stars D.B. Sweeney, Missi Pyle, Kurtwood Smith, Cedric Yarbrough, Lisa Ann Walter, and Taylor Negron. It won Best Feature and Best Writing awards at VisionFest and played in several other film festivals. The original distributor, Porchlight Entertainment went belly up and I’m happy to be able to share this film again. You can see its ratings from the DVD version on Netflix. People say some nice things. What’s more, the film is available for the first time in 1080P HD. I hope you’ll check out Entry Level on IndieFlix. (continue reading…)
In my previous post on VOD for Independents 2014, I looked at how the landscape of direct VOD platforms had developed over the last year. This is an important topic to many filmmakers considering the jump to VOD sales. I have several films that I want to put in front of an audience and direct VOD seems the obvious way to go (for reasons I’ve discussed in the past few posts on the topic).
After a year of watching VOD platforms and audiences grow, I thought that this was the perfect time to get into the game and launch my best films and videos. Here I’ll share which platforms I chose and why. It was a hard decision. It’s one thing to make a table of each platform’s features and another to commit to all the work it will take to launch a film (let alone the 20+ videos that I am releasing at once, all with collateral images, synopses, etc.) (continue reading…)