People have been asking me how they can get my short film Coffee and Pie. Well I’m very pleased to announce that after countless festivals, several awards, and some really great nominations—like the 2012 Iris Prize—Coffee and Pie is now available to watch on mobile devices via the mobile app Worldwide Movie Theater.
Coffee and Pie is an anti-romantic comedy—a funny look at the end of a relationship that takes a unique turn. The film has strong and hilarious performances by Amy Seimetz, Sophia Takal, and Karen Chamberlain. I may be a bit partial, but I think it’s a must-watch short film.
A new way to watch short films
The Worldwide mobile app is also a pretty cool way to watch movies on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device. You can download the free app (iOS version | Android version) and use it to preview the first few minutes of any of the films.
To watch a film you simply pay $1.99 for each “time zone” (Western, Mountain, Central, Eastern) and you can watch all the films in that time zone group. That’s over 20 films you can watch in the Eastern time zone for less than two bucks. The Western time zone has seven. So that’s a lot of bang for your two bucks!
Vimeo has just launched its new VOD service that offers an exciting new potential for independent filmmakers to release their works online for pay. But how good is the deal really and where does it fit in the landscape of existing services? Let’s take a look.
Why VOD matters
Not long ago, VOD was a little throw-away right that got included in film sales but often didn’t even get exploited, let alone bring in any money—at least where independent films were concerned. So why the growing interest now? Because DVDs are dead.
Because DVDs are dead.
I had to say it twice. It’s kind of a big deal. DVDs—essentially the entire Home Video nut that spawned the independent film movement (back in the VHS/Betamax days) and has sustained it till now, is dead. People don’t really buy ‘em anymore. Wait a minute, you say, You are wrong! My cousin knows a guy who bought a DVD just a couple years ago…
Sure, a few DVDs still get sold. For blockbuster films. Or for very niche stuff that is more movement than entertainment. But if you have an independent film without stars then as far as mainstream distributors are concerned, DVDs are dead. You aren’t going to be making any money off them from distributors, but you’re welcome to make your own and sell them on your web site if you want. …And that brings us back to VOD.
VOD will be the new DVD
When was the last time you bought a DVD, then popped it into your player and watched it? I’m willing to bet that you’ve watched a video on your computer or mobile phone a lot more recently than that. VOD—whether it be via iTunes, online, or your cable system—is the future of home video. So why make DVDs of your independent film or series to sell through snail mail when you can sell a link to a downloadable file instead? You can save the postage, fulfillment costs, inventory, and time. And your customers can watch it right away and on whatever device they wish to.