Archive for the ‘DIY Filmmaking’ Category

Customize Your Camera

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Here’s a cool little article courtesy of Creative Cow: “Want to be ready for Reality? Mod your camera!”

This isn’t for everyone, especially those that don’t own their own equipment or those that are concerned with resale value. But if you’re going to use your camera until the wheels fall off, so to speak, then this article may provide some tips or, at the very least, inspiration.

Production Boards and EP Scheduling with Chris Cobb

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Assistant Director Chris Cobb has two sets of tutorials up on Expert Village that are worth a look.

The first is a tutorial on setting up a script production board. If you’ve never done a script breakdown, you’ll want to check it out.

The other tutorial demonstrates how to use EP Scheduling, the industry standard software for film shoot scheduling. Granted, EP Scheduling is not cheap ($499 msrp), but film school students may have access to it or may be able to afford the academic version (around $145 online), hence the linkage.

Red Centre at fxguide

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

For those who are trying to stay up to date on the Red One camera, let me recommend fxguide’s Red Centre podcast. Each episode features Jason Wingrove and Mike Seymour discussing the latest news, accessories, and tech tips (both production and postproduction).

I recently dug into these episodes and found they’re a good way of staying informed about this in-constant-development camera without having to spend a lot of time on the Reduser forums.

For a list of other Red-related links, go here.

Peter Broderick’s “New World”

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

This was originally pub’d in indieWire and is getting some linkage, but I’ve got to link to it too, as it’s an astute piece on old and new distribution. Some of it is common knowledge by this point, but it does feel more up to date than Mark Gill’s “sky is falling” speech a while back. Why?

Mark’s keynote focused on the distributors, production companies, studio specialty divisions, and foreign sales companies that dominate independent film in the Old World. Mark has many years of experience in this world. He was President of Miramax Films, then head of Warner Independent, and is now CEO of the Film Department. He sees things from the perspective of a seasoned Old World executive.

I see things from the filmmaker’s perspective. For the past 11 years, I have been helping filmmakers maximize revenues, get their films seen as widely as possible, and launch or further their careers. From 1997 until 2002, I experienced the deteriorating state of the Old World of Distribution as head of IFC’s Next Wave Films. After the company closed, I discovered the New World of Distribution in its formative stages. A few directors had already gotten impressive results by splitting up their rights and selling DVDs directly from their websites.

Read Welcome to the New World of Distribution.

IFP Independent Filmmaker Conference

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

I’ll be in New York for the IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Conference this week.

Among other things, I’ll be moderating a panel, “The Digital Download.” Stop by and say hello!


ALTERNATIVE DISTRIBUTION
Case Study: The Digital Download

Find out how filmmakers and new media innovators are navigating digital distribution- through service deals, booking cinemas directly or distributing content online – in order to get the most out of their projects creatively and financially.

Wednesday, September 17th, 2:30-3:30 PM

Panelists
Adam Browne, The Cult of Sincerity
Brendan Choisnet, The Cult of Sincerity
Gary Hustwit, Director, Helvetica
Erick Opeka, Senior Manager, New Video

UPDATE: During my panel yesterday I mentioned Scott Kirsner’s Cinematech blog and book on web video. For those who had questions, here are those links:

blog: CinemaTech
book: The Future of Web Video