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Netflix Makes Statement In Wake Of Steven Spielberg’s Attempt To Block Streaming Giant From Oscars

“We love cinema,” the official Netflix Twitter account wrote. They continue with a list of things they loved including: Access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without, theaters[.] Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time[.] Giving filmmakers more ways to share art[.] “These things are not mutually exclusive,” they concluded in a tweet that could be considered a clap back at the filmmaker. – Dino-Ray Ramos, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/2IQxSzb

Filmmakers Want The Right to Break DRM and Rip Blu-Rays

In a comment to the United States Copyright Office, which is currently considering updates to the exemptions, they argue that all filmmakers should be allowed by break DRM and rip Blu-Rays. According to the filmmakers, the documentary genre is vaguely defined. This leads to a lot of confusion whether or not the exemptions apply. They, therefore, suggest to apply it to all filmmakers, instead of criminalizing those who don’t identify themselves as documentarians. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak http://ift.tt/2CenPPY

Kim Jackson Named President of SingularDTV, Plans Blockchain and Traditional Content

Immediate plans for SingularDTV include the rollout this fall of proprietary blockchain applications targeting the traditional film, TV and music industries. The first two apps, Tokit and LaunchPad, will allow filmmakers to manage their project rights, revenue and intellectual property, as well as create funding campaigns using digital tokens[.] – Bruce Haring, Deadline Hollywood http://dlvr.it/PkQxfc

Netflix and Amazon are pushing out the last major studios still seeking smart movies for adults

There are some filmmakers who, despite the creative freedom and fat paychecks offered by Netflix, won’t work with the streaming service. Nate Parker reportedly turned down a $20 million offer from Netflix for The Birth of a Nation in 2016, and took Fox Searchlight’s $16 million bid, because he thought the studio was a better fit. Netflix, notoriously, doesn’t offer the wide theatrical releases most others do, which has spoiled old-school filmmakers like Christopher Nolan on the service. (Amazon is a different story.) – Ashley Rodriguez, Quartz http://ift.tt/2uSxXWE

Fake it till you make it! How to shoot and edit amateur vlogs that look pro

First off, start with a script. You may think it’s easier to skip this step, but taking the time to write up a script — or at least jot down your ideas — can save you time later on. We’re not talking about a formatted screenplay here, but rather just a text document that contains everything you’re going to say in your video. Working from a script will help keep you on task when you start shooting, and prevent you from going off on a tangent and needing to shoot way more takes than necessary to get something cohesive. – Daven Mathies, Digital Trends http://ift.tt/2r2edkX

Canon’s new $30,000 video camera can see where you can’t

photo: Canon

Canon’s new camera can deliver an ISO equivalent of more than 4 million, instantly making it a prime option for people who need to capture footage in super-dark settings — like a moonless night sky. The company believes its ME20F-SH is also great for production companies making films, reality television and documentaries. However, there are some limitations here. It only does 1080p, for one, which doesn’t bode well in terms of being future-proof — Canon says that had to be done to “achieve the highest possible low-light sensitivity,” – Edgar Alvarez, Engadget

Who Needs Theatrical? Why Hal Hartley is Distributing ‘Ned Rifle’ Via Vimeo on Demand

Last November, Hal Hartley took to Kickstarter to raise funds for his latest project, “Ned Rifle,” the third in a trilogy that began with “Henry Fool” in 1997 and continued with “Fay Grim” in 2007. Tapping into his devout worldwide fan base, his campaign ultimately raised more than $395,000. […] Instead of going the traditional distribution route, Hartley has embraced the day-and-date model with plans to premiere this spring through a limited exclusive window with Vimeo On Demand before expanding via Hartley’s own successful digital storefront Possible Films (newly re-christened HalHartley.com) and other aggregated platforms. […] For its part, Vimeo will take 10% of the sales of “Ned Rifle,” and in turn, they’ll support the film with promotions. The best part of the deal, said Hartley is that he still maintains the rights to the film.- Paula Bernstein,indieWIRE
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7 Things to Consider Before Launching Your Web Series

  1.  Who is your audience? Simple? Yes. Redundant? Perhaps. Tantamount to the success of your series? Absolutely.
  2. Is it your calling card or is it for “the fans”?  One thing people who work on the web tend to underestimate is their personal and professional goals with the show. Where do they want it to wind up?
  3. Cast not only actors who are right for the role, but also ones who move markets At this stage in the game of online video, there are known and trusted “stars” or weblebrities who have loyal fans and fan bases. Many of them, are looking for new ways to increase their brand, build their audience and express themselves creatively.
  4. Create Ancillary Content Remember, “Web TV is NOT TV light.” Just like cable is not TV, and TV was not film, and film was not radio[.]
  5. Plan for the Series, Not Just the Season After you’ve thought about the WHY, it behooves the storyteller to think about the length of the story.
  6. Allot for a Marketing Budget Many industry professionals don’t know when a block-buster movie comes out, that 33% of the ENTIRE budget of the film is spent in PR/Marketing!
  7. Make your series “web friendly” by doing your research The internet is all about freedom, but remember, “Structure sets you free,” so educate yourself on the best practices of digital video production and immerse yourself in its community, culture, and rhythm. – Brian Rodda,indieWIRE

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Cable Boxes are Screwing Independent Filmmakers. Google to the Rescue?

[I]f someone’s heard of your film, in order to actually find it on their cable box, they must: 1) know they have On Demand in the first place, 2) know where to find On Demand, 3) know which particular On Demand channel to search on, 4) know to search for several abbreviated versions of the title if they don’t find it initially, and 5) remember their PIN code to make the purchase, if they ever set it up in first place, and if they didn’t, know the default PIN code. Going through those steps, you go from 75% to 50% to 25% to 10% to 5% of the customers. By the time you narrow down the customer base to people who fit all of those criteria, we’ve already lost most of your potential viewers. […] When Google announced their first foray into TV four years ago, I wrote, optimistically, “Google TV is what independent filmmakers have been waiting for.” In retrospect, I couldn’t have been more wrong, because in turned out no one was waiting for Google TV — or, at least, no one was buying it. Google tried again with their Roku-esque dongle Chromecast, but that was never going to disrupt the industry except by lowering the price of entry. […] Microsoft is trying with the Xbox (which unfortunately has to resort to IR-blasting), Apple has long had a rumored next-gen TV product in the works, and now Google is trying again with its new Nexus Player, which runs the latest version of Android TV. Similar to how Google launches unbranded Nexus phones as an example of best practices for Android phones, the Nexus Player is an unbranded example of what other manufacturers can do with Android TV. – Ryan Koo,No Film School 
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