is it just me or are the floodgates starting to open up for indie content creators already? Mark Suster from Both Sides of the Table (amongst others) has been predicting the day would come for a while, but just yesterday, both the New York Times and Tubefilter came out with articles with news both interesting and exciting for this coming indie content creator revolution.
the truth is that some bits of the news are a little bit older and might seem a tad limited in scope (i.e. Sundance’s deal reported by NYT is only for people who’ve come up through Sundance workshops or been accepted into the festival), but what’s interesting to me is the sheer volume of such projects and programs and deals and options and the speed at which we hear of new ones every day. there is not – nor will their ever be – a silver bullet for the indie filmmaker, but the variety of options for indie content creators to expand their audience is still exciting.
don’t get me wrong. i still believe that the last remaining obstacle to the dawning of our time will be the curator/channel solution – the solving of the massive paradox of choice problem that we face, but the projects discussed in these two articles are still great news. feel free to peruse both articles at your leisure by clicking on their names above, but here are some quick snippets from each if you’re too busy or lazy or whatever:
apparently Sundance is starting an expansion of their artist services in which they’ve pre-negotiated terms with a bunch of different VOD distributors so that films that don’t get picked up from there can dig right into one of these deals and start to distribute on their own. Sundance is not planning to make a profit from these deals, Redford said about them “We’re not in the distribution business; we’re in the business of helping independent voices be heard.” sounds pretty cool to me!
YouTube also began their On The Rise program last October – to help normally lesser known YouTubers by putting them on the front page.
so … interesting stuff, yes? interesting and exciting. i continually look for these windows of opportunity and perhaps one will pertain to one or more of our projects – or perhaps even one or more of YOUR projects. please let us know if we’ve turned you on to something helpful and let us know if you hear of projects to share with our friends and colleagues.
… and on completely unrelated news, here’s video of Kevin Smith auctioning and then buying his own film. yes, that stunt he pulled that pissed off so many film industry professionals yet made indie creators sit up and listen way back in January. sort of unrelated, but apropos.
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A Hawaiian writer, director and performer, Chad has spent over half his life performing in more than fifty plays, including two years traveling the world with STOMP. As an actor, Chad’s film and television appearances include ‘Charmed’, ‘Killian’s Chronicle’ and ‘Mid-Century’ with John Glover and fellow Boston University alum, Faye Dunaway. Since becoming a writer/director he’s launched a production company with his brother Denny and long-time girlfriend, Kendall Kanoa Hawley, with whom he’s completed a number of pieces; the most recent of which were a motion comic, a transmedia piece that was recently featured on Wired.com and a one-man show. Chad’s love affair with computers helped him create this web site you’re looking at, and as COO of We Make Movies, Chad is constantly looking for ways to make the We Make Movies on- and off-line experience as sweet, productive and helpful as possible.