I keep finding all of these links that I think are important to Filmmakers

Here are some more links I found from Rose Spinelli at The Crowd Fundementals Check out Rose’s site here – http://thecrowdfundamentals.com/

I’m a fan of Rose’s and I think she really knows her shit. If you want information on Crowd Funding go to her site.

Digital Advertising, Bad Bet? Bad Bot!

A quote –

“It turns out that from 88% to 98% of digital ads we pay for are clicked by bots, not thinking, discerning humans. And the fraudsters aren’t fringe offenders; they are companies we rely on and respect like—this one broke my heart—LinkedIn. They came in at 88% fake, with the worst offender being Google, at 98%. Good old Facebook and Yahoo tied at 94%.”

Read the whole article and then decide of digital advertising is for you.

http://thecrowdfundamentals.com/digital-advertising-can-bad-bot-bet/

Here is a Twitter Management platform – -

Twitter Management

http://commun.it/

Here’s an interesting article (not sure how old it is) on why people support various projects through crowd funding.

The Motivations Behind Crowdfunding – - https://www.invesdor.com/finland/en/blog/33

Here is a quote…

The three authors mentioned, identified the main motivations to invest as following:

  • Personal identification with the project’s subject and its goals,
  • Contribution to a societally important mission,
  • Satisfaction from being part of a certain community with similar priorities,
  • Satisfaction from observing the realisation and success of the project funded,
  • Enjoyment in being engaged in and interacting with the project’s team
  • Enjoying contributing to an innovation or being among the pioneers of new technology or business,
  • The chance to expand one’s own personal network,
  • The expectation of attracting funders in return for one’s own crowdfunding project,

 

Let’s end with a link to John Cleese.

John Cleese on Comedy & Intelligence – Are We Losing It

http://www.keepliving.com/2015/02/john-cleese-on-comedy-and-intelligence.html

Samuel Fuller Documentary: The Typewriter, The Rifle and The Movie Camera

I found this interesting documentary on Sam Fuller. It features interviews with Martin Scorsese, Tim Robbins, Quentin Tarantino and Fuller himself. It’s a good watch. Check it out and learn about films these guys know all about and you’ve probably never heard of…

New Links That Are Worth Your Time

Here are some new links I picked up this week. Some are left-overs from Sundance. The first one is really interesting to me. It’s from Rose Spinelli over at The Crowdfundamentals. Rose really knows her stuff when it comes to crowd funding, she is my go to person on that subject. Check this out.

Krowdster Article

http://thecrowdfundamentals.com/can-krowdster-capture-promote-campaign-efficiency/

Here are some other links, some interesting, some less so but all worth a glance.

Sundance: Does Theatrical Matter as Much for Indie Filmmakers?

http://www.thevideoink.com/news/sundance-theatrical-matter-much-indie-filmmakers/#.VNapUcaPDS9

Why Sundance Isn’t The Only Answer for Indie Filmmakers

http://www.indiewire.com/article/why-sundance-is-a-waste-of-time-for-most-indie-filmmakers-20150123

Not Afraid to Fail: A New Distribution Model Empowers Filmmakers and Audiences

http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/guest-post-not-being-afraid-to-fail-a-new-distribution-model-empowers-filmmakers-and-audiences-20150129

The Feature Film That Blew Everyone Away at Sundance Was Shot on an iPhone 5s

http://nofilmschool.com/2015/01/feature-film-blew-everyone-away-sundance-shot-on-iphone

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Billy Wilder Interview

My buddy Tom Johnson and I got to meet Billy Wilder when we were in film school. He was donating a bunch of stuff to USC and Tom and I were picked to go meet him and haul the stuff he was donating back to USC. We went up to this old Post-Production place in Hollywood met the owner and waited for Billy Wilder.

The stuff this guy had piled up on their loading dock was mostly junk. There was Billy Wilder’s personal Moviola which was an old black model probably out of the early 1950′s with his initials painted on the side. Now that was cool. Like I said, I really don’t remember much else, some old beat up cases stuff like that.

Billy Wilder finally shows up driving this huge mid 1970′s Cadillac (I think it was an El Dorado). The thing was enormous and when Billy Wilder got out he was tiny. I still have that picture in my head. He introduces himself to us, like we didn’t know who he was. He was one of my favorite writer/directors of all time. I was dying to ask him a ton of questions about his films.

He takes a look at the stuff stacked up on the loading dock and asks the owner where the rest of it is. The guy says this is all. He and Billy get in to this shouting match and Wilder is screaming at him that he is ripping him off and where is all of the good stuff. This goes on for about 10 minutes.

All of the time Tom and I are dutifully loading the truck and trying to stay out of this argument. Finally the owner of the place throws up his hands and walks away.

Billy comes over to us and apologizes although he keeps calling this guy a thief and a crook. He tells us we look like nice kids. (I have a long pony tail and a bushy black beard, Tom has long flaming red hair and a big red beard, we look like thugs!) Anyway he gives us twenty dollars to have lunch on him and then he gets in to his whale of a Cadillac and drives off.

Tom and I never got to ask him a single question. But we met him.

This is a wonderful interview with Writer/Director Billy Wilder. Maybe you’ve heard of him? He did little films like, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Sunset Blvd, Double Indemnity… Oh there are a lot more.

Check it out! And thank me later…

A Bunch of Interesting Links You Should Check Out If You’re Serious

Here’ a bunch of new links I figured I would turn you all on to. I gathered them from Sheri Candler, The Film Collaborative and a few other sources.

Bill Kinder talks about distributing his film White Rabbit through Tugg. An interesting read and good stuff to know.

http://digitalcinemareport.com/article/white-rabbit-disruptive-digital-distribution#.VNEmScaPDS_

Here is a list of the Movies that sold at Sundance 2015. Like this means anything to most of us real Independent Filmmakers.

http://www.slashfilm.com/movies-sold-at-sundance-2015/

But will they ever see any money from distribution? Check this out, not like it’s new information. Independent Filmmakers have always had trouble getting paid from Distributors. I talked to Les Blank a couple years ago and asked why he started self-distributing his films in the early 1960’s and his reply was that he wanted to get paid and he wasn’t seeing any money on his distribution deals.

http://deadline.com/2015/01/indie-filmmakers-stiffed-distributors-wga-east-study-1201360898/

Here is a piece on different Distribution Platforms. It breaks them down, sort of. It doesn’t really talk about what it really costs to get on to iTunes and things like that. But it is worth a read.

https://digiday.com/platforms/digital-distribution-platforms-indie-films-netflix-bittorrent/

Who Needs Sundance? – This one is about crowd funding and distribution, mostly about Indiegogo and Vimeo. And how you don’t necessarily need a distribution deal to get your film out.

http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/03/no-longer-the-bank-still-the-watercooler/

Check this shit out. What you do with this info is up to you.

You’ll Change (1992)

I made this film about twenty-three years ago right before my daughter was born. I haven’t looked at it in a while. Fiona turned twenty-three last week so I figured why not post it… Happy Birthday Fiona!

 

An Interview With Milos Forman

Milos Forman is one of my favorite Directors. Check out this great interview with him.

He has made some wonderful films, here is a link to his imdb page. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001232/?ref_=nv_sr_1)

Among his films are One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, Ragtime, Hair. This guy is amazing.

Whether you want to make films or just enjoy films check out Forman’s work.

Howard Hawks Interview/Film – The Men Who Made The Movies

Here is an interesting interview/film about Howard Hawks who made some of my favorite films.  What did he make you ask?  The original Scarface in 1932. (what, you thought the DePalma-Pacino version was the original?)  How about Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, To Have And Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River and many more.  If you’re serious about films and filmmaking you need to check this guy out.

 

 

Check out this podcast…

Filmmaker Dave Bullis did an interview with me for his podcast.  I hope I was witty and informative, but you be the judge.

http://davebullispodcast.podomatic.com/entry/2014-09-09T13_39_34-07_00

Thanks Dave it was great talking with you.

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