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Will Smith is Winning.

October 18, 2010

Attitude is everything.

“2 + 2 is gon’ be what I want it to be.”

And that is why Will Smith is winning right now.

Will Smith's Seeds Are Taking Over the Universe

October 18, 2010

The Willow Smith – Whip My Hair Video.

Children should be able to pay for their college tuition with pop song and action movie residuals.  #justsaying

Will Smith’s Seeds Are Taking Over the Universe

October 18, 2010

The Willow Smith – Whip My Hair Video.

Children should be able to pay for their college tuition with pop song and action movie residuals.  #justsaying

Sound For Film Profile — A Technical Webseries

October 13, 2010

Sound is hella important in movies and you can always tell those directors who know what they’re doing by how specifically rich and textured a film’s soundtrack is, even if, at times, it’s decidedly minimalistic.  Those that are aware of the sonic possibilities of the medium always make better movies.

Came across this series on post-production sound on vimeo while aimlessly scouring the internet.  I wish the interviews would delve a little deeper into the technical details of strategies that some of the folks featured have implemented in the making of their movies’ design palettes, but I guess those nerdy tidbits are better suited for DVD menus.  Still, it’s nice to be able to see a series that highlights some of what goes in to making a soundtrack.

Are Film Festivals Even Worth It?

October 13, 2010

A random thought on film festivals at 5am, the time during which I should probably be doing any number of things other than blogging, but eh…

Are film festivals even worth it anymore?

A few years ago, it seemed like the supposed best way to get yourself out there was make a good short > enter it into some festivals > meet some people that are interested in you + are interested in hearing about future projects you’ve got going on > get connected and pulled into meetings to have something even bigger that you’ve conceived go on to be produced.

– they’re dreadfully expensive.  I don’t want to tell you how much I’ve spent just entering “Close.” into festivals, but I have to pay an entry fee/festival that ranges anywhere between $20-80 just so that (in some cases) some people that have been selected to judge the work I’ve done can say whether or not it’s worthy to be played somewhere, with no possibility of a refund in either case.

– if you’re like me, you can’t even afford to travel to most of them, so what’s the point?  Most festivals, too, can’t afford to pay your travel costs, so many times, you’re having to come out of pocket in order to fly up and down and all across the country.  And who’s paying for that?

– most people you and I know have never heard of a film festival and don’t want to pay $7-13 just to see just one short film, even if it’s been done by a friend of theirs and even if it’s in a huge theater, so what’s the value-add for them?

What other options do we have?

Never Seen Anything Like This.

October 12, 2010
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Fresh.

It's All About the Grassroots Appeal.

October 11, 2010

How are you going to amass and cultivate an audience for your work?  How can you demonstrate that this audience exists?  How can you feed this audience in an organic way so that instead of just bombarding them with stuff that they might not be interested in, you have them wanting for the things that you plan on putting out?

These days, these are some of the questions that you have to ask yourself.

Aspiring filmmakers are like indie bands and indie musicians.  You’ve gotta have a core group of people that rock with you.