Thursday, October 30, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
LECTURE: Redefining Digital Content DistributionA lot of people missed my lecture on Saturday about license-based digital content distribution, so Scott suggested I post a link to it here. Please read it at your convenience and let me hear your thoughts:
Redefining Digital Content Distribution, or Why Apple is About To Get Its Ass Kicked
You can email me directly or through Facebook.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
What Independent Movies Need to Learn from Graphic NovelsChristopher Allen of Skotos (an interactive storytelling/gaming studio) gave a great 10-minute talk yesterday in the "Open Ideas Forum" session... and he has posted the slides on SlideShare.
One interesting idea was that filmmakers should be making comic books and graphic novels related to their movies -- either to sell or for promotional/marketing purposes.What Independent Movies Need To Learn From Graphic Novels
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Open Forum SessionsWe just added all the Open Forum Sessions to the schedule... check them out here.
Tweets and Flickr Pics from The ConversationInteresting way to track the tweets and Flickr photos from The Conversation, posted by people like Bill Holsinger-Robinson from Spout, Ingrid Kopp from Shooting People, Christopher Allen, and Roger Erik Tinch from CineVegas.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Event Schedule for Mobile Phone ViewingWe just posted a schedule that's suitable for viewing on mobile phones with Web access...
It's at http://www.tinyurl.com/theconvo.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Recapping DIY Days, Future of Digital Distribution, and Looking Ahead to The Conversation
Thursday, October 9, 2008
From SF360: Let's Talk About the Future of CinemaWrote a short piece this week for the blog SF360, published by the San Francisco Film Society (which has been a huge supporter of The Conversation).
Here's the opening:
Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscope did it. So did talkies, Technicolor, and television. In the 1970s and 1980s, home video did it again.
When new technologies arrive, they usher in creative and business opportunities that never existed before (though some people choose to ignore them.)
When the very first Kinetoscope parlor opened in Manhattan in 1894, showing short films for 25 cents admission, or when the Warner brothers finally made synchronized sound work in 1927, it created phenomenal new possibilities for artists and entrepreneurs. When television and home video arrived later in the 20th century, some people saw them as a threat to the cinema—while others seized the chance to tell different stories, work on different budgets and deadlines, and, not insignificantly, make money in new ways.
Technological shifts like these also open a door for new people with new ideas who might not have previously found their way into the industry.
We’re at one of those transitional moments right now.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
What Are We Gonna Talk About?Tiffany and I sat down in San Francisco yesterday to talk about our hopes and expectations for The Conversation. This is as much for participants as it is for folks who are thinking about coming.
MP3 file is here.
Ted Hope Will Join The ConversationLegendary indie film producer Ted Hope is going to join us on Saturday morning as part of our opening "fireside chat." I'm looking forward to that...
Worth reading before you hear Ted speak is this transcript of a talk he gave last month at Film Independent's Filmmaker Forum in Los Angeles.
When someone says "Indie is dead," they are talking about the state of the 'Indie Film Business,' as opposed to what are actually the films themselves. They can say "The sky is falling" because for the last fifteen years, the existing power base in the film industry has focused on films fit for the exisiting business model, as opposed to ever truly concentrating on creating a business model for the films that filmmakers want to make.
This is where we are right now: on the verge of a TRULY FREE FILM CULTURE, one that is driven by both the creators and the audiences, pulled down by the audience and not pushed onto them by those that control the apparatus and the supply. We now have the power and the tool for something different, but will we fight to preserve the Internet, the tool that offers us our new freedom? Can we banish the the dream of golden distribution deals, and move away from asking others to distribute and market it for us? Can we accept that being a filmmaker means taking responsibility for your films, the primary responsibility, all the way through the process? That is independence and that is freedom.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Beet.TV Interviews Scott About The ConversationI happened to bump into Andy Plesser, the host of the videoblog Beet.tv this week at MIT. What'd we talk about? What else: The Conversation.