Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Will you make art or gas?

I've been working on a web system for almost a year now to help filmmakers get paid for their efforts even with a short film.

There is a way but when I try to explain it most people look at me cross eyed with a false ego based knowing that tells me I'm talking to a sheep. Bleet, bleet.

They all want the theatrical release for their $5000 budget film. and can't see that that will never happen.
The film world doesn't want your film.
Sorry to break it to you but you've been duped. Just like thinking if you go to college you'll make more money, then you go to work for someone that owns a company that never went to college. Yeah that system is well advertised too.

I am almost ready to throw in the towel and just do it for myself like everyone else does, almost.
But that wouldn't fit with my ethics. Which to me is doing what is the greatest good for the most.
Even if it leaves me out.
I've been at this for some time now, almost a year and have been running into the same attitude from people everywhere. They can't see into the future beyond their own ego and wallet.

I don't care what they do anymore. I know my conscience is clean, and my ethics are what drive me for the vision I am going for.
Still it does bother me to see all the people I try to help so easily led astray.
People with short films excited to be getting a free screening when they could be making money from their art.

The film industry here is full of ego driven people with no real vision. little support for art. Lots of critics.

I don't think very much of critics. If you want to criticize a film, make sure you can show a film YOU MADE that was better and give examples of what you did in your masterpiece, and let me see it.

Or shut up. Your opinion is only so much gas wasted in the atmosphere.

Go make something and stop criticizing.

Art is alive and free and moving to the one who experiences it.

Cowards make copies of past successes. An artist has the tenacity to go against the grain and do something great.

Make art or make gas, eventually we will all smell the difference.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Visionaries often see the wonderous panorama alone.

I have been blogging and doing more blogging about the trends I see moving to the online distribution of film on the internet for some time. When I sit with someone who thinks they are an authority and they haven't got a clue what I am talking about, I just smile and think to myself, you should have listened to me when you had the chance.
I don't need permission to do anything I want to do and regardless of what the self appointed experts think we are going to make this an effective business model that will be pioneering a way to profitable entertainment for the independent.
I know that if enough people get involved in the fund raising and production parts of creating a project then they will have a vested interest in helping promote the film to all their friends and we will be successful.
I have been working extra hard lately to push past the opinions of others. I know they haven't done the research that I have done and come to the projections I have so don't think less of them just am aware that I am operating from different data.
Many people would love to be involved in the film industry, but don't think they have the means, be it capital to invest or experience on the set or as a writer.
But we are going to change all that and give the fans an opportunity to be involved at whatever level they want to be or can afford.
I have a new business plan under development that outlines how a cashless investment of one hundred dollars can add up to enough guarantee notes to get funding for a feature film in New Mexico.
There are some great programs here that give a filmmaker an opportunity to shoot on a budget that he may not have been able to anywhere else.
State loans and refunds for expenditures in the state are a few of the things that make this the time and the place to shoot.
Couple that with the online distribution model I have outlined elsewhere and the collaboration of hundreds if not thousands of people and you have something that has never occurred before.
A panacea of opportunity for the filmmaker that can see the opportunity and seize it.
So I still shout from the rooftops and am looked at like the local crazy.
Now I have nearly completed a feature script for production and I have other friends with scripts ready to shoot.
We are almost there.
Waht we need now is attention and the right exposure to the ideas we are ready to shoot.
I created the collaborative to give people the opportunity to see first hand what I see as the future of entertainment. Where everyone has an opinion and even as a minor investor or group member can have a say in the final product.
What do you want to see on the screen?
Let's do that.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Battle for focus

I'm fighting the seemingly never ending battle to stay focused.
The Holidays and the new year come and go with all their drama and new challenges but the unfinished work remains so until I finish it. There are so many reasons to get distracted.
Life has a way of demanding your attention when you need to focus most.
It's as if the universe wants to challenge your commitment as soon as you determine that you will stay the course.
But I will tell you this; even if it takes a little longer to complete what I started in the productions I am working on, and the distribution model that the world of independent film is waiting for.
I will stay the course.
Though there are others that would take from me and try to make me submit to a lower calling than what is outlined here. I will stay the course.
This is an unstoppable idea and it's time has come. I will prove it and you can help.
Units and microunits for the next feature film will be offered soon.
This means you can get involved in the production of a film and have a viable part in making it a reality. Right here.
We will be putting a paypal button on here for the collection from investors with a full breakdown of the treatment and distribution model as well as the production budget and profit return for each unit and microunit investment. You can participate in the distribution of the film and track right here what is happening with the project.
This will be the atart of a new method of indy filmmaking.
Where as a community we can make it happen. It takes a whole village to raise a child. It will take a whole community to create a film we can all be proud of.

Stay tuned here for more details.