Is the future for low budget film makers online
Posted 06 February 2006 - 01:41 PM
yours faithfully hippy
Posted 06 February 2006 - 04:58 PM
Posted 07 February 2006 - 03:39 PM
In my opinion, there's no money for low-budget filmmakers in online distribution.
Nobody is going to pay anything to watch a film online that they've never heard of (i.e.; it's already been advertised by traditional advertising methods, or it originated in a non-online format, in other words, existing TV shows or films that have already gotten theatrical distribution).
The Battlestar Galactica example above proves my point. Notice he didn't say he paid $1.99 to download some film he'd never heard of, that had never played anywhere else first.
If you're just trying to get exposure, that's one thing. If you're trying to make money, forget it.
Posted 07 February 2006 - 04:41 PM
I bought this to help support a fellow film maker, plus it had tons of extra features.
Got it's buzz from the internet
The web is a great place to get everyone to hear about your film(Blair Witch). Forums like this are the best place to tell people what you are up to. I rent movies all the time at Blockbuster and get movies that suck! so $2 bucks to support a fellow film maker is no problem. Bet there are other that feel the same way I do.
Marketing, marketing, marketing is how a film gets noticed no matter what the distribution channel is
Posted 07 February 2006 - 05:07 PM
One thing is certain. Films made for niche markets will have the ability to reach those markets without going through the traditional channels. There is only so much shelf space at your local Blockbuster and on your ?500 channel? cable hookup. Netflix has 55,000 titles and counting. As always in order for a film to be seen there has to be some buzz. The Internet has only begun to flex its muscles. Look at the music business.
Posted 07 February 2006 - 05:23 PM
Posted 07 February 2006 - 08:26 PM
In my most humble opinion, the jury is really still out, but I have faith in the future. The potential of the internet is nowhere near 'fully realised' yet. Each year more and more PCs are coming into homes, and yet unlike televisions (which were the big thang of my generation) PCs are being replaced a lot more often than I rember with TVs. What does this mean? Well it means that the general public is hungry and willing to pay for newer and newer upgraded models.
Certainly there will be a point where these trends meet stasis, and this likely will be when one of the computer manufacturing companies makes a machine that is compatible for entertainment as well as business. Brant hints at what I'm looking for in the future, a PC (one unit) that can be hooked into a wide screen TV, or maybe some sort of DV projection unit that can be sold to consumers as an add-on.
Already the internet is becoming a dominant media for advertising and I already know of one indy producer in Chicago who is attempting a marriage of internet and television infomercial to put independent films forward. His ideas at least seem interesting. As for downloading movies at a price, I think we got a lot to look forward to yet with DVD on demand.
With respect to Matt Pacini's views, I also think that independent films are beginning to generate more interest than what they used to. Back when I was a kid the words 'independent film' were almost always taken to mean 'junk'. Yet many times, having nothing better to watch, we found that even junk could be wildly entertaining and thus the 'cult film' evolved. But more and more today, younger filmmakers are honing their craft before plunging public and the results of this newfound (and surprising) discipline are some really outstanding films that can stand on their own against anything Hollywood can offer. So taking all these things into account I really have high hopes for independent filmmaking
Mainly it all hinges on this I think: When technology comes closer to catching up to our actual needs I think we may well be surprised as to the naute of cinema in the future and what all sorts of possibilities that will hold for indys like us.
John Mark King
Posted 08 February 2006 - 02:04 AM
1. Things do change.
2. They change slower than promised or predicted.
3. There's usually something different and unexpected about the way it changes.
I absolutely think the future will have a market of internet downladed movies. I think with the incredible incrase in the number of films created each year people will be hunting down niche markets. If you're a filmmaker I wouldn't be thinking of this as a main revenue source quite yet. Make your content for technology which exists today.
Besides as Ted Turner says, "If you want to be successful at something, be the second to do it, not the first." (PARAPHRASING)
Posted 09 February 2006 - 05:13 PM
Posted 09 February 2006 - 06:53 PM
If I'm wrong, then what's stopping it? You can do it now, yet almost nobody does. Why?
Because there's no communal experience in saying "hey everyone, come into my bedroom/office and watch this movie on my computer!"
I mean, it's just ludicrous. Nobody wants to do that. All you guys saying you watch movies online, own TV's, DVD's, VCR's where you watch the other 99% of stuff you watch.
Let's be honest, it's just not happening.
Posted 09 February 2006 - 07:35 PM
What about those with Web TV and other such services!
(Ok, they're usually internet-challenged. Never mind.)
Posted 09 February 2006 - 07:59 PM
By the way Mr. Pacini, how is the telecine business coming? I saw your responses on the Ultra16 thread and was hoping that you'd provide some info on how your business was coming along. Have you got everything all geared up? Hope so cause I'm still very interested in the Ultra 16 format.