Tuesday, October 30, 2007
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Thursday, October 18, 2007
While at film school we [Straus and Neulight] made a number of films together, and through that process I saw that anything was possible in terms of making one’s art. But we knew there had to be a way to empower filmmakers so that they could attain their goals without ever having to “ask for permission,” and that’s where Withoutabox comes in. For me, Withoutabox is all about choosing to make something happen, because as an independent filmmaker you have the power to make it happen.
What is The International Film Festival Submission Service?
Straus: It is a product that connects filmmakers from around the world with festivals from around the world. Filmmakers can put all the information about their film — their marketing materials, press kits, trailer and anything else they would need to submit — into the system. They can then search our database of festivals and look for the festival that best matches their needs and submit that information to the festival. What one festival gets is different from what another festival gets, because [its submission] requirements are different. And festivals = manage their submission process through us as well. The filmmakers that use our product are [everyone from] Academy Award winners [to filmmakers] right out of high school. Our filmmakers make 30-second films and 2½ hour films. They use 35mm and they use digital. It’s on all extremes.
Have you abandoned the camera for the business
Straus: Just to put things in perspective, I’m sitting in my office with Birkenstocks on. If you ever tell me I can’t wear my Birkenstocks, I’ll get upset. The thrill that I get when I log in to our system at three in the morning and I see a filmmaker in India or New Zealand or the UK using our system, I’m incredibly fulfilled. I never saw myself as abandoning filmmaking; I just saw myself participating at a different level.
How do you expect a site aimed at industry professionals to compete with other services that encompass much wider general audiences when it comes to the marketing of indie films?
Joe Neulight: We are not trying to compete so much as to organize differently. Our goal is to empower our filmmakers to use whatever tools are at their disposal to get the word out on their films and to get their work out to audiences. Withoutabox is a professional bridge from more general sites like MySpace and YouTube for filmmakers who want to take the next step, monetize their work on the world marketplace and perhaps make a career of it. Filmmakers and festivals are already beginning to run Audience as a “private label” platform beneath their own Web sites, and we expect Audience will come to distinguish itself as “the source” of independent film, whether their work lives on our site or on those run by our partners and competitors.
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As a creative, I have found a HUGE amount of incredibly helpful groups on facebook.
There are groups for filmmakers, actors, directors, genre groups for filmmakers and their fans, festival groups....
Some I can remember off the top of my head that I have joined and benefitted from have been:
*Actor's Centre graduates (private)
*All Actors on Facebook
*All Directors on Facebook
... and many more!
So go check out groups on facebook and get busy in your community - people post crew and casting calls, triumphs, festival call for entries, upcoming seminars for filmmakers or training in your area of the craft. It's been awesome to keep in the know and also just to meet like minded people who are out there making inspiring projects.
Break a leg and go knock yourself out *getting connected*
Other online info hubs to check out are
For job listings, upcoming opportunities and industry news. You can even post your projects for free...
You can even do a great trial for 3 months to see how you like it.
There are jobs & opportunities listes that are from all over AU, NZ and some international jobs also.
I've found the news breifs excellent too for keeping up to date with the industry and major influences coming up. Also some timely reminders for entry deadlines for upcoming festivals.
* ARTS HUBB
Ditto for screenhubb - though these days there is a small fee to post your own projects...
or for US
or for the UK
The good thing about these guys is there is info across a wide range of the arts & you have the multi-national searching capabilities for jobs, auditions and projects to collaborate on.
I have also just joined without-a-box.
Which is a free online distribution hub to submit your film to festivals over the net. Cutting down on countless filling out of paper entry forms and I understand they can even send your film digitally/post you DVD for you. I haven't fully explored it yet, but it's been recommended by a number of on-to-it producers in the industry... and anything that's going to save me time getting my film out there and free up my time so I can focus on my next film, gets me excited :)
Check them out at:
Just reading the terms and conditions was a learning spree!
Love & Inspiration!
Lunar Wolf Productions
NAFA [Networking Action for Filmmakers & Actors ]NAFA is a networking group of actors, screenwriters, and filmmakers renowned for being creative and productive. We strongly believe in creating our own opportunities to succeed in this tough industry. From its origins as a proactive actors’ group (then Networking Action For Actors), NAFA evolved to include like-minded screenwriters and filmmakers, creating a bigger and better beast. As a growing resource with a huge potential, many professionals and independents have sought help from NAFA when seeking cast and crew.
Since its inception, NAFA has been solidly based on the ideas of networking and education. It is best known for running the monthly Choc Tops in the Attic meetings.
On a larger scale, NAFA also organizes two big film festival—exhibitions each year: Show-Fest (April) & Action-Fest (August). Popular for their ‘Show & Tell’ format, all cast and crew are invited onstage to discuss the making of their films post-screening.
On a smaller scale, NAFA organises monthly Script Development Workshops, a Talent Night in November, and the occasional social event.Lastly — but most importantly — NAFA Productions is a film production company formed to nurture the creative energies of the group into producing great films.
Now having made over 20 short films, the company is bursting with enthusiasm to tackle new and exciting projects in 2006.
NAFA FILM PROJECTS:You can be assured of the following:
1. Great script,
2. Casting sessions to select the right actors,
3. Crew interviews to select a creative and compatible team,
4. Professional standards & safety,
5. Good catering,
6. Invitation to a cast & crew premiere,
7. All participants will receive a copy of the film,
8. The film will be finished!
Further Info Email Address:email@example.com Further Info Name:Tony Chu Further Info Phone Number:0412 230 415 Website:http://http://www.nafa.net.au
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What: CHOC TOPS
Where: Attic Bar, Art House Hotel, 275 Pitt St, Sydney
When: Third Monday of the month (except December, January, and public holidays)
6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Membership: $40 for a student. $60 Full Membership.
Contact: Tony Chu [Producer NAFA Productions]
0412 230 415
Last monday night we had a fantastic Choc Top. The guest speaker was Rachel Lucas, the infamous guerilla filmmaker of Bondi Tsunami http://www.bonditsunami.com.au/
Rachel filled the evening with a rich chocca-full-content-discussion about the do's and don'ts of guerilla filmmaking!
She also had just gotten her new book on guerilla filmmaking hot off the press called "The rock n' Roll Guide to Guerilla Filmmaking".
Rachel really understands popular culture, she is a woman with her finger on the pulse of now and the master of bringing something old and making it new right now.
One of the keys she says to 'creating an intelligent destiny for you film before you begin' is tapping into subcultures. Taking something old, familiar and making it hot right now... She was creating digital content back before releasing or viewing a movie in the cinemas on DVD was unheard of! She was totally inspiring...
For me here's three great points that have really stuck in my head from the other night:
* Only make the ideas that are really really *Hot*.
If you are a young filmmaker just starting out (and you don't have a million
dollars to spend on shit shot marketing) Don't waste your time & money on
something that's going to die after the first 10 day release glow. Make a film
that is going to last - make a CULT CLASSIC...
* Take something old and familiar, that people already love and are into, and put it in a new context.
* Always write your own press!
Don't leave your word and mouth up to reviewers to tell you whether or not
your film is hot. You know it's hot, so write about it. But write about it smart
- write HUMAN INTEREST stories that people WANT to read about. And include great
pictures. Think about it - the editors will love you for thinking about it and
writing something that their target market will want to read. You provide them
with free content, you get to tap into subcultures that if they like what they
read, will *own* your film and tell everyone about it!
* Lastly, go DIGITAL CRAZY!
Dream up something worth going for & DISTRIBUTE it
through the NETThere is so much available to us, right now, as filmmakers, so
use the technology and free distribution that is possible to your advantage, do
something different, create digital content to be distributed on iPODs, mobiles,
portable computors & digital diaries...********Digital Dreaming, baby, yeah!*********