Recent Advances in Technology Are Bringing Filmmakers Online
Released on: May 21, 2008, 1:50 pm
Press Release Author: Peter Sanditia
Press Release Summary: Independent Filmmakers looking to new technology to help with film creation & distribution
Press Release Body: It hasn't reached the critical mass yet, but filmmakers are finding ways to create and promote their films online. Due to an increasingly competitive film distribution environment, many filmmakers are being left without a distribution deal.
This is equivalent to career suicide if the filmmaker had investors onboard to help get the film "in the can". Not getting a distribution deal, likely means that you won't be paying back your investors. This also means that potential investors for your next film will stay clear of the phone when your number shows up on call display.
However, all is not lost. Online distribution companies are now starting to pick up films and documentaries and showing them to their website audiences. There will usually be some type of distribution agreement that will stipulate:
1. The online distribution company and the filmmaker split profits from downloads or streaming video.
2. The online distribution company and the filmmaker split profits from online advertisers.
Part of the problem with films that don't get picked up by a major or mini-major distribution company isn't necessarily that their film concept is terrible. It usually has to do with the film lacking "production value". Many distribution companies want a certain "look and feel" to their movies. Usually this means abiding by a set of filmmaking and acting standards which are proven to be acceptable to film audiences.
However, many independent filmmakers lack the schooling, experience or technical training to be able to incorporate these "production value" adding elements to their film. The problem remains that many independent filmmakers don't want to spend tens of thousands of dollars in tuition costs when they could use that many to "learn on the street" by creating their own films and making mistakes along the way.
However, recently online film courses have been entering the market allowing filmmakers to get the technical education they require without paying the costs associated with enrolling in bricks and mortar film school. Lights Film School (www.lightsfilmschool.com) is one of those online film schools offering students the opportunity to learn all of the elements of filmmaking in a period in as little as 1 - 4 months and for as little as a couple hundred dollars.
Flash video technology, online lecture notes, interactive student communities and comprehensive student reviews allow for filmmakers to experience the same type of learning they would in a traditional film school but now instead of attending class, they watch videos on their computer. Instead of buying thousands of dollars in film books, they read digital lecture notes. The differences are subtle, and it won't be for everyone, but it is a great alternative for those filmmakers looking to enhance the look and feel of their independent films without having to take out a student loan or spend 4 years in a classroom.