Tag Archives: movies

What is KickStarter? An Introduction to Crowdfunding

7 Aug

Within the past few years, multiple crowdfunding websites have surfaced on the internet. These websites allow an individual to sign up and post a project. The individual then posts “rewards” that users will get for donating money to the specific project. Crowdfunding websites have raised over $1 million for various projects including independent films. Continue reading

Did Nazi’s Invade Cannes Film Festival?

19 May

  What a strange Wednesday at the Cannes film festival. When you thought the news couldn’t get any more mind blowing, comes possibly the biggest news of the entire festival. Danish film director Lars Von Trier dug himself into a hole deeper than the Chilean miners. Continue reading

Napoleon Dynamite Television Show to Hit FOX in the Fall

18 May

If you and I have anything in common then you’re probably a fan of the 2004 cult comedy hit, Napoleon Dynamite. The feature length film was actually based on a short film created by Jared Hess while attending college. The film was titled Peluca but featured the same characters that appear in Napoleon Dynamite. The short film gained notoriety at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival which in turn led to the production of the feature length version. Continue reading

You Should ‘See This Movie’

14 Apr

So there’s this movie. You should really “See This Movie.” Okay, that was a bad joke. “See This Movie” is the 2005 comedy film written by David Rosenthal. The film follows Jake Berrymore (Seth Meyers) and Larry Finkelstein (John Cho), on their journey to get their “powerful” film into the Montreal World Film Festival. After pulling a few strings and stretching the truth, the duo’s film is accepted into the film festival. However, there’s a catch. The film they so proudly promoted doesn’t exist. Continue reading

Cheap Equipment For Indie Filmmakers

5 Jan

One of the largest obstacles to overcome when being an independent filmmaker is of course, finding the money to get your film made. Most independent filmmakers try to bypass the barriers of working with producers and fund their film privately. While this may be a great choice, many filmmakers end up purchasing equipment that makes their films look like home videos rather than actual films. The reason for this seemingly fatal mistake stems from the misconception that professional equipment costs outrageous amounts of money. Continue reading

Is 3D the Future of Indie Filmmaking?

4 Nov

With the latest influx of 3D films, most notably James Cameron’s Avatar, film enthusiasts and filmmakers alike, have asked themselves the same question “Is 3D filmmaking the future?” I’m not personally a fan of this whole 3D craze but I have to say, 3D is here to stay. Simply, with each passing day the popularity of the 3D market grows rapidly with various companies looking to cash in on this new found market. Most theaters have converted to 3D capable equipment, a large line of HD 3D televisions have been unveiled at the consumer level, and YouTube has announced the ability to view videos from their servers in 3D. What does this mean for the future of low-budget independent filmmaking? It could mean a lot.

The resilience of independent filmmakers is unmatched in any industry. Their ability to adapt to unfavorable situations is uncanny but can they somehow play into the 3D craze? In my opinion I believe they can. Just like any new form of technology, it becomes progressively cheaper as days go on. Aiptek a relatively unknown electronics firm from Taiwan, has released a 3D capable camcorder for about $175. Within the next few years 3D filmmaking will become even more accessible to the lower level of filmmaker.

Although the ability for low budget filmmakers to enter the 3D market is there, I would like to see them stick to the traditional story telling theory. 3D filmmaking is something I see as a gimick to enhance an otherwise weak story. Indpendent films are mostly always about stories that Hollywood fails to adopt and are told from a unique and fresh perspective. Filmmakers may begin to focus on the 3D and let the story suffer. Something else to keep in mind is that most film festivals are not equipped to screen 3D films. It should be interesting to see in the coming months how it all pans out.

Do you think independent filmmakers will adopt 3D as a means to tell their story?

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