59 more days…

…until the American Film Market.  I, and Lower Boom, have set a goal of having several of your projects ready to show off. We’ve been very excited about our Portland:Dark episodic series we’re developing.

I’m really excited that we’ve shot the inaugural episode last month in Brazil of JUMP THE FENCE: Around the World in 7 Films in Brazil, our global filmmaking documentary. And to make things even more exciting with that project, one of our stars, Lacy Allen, was just featured on the front page of the NY Times Arts section, in a very positive review by Brent Brantley of the play INANIMATE, starring…Lacy Allen.

 

Next week we should have a working prototype of our new Lower Boom Discovery app. I think that it’s going to be a game-changer for indie storytellers to build audience and awareness – a completely new model and market maker…I use that term loosely, but our intent is definitely to do something that’s not been done before, that fills a real need in the market and has an exciting and innovative business model attached.

User testing countdown imminent.

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taking the plunge with Kickstarter

today begins the campaign for raising funds for my new project CPR, a short film that I will be directing. My friend Kimberly Warner had a great idea and asked me to help her bring it to life.

Our kickstarter link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/323309941/cpr

Very excited to try out this new crowdfunding concept. 30 days to raise 5K.

Check it out! It’s going to be a beautiful and moving, we hope!

CPR – my new directing gig

Shooting a short film in October…my good friend, the insanely talented Kimberly Warner has written a very interesting treatment…no dialog…and has asked me to direct/produce. We are waiting to hear if we can use Kickstarter to raise some funds…we have a small budget to start with, hoping to augment…

Here is our tumblr…CPR...with some stills from a test shoot, and some footage I shot as we shot…I edited into a short little tease. It will be a beautiful thing!

Here’s some stills I shot during test shoot….

Matt Schulte’s Filmmaker links from around the web

links/posts  from around the web that will be of interest to filmmakers!

How YouTube’s modest new movie rental service could radically change the movie business

Film Execs look at the state of Indie Distribution « The Global Film Village

Fans ‘invest’ in films

What Defines An Event? 10 Thoughts On Transforming Small to LARGE

Kickstarter vs. indiegogo

Soon to launch a crowd-funding appeal for my film projects. And I am wondering what the pros and cons of kickstarter vs. indiegogo are? honestly I can’t tell from the websites. This is of course, may mean I am not nearly so clever as I think…or maybe that there is fundamentally not much difference in these (and other) crowd-funding sites. You sign up…you ask people for money…you give them perks.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Just Sell it Yourself

I am sure everyone has already taken note of Dargis’ article in today’s NY Times…she covers the territory that twitter has been aflame with these last 6 months or so…the fact that filmmakers are taking control of their own destinies…entire new business models, marketing models, filmmaking models.  One year ago there was despair in the film community. Everything is/was broken. There has been a complete turn-around. Enthusiasm and energy abound now, as filmmakers (and their fans) become much more proactive…about making, distributing, and enjoying…films. Movies? Transmedia? Whatever it is that artists will be/are creating.

Declaration of Indies: Just Sell It Yourself!

Soundcloud and Facebook

Had the hardest time trying to get the soundcloud widget to work properly on Facebook. It worked at first…then a bunch of errors, then I was able to post a link to Facebook that takes one to the sound file itself…but still no in-page play at Facebook. Dang.

But, here’s the link…one more time!…to the theme song for 13 Years in A Broken Down Rocket Ship, the new web series I am writing. I wrote, performed, and recorded the song…with Jason Bays of the Spires on bass.