It’s pretty helpful to have such a focused goal…going to the American Film Market in November. It’s making Lower Boom set priorities on projects, and put a few things on the back burner so that other projects can get our full attention.
We’re currently editing the first episode of Jump the Fence: Around the World in 7 Days. We shot for almost a month in Brazil, and are excited to craft that edit into Episode to show off at AFM. We’ve been fortunate to already have gotten some nice press…this article appeared on the Resource magazine website…it’s a great interview with the stars of Jump the Fence, and a great overview of the project:
REALLY interesting article here…
Taiwan-based auteur Tsai Ming-liang, whose credits include “Stray Dogs,” “The Wayward Cloud” and “What Time is it There?” recently premiered his VR project “The Deserted” at Venice. He gives a great (lengthy and detailed) interview here to Variety. I’ve not seen that many in-depth discussions/interviews with filmmakers/creatives that go much past “yeah, it was hard, but pretty cool”. This one does.
The interview is followed by one with HTC…well worth reading as well. Instead, he renewed his collaboration with top actor Lee Kang-sheng, partnered with pioneering cell phone and tech company HTC and tested the limits of story-telling in the new medium.
Venice Interview: Tsai Ming-liang on the Craft of VR Film Making
…until #AFM2017. Over the past few months, Lower Boom has convened a few meetings we called “Indie Filmmaking Meets VR”
We invited indie filmmakers who knew nothing about the VR platform, VR technologists that knew nothing about linear cinematic storytelling, folks from the business side of the storytelling business, and more, and mashed them all up in a room with some beer, a few prompts, some thought-exercises and we were off…many different perspectives, lots of great questions, new connections made. The reason we brought these folks together was we’re curious to figure out what rules exist for storytelling in VR, what do we know, what don’t we know, how can VR leverage the storytelling capacity of the filmmakers, how can the filmmakers dip their toe in the VR world…
One of the outcomes of these meetings was Lower Boom itself has decided to dip it’s toe in the VR world in a number of ways, first and foremost with developing the fascinating characters and world of the video game ARID GHOST.
It’s beautiful, mysterious, has lots of multi-platform/channel potential…and it’s not on the market yet! So we’re excited to continue developing the ideas and the world of ARID GHOST and bring it with us to the American Film Market in November.
View story at Medium.com
…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.
I’ve decided to write a book. It’s called IT’S NEVER TOO LATE.
Playing at Al’s Den November 2015
Please join me and 6 brilliant local filmmakers for Hallowed Ground, this Monday, October 21st, at he Hollywood Theater, for the premiere of my new film, IMAGE.
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….
Mia Allen in test shoot for CPR – photo by Matt Schulte
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?
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!