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….

Chatroulette is insane

Chatroulette is nuts. But, also a new shift in content creation. I have no idea where it could lead, but these little fissures of creativity in coding and concept take content creation and distribution in entirely different and unexpected directions. This crazy site will have a larger impact somehow somewhere…it’s the Wild West out there in the world of content and distribution.

kickstarter vs indiegogo redux

I posted a query about the two services kickstarter and indiegogo a few weeks ago on my blog, wondering which might be a better fit for a new project of mine. I got a lot of responses, both on-line and off….people pointing out the pros and cons, as they say them. Since then, I’ve noticed some of the folks I follow on twitter have opted for one or the other…if you’ve recently started using one of the services…well, how’s it going? What do you think? (I’m looking at you, Trigonis)

Of note, also…this is a topic on a lot of people’s minds. Every day I get a lot of search engine traffic from search terms like “kickstarter indiegogo”….so I know there’s lots of folks out there wondering the same thing.

A truly insighful quote about indie film

Ted Hope is filled with truly insightful observations, but I love this one as lot: ““In this country we’ve had Kevin Smith and ‘Napoleon Dynamite,’ but nothing that was youth and also truly on the art spectrum like ‘Run Lola Run’ or the French New Wave (‘Paranormal Activity’ not withstanding…),” adding: “Are we incapable of making the spirited yet formal work that defines a lot of alternative rock and roll? And if so, why is that?”

What are great question. Who’s the Nirvana of cinema? The Pixies? BECK? Tom Waits? Lady Gaga? (I’m serious).

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

Filmmaker links – recent stories of interest to filmmakers from around the web

Sundance Exclusive: Calderon Talks Digital Indie Challenges – Thompson on Hollywood
http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2010/01/20/sundance_exclusive_calderon_talks_digital_indie_challenges/

Q&A: Sundance power lawyer John Sloss
http://www.thresq.com/2010/01/qa-sundance-power-lawyer-john-sloss.html

NEW BREED » The idea that could revolutionize independent film:
http://newbreed.workbookproject.com/2010/01/the-idea-that-could-revolutionize-independent-film/

WHEN DOES PLAN B BECOME PLAN A? Few Sundance Filmmakers Brave Alternative Distribution Paths
http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/winter2010/industry-beat.php

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?

Having fun with HD stills

Bought a Canon Vixia last fall to shoot my thriller My Baby Left Me…I’ve been very happy withe video I’ve shot, such a step up from what I’d been using. Just now starting to explore the still photo capabilities. While I’m no still photographer, so much to learn, I am having fun learning….a few examples….