All indie film is pretentious, part two

Aaaaaaand… Just as I was reply­ing to posts from my pre­vi­ous thread, “Is there an ‘indie-film’ stereo­type?”, this was deliv­ered to my inbox: Indie film exhibits all the errors of the Genre My first thought: BAH-HA-haha­ha­ha­ha­haaaaaaaaaaaaa. My sec­ond thought: “You know, this real­ly would have been bril­liant, if only the author had a good grasp of …

Is there an “indie-film” stereotype?

I just got back from an aca­d­e­m­ic con­fer­ence on pop­u­lar romance stud­ies. It’s a fair­ly new dis­ci­pline, which is still fight­ing against the stig­ma of assump­tions made about the genre as a whole (i.e., that it is “trash,” “wom­en’s pornog­ra­phy,” etc.). So, I’m pret­ty well sen­si­tized right now to the assump­tions made by schol­ars, crit­ics, …

Transmedia–the new holy grail of filmmaking?

If I were to say “trans­me­dia” to you, what would you think: Trans­me­dia is the next big thing–anyscreen, everyscreen, baby! Trans­me­dia has been around for a while, but we’re only now begin­ning to har­vest the ben­e­fits of the 2.0 trans­me­dia mod­el. What? I have no idea what you’re talk­ing about. For those of you who …

Comments from a distributor

An old friend of mine for­ward­ed my last post to a friend of his in dis­tri­b­u­tion. That friend very kind­ly allowed me to post her thoughts on the dilem­mas of dis­tri­b­u­tion and rights, from a documentary/educational per­spec­tive:  [T]his whole dis­cus­sion has been quite an alba­tross for a long time, most­ly because the nature of dis­tri­b­u­tion …

Distribution Models–where are we headed?

I’ve heard a lot of debate on film dis­tri­b­u­tion in the recent past. Con­sid­er­ing that stu­dios are start­ing to stream their own con­tent, Ama­zon and YouTube are work­ing to cut the dis­trib­u­tors AND the stu­dios out of the pic­ture entire­ly, and Net­flix’s crazy push-me-pull-you is pis­s­ing-off their sub­scrip­tion base big-time, it’s obvi­ous that this is an …

So, where do we start?

As part of the estab­lish­ment of my blog, I had to cre­ate an “Action-idea”–basically, a dynam­ic sto­ry arc for what I’m try­ing to accom­plish here. What I came up with is this: We’ve seen pro­found changes in the pub­lish­ing and music dis­tri­b­u­tion indus­tries, but the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion as regards the film indus­try is still in …