Is AIDS Too Riqsue a Topic to Crowdfund for? The Trials of Crowdfunding Part 2

Is AIDS Too Riqsue a Topic to Crowdfund for? The Trials of Crowdfunding Part 2

Tweet Here is a continuation of Anthony Williams’ guest post on the trials of crowdfunding. Here you get a look into the thoughts that go through the mind while embarking on this journey. Read Part 1 here. Even though this film is a creation of my own, I felt that everyone who was a part of it would be eager to campaign for it as well out of pride for their work. Some people have stepped up, doing what they can when they can, but the level of help that’s needed is still lacking. Naturally, midway through the campaign, the stress and discouragement set in deeper as the days continued on. Contributions are less and less even though the “LIKES” on the Facebook and Twitter posts as well as my work efforts become more and more. I’m becoming more and more burnt out. Everything was and still is somewhat stuck in standstill mode, and I still don’t know how to get out of it. Now I’m not going to lie—I expected such challenge and opposition frankly because of the content of the film. I’m a ballsy writer and filmmaker. I like to make films about things people don’t like to talk about and on subjects people don’t like to touch. I like to make films that tell the truth with no holds barred, leaving no one out, and with Absolutely Positive being that type of film, it’s obvious that’s a prime reason for the campaign’s current struggle. The pitch video was long and over-informative so I thought that may have been a main factor. I actually even received a...
7 cool film apps for the iPhone and iPad

7 cool film apps for the iPhone and iPad

Tweet By film apps I don’t mean apps for filmmakers, I mean films distributed as an app. I expect that this will become more and more popular as time goes on. The first iphone app I heard of for a film was for Sita Sings the Blues. Now you can find freelancers, companies like Stonehenge Productions and Mopix (to come) that will turn your film into an app. I also hope that as time goes on we will see companies really leveraging the features of the iOS to enhance the storytelling experience. Here a list of 10 cool film apps for the iPhone. The Dark Night OK even if this app sucked as long as the movie was in it, it probably would have made my list because I love this movie and pretty much all things Batman, except for the one that had the Governator in it. Distributor’s Name: Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) via iTunes store Business Model: “The Dark Knight: App Edition” is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, or at www.itunes.com/appstore. The entire feature film and bonus materials can be purchased for $9.99 (US) through an In-App Purchase. From the App Store description: The Dark Knight: App Edition,” protected by Widevine, allows consumers to download a permanent copy of the film to their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, or stream it through the App. They can watch over three hours of bonus clips; explore a rich gallery of photos and trailers; test their film knowledge with interactive video trivia; listen to memorable one-liners and export them as ringtones; post...

Transmedia: Not just for Star Wars

Tweet No sci-fi or action film? That’s OK, transmedia is for you too When I went to the inaugural IFP/Power to the Pixel Cross Media Forum I had one burning question on my mind. Suppose you don’t have a big sci fi/action film and a big budget with big sponsors, can you still create a transmedia experience? Do non sci-fi or action films lend themselves to effective transmedia experiences? I was specifically thinking about I Will Follow, the film directed by Ava Duvernay that has got rave reviews from Roger Ebert and has garnered a lot of press based on its unconventional method of distribution. It’s a film that follows Maye as she packs up and clears out the house she has been living in with her aunt, Amanda, who was a successful and free-spirited musician whose life was cut short by breast cancer. No aliens or pirates or otherworldliness. What about a story like this? What might a transmedia experience for this story look like? First a definition of transmedia. Henry Jenkins, University of South California professor describes transmedia storytelling as storytelling across multiple forms of media with each element making distinctive contributions to a fan’s understanding of the story world. I spoke to Caitlin Burns of Starlight Runner entertainment and posed my burning question to her. Caitlyn said that while sci-fi and action films certainly lend themselves very well to transmedia storytelling because it’s easy to make a universe around them, there’s nothing to stop one from creating a compelling transmedia experience around film that doesn’t fall into those genres. However, funding or sponsorship may prove challenging. Later Andrea Phillips of Deus Ex Machinatio...