Metroscreen DIY Distribution panel

Looking forward to talking on this panel on DIY distribution for Metroscreen

You can view and download the slidedeck here off Slideshare

Will add some thoughts about it after the chat!

Imagine having 3 million people see your film or thousands of people paying to download your content. At the next Metro Screen Connect event you can gather together with three industry experts who have helped many independent film projects, TV concepts and online content find and build audiences.

Come along to Metro Screen to hear from practitioners who have been breaking new ground and making their own rules to engage audiences. From DIY screenings to torrent distribution, find out from the experts what works and what doesn’t and where they see the audience building landscape is heading. What are the alternatives to the traditional distribution paths? How do filmmakers connect to an audience?

Speakers include:

John L Simpson, Titan View Media (The jammed, Men’s Group, 33 Postcards)
Ahmend Salama, Creative Director DLSHS (The Tunnel, Cedar Boys)
Nick Bolton, Viocorp, (Australia’s leading internet broadcaster)
Guest moderator – Dean Francis, writer/director

Speaking at NIDA Industry Week

Received a very pleasant phone call from NIDA asking me to come and speak to 3rd year students at NIDA as part of their Industry Week.

The session is called: The Co-op: Staging your own production:

The Actor emerging into the industry, now more than ever needs, to be proactive in creating work and managing their careers. The Co-op is one way of creating self employment and keeping alive their craft and skills. The aim of this session is to advise and provide insight into how to put up a production/work/film, what kind of pitfalls to watch out for and who to approach with your work – possible questions to answer:

Is a producer really necessary?
Where to find a producer?
Funding – different ways to raise funds
Marketing – social media, advertising etc
How do I propose/pitch my your work
Independent programs

I’ll be joined by Phil Spencer at Tamarama Rock Surfers and Skye Kunstelj NIDA Independent Program, which is the program that Sam and I were selected for, with our new work ‘SET’ which runs in April 2013 at NIDA.

Really looking forward to this discussion to see what Phil and Skye have to say. I wish the Producer wasn’t neccessary because I believe everyone should be a producer. Sadly, especially in the creative arts, the producer does the being the scenes work that doesn’t get noticed, is rather time consuming and certainly not as exciting as rehearsing or performing!

But a producer is neccessary because it frees the key creatives up from the administrative elements so they can concentrate solely on developing the artistic process to the best of their abilities.

The rise of the Web Series

Tomorrow night I attend the screening of Episodes 1 and 2 of the new web series called Relativity.

The concept of Relativity comes from Jonathan Adams at Progressive Pictures. Jonathan was the DOP on my short film I directed The Postcard.

With a fresh, young cast and innovative storylines, Relativity combines action, drama, comedy and science in a thrilling and unforgettable adventure across time.

The story follows four teenagers from different eras brought together by a scientist from the future. As they journey from the age of dinosaurs to the unimaginably distant future, they must work together to solve a mystery that could that could spell doom for the future of mankind.

Relativity is produced by <strong>Feverpitch Entertainment, run by Steve Fanale, who also helped produce The Postcard. I have a small Featured Extra role in Episode two which was a lot of fun.

Watch episode one here:

Web series have been in the press a lot recently.
The sad demise of Hungry Beast was offset with the news that three Hungry Beasties, (Marc Fennell, Nick Hayden and Nicholas McDougall) are launching Coming Sooner, a web series which explores what makes a movie trailer “bad, brilliant or abominable”. Pedestrian TV suggest you watch the trio’s autopsy of the new Twilight trailer below then read on as they discuss the best, worst and most misleading trailers of 2011

Both Jonathan Adams and Hungry Beast, have decided that if they cant get funding, they might as well keep produing content to show thier skills and talent.
To me the web series is the evolution of the TV pilot. It offers the opportunity to provide a consistent format at regular intervals, whilst you attract the fanbase, social networking and interactivity. Of course the key words being ‘consistently’ and ‘regular’ as to do a web series requires persistence, budget and discipline.

At the other end of the scale, today I read in Mediawave TV Cat Deeley has launched her own Web TV series called In the Dressing Room.
Each installment of In the Dressing Room features Deeley delivering fashion, beauty tips, and English-accented adjectives to describe her wardrobe, makeup, and hair, as well as an inside look at the process of how she decides what to wear and how to look.
For up and coming producers, the web series.

This show however spins off the successful So You Think You Can Dance show