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We are also very proud to announce ResourcePlace, a new addition to distripedia™, our suite of online educational services for filmmakers.
We have Sheri Candler to thank for the inspiration and most of the initial content, and we're working on adding more commentary to help contextualize the information and distinguish the resources. Please keep in mind it's still very much in beta and hence a work-in-progress.
Keeping up with the changing trends in independent film is hard work. Here is a reading list to help
A Creator's Guide to Transmedia Storytelling
What is transmedia storytelling and what can it do for you? It’s the buzzword for a new generation—a revolutionary technique for telling stories across multiple media platforms and formats—and it’s rapidly becoming the go-to strategy for a wide variety of businesses. If you work in marketing, entertaining, or advertising, transmedia storytelling is a must-have tool for pulling people into your world.
Screen Australia budget templates
Though these are mainly for Australian producers, much of these templates can be used by anyone
lots of forms and guidelines available predominantly for Canadian productions, but anyone can use the templates
The Crowdfunding Bible shows you how to launch, market and successfully operate a high-tech fundraising campaign, regardless of your chosen industry, scope or budget.
For almost a decade, COPYCATS has helped clients produce professional DVD & CD Duplication and Replication projects.
Small towns now can get first-run films--for a night--with the help of Gathr, a new "theatrical on demand" service.
It is important when doing digital distribution to mainstream platforms that one knows the terms that one’s aggregator has with the platforms and also if the aggregator goes through a middleman or two. This is especially important with regard to Cable VOD, but also in terms of negotiating an SVOD license/deal. Of course one wants to also compare fees and marketing support.
Devolver’s partnership with Cable VOD leader Lightning Entertainment will combine the prowess of Lightning’s longstanding partnerships in home entertainment with Devolver Digital’s expertise in reaching new audiences via media devices and digital outlets primarily regarded as gaming platforms.
Purchase bandwidth in either 20 or 240 GB chunks, paid in advance and filmmaker receives roughly 77% of revenue.
They work with Lionsgate (though just 1 fee), very selective leaning toward commercial.
Lee Krugman, Krugman Associates Inc.
TFC members receive a discount but prices vary and are based pending the budget and other variables.
These companies are either ecommerce plug ins or all in one solutions for selling your film from your own site.
Binger Filmlab is an Amsterdam based international feature-film and documentary development centre.
FREE to participants and organized by volunteers – DIY Days is about the accessibility of ideas, resources and networking that can enable creators to fund, create, distribute and sustain.
DOK.Incubator is a new training initiative providing support to European documentaries in a rough cut stage. It is open to teams – producer, director and film editor – working on a strong and creative documentary with promising international potential.
The Film Independent Forum is a weekend packed with unbridled truth, inspirational success stories and a chance to connect one on one with working artists who are thriving in changing times.
A unique year-long mentorship program for first-time feature directors focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million).
Living Spirit Pictures
Training courses for directors, screenwriters, producers and documentary filmmakers based in London.
London Film Academy
LFA runs professional-standard practical training in all the key areas of filmmaking. All tutors are working professionals.
Our filmmaking program is known around the world for its hands-on style, top-tier equipment, and award-winning faculty. Learn from the best on the best equipment while enjoying the unparalleled beauty of coastal Maine.
Met Film School
London based, weekend course designed to provide a fun, hands-on introduction to the basics of direction, sound and editing and will equip you with basic technical knowledge in each of these areas.
National Screen Institute
Based in Winnipeg Canada. After more than 25 years of training and with over 720 alumni, NSI continues to develop and deliver courses to meet the industry’s needs.
Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work
Insights by programmers from some of the world's leading festivals
These sites all provide guidance, tips, best practices, case studies and a place for fellow indie artists to congregate.
The Film Collaborative's "Facebook-for-Filmmakers". You can also access it via TFC's website on the Distripedia page,
The Stage 32 community is strictly for people working in or with a desire to work in film or theater. It’s a place to gather, to discuss and develop projects.
A professional online service that advances actors based solely on the merit of superior talent. StarCast employs top casting directors to evaluate aspiring and up-and-coming actors and posts the very best performances as a resource for industry professionals.
These are service providers for grassroots marketing outreach (beyond social network marketing).
Film Sprout handles both community / event theatrical and also grassroots marketing/outreach.
Picture Motion is a boutique marketing firm specializing in grassroots campaigns, social action, and online engagement.
Services that book films with organizations and work in a more grassroots and event oriented manner. Also includes airline, correctional facilities and museum public performance licensing
Entertainment in Motion
EIM provide high quality entertainment to over 130 airlines around the world. In order to supply our airline customers with the variety of entertainment they demand, we offer first run theatrical films from Hollywood as well as first run Chinese films and the latest in theatrical releases from France.
Future Artists is an independent media and film Production, Sales, Distribution and Boutique Exhibition company based in Solford, UK
Consultants and membership sites for guidance on your film's marketing and distribution options
Distributor Report Card (The Film Collaborative)
Distributor ReportCard™ gives filmmakers and producers a chance to SCHOOL THE DISTRIBUTORS. Write reviews, share your experiences and learn from other filmmakers' successes or mistakes.
Make, market and sell your film without the middleman. Filmmaking Stuff offers resources for independent filmmakers.
Sheri Candler Marketing and Publicity
Social network marketing guru/strategist. Committed to direct distribution to the audience by the filmmaker
Author of Think Outside the Box Office and Distribution and Marketing Strategist. Helps filmmakers connect films with audiences.
While ecommerce sites help you sell and collect payment, fulfillment companies actually ship the products and deal with returns/customer service. Good for crowdfunding fulfillment too!
This category is just for services related to online ads. We will add a traditional advertising agency category.
Buy advertising directly from the web’s best sites You choose where and when. BuyAds handles the rest. Start supercharging your advertising in less than 5 minutes!
TFC’s motto is “be everywhere.” Your film should be in every digital store that is viable and reaching audiences/consumers. And you are your own brand and hopefully engaging audiences directly, so backend your own site(s) and social networking pages too. These services will help you do that. And for more broad digital distribution in terms of mainstream platforms (such as iTunes, Netflix and Hulu) please see the Digital Distribution—Aggregation to Mainstream Platforms section below.
Constellation, an online movie theater where audiences watch films together and and attend live Q&A's with VIP hosts–such as filmmakers, actors, or other notables associated with the films.
Aggregator (though not always direct) and platform. Handles shorts and has a "festival-in-a-box" initiative.
A digital platform for pedigree art house film. Worldwide but mostly in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
A legal distribution platform for German and international films. Films of all genres can be distributed online and marketed cost effectively.
A one stop shop for all digital needs. ITUNES - HULU - NETFLIX - XBOX - YOUTUBE - AMAZON - VUDU - AND (LITERALLY) HUNDREDS MORE
Simplifies delivery video (including Trailers) for maximizing branding and advertising. Will need the Pro level service for commercial content.
Turn your site into a store for worldwide distribution of all media. Implementation is work-intensive.
By using online tracking tools, published material is delivered daily to your inbox allowing you to monitor topics/keywords easily.
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A simple way to manage 10,000+ videos, no matter where they are hosted. You get a branded video portal that: is tailored to you, drives SEO directly to your site, and integrates with your existing web strategy. Excellent for video contest management.
This new social site has rocketed into the top 10 of all social sites on the web. If you are more inclined to use images rather than text to communicate with an audience, try Pinterest.
Companies that specialize in red carpet premieres, festival after parties, industry events
Along Came Mary
Founded in 1975 by Mary Micucci, Along Came Mary is now in its fourth decade of producing and catering events. Based in Los Angeles, CA
Liz King Events
Westchester NY based event planner who utilizes innovative event technology and finds the perfect tools to make your events even more successful.
Widespread Press Release Distribution to more than 750 Premium Media Outlets. Get Found on Major Search Engines
These are publicity firms that handle traditional PR (festival and theatrical release). Some may also handle digital PR.
Bond Strategy and Influence
Understanding that every film is unique, Bond Strategy works to gather clear insights on who the target audience is and then develop custom digital and offline strategies that drive success in both box office and digital sales.
Jeremy Walker and Associates
Jeremy Walker is veteran movie publicist with twenty years of experience who has created memorable campaigns for all kinds of movies.
An early adopter of cutting edge media tools for women's safety and dynamic storytelling, Nancy is a sought-after speaker and consultant working with college campuses, military populations, independent filmmakers, and international organizations.
for use as music beds for trailers, video clips, podcasts etc
The entire process from searching for songs to creating and paying for binding legal licenses has been automated.
Attract more Facebook fans to your page and engage them with fully customizable viral applications. Quiz, Photo Contest, Sweepstakes, Fan Vote, and many more.
Assemble powers three core items, the website, branded trailer and facebook page apps. The perfect web-presence from which to sell film downloads, rentals, dvds, merch and screening fees direct from anywhere your audience wants to buy.
Groupees are 24- and 48-hour exclusive flash sales on new releases from hot indie artists, award-winning video games and other entertainment products.
Keyhole is an easy-to-use and affordable social tracker that presents your results in a beautiful, real-time dashboard.
We will consult with you before a campaign on what exactly you are hoping to achieve, and create a bespoke strategy for your video.
The most powerful and flexible subtitling platform in the world. Works with YouTube, Vimeo, HTML5, and more. Embed the video anywhere. Add subtitles yourself or ask viewers to help.
Distrify can take subtitled films and add players in different language versions, such as English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Japanese etc...
Test screenings serve as a great exercise for gauging audience reaction, building up early word of mouth, and determining marketing strategies
Hope for Film
Jennifer Fox's Guest Posting about "The First 6 Tips For Launching A Six-Figure Kickstarter Campaign"
title sequences, DVD menus, in-film graphic design
David Rowley specializes in motion graphics for film and non-profits; he recently did all the graphics and the titles for 2013 Sundance award-winning doc Dirty Wars.
Designer/filmmaker Evan Mather is an an independent filmmaker and landscape architect based in Los Angeles known for his short films spanning multiple genres—including animation, documentary, essay, music video, and film title design.
Los Angeles based freelance designer whose films include Hunger Games (DVD menu), Kick-ass (DVD menu), Locked in a Garage Band (opening title)
Smith Lee Design
Pride themselves on offering directors, producers and post supervisors a personal and collaborative experience. They take on very few projects, so each project gets full attention. Films include: Jeff, Who Lives at Home; John Carpenter’s The Ward; Up in the Air, and Juno
These are companies who buy ads, traditional print ads and of course now also online too. We're starting with just a couple companies but will add more soon.
List of experienced trailer editors/companies. Some are creative agencies that handle all aspects of an advertising campaign.
Trailers made for films such as Jeff Who Lives at Home, The Adventures of TinTin, and Lawless. Based in Los Angeles, CA
AV SQUAD is a creative advertising agency that focuses on entertainment marketing including theatrical motion pictures, television programming, and video games.
Domino Effect Productions
Domino Effect Productions can create an eye-catching feature film or short film trailer.
At Goodspot, the definition of an artist is someone who can tell a story through any medium be it editing, writing, designing, or filming. Everyone who works here is a storyteller in his or her own way.
JumpCut (formerly Kinetic) is a movie advertising firm that has worked on campaigns for the finest in independent, foreign-language and documentary films.
Associated Producers Worldwide, Film and Television Professionals, Producers Network, Indie Film Producers and Directors
While we began as a movie trailer company, we're constantly adding new divisions, new skill sets, new toys, new technologies and new ways of thinking.
Dark Soup Films (Ross Evison)
For 13+ years Ross Evison has been editing in the film advertising/marketing arena. Creating trailers, promos and TV commercials for major blockbusters to independent features all around the globe.
We create all forms of audio-visual marketing materials: trailers, TV spots, special shoots, sizzle reels, motion graphics and web content from concept through finished product for theatrical film, television and home entertainment titles.
At The Hive, we believe in talent and creativity. We have the correct film editor for your project. The http://www.hivedoes.com/editing/film-editor-los-angeles/ site appears to have some malware issues, so we've disabled linking
All the capabilities are here….the trailers, TV spots, and print campaigns. The websites, widgets, and mobile applications. The featurettes, commentaries, and EPKs.
72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, these services help your videos get views
Simplifies delivery video (including Trailers) for maximizing branding and advertising. Will need the Pro level service for commercial content.
We can expose your content to hundreds of millions of unique users across our hand-picked portfolio of blogs, social media applications and cult websites. You only pay when people are actively watching and engaging with your content.
Video seeding services include video marketing, promotion, YouTube advertising and reporting.
Viral Ad Network
We can seed your viral to millions The Viral Ad Network can help your film or game campaign go viral.
The Viral Factory
Our ability and experience in generating social engagements adds up to over 1 billion video views globally for our clients.
Virool is world’s first viral video ad network that allows companies to distribute video content through a series of online publishers.
Yellow Thunder Media
YTM syndicates your videos to maximize organic views and help your content go viral. Advertises your video across 3,500+ premium publisher sites to help it find its audience.
Mike Monello (Blair Witch Project) is the Chief Creative Officer, works on major brand campaigns
Starlight Runner Entertainment
Company founded by Jeff Gomez, handles Hollywood and big brand campaigns