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08 August 2008
The New World
Peter Broderick assesses the state of independent film
by Eric Kohn
In just the last few years, consultant
has helped hundreds of filmmakers figure out the right strategies for their films. As a result, his impact on the industry at large is far-reaching: Last year's big Sundance buy,
My Kid Could Paint That
, came from documentarian Amir Bar-Lev, one of Broderick's discoveries; he also played a key role in helping out a young Christopher Nolan, whose latest accomplishment is a little movie called
The Dark Knight
. An early pioneer of the role new media can play in the lifespan of a film, Broderick invented the concept of hybrid distribution, in which a filmmaker divides up rights among several outlets, rather than signing a single, exclusive deal. He took a break from working on his upcoming book to speak with
about various issues relevant to the independent film community.
In a recent speech, former Miramax executive Mark Gill
declared that the sky is falling
for the independent film industry. He was mainly addressing distributors. What are your thoughts on how this relates to filmmakers?
I think there's a sense, for a lot of people, that he's right. It's a misperception. Mark is really talking about the old world of distribution, but there's a whole other world where the possibilities and successes are different. I don't really disagree with what he said, but it's important to be clear about what it applies to.
Consultant Peter Broderick
DIGITAL BRIEF: Linguistic Lessons
Cinema Speaks on the Small Screen
Everyone knows that online video has changed the way people process the moving image. But few have picked up on just how great an effect this has had on the medium.
comes word of filmmaker
David Tamés' brilliant slideshow
on the impact of online video (embedded after the jump), which breaks down the various trends in online filmmaking and explains the various ways new media have impacted the form. Mixing how-to guidelines with an elaboration on the current state of affairs, it's a brief, sharply assembled rundown of the processes involved in "using cinematic language techniques," as Tamés calls it. No dictionary required.
Pioneers of the New Frontier
by Eric Kohn
A few days ago, YouTube film manager and Wonderland Advisory Board member Sara Pollack took
a nice long look
at the way digital distribution has been kickstarting filmmaker careers in unique bottom-up strategies that Hollywood can't touch. She mentioned a few examples, each of which showcased a different approach. The key here isn't the setting of precedents so much as the importance of experimentation: Each artist was willing to subject themselves to uncharted terrain in order to reach audiences that would otherwise seem unattainable. Here's a quick overview of the bolder ones whose efforts paid off.
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