Archive for the ‘Events/Opportunities’ Category

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Showcase: Enter your shtuff!

April 20, 2009

I know I bragged about having massive amounts of links for you guys in the last post, but in my showcase section the list is puny. I’ve been on the rampage for learning, and slacked pretty majorly in watching. However, I do have some cool little opportunity-type links for you, and a portfolio to keep your eyes giddy whilst you await the next link dump post. Onward!

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Link Dump: Free Stuff Edition

April 16, 2009

First off, welcome to the new blog! Yes, I know it’s awesome. I’m proud to say it’s my whole site collection hosted on one domain, inter-linked, organized and consolidated. Awesome. So now…on to the link dump.

I’ve got a massve…and I mean massive collection of links ready for ya. So massive, in fact, that I’m breaking it up into a multi-part series, because frankly, opening tons of links at once won’t be fun for you, and copying and pasting and reviewing what all of them are won’t be so fun for me. Not all at once, anyway. So next week, Link Dump: Tutorial Edition. But let’s get started with part 1.

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Link Dump: Screenwriting

September 3, 2008

Alright, well, regrettably, this one’s going to be really short. I haven’t actually amassed many links this past week. Somehow I just didn’t look around I guess. I also was catching up on some things I’d posted a while back and still hadn’t gotten around to reading. Nonetheless, I’m posting now, so enjoy what I did find and take advantage of the resources I can provide. This week’s topic is screenwriting. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Link Dump

August 23, 2008

Alright, I know it’s late, but it’s the first week back at school, getting back into the swing of things, and, quite frankly, feeling more like spending as much time away from the computer as possible, given the amount of time spent on it while at school. Nonetheless, here’s my promised post-after-vacation (which was a great one, by the way).

To start it off with, this article, which I might have posted before, is all about The Dark Knight‘s effects, and offers some pretty crazy insight into the making of the thing. I’m heading off to see the IMAX version tomorrow. Should be fun. Next up in industry-related articles, I found but haven’t read this interview with Simon Reay, DP on the show Man vs. Wild (which I love), which should be interesting.

Among more indie resources, I came across this site, a sort of database of free sound effects. I know nothing of its value or quality or library, but it’s always nice to have one more place to look for that hard-to-find sound when you’re in a crunch. As always, IndyMogul came out with a few new episodes, and apparently are doing a steampunk combo episode with Threadbanger soon, which I’m pretty psyched about. One last thing I actually found quite a while ago but researched again for possible involvement is MobMov, a mobile movie theater group that basically promotes and premieres films in public places via projectors on cars and creating a mini drive-in theater. Sounds great, though their groups in my areas have always been small or nonexistent (though this is the only actual city I’ve been in while trying to get involved). Definitely worth checking out.

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From Here To Awesome

February 24, 2008

I stumbled upon this video today while surfing the Google blog, and decided it was worth showing to you guys.  It’s a great testament to the fact that indie filmmakers indeed have power, and possibility in the socially-confined world we’re living in today.  It also links to a few good videos with filmmaking tips, a video from Head Trauma and director Lance Weiler, both useful and interesting shot videos to really get your head around the fact that you have power, you can go out and make a short film and get the audience and make a splash.

The key here in my mind now, though, is that it’s a short film.  Of course the length doesn’t actually matter, if the trailer looks good enough, someone will buy it, but if it’s a short film that looks thoroughly professional, well done and generally entertaining, it’s a good step in the right direction.  The most important thing, though, is that it’s important to the filmmaker, and that they care about it and love it enough to carry it on despite the difficulties.  Personally, LATENT(CY) wasn’t that project for me.  But I’m hoping that after school ends (or even before) I’ll have scraped together some film-loving friends with enough interest and passion and drive to make another short film, and hopefully this time, we’ll be proud enough to make a campaign out of the thing.

It also occurred to me that if you’ve already got a short film made that can be shown on YouTube and other video sharing sites, then show it.  And not only that, post bulletins about it, send messages about it to all of your friends, make a website, sell DVDs, get the name out in the public’s eye because it’s your project, and it’s your responsibility to showcase your own work.  After all, if you’re not proud enough to show it off, what kind of impression does that give?  Best of luck and happy filmmaking!

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The Big Move

January 18, 2008

Well, it’s officially begun.  AnimiVirtus Productions is moving to Vancouver, BC in Canada!  This is not only awesome because it involves moving physical equipment (oh so fun) but because it’s the beginning of both a new school career, a possible professional career, and a personal life.  I’m moving mainly for the school and the change of environment.  The things I plan to take full advantage of are the people, the city, the fact that there will be lots more people and places than small-town Vermont, the opportunities that provides both for socializing (running two blogs isn’t just a hobby, it’s a use of otherwise-unoccupied time) and for filmmaking ventures.  And that’s where this blog comes in.

The new location will mean taking some time to get the video PC set up again, however I’ve finally added a Firewire PCI card to it, enabling the capturing of video, which streamlines the video production process hugely for me.  However, once I get the few kinks worked out (Premiere for some reason doesn’t like the card, and doesn’t detect the camera with it), the system will be “fully operational” (quick guess, what movie’s that from?).

Mostly, though, I’m looking forward to the resources and opportunities for new inspiration in both life, work and schooling, and I can’t wait to share more and more with you guys in the coming weeks as the move progresses and I’m finally moved into the place.  Right now, I’m sitting in the airport, waiting for my family to come back and wondering how it is that my little DSL line at home is faster than a big ol’ ariport’s public Wi-Fi connection.  Though that’s probably the reason – it’s a public Wi-Fi line.  In any case, there’s the announcement, and the post for the day, and I’ll be sure to update more as the move progresses.  Keep being creative and happy filmmaking.

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Social Advertising

December 18, 2007

I recently wrote a 12-13 page paper on the importance of advertising and marketing and promoting your amateur film, and on the methods to do so.  This website caught my eye today when I was going through my RSS feeds in my Mail.app inboxes (oh yea, I got a MacBook recently, it’s like my baby).  I thought I’d mention this cool site as a method for you guys to do just that – promote and advertise your films on your own, without the big budget Hollywood films always have built into their contracts.

So, for us, we resort to the internet, the most powerful form of spreading information this side of the 20th century.  Social networking sites like Myspace, Facebook, Orkut, and forums and message boards all share commonalities in that they give you opportunities to get down and dirty making friends, contacts and spreading the word about yourself, your work, and developing relationships, both personal and professional, with other individuals around the world despite age, gender, race, or any of the other stereotypes that often inhibit or change our attitudes toward people, even unconsciously.

Alright, I get it, enough about the power just give us the link!  Well here you go, the site’s called ONEsite, and it’s basically a method to create your own social network site based on something of your choosing.  For filmmakers it’s a great opportunity to create a free fansite for your film or film production company or group and raise awareness about the projects you work on.  With the internet comes and overload of information, and the next step is to sift through that information and raise awareness to the right people about the kinds of things they want to know about – your film for film lovers, for example.  This is just one small method we can tap into the social networking power of the internet and leverage it in our favor, taking hopefully big strides in the progress of our film project’s life and giving others what they want – some good entertainment.  So enjoy the site, and best of luck with your creative and promotional endeavors.  I’m hoping to put the paper online soon to download as a free ebook for those of you interested in self-promotion and free marketing for your films.  Happy filmmaking!

What’s that?  You wanted the link?  Of course I’ll give it to you!  Just go to ONEsite.com.