I asked Danny to share his story on his short film ‘Love Like Hers’ which he made after being the first person in the world to take my online masterclass about making world class shorts – www.GoneFishingSeminar.com – and here is what he sent me… I’m always looking at ways to make a living from [...]
Should you distribute your short on DVD and BluRay? Guest blog from Danny Lacey: 10 things learned from self distributing my short film
Earlier this year I wrote a brain bump rant of a blog about everything that is wrong with film distribution today – read here. Ironically, the cinema screen has remained the final screen that is unconnected to the digital world. The technology exists to connect up, but the will to open up this tightly gripped [...]
A couple of weeks back was ‘DynamoPlayer week’ on my blog. At the time, as part of the analysis on DynamoPlayer I complained that I had not received any statements from Apple / iTunes / Shorts International… and as if by magic, my first one turned up last week! So a brief analysis of how [...]
I am doing the final prep for tomorrows Delivering Your Film Seminar and I am delighted that we will have a packed house. I was afraid that as this is a stage at the end of production, most people would say ‘we will deal with that when we get to it…’ But it seems there [...]
For the last few days I have been hunkered down, going through endless Sales and Distribution delivery contracts for the Delivering Your Film to The Sales Agent workshop this weekend. It’s been a mammoth task, unravelling ALL the DETAIL from the reams of documents and contracts I have been sifting through… and as we all [...]
I have been working all day on the Delivering Your Baby* (*that’s your film) seminar which I am running on Sunday at Ealing Studios. In conversation with various distributors and sales agents, I am struck at how hard it still is to make delivery of a film, especially in this day and age. It’s [...]
I have spent the last day putting together a one day seminar about film sales, and specifically how to make final delivery to a sales agent or distributor. I have sat in on several sales meetings recently and have been surprised at how much stuff these guys need or want, and also how technical it [...]
I met today with Lise Romanoff of Vision Films. Lise handles international sales for feature films and sells both White Angel and Urban Ghost Story. I went over with Genevieve to get the low down on the international market for commercial Indie films of varying budgets. We had a great chat and met her team, [...]
Those of you who have done my two day Guerilla Film Makers Masterclas will know I spend a great deal of time on sales and distribution. We face many problems making low budget films, and some bad ones manifest in the final sales. One thing that many film makers don’t fully understand is that you [...]
Yesterday I ran the final part of the Gone Fishing Masterclass at Ealing Studios. The first seminar we ran, at BAFTA last year, was all about how we made the film. This second was about how we exploited the film. The first seminar is online now, and this second one will be edited and uploaded [...]
Great news. Today we agreed a deal in principle with BOTH Network Ireland (Derry O’Brien) and Shorts International, (seen here, me with Simon Young from SI). We managed to split the rights to get the best of both worlds. Shorts International’s special relationship with the Academy (Oscars folk), their enormous reach and corporate scale (with [...]
In the next day or so, I will be making my choice over who represents Gone Fishing for international sales and distribution. Only two companies are in the running, both have very good reputations and deals to offer, and both I like very much. We need to deal with this now as in the coming [...]
A few days ago I promised a free podcast with Indie Film Distribution guru Stacey Parks. Well here it is! I recorded this two hour seminar last May with Stacey, at Ealing Studios. Stacey pretty much came straight from the plane and had a great deal of insight to share with us all. So here [...]
Do you have a special Gone Fishing story about watching it on DVD? If you do, I would love to hear it and post it on the blog. If you do, please drop me an email here… For starters, here is one I received this morning. Chris, I just sat on the closed M11, at [...]
(If you are having problems playing this video, try here on Facebook or here on Google Video) This weekend, film maker colleague Simon Cox and myself have been selling our movies on DVD at Memorabilia – you can see the video above, just how the day turned out, and how much of a graft it [...]
Dates For Your Diary
Write, Shoot and Distribute
With Marcus Markou - ‘Papadopoulos & Sons’ has taken the industry by storm - self funded, self produced, self distributed. MORE HERE
How To Complete A Risk Assessment For Your Film
It's not sexy but it's essential you have this key skill top protect your cast, crew and yourself. MORE HERE
London Screenwriters' 2013
Three day annual international screenwriting event with 500 delegates, 130 spekares and 130 sessions www.LondonSWF.com
How to make your first £million movie with ten times producer Richard Holmes. www.advancedproducing.com
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- It’s time for film makers to take action over distribution… it’s OUR problem, not theirs! April 27, 2012
- The phone rang, and from that moment, everything changed… PART 1 October 3, 2009
- Guerilla Film Makers Masterclass 2013 Feedback June 18, 2013
- Well that happened…! Blood, guts and glory at Guerilla Film Masterclass June 17, 2013
- Meet our youngest delegate at the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass… and watch her Virgin Media Shorts entry… very cool June 13, 2013
- One filmmakers success story – crowdfunding, crewing and Cannes at the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass June 12, 2013
- One filmmakers journey… how we met at the Guerilla Masterclass and went on an extraordinary journey… June 11, 2013