Posts Tagged ‘independent production’

Hope and Vachon Masterclass

31st March 2011 by Maura McHugh

FAS Screen Training IrelandTutors:

Date: 06/04/2011
Duration: 1 Day
Venue: Dublin
Cost: €40.00

Application Procedure:
Applicants for this course should apply on the website. Please email grainne.bennett@fas.ie with any queries.

The deadline for course application is Monday the 4th of April at 14:00.

Participant Profile:
This masterclass is highly recommended for all filmmakers.

Course Profile:
Two of America’s most acclaimed Independent producers, Ted Hope (21 Grams, In The Bedroom, Happiness) and Christine Vachon (Far From Heaven, Boys Don’t Cry, One Hour Photo), will give a unique masterclass in Independent film development, financing, production and distribution. With an emphasis on getting your first feature film produced, the masterclass will cover such topics as:

  • Challenges and opportunities for Independent Producers in the film industry
  • Independent Film Finance
  • Developing projects for the budget
  • Marketing and distribution strategies for independent films
  • Costs of marketing and distribution
  • Strategies for engaging with US festivals, agents and distributors
  • Audience Q&A

This masterclass gives unique access to two of Independent Cinema’s most experienced and respected champions. Between them they share over 100 feature film credits and have been instrumental in starting the careers of some of cinemas most individual talents, including Ang Lee, Todd Solodnz, Michel Gondry, Hal Hartley, Todd Haynes, Mark Romanek and many others.

Original Web Content Develops

11th August 2010 by Maura McHugh

There’s an interesting article on The New York Times about how made-for-web original drama and comedy seems to be finally developing its place and market.

According to the measurement firm comScore, 86 percent of Internet users in the United States now watch at least one online video a month. Some of those shows originate on traditional TV, something that Hulu specializes in; others originate online, and that portion is growing.

“There’s an inevitability to Web video that makes it exciting,” said Rob Barnett, the chief executive of My Damn Channel, which features original comedy and music shows.

Reaffirming its belief in made-for-the-Web programming, YouTube last month announced $5 million in grants for online producers. The grants will seed new content for YouTube, a unit of Google, which has largely failed to persuade big television networks and studios to place TV episodes and films on the site. Encouraging more professional Web video is another way for YouTube to expand its inventory for advertisers.

Despite the evidence that viewers are eager to watch more on the Web, the recession was an ugly reality check for purveyors of such programming, and many start-ups were closed. At My Damn Channel, Mr. Barnett hunkered down, trimmed staff and took solace in the fact that he was seeing repeat business from his existing advertisers like Southern Comfort and HBO, even though he was struggling to add new ones. Now, he says, venture capital will allow him to hire more advertising sales staff, add business development workers and broaden the types of shows he creates.

“I often think of my daily business life as a guy running a cable network in the early 1980s,” at the dawn of that medium, Mr. Barnett said. “There is, no matter how you slice it, a timeline for any new industry to grow.”