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OpenIndie just went live to offer people the opportunity to request screenings of indie film in their own zip codes. If you can get enough people to make a request, you can get a screening of the films you want instead of the Hollywood tripe that the local cineplex has to offer. Check it out, yo.OpenIndie just went live to offer people the opportunity to request screenings of... more
Four Eyed Monsters (2005) is a truly original and artistic narrative film; part drama, part documentary. As part of the project there are also thirteen webisodes that make this experience more than a movie. It is a story of a relationship at its core but turned into so much more. The title refers to a couple, the oneness of two people, and how that oneness can often turn into a monster.
Full review: http://www.dainsmoviereviews.com/2009/12/four-eyed-monsters-movie-review.htmlFour Eyed Monsters (2005) is a truly original and artistic narrative film; part drama,... more
3 years ago
Four Eyed monsters is a film about the making of itself (it's almost Charlie Kaufman-esque). Two young artist-filmmakers meet and document their lives, in the process turn it into a feature film and web vlog, which garnered enough audience support to parlay with theaters to show their film. This got them qualified and nominated for two Independent Spirit awards.
Plus it's a totally cool film.
Here's a run down of their process:
* Small, Low Budget (”Amateur” filmmaking) - Arin was a wedding videographer; Susan, a waitress/artist
* Went to SlamDance hoping for distribution – did not happen
* Created blog
* Told that film would be hard to market without any recognizable star power
* Realized iPod might be a good venue
* Created Video podcasts about the film to build their audience
* Worked – blogs, Myspace etc. showcased them, helped publicized
* Got coverage all over which continued through their endeavors.
* Connected with audience threw these podcasts
* Online audience helps with getting feedback, helped shaped their
* Audience got interest in watching film, asked to see it
* They collected zip codes and emails knowing this would help target their screening/distribution
* People are subscribed & watching videos through various venues (e.g. Youtube, Itunes), not a website, so they always put “go to our website” at the end of each video
* Send email to people in related area to invite to IndieWire showcase
* Many people showed up, people were invested in them, asked friends to go – phenomenon
* 1 request from filmmakers = 1 ticket sold
* Created Map with requests = a type of social network around people who were interested in their film – self-fulfilling prophecy
* Then began cold-calling theatres suggested to them, to screen film (didn’t always work… But it did – sometimes!)
* Showed the film in 6 major cities (LA, Chicago, NY, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston) every Thursday at 8pm in the month of September (2007, I believe)
* 1691 were at the screening
* Arin and Susan were able to prove that they had an audience, could make money
* Industry averaged 7 people per screening /”Four Eyed Monsters” averaged 70
* Then they were able to open in the theatre
* They got sponsorship and
* Got nominated for a Spirit Awards (previously inelligible since they didn’t screen in theatre)
* Screened in Second Life
* Began selling DVDs.
* Looked a new tactics to further propel (and pay back the money on their credit card they used to fund the film. Money they got now paid for operations, expenses etc.)
* Uploaded film to YouTube for free. Asked them to join Spout and the filmmakers would get $1 per person who joined (that + ad revenue from Youtube = $50,000) (Note: 10MPH is doing something similar)
* 1 million views, plus boosted DVD sales
* Online attention landed them a $100,000 broadcast & retail release
* Ignited interest foreign markets
* Then posted film to MySpace
* Saw more boost
* (since their film was available online and it resulted in sales) Suggest: why not offer low-quality version online and then then high quality for purchase
* Suggest allowing people to translate (dotsub)
* One Store – they sell stuff off their websites (DVD, t-shirts – used BSide)
* Google can teach you everything (search and you will find) (Takes time, but you can)
* MySpace was first step
* Was struggle, but wanted to justify making another film – now they can do these things while making the next filmFour Eyed monsters is a film about the making of itself (it's almost Charlie... more
(From Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Eyed_Monsters)
Four Eyed Monsters is a 2005 film by Susan Buice and Arin Crumley. It roughly follows Buice and Crumley's real life relationship; the couple initially communicated only through artistic means because Arin was too shy to introduce himself to Susan.
The film was shot on MiniDV using the Panasonic AG-DVX100 in Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York, Framingham, Massachusetts and Johnson, Vermont. It was edited on Apple's Final Cut Pro editing software. It debuted on the festival circuit in January 2005 at the Slamdance Film Festival. After attending dozens of festivals, they started to have people request the film to screen in their area. They used a custom designed Google map which showed the zip codes with the largest number of people requesting the film. And in September 2006, they screened the film in six cities every week during the month. (footage of some of these September screenings can be seen in the rolling credits of the film) Due to all the success on the September screenings, they premiered theatrically on December 1, 2006 in New York City at the Cinema Village in Greenwich Village.
On June 8, 2007 the entire film was initially released on YouTube for one week, but this was extended until August 15. Buice and Crumley introduced the film, explaining that they were still in credit card debt from making Four Eyed Monsters.
Throughout the creation of the feature film, the filmmakers were constantly documenting how making the film was affecting their relationship and eventually how the issue of crediting their friends who helped them with the film blew up.
At first they just sat on all of this footage for a while. Then, after the film premiered at Slamdance 2005, they went to SXSW where they were inspired by all of the talk about filmmakers using blogs to try making a daily video blog about being at the festival. It caught on fast, and the filmmakers had gotten their feet wet learning the power of web video.
Then they went to more film festivals, continuing to film everything and on October 12, 2005, the day Apple announced the video capable iPod, Four Eyed Monsters posted Episode 0, an introductory episode teasing what their planned series would reveal.
Attention from the blogosphere and enthusiasm from a growing audience put the pressure on the filmmakers to deliver, and they then edited Episode 1. It basically revealed the evolution of the filmmakers' real lives into the creation of their feature film and ended letting the audience know the film got a phone call from Slamdance. The remaining episodes went on to show how getting approval from a festival changed everything in their lives and goes on to show how people who had helped with their film then started to want to receive directing credits.
The video podcast helped Four Eyed Monsters to get help from major promotional websites like MySpace. MySpace featured episodes 1, 2 and 3 on their homepage. This was before there was a filmmaker section on MySpace and before MySpace allowed users to upload videos. The iTunes podcast directory would also regularly feature the video podcast when new episodes would post.
The filmmakers have also been active in encouraging other filmmakers to post their material to the web. During 2006 and 2007, they attended many film festivals and conferences including Sundance, Digimart, IFP, and Berlinale Talent Campus, spreading the word about how the exposure they received from their video podcast enabled them to self-distribute their movie.
As they self distributed to theaters, the filmmakers would make video messages, announcements and invitations they'd post to their video podcast feed to encourage participation in their film's distribution.
Please click over to http://foureyedmonsters.com/ and check out the podcasts
Twitter: loopmovie(From Wikipedia -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Eyed_Monsters)
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We're sneaky-smart. Or maybe just a little in love with ourselves. Prolly both.
5 years ago