Can all indie’s learn from the Duplass Brothers?

They quickly became indie darlings, but, it was the Duplass Brothers’ deal with Netflix that really opened the doors for them. Tribeca Films examines the long(ish) term impact of their decision to license early instead of looking for traditional distribution.

For sure the decision has worked out well for the brothers, who recently announced a 4 picture deal with Netflix but can the same come through for others.

What we have learned, or should have learned, by now is that in the indie world their is no model. There are only tiny lifeboats and piling into them only sinks them for those coming after.

Changes in YouTube – will key creators bail?

Interesting article over on

Recently YouTube has been focusing on things outside of its original remit: stuff like a streaming music service, pay subscriptions and more. All of this doesn’t sit well with some of the platforms key adopters. Most of the changes apply to music – for now. I can’t imagine that similar restrictions on licensing for video will be on the way.

Supporters of the ‘always free’ ethos are already moving on. For video YouTube is the most recognizable name, so video creators may think longer about it.

Take a read.

A great look at social medium from an actual teenager

As independent filmmakers it is VITAL that we understand social media. And, if you are not in your target demographic, you may not have a full understanding of how the various social media elements are being used. Or worse, you may have a ‘professional’ social media consultant ‘helping’ you – and they also have no clue.

On Medium (increasingly becoming a valuable longer form news service) is an article about how teenagers use social media. The reason it’s a valuable article? It’s written by an actual teen.

If you are looking to capture any of the under-25 market in North America then you should be ingesting this info asap!

The ongoing issue of Netflix and viewer numbers

Over on they look – again – at this issue which is really bugging a lot of filmmakers: Netflix’s refusal to release viewer numbers. From Netflix’s point of view the reason may be simple: they don’t care. They want general subscribers. (Of course they really do care because better shows pull in more subscribers).

It’s an interesting read that will hopefully help filmmakers get further inside the head of Netflix, but, at the end of the day the numbers are not forthcoming.

Amazing editor get nominated for Vimeo award

Maybe you’re not one of the 2.5million people who’ve watched Leonardo Dalessandri’s inspiring ‘Watchtower of Turkey’. Just in case let me tell you it’s a stunning piece of imagery.

But, since this blog is about filmmaking and not just pretty pictures I want to link in this article from – a great site dedicated to Final Cut Pro.

The article is an in-depth look on how Dalessandri made this compelling piece. He claims to have a basic ‘ABC’ knowledge of editing, but, as you can see he made fine use of FCPX and what was available to him.

It’s always great to have real-world examples going from source footage to final edit. Enjoy!

Small town girl does good – behind indie film MLE

It’s been a while since I did a local news spotlight. This one struck me because Sarah Warren is from my neck of the woods – Southwestern Ontario. I don’t live there any more and I don’t think Warren does either, but, it’s always inspiring to hear stories of people who have managed to take a bigger view of the world than their humble beginnings (though the Great Lakes are not so humble or little!).

Warren’s feature is called MLE and premiere’s next week – January 24th – at London’s Southbank as part of the London Comedy Film Festival. The film is written, directed and stars Warren. Other people get some screen time too, including Paul Haggis and Mike Figgis. (Warren only features directors as actors, it seems, and especially if their name has a double consonant).

The article below – from local Canadian news – shines a light on Warren’s background and the making of the film. Enjoy, and, if you’re in London next week go give it a view!

Who needs movie theaters?

Over at the Washington Post Dominic Basulto makes an interesting point:

By initially refusing to show “The Interview,” did the big theater chains shoot themselves in the foot and reminded us of their weaknesses.

It’s true. Millions wanted to watch a movie – and millions did – all without the aid of a theater.

Basulto quotes pro-theater folks like Christopher Nolan (who, for a man who eschews social technology seems to be everywhere!). But there is another reality. People are going less. But watching more (at home).

It’s a fascinating article with some points that should spark discussion, or at least contemplation, in filmmaker circles.