1,000 True Fans

Now, this is an interesting. We only need 1,000 true fans to finance ourselves as artists:

I am suggesting there is a home for creatives in between poverty and stardom. Somewhere lower than stratospheric bestsellerdom, but higher than the obscurity of the long tail. I don’t know the actual true number, but I think a dedicated artist could cultivate 1,000 True Fans, and by their direct support using new technology, make an honest living. 

Actually, it might a few more True Fans to support filmmakers:

Lastly, the actual number may vary depending on the media. Maybe it is 500 True Fans for a painter and 5,000 True Fans for a videomaker. The numbers must surely vary around the world.

via The Technium: 1,000 True Fans.

A taste of the hitman

Check out the teaser ripomatic for our feature film script, The Hitman’s Cookbook. Freshly baked! If you like the teaser, you’ll love the film we want to make. Spread the word and read more about it here. We’re currently seeking a lead Producer, Executive Producer, local distributor, international sales agent and interest from private investors and broadcasters. Please contact Ben to chat!

Crowd funding case study #1 – The Tunnel

Luci Temple has insightfully dissected the financing strategy for an Australian crowd funded feature film, The Tunnel. There’s two parts to the article – Part 1 and Part 2. Read both. Notice the trend. Everyone seems to raise $10-15K from supportive family and friends. And then the money seems to dry up. I was a big fan of the concept of crowd funding. However, I’m increasingly thinking that the incredible amount of time that it takes (at the sacrifice of ‘creative time’) might be better spent convincing wealthier financiers (eg West Australian mining magnates ;)) to invest in your project. Nonetheless I hope The Tunnel raises its entire budget and it’s creatively successful. After all, it’s a challenge in this current filmmaking climate. Good luck to them and congrats to Luci on her analysis.

The journey begins

Over the last year I’ve been an avid fan of Ted Hope’s blog, Truly Free Film. Who’s Ted Hope? The guru of indie cinema in the US, of course.

UPDATE: You can now find Ted’s blog at Indiewire.

Ted has been preaching the benefits of social media as a possible strategy to save indie cinema. It’s a revolutionary concept. Social media is a fantastic avenue to share the filmmaking experience with fellow filmmakers, potential audiences, investors, fans, critics, friends and family – from screenplay to production, post-production to the film’s release. I’m a filmmaker who loves the ‘Making of’ featurettes on DVDs and Blu-ray. Alien Quadrilogy is a gem. I hope social filmmaking will be a similar experience before and after we produce The Hitman’s Cookbook.

In addition to this blog, you can follow my journey on Twitter and Facebook. I look forward to hearing from you!

UPDATE: You can also follow my antics on Google+. But not on MySpace. Does anyone use MySpace anymore?