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Independent Film in Times of the Internet

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Two weeks ago, I went to Tampere University of Applied Science in Tampere, Finland, to deliver a one-week workshop on sustaining independent film with the help of the internet. Tampere is a great little city with, apparently, the best doughnuts in the northern hemisphere (I wonder how the best doughnuts of the southern hemisphere would compare). Well. The School of Arts and Media, who were my hosts, have a blog in English – I quite liked to see how many different things they are doing. Quite interesting. Oh, they put me up there too. I’m honored.

I had a great time. Apart from getting to know nice people and a very laid back city, I was being treated to good food every day by the expenses account of my University – thanks Erasmus program. The teaching was great too. It made me think of how I can bring my research to those people who practice in the field; which is always a good thing to do.

Here are the slideshows of the four lectures.




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There wasn’t much of  a blogging routine over the past – what was it? – 6 months? That needs to change. In the coming weeks, I’ll update the blog with the things I have been working on lately:

  • A paper on defining the term ‘Sustaining’ in sustaining independent filmmaking
  • A paper I have given at ETICA 2010
  • A paper in development about McLuhan and the Internet
  • Another paper in development about the history of independent film distribution and exhibition in the UK and what today’s filmmakers can learn from it
  • Thoughts on my Interim Assessment, which I successfully passed in January

Well, that should keep me busy and help me to digest what I have written during the past months. And also, I’m in the second half of my PhD. So it’s downhill now – and time to get organized.

I love to discover watchable films online (and yes, I do watch long-form content online). Whether it is the brilliant Keith Loutit and his technical masterpieces or 45356 – the 2009 SXSW winner that was available for free on SnagFilms. Just yesterday, I finished watching For Love & Stacie. A cleverly made film, I would definitely not have seen if it weren’t for the internet.

Those kind of films always put me in a dilemma: Did I enjoy them? Without a doubt. Are they good calling cards for their directors? Hopefully. Did the filmmakers make money with them? Possibly not. So the internet seems to hold good things for me as part of the audience but screws over the makers of those good things. But then again, I always wonder if money is the only thing that matters. Those films are out there, telling their makers’ stories and are appreciated. Is that not also important for artists? And for the business man: If those films lead to new business options for the makers (either new films or even merchandize/advertising/short theatrical runs of the films that already found an audience online) that would be great. So the business-half of our brain might see them as investments. And then everybody wins (audience, artist, businessman).

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It feels like it took years to set up this blog. I suppose, I’m just slow. Anyway, now it is up and running. I hope that this blog will help me formulate, focus and archive my ideas and research results. Over the next two years, while studying towards a PhD, I plan to fill this space with content.

The topic of my research: Everything concerning independent filmmaking and the Internet.

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