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Wow, my blogging goes crazy today – the output matches that of the past 3 months. Incredible.

I found two interesting projects when I prepared for teaching in Tampere. Water Life is a very calming (the music surely) example of an interactive cross-media storytelling approach. A very creative way of making people discover the topic of a film – well, at least it worked for me. I spent a lot of time clicking around those little water bars (?).

Conspiracy for Good takes interactive story-telling a bit further. It tries to make the audience take action in real life. While this can be said about a lot of good films, Conspiracy for Good goes a step further and includes the audience’s action into the story. They call it “Social Benefit Storytelling”.

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NewTeeVee has a post on VideoWTF, a video-related Wiki/Yahoo-Answers like site. From what I’ve seen, I think it looks clean and tidy – something that is usually a problem when a lot of questions and answers of a lot of people come together. But will we rather seek help from VideoWTF than asking Google?

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Here is an interesting new project. Arin Crumley already used the Web to find audiences for his own film Four Eyed Monsters. Now he helps building a bigger platform for other filmmakers.

OpenIndie basically allows fans (and the filmmakers themselves) to request any kind of screening of any film on the site where ever they want. Once a screening is requested, emails will be send out to fans nearby, informing them about it. At the screening, donations can be collected for the filmmakers. All participating filmmakers will add their email lists to the database of emails (and zip codes – I’m guessing this is US only in the beginning). A pretty cool collaboration tool between filmmakers and film fans. Lets hope it will work.

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I just found Ameibo.com – a video download site. They are quite interesting. They pay users some money in exchange with bandwidth. You basically download a movie and then just leave it in your BitTorrent manager to share with others. Apparently, you only share legal copies – i.e. with people who also buy/rent the movie via Ameibo. It’s a pretty cool way to use BitTorrent. Probably you won’t earn much buy sharing a movie, but at least Ameibo keeps their costs down and hopefully passes it on to the users (by charging less for the films). Most films seem to costs between 3.50 and 4.50 Euro, so not too much. For sharing, people usually get 0.64 Euro per film (that is if only one person shares. If more than one person share a film, the 64 cents will be divided through the number of people sharing).

Oh, and most importantly, they also allow filmmakers to distribute their films via their ContentBay. They don’t even seem to act as gatekeepers. At least they are saying that everyone can upload. I’m not sure if no quality control works for such portals. But lets see how they are doing.

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Just found those blog(posts)/websites:

  • Kino-Eye’s Resources for Documentary Film
  • Online Degree Hub’s Top 100 Film Studies Blogs
  • This list is a bit frustrating. Why are so many people writing about the form? Is there not more to Film Studies than discussing the content and form of old and contemporary movies? I fear this mirrors film related teaching. At least the courses (mostly film production courses) that I know of, do not teach much else. Making films and understanding the form is one thing. But what about preparing students for life after education? Why are there not more courses/classes on film entrepreneurship? The internet opens so many doors. It would be time to teach about it.

  • Bigger Picture Research
  • At least I found this blog, which covers the business side of films. And of course there are more (most of the ones I know of are in my blogroll).

  • Magic Bullet Mojo
  • As an editor in my spare time, I love all of those how-to posts/videos online. I think they are great resources for anyone trying to learn more about video editing.

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