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This list of the top 15 worst films of 2010 is worth reading because it is funny. And because these lists are the most fun when you aren’t on them.

Oh, Outlaw, you might be saying, your little independent films wish they were seen widely enough to end up on a list like this. And you would be wrong. I’d rather remain anonymous. And number 6 is a little known indie film.


So, movies tend to repeat certain wrong things so often that they become face, and this article talks about seven things movies always get wrong about police works.

To me, the surprise was the call tracing. I did think it took some time. But then, I might have been fooled by the line crossing the map on the computer screen leading to…oh, no! They hung up!


Old Pro

Posted: January 14, 2011 in This is a hold up! A link hold up.

A producer friend of mine was making fun of my phone the other day. I have a dumb phone, you know, for making phone calls, and I can’t bring myself to get anything smarter.

He said, “How can you possibly be a filmmaker with that phone?” But which he meant, how can you not use every tool possible, and also you are good looking and very cool.

That reminded me of this article. It’s about how some people think they can get away with all kinds of things, in this case, being late, and that they will only be judged on their actual work.

Keep dreaming. Everything matters. So there’s a smart phone in my future.

When I saw this, my first thought was, movie announcer voice! Here’s a guy so down on his luck that he’s homeless. And here are hundreds of filmmakers trying to find a voice like his that they can use for free in their trailers. Win, meet win.

We are all doing our various celebrations, but be sure this year to stop and think, what does a sound designer want me to do?

This week’s link is brought to you by Dwight Cenac, who through his own sound design adventures, has come to believe that this is the best thing ever in the world, including air.

I cannot vouch for it, because sound makes me cry and hide under my bed. Which is a lousy way to pass the new year.

This is not a new article, but it fits in with the thought of the day: Where am I gonna get me some money?

Some people believe that social media and internet efforts are going to replace the old beg for money model. Not this guy.

Among his points: twitter and facebook are still a million times less potent than tv and radio ads.

I can see that. I tried to use Facebook to make an announcement to people who wanted to read that announcement, and reached three out of the twenty. I don’t know what the selection process is there, but Facebook loses things. And when you are advertising something, you need a certain number of exposures for each sell, and it is something horrible, like a thousand exposures for one sale. (Ok, I made that up. It varies based on medium and product, and no, I don’t know the numbers.)

Another point he makes is that these websites that are so cool and you can get hipsters to donate money to your film, well, they work. At very, very low budgets. Very low. Very, very low. Unworkably low.

I found this quote in particular disheartening:

Even self-distribution advocate Mynette Louie, producer of Children of Invention, which so har has recouped over 30 percent of its budget from DIY efforts, agrees with this sad reality. “Doing the distribution took a lot of precious time away from our other projects,” she says.

Thirty percent!? That is pathetic!

The author concludes that social media won’t save indie film, but does indie film need saving? Indies never had the easiest time raising money or getting distribution. That hasn’t changed. And we do have the festivals and there are people willing to invest if you can find them. And every year, a couple of films rise up to mainstream consciousness.

Indies exit because there are people who won’t take “no” for an answer. Some of us really should have taken “no” for an answer, and some of us will eventually be vindicated. But if it were easy, we’d have a lot more bad movies on our hands.

Making independent film into a business is tough stuff. That is why these profiles of Indie producers is so cool. These people are either very smart or very dumb, but they are all persistent and for the most part, hanging in there and making it work. My cowboy hat’s off to them all.