Over at Filmmaker Mag blog, Scott Macaulay finally got around to posting a reply to my "Can Truly Free Film Appeal To Younger Audiences"and all the comments everyone supplied. Scott conducted a bit of a survey among filmmakers in their 20's to find out what films changed their life. The results are a bit surprising; the old ones held onto to their classic status. Check it out here.
Scott Macauley of FilmmakerMagBlog tipped me to this. He writes:
Peter Sunde, one of the founders of the torrent site The Pirate Bay, has launched his venture, Flattr. Basically, on a monthly basis you commit to an amount of money that you'll disperse to content creators. Then, as the month goes by, you click on their Flattr buttons and at the end of the month the service divvies up your funds and gives an equal amount to each person you've clicked.
Like most folks out there, I get excited with every new list. MovieMaker has put together their 50 Best Websites For MovieMakers. It's a good list and will provide something fresh for virtually everyone out there.
If you haven't checked out the comments to last week's post, scroll down now and do so. It's a lively discussion with lots of interesting points raised.
In the "up" years of the indie film economy, enough people were getting a little bit of action, and the difficult questions of which models to endorse going forward and which to let die did not have to be made. Now due to collapsing revenue and business models, they do. Independent film is, after all, content, and while having specific challenges of its own it also shares many of the troubles that all content, from scripted one-hour dramas to daily newspapers, is currently facing. So, one question I had after reading Ted's list is whether the loosely defined, loosely configured movement known as indie film will organize itself around the answers to these problems, or whether makers will decouple from the definitional tent of independent film and address them using entirely different paradigms.