Filmmaker Fusion – September Cancelled

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 in Featured, Filmmaker Fusion, Member News

Due to unforeseen scheduling issues, Filmmaker Fusion will not be taking place in September.  We are as sad as you about it.  Fret not!  We will be back October 15th with a new venue and a new topic!

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Filmmaker Fusion – The Producers

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in Filmmaker Fusion, Member News

Coming Wednesday, August 20th!  What is Filmmaker Fusion?  Filmmaker networking with a purpose!  Making professional contacts, referring and recommending fellow filmmakers, meeting new people and learning about a hot topic from a panel of industry professionals.  The third Wednesday of the month, most months.

August 20th, 2014 is the next in the monthly series called Filmmaker Fusion, hosted this month by IFP Phoenix Co-Program Director Aaron Kes.  August brings the topic “The Producers” and will feature a panel of local producers discussing how to successfully put together a project. Come find out answers to important questions such as:

“How do you maximize your low/no budget?”

“What are some mistakes indie filmmakers make during pre-production?”

“How do you find the perfect crew?”

Bring your questions and talk to our panelists!  AND…bring your business cards for networking with others in the local filmmaking industry and a door prize. Although you DO NOT need to be an IFP Member to attend any Filmmaker Fusion events, if you are an IFP Member, bring your IFP Membership card for a chance to win a special prize!

Confirmed August Panelists

Get more general details about what the Filmmaker Fusion monthly networking meeting is all about!

Event Details

When: Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Who: Directors, Writers, Producers, DP’s, Editors, Actors…  Anyone interested in filmmaking!

Cost: FREE event – Open to the Public

Where: University of Advancing Technology, Room 136 (enter back of building by security) (2625 W Baseline Road, Tempe AZ 85283)

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Broken Leg Coming To You August 1st

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 in Member News, News

The Broken Leg team is comprised of Arizona filmmakers who raised $24,000 on Kickstarter to make their first feature film. Broken Leg is a comedy about Karla, a college girl who learns to grow up by taking care of her brother-in-law Theo who has a broken leg. Following sold out screenings at Phoenix Film Festival and FilmBar, Broken Leg will be released on Vimeo On Demand, DVD, and Blu-ray August 1st.

“A goal of Broken Leg has always been to showcase some of the wonderful talent Arizona has to offer. Phoenix culture is on the up-and-up and we’re a part of that,” said Kieran Thompson, the director of Broken Leg and member of IFP Phoenix. “To screen the film to sold out crowds has been exhilarating and I cannot wait to share Broken Leg with a wider audience once the film’s released.”

In addition to DVD and Blu-ray, Broken Leg will be released through Vimeo On Demand. Vimeo is an online video service much like YouTube. In 2013 Vimeo created an On Demand platform to empower filmmakers to sell their films directly to their audience. Vimeo’s library contains selections from top festivals including Sundance, SXSW and Tribeca.

“We’ve used Vimeo since the inception of Broken Leg for everything, from watching auditions, to rough cuts, to sharing all the fun extras that will go along with the movie,” said Case Barden, the producer of the film. “Vimeo’s at the forefront of digital distribution for indie films like ours. They get it, as I like to say.” 

Pre-orders are available now on BROKEN LEG’s website http://brokenlegmovie.com with a release date of August 1st.

Viewers can rent Broken Leg for 48 hours or download a DRM-free copy, all in high definition. Viewing is not limited to computers, the free Vimeo app allows viewers to watch on iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone, or stream to their television with devices like Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, Google TV and more. Many televisions now come with Vimeo built in.Broken Leg

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Crowdfunding in Action – Update #3!

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 in Member News, News

Crowdfunding Update #3

The IFP checked in with Bill and Kristin of Resonant Films once again to see where the team stood now that they are several weeks into their pre-campaign planning stage to support their first feature film, Brazilian Wood.

Bill and Kristin are feeling more confident after spending some time defining their goals and putting together details for the campaign. Their biggest challenges right now are no longer strategic, but merely the nitty-gritty details – that’s progress!

They will be pushing the campaign launch date out about 7-10 days as they weren’t able to set everything up for the July 15th date they originally targeted. They are busy getting their film company, Resonant Films, established as an LLC and are having to work through the waiting period for registration. They can’t set up their bank account without the LLC and the bank account is needed to kick off the campaign, thus the slight delay.

The major challenge has been developing a solid, catchy promotional message – really nailing their logline and synopsis so they are real attention-grabbers. Kristin believes this is something they will be tweaking right up to the launch date to get them just right. The weekend of July 12-13 will be spent shooting their promo video along with some videos they intend to post during the campaign.

The team’s social media campaign was launched and immediately received  some very nice support for the Resonant Films Facebook page. They estimate that to reach their fundraising goal of $6,000 they need to connect with 300-400 people. They were thrilled to reach over 300 “likes” on our Facebook page in a little over a day and view that as a sign that they have already nice base of support for the project from which to build.  They will also be posting to Twitter, Instagram and YouTube throughout the campaign and beyond.

Brazilian Wood

Bill and Kristin believe the biggest challenge during the campaign will be time. They both run businesses which are very busy in the summer so they are actively seeking help in maintaining the momentum of the campaign. They are reaching out to the cast and crew and recruiting folks outside of the film project for assistance. They have an individual who will help them manage the social media portion and a social events coordinator to help them set up some live events to garner support. Their goal is to grab people’s attention and keep them engaged for the long haul as another means of creating a larger and 

consistent fan base. A solid base of supportive fans is a long term asset that will help benefit this first feature film, Brazilian Wood, as well as the films they produce in the future.

Bill and Kristen have selected Seed and Spark (www.seedandspark.com) to host their campaign platform. This platform requires more upfront planning but they feel that the benefits justify the extra work. And bottom line, the activities they require need to be done anyway.

 Seed and Spark is a curated platform so they have to submit their materials for review before they can launch the campaign. As this is their first campaign, they appreciate all the feedback Seed and Spark can provide to help them be successful.

Finally, on a scale of 1 to 5, Bill and Kristin have moved their confidence level from a 3 up to a 4 and are feeling much better about their progress and chances for success!

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Filmmaker Fusion – Shooting a Pilot

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 in Filmmaker Fusion, Member News

Coming Wednesday, July 16th!  What is Filmmaker Fusion?  Filmmaker networking with a purpose!  Making professional contacts, referring and recommending fellow filmmakers, meeting new people and learning about a hot topic from a panel of industry professionals.  The third Wednesday of the month, most months.

July 16th, 2014 is the next in the monthly series called Filmmaker Fusion, hosted this month by IFP Phoenix Co-Program Director Aaron Kes.  July brings the topic “Shooting A Pilot – Building a Series” and will feature a panel of local artists discussing how to create a pilot for the web or television and leverage that into a full series. Come find out answers to important questions such as:

“How do I organize a series?”

“What makes a pilot exciting?”

“Who do I market my pilot to?”

Bring your questions and talk to our panelists!  AND…bring your business cards for networking with others in the local filmmaking industry and a door prize. Although you DO NOT need to be an IFP Member to attend any Filmmaker Fusion events, if you are an IFP Member, bring your IFP Membership card for a chance to win a special prize!

Confirmed July Panelists

Get more general details about what the Filmmaker Fusion monthly networking meeting is all about!

Event Details

When: Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Who: Directors, Writers, Producers, DP’s, Editors, Actors…  Anyone interested in filmmaking!

Cost: FREE event – Open to the Public

Where: University of Advancing Technology, Room 136 (enter back of building by security) (2625 W Baseline Road, Tempe AZ 85283)

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Crowdfunding in Action – Update #2!

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 in Member News, News

After the Seminar Update

The IFP followed up with Bill and Kristin of Resonant Films after they attended the Crowdfunding Seminar to see if what they learned at the seminar impacted their initial campaign plans. Both agreed they learned a lot at the seminar and came away more focused on the results they want to achieve with a better understanding of the basic components of a crowd-funding campaign.

How did the seminar change their campaign ?

After hearing the speakers, they performed some campaign re-evaluation and realized they have a LOT more planning they need to do. The most critical aspect they plan to now focus on is the need for long term relationship building with their donors. The team stated: “A sustained connection with people who are willing to donate to our project can translate not only to the ultimate success of our film but to a fan base that supports future projects. We want a comprehensive plan in place prior to kick-off in order to maximize our success in not only raising money but nurturing these relationships.”

What are their next steps?

At this point,they feel that promotion of the campaign is still their weakest area. They are going to explore getting help in nailing down the marketing message of their film as well as getting the word out. Because of what they learned in the seminar, they are gearing up their promotional materials such as posters, website, etc and want to nail down a strong log line and synopsis to convey a strong visual and conceptual statement. One aspect of promotion they picked up from the seminar they want to try is the idea of breaking down who their target audience will be and seeking out places where they might find them. To them, this seems like to best bet to expand their audience outside of friends and family.

Did they decide on a platform?

As far as picking a crowd crowdfunding platform, they are leaning towards Seed & Spark (www.seedandspark.com) as it offers more hands on assistance in setting up their campaign. As this is their first campaign they feel the mentoring Seed & Spark offers could really have a positive impact. They also like the “wedding” registry concept where donors can see where their money is going, giving them a sense they are part of the success of the team.

Any changes to the campaign?

Campaign launch date is set right now for the middle of July. They have decided to increase their fundraising goal to either $5K or $6K and are debating if they should go for the full $8K based on what they heard at the seminar. The team feels that going with Seed & Spark might give them the confidence to do so. However, they are also considering the idea of a second campaign after the film is shot to focus on a post production promotion budget.

How are the Filmmakers feeling?

Bill and Kristen rank their level of confidence in their campaign at “a good solid 3 out of 5”. Inspired by the seminar guest panelists they are digging in with more energy then ever on creating a solid, successful campaign. Bill and Kristin will be back next to give us more information in the next several weeks and the IFP thanks them once again for sharing their path!

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