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How engineers are producing smaller independent films.
They become harder than ever while some of the early success stories like Peter -- easy rider.
Stick out as tempting targets -- -- many more chances for failure as outlined in the following exchange between Peter Fonda.
And an indie filmmaker -- the boo who's a little more cynical take a look.
You made it.
-- Sundance and it does and yeah visiting competition never.
Yeah didn't win.
You have to get picked up.
-- went -- that I couldn't do.
And I did -- Making money.
Yeah epidemic going present moment and everyone told -- no -- Garcia does anyone understand it.
It's -- -- and unwinnable you know if you only really later that is what you can't win.
And -- that's for her -- Called independents.
Day produced and written directed by marinas and all of which -- shows how -- only get a sliver of a chance to succeed.
And they have every force out there working against them but they still.
Have folks willing to sacrifice just about everything and have to see -- made from las -- were joined by.
-- it was -- -- match besides independent stations also made the film Roman Polanski wanted and desired terrific film.
That you can see on HBO.
In the studio we welcome independent film producer Ted hope his credits include Miramax Films adventure land and fox searchlight were happy to say.
Those savages and also here is -- -- he is author of the real truth let's -- the book if we don't -- has.
Everything you didn't know you need to know up top making it an independent film Enceladus in LA.
With a big studio perspective is Peter -- who's written a film of his own called shoot out.
Back in 2002 which has a lot to do within the films we'll get to that in a moment but Chad.
Can you identify what that exchange we just saw between the the -- -- producers including Peter Fonda.
It's never been harder you know if anything that -- is saying there you face every time you know how do you get it made Heidi -- -- seen.
That those fountains and it's square in the face today well marina who were told by some -- you know.
It's there's so little money around certainly in terms of credit that's being issued by banks and others that have the cash.
That may mean the indie films might have it easier because it's so much less money.
They could kind of get the spill over by.
A lot of investors that might not be willing to put so much of the big -- That's not true.
That might be a -- have question I mean.
I'm here to tell you that I hear those filmmaker and I get the chills and it's moments like that that made me think god I love what I'm doing and I wanna continue doing it no matter how hard it -- Really think that's the read.
What do you hear about this because in fact sometimes for example let's look at television media television news media a lot of the network funding is going down.
But we need the cable companies are the recipient of some of those advertising dollars that they don't wanna spend a big bucks on the broadcast networks so they send it.
Into smaller Arenas like out.
Where are we going to.
Filmmakers have so much heart and so much passion to tell their stories that really they're gonna find a way.
As evidenced by the number of films that are submitted to Sundance every year in it's it's about 4000 a year and by some estimates about four times that are attempted so.
Whether it's from dentists or family members or friends.
Independent filmmakers really have to tell their stories and can't do anything else because they have to make their film.
They will find a way to do it the good news is that the equipment.
That's available these days to actually get films made is not available but can they can actually help people tell their story you know.
-- it is a question I think -- -- over before how is it that because equipment is becoming cheaper in some ways the price of Jones continues to go up is -- all about talent.
Now it's about everything it's the hopeful Jane I mean today independent films when I've lived in a few years ago independent -- -- Apple -- that the Roman numeral line bold underline now there's no underlined his noble and the idea -- small I would open dot.
And the reason that happened is that the moneys dried up.
The distribution is really dried up a crowded out by big studio picture is not just because of the space of them but because the fight for awareness.
And then you look at international marketplace where they used to be very robust.
Now local repertoire on an international marketplace is gobbling them up and then these companies overseas the currency exchange.
It's been forced down on them the dvd market has eroded even for the small films.
-- -- -- pressures that are very unique on people trying to make independent films and then not cheap.
Even that even the ones with the stars even ones you look at the film that now with stars they have no -- that the chino -- Kevin Costner.
They're out searching for a distributor and they can't get one.
And Peter you talk in your book here -- shoot out about Harvey and Bob Weinstein.
They started -- -- you know I remember when Miramax was kind of an indie film and they.
They keep getting bigger and bigger and eventually maybe get -- -- a big company -- Or grow into a major studio themselves it's hard to remain in -- It's not only hard to remain in the you have to look at all the studios have shot and their independence -- of Paramount.
We'll about rip add Doug Warner Bros.
village road -- closed down.
You look at all these companies that are no longer believe that it's a robust opportunity for -- ages.
To use their capital intellectual and financial to support though this has.
Let me put it to you as much as you love being an independent producer of films of much as you as your as your films have been successful.
Wouldn't be a lot easier to sell out to one other guys.
I'd be more than happy to self -- But then I was there have I think that it any independent filmmaker is.
It goes into it precisely because the type of story they want to tell.
Two stories that that capture real emotions at that show the world as it is today not necessary and the big fantasy.
And those stories have smaller audiences.
You you make you know you -- in the -- he made today.
Well marina let's let's talk about fox searchlight if you don't mind I -- it's it's it's a little self serving because we're all by the same parent company news -- but.
I had the same time.
If he continues to put out.
Quality products independent films.
And he keeps a kind of a hands off attitude towards the making of those.
How many projects like fox searchlight or they're out there and are they drying up.
How many projects or how many how many companies are there out there like fox searchlight.
Why do you keep asking me that -- -- Yeah it can't get out there.
You know I would love to work with fox searchlight.
Have been distribute my thumb or.
Or I exe or magnolia unfortunately there aren't that many companies anymore.
But what are -- expected due.
Stop doing what we wanna do.
Well one of them that now comes -- to the that the province of independent film production is really having to address things like marketing and distribution.
Some of the most exciting things -- happening right now by filmmakers who is saying I'm not gonna leave it just as distributors.
To -- my audience and then use this great tool that is the Internet and aggregate those people before even make the film -- -- -- to collaborate with that audience.
Who has seen many changes starting to come because of that this year this past year.
That man that -- Sundance Lance hammer I would ballots chose to -- jacked.
Going out and -- traditional distribution map out and distributed himself to have the benefit of the draft.
One to want to address with the audience.
And independence because -- budget so low.
We can afford to be more innovative to take more risks and I think we're gonna see a lot of new strategies.
That will eventually be adopted.
By the big stories this is say it is very exciting I mean we may in fact it is.
-- by no means are we had an end point for independent films -- might be just beginning.
Well absolutely -- -- we -- live in in an era and a world of amateur and independent filmmakers by some estimates fourteen short films are added to YouTube every second.
So it may be at some point that those room fourteen feature films and there are new venues for people who get their -- out there like -- films dot com.
The official BitTorrent dot com site is now mirroring feature like -- these names by the way the company gives it the right and possibly you know their future venues like the Airbus a 380 it may have those screens within that had -- the people can.
Download and look at you know tomorrow is this.
It read is this pie in the sky stuff or is there are there examples where in fact the -- the ventures into the Internet.
Are really paying off in terms of creation -- Of new and exciting and moving independent film.
Well you know there are I mean it's easier to aggregate audiences these days with FaceBook and MySpace and so you can actually get the word out about your films.
Better than ever before finding a theatrical exhibition.
Birds may be harder and that may be a reset the filmmakers have to do Peter very quickly finally -- you.
Our independent films gonna become like a charity case where.
You know only -- are a couple of the big studios are are gonna throw some money -- -- or is there a future where they will become independent with a capital lie again.
I think that the pressure.
For the audience to have a diverse menu of opportunities of film making is very strong and the artist initiative to make films is equally powerful.
Whether or not how they will enable -- That those two to get together whether it's the Internet whether it's marketing what is unique financing when there's more liquidity in the market -- the stars sharing in the process.
All that will happen because the pressure of those who wins the artists in the audience is definitely forceful.
All right Sam Peter thank you so much Peter -- whose new film.
Frank Sinatra's coming out sometime soon at least the project is in.
Beginnings and we reported it first right here on scoreboard thanks Peter marinas and all of which Ted hope reed Maarten thank you all appreciate coming up but.
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