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When we started production on strange frame I had a few discussions with some big wigs at Buena Vista and Sony. Without committing anything to our production, they were laying in the heavy talk about doing our movie in 3-D. “If you really want it to sell…” blah, blah, blah.
Well, today, Roger Ebert, wrote a good article about the subject:
I write ‘good’ because he outlines pretty much all the points that went through my head some 5 years ago. The few other points that I mulled were outlined in an another well thought out piece called “The Final Word: Is 3-D better than 2-D?” By William Bibbiani.
Both articles are worth a read. I do have a low budget horror comedy in development. It might be fun to make in 3-D because the movie is supposed to be campy. Camp is how I see 3D and now I know I’m not alone in this.
Florida state is trying to pass a tax credit for filmmaking in their state ‘as long as the film has no gay and lesbian content’. This makes me very sad, angry and determined to make ‘Strange Frame’ a big thing. It makes Parker sad.
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I did the artwork and animation all on Monday.
I’ve been wary about film festivals. In 1999, I did the production on a feature film called Ka’ililauokekoa. It was a low budget film, but never the less did very well at the film festivals. When I did the math on the ticket sales at these festivals I found that these festivals grossed 2 times the budget of the film. This was very unsettling for me since the film never got a theatrical deal.
There are definitely festivals to go to where the exposure is worth giving the festival free content, but that is the conscious decision every filmmaker must make: Who am I willing to give free content to? What is the non-fiscal payback?
Tribeca recently announced they are following Sundance into the VOD distribution model. David Poland sums up this idea better than I can: Festivals Raping Filmmakers… Or Just A Friendly Reach Around?