Movie on Demand Distribution For Indie Filmmaking Cats

Like many independent filmmakers out there I was disappointed with how the traditional distribution deals for my movies turned out. This is kind of like my Jerry Maguire moment. It’s 6 AM on a Saturday and I’m on my laptop. Making smaller budget movies outside of Hollywood without name stars severely limits your distribution options. 9 out of 10 times it leads to a filmmaker signing a deal with a independent distribution company that doesn’t pay off. You basically sell the rights to your movie for pennies on the dollar. Not to mention your sweat equity and creative energy that goes unrewarded. Bottom-line is most independent filmmakers don’t come close to breaking even with these type of distribution deals. It’s down right frustrating.

After going through this myself I started to rethink if making independent movies was worth it. Then my friend, editor Tim Beachum, who follows tech trends in entertainment told me, “You love to make movies. Don’t stop. Just rethink how to get your movies distributed to viewers.” I watch videos on YouTube, MetaCafe, Dailymotion and other sites. Free content is cool, but independent filmmakers need to earn money from their work like the rest of the world. Free doesn’t pay the bills. Then I started to look into sites that offered movies on demand for a modest fee. I saw that this might be the best platform to get my movies seen by viewers and hopefully earn a living.

I started to research how different movie on demand sites worked. Netflix “Watch Now” Downloads is revolutionizing the way viewers get their movies. Hollywood dominates the movie on demand market, but independent movies are carving out a their own place. Independent filmmakers no longer have to shoulder the cost of DVD replication and packaging. Some independent distributors charge filmmakers as much as $4 for these costs on top of their distribution fees.

Offering your movie on demand eliminates that. Not knowing exactly how to jump into the movie on demand market I enlisted the help of respected independent film representative Mark Steven Bosko of The Bosko Group. Great guy. He secured a movie on demand deal for 3 reality videos I produced while I took a break from making movies. The videos are available to viewers on most major cable and satellite outlets. There are no high DVD replication, packaging, and distribution fees. Movies on demand is a digital process. Once your movie is encoded it can be streamed to viewers.

I have to give credit where credit is due. Editor Tim Beachum said, “Why don’t we make a wide range of videos for mobile devices?”

I was an independent filmmaker used to the traditional way of getting movies distributed. Now I can see that the movie on demand process gives filmmakers a wide audience and a real opportunity to earn money for their hard work. Movies on demand has leveled that playing field. Digital distribution has made it an exciting time to be a filmmaker. It has renewed my creative spirit.

Get the Movie Lover in Your Life Apple TV for Christmas

There are those people who just love movies and they collect DVDs and digital movie files. Their collections are so extensive that they have started overtaking the entertainment center. The perfect gift for these movie buffs is the Apple TV. This is a standalone unit that connects to the television with just one cable.

This device can store movies in all formats. Hundred of movies can be stored in the one device. All the user needs to put their collections on the Apple TV is a computer and the software to burn DVDs. Movies can also be purchased online and directly downloaded to the system from iTunes which is already installed for the user.

With onboard wireless, live movies can also be streamed from companies such as NetFlix or other online movie websites. For those who do not have a DVR, popular TV shows can also be streamed directly from Apple TV so no show is ever missed. Just go to the website for the network the program is showed on and click on the series that has been missed and click on the episode. The show is immediately shown on the screen of the television.

While this can all be done by a computer, many do not want to watch a television show from a small screen and would prefer to watch their shows and movies from a full TV screen. This means that the computer can be left for those who need to work on it instead of them having to wait for the movie or television show to be over. This convenience is huge when considering the cost is right at a hundred dollars for the unit.

The case is a sleek black design and it has a program within it that allows users to sync up their iPods or iPhones to act as a virtual remote control device. This means that there is no separate remote control that can be lost. Most people know where there phone is at all times so this is an added convenience that is added by Apple to make the Apple TV friendlier for the user.

Installation of the Apple TV only takes one cable connection and it sets up in just minutes. Get the movie lover in your life one of these handy devices that stores and streams movies and television shows. This is a gift that can last for many years to come.

Video Streaming – Be The Producer

If you have an informational video stream that receives significant hits you could derive an income from selling video ads from third parties at the start of your video stream.

The rate can be based on a set amount per click or a once monthly (or weekly) fee. Some online firms are using this as a means of bolstering income from your website. This can be a creative and lucrative way to capitalize on your video stream.

However, if you want to place a focus on your own marketing efforts you might consider a streaming video advertisement featuring the positive aspects of your online presence. This can be a cross promotional advertisement that can assist in web branding efforts.

You might have to give up any advertising revenue you might have received and there may be production costs in developing a video stream ad, but it could also be a positive addition to your online presence.

Video streaming has become a bit like an on demand micro video channel. Thousands of videos are now on demand online with more and more television content available. You can download video streams of the latest movie trailers and find both entertaining video streams along with knowledge-based electronic seminars.

The clarity of online video may be significantly less than a television set, but what it lacks in clarity it makes up for in availability. Video streams are sent by email, included in blogs and are a key part of most social network sites.

Video streams provide a stark contrast to PPC advertising and don’t require advanced Flash animation. Simply put, video streams can take the homegrown feel of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and make the same candid possibilities available to online video consumers in surprisingly cost effective ways.

The mythical world of video production has been relegated to Internet hobbyists and the result is a whole new world where on demand consumers are finding video gems worth sharing online.

Another benefit of video streaming is the strong potential for increased backlinks that can increase the number visitors to your video stream. In turn, those visitors may stick around to check out what you have to offer in your online business.

Whether you seek to capitalize on your video stream by looking for an advertiser or use the video stream as a way to improve your web branding objectives through your own video advertisement the use of video streams can be a powerful ally in web marketing.