Now that we’re a couple days out from the Ink/Piracy story, I’ve had some time to think about the implications and possible applications file sharing could have on an independant and its efforts to gain exposure. The point of this piece is to start a discussion about Bit Torrent’s use in marketing.
First of all, here’s a brief recap of what’s been going on with Ink, confirmed with director Jamin Winans. These are hard facts. The Winans’ sales of their film have been rising noticably. Amazon.com is sold out and is currently quoting a 1-2 week wait before shipping the DVD. Sales at the official Ink site have gone up. Both Blockbuster and Netflix have doubled their orders to keep up with demand for rentals. What is unclear with these instances is how much impact the file sharing phenomena has contributed to this. Jamin thinks that all this would have eventually happened, but the piracy probably stepped up how quickly everything came about.
Updated: See the IMDB screenshot at the end of the article.
It’s been a longstanding debate online. Does internet piracy help or hurt a movie? On one side, you have filmmakers and studios talking about how internet movie piracy is killing box office and dvd sales/profits. On the other side, you have the pirates trying to justify the practice by saying that the advance word can help a movie and actually increase sales. The problem is that there is very little data to support the pirates’ stance…until now.
If you’re anything like me, the name Bill Withers doesn’t mean anything to you. At least, it didn’t before seeing Damani Baker and Alex Vlack’s film, Still Bill. It was shocking and I’ll admit that I was ashamed for not knowing the name of the man who brought us musical greats like Ain’t No Sunshine and Lean on Me. Still Bill sets out to change the fact that Bill Withers is an unknown name to most of the country.
We’ve been given a great opportunity at ScreenGeeks.com. Last year, we were able to go to the Starz Denver Film Festival and Barry had a great writeup of everything he saw. This year, the good folks at SDFF have given us even more access to more amazing films and interviews. Starting tonight, you’ll start seeing reviews of varaious films we’ve seen and interviews with various filmmakers.
This is going to play havoc with our ability to get regular shows out over the next couple of weeks, but we’ll be putting up plenty of content between reviews and varioius bits we’ll be recording and posting in the RSS podcast feed. Let us know what you think of our coverage. We hope you enjoy it!
I had the great privelage of getting to talk with new media author JC Hutchins again last week about his old/new novel, 7th Son: Descent. We talk about the process of bringing his first book to print and some nightmare possibilities of casting the clones. It’s a great chat and I had a great time talking with Hutch!
You can find out about all the different things JC Hutchins has in the fire at his official site.