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DIYDays Boston

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Great attendance, great vibe and a really cool conversation. Todd Dagres really grabbed my attention and woke me up and gave me that feeling of, “oh my god guys, this is a DIY DAYS event!”

I loved hearing lance break down all of the traditional deal land mines and how to navigate them and then how to just ultimately say forget all that and just go direct to audience.

And there was an amazing session at the end of the day brainstorming distribution ideas for David Tames film “Smile Boston Project“. Every body in that room was really smart!

And it was great to see an honest discussion by the filmmakers in From Here to Awesome about what it was like to deliver their films to all these digital portals as well as what they’ve learned from this process.  The whole experience they reported supports directly the future direction we’ve been planning to take From Here to Awesome.

And scott kirsner stole my thunder!  He was leaning over my shoulder as I was preparing my notes for my presentation, literally, and then he went up and hit everything I was about to talk about but in a much more well researched way.  But I didn’t let that stop me and talked about the same concepts but in my own kind of different way.  But seriously, this is a guy that really gets it all and I saw a copy of his new book Inventing The Movies as he sold it to an eager filmmaker.

When it was all over I had the same feeling I have at the end of each DIY DAYS event. My brain is fried, huge head ache, but totally jacked up and high off of all the good ideas that get thrown around. Truly an altered state of mind. I think I like it.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the event, volunteered, bought DIY DAYS DVDS and be on the look out for high quality videos online of all the talks and soon a DVD with our NYC, Boston and London DIY DAYS presentations all mashed up into volume 2 of the workbook project DIYDAYS DVD.

Translations | YouTube | .m4v (iPod) | .Mp3 | .flv | SubscribeThis talk has been evolving over the last year since we began to give it and during that time more things have happened including releasing the film on YouTube for free with our 1 dollar per sign up campaign. This talk details the creation of our film through the audience building phase of releasing the video podcast and then the theatrical release, DVD release and free YouTube release. We then talk about the doors this process has opened up including an unannounced 100K distribution deal to get our film and video podcast on TV and get the DVD re-released and this time be available in retail. Stay tuned at in the publicity category of our blog for further developments around that.The audience had some good questions when we were done and everyone we met that night at the reception seemed very interested in what we had accomplished and wanted may wanted us to get involved in their projects. Unfortunately we can’t watch everyones film and give everyone advice and distribute other peoples work. People have to look at what we’ve done and what we’ve posted online and deduce from all of that what they can do on their own. Us posting so much info online is our way of helping as many people as we can so one on one special attention doesn’t take us away from our own filmmaking.

So thats also why we’ve released the above video in the public domain so their is no copyright on it and so that anyone can show our Four Eyed Monsters Case Study Presentation at any film school or workshop. You can also download our keynote file or power point file of our presentation which includes most of the little videos between slides and present our talk to film students.

And if you are putting together a conference or workshop we’ve prepared a 12 minute distribution story video that has most of the same information as the above 30 minute video. And of course, feel free to re-edit or do whatever you’d like with the raw footage of this talk or any of the other power to the pixel talks posted on my site.

And feel free to check out and utlize in any capacity the expansive set of Tutorials we posted on Four Eyed Monsters Tutorial which also has an RSS feed.

And finally, if you are a filmmaker trying to build out your team to get help doing similar things to what we’ve done, you should watch the power to the pixel break out discussion with Brian Chirls for more insight into the nuts and bolts of what kind of help you need to get this stuff going.

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Paula Le Dieu said at her power to the pixel presentation on October 26th 2007: “The very very best of film is frankly not anything unless someone sees it. So on of the biggest battles an independent filmmaker faces is obscurity. How on earth do we get more people to see the work that we make.” To see the entire power to the pixel conference go to: or

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Editor of Screen International Michael Gubbins said on October 26th 2007 at Power to the Pixel: “The world as it is, is broke. The distribution mechanism that we are seeing right now as far as independent film is concerned makes no sense what so ever. And I think what we’re now seeing is a period of waking up to the idea that theres nothing to go back to and only really beginning to engage in what possibly may come. That makes for very disturbing and very exciting times.” Thats reasonably well put. View all of the power to the pixel presentations at:

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