By lance weiler, June 9th, 2007

In an interesting experiment FOUR EYED MONSTERS has joined forces with film community site Spout.com Together they are running a 1 week promotion which started yesterday. The promotion has the full movie running on youTube and for each person who signs up for a FREE Spout.com account FEM will receive a dollar.



In traditional models of distribution this type of internet releasing has been known to cause issues with selling certain TV and foreign territories. The logic being that releasing the full movie online will kill deals. Most outlets are still struggling with the issue of digital rights and almost every distributor tries to freeze them – meaning that they want to exploit them and control when the movie is released and how.

The concept of giving away a full length feature film for FREE is counterintuitive. But what’s interesting is that FEM is using sponsorship to offset the cost. Distribution via the internet is still unproven which is both good and bad. Good in the sense that experiments like these can yield a direct return to the filmmakers with little expense – the movie didn’t even have to go through delivery hell (E&O, transfers, audio mixes, etc.). The bad side is that this experiment could impact FEM’s chances for wider traditional distribution. But no matter how it spins out FEM is forging a path that is helping to challenge distribution conventions. If you hope to make money from your work online at some point then make sure to support this effort. It’s FREE and painless and helps us all.

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lance weiler is the founder of the WorkBook Project and also a story architect of film, tv and games. He's written and directed two feature films THE LAST BROADCAST and HEAD TRAUMA. He's currently developing a number of transmedia projects

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  • Great stuff. Amazing how the landscape has changed. Reading interviews from independent filmmakers just ten years ago expressed their frustration at distribution companies but they had little recourse. I find it encouraging that these guys feel that self-distribution, given the time and inclination, may actually prove to be a greater source of income than traditional distribution methods for smaller, truly independent projects.

    Plus, the insight on building up momentum for your projects by promoting within small niche audiences to combine into a successful screening was also invaluable.

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