By lance weiler, February 25th, 2008

For those of you who don’t know FROM HERE TO AWESOME is an extension of the workbook project. In the spirit of bringing an open source philosophy to various parts of the filmmaking process, FHTA is focused on education, discovery and distribution. Over the next few months leading up to the festival’s kick off in Paris on June 3rd, FHTA is constructing a series of vids that detail the current state of filmmaking.

We’re looking for people who would like to contribute not only submissions, but also thoughts and suggestions on how to improve the festival. And if you’d like to lend a hand with the fest we’re looking for volunteers to come along for the ride.

Wonderful animation by Jordan Gray and Jeff Hockett that explains the festivals submission process.

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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


  • This might also be interesting to filmmakers who wish to use social media as a promotion for a new site that is launching called One Fat Cigar. It uses a script to screen approach and allows film fans to follow a project from day 1, as well as cast and crew the project through the site, allowing members to become actively involved and engaged. Quite an interesting extension to the presentation.

  • Roan Epona

    This is good stuff. I jumped into this after the first time I heard Arin Crumley talk about it, and then Lance, which lead me here and to this great website resource. I then launched my own project using these ideas. One thing Arin mentioned is that political campaigns are really ripe for social media networking and can catch on like wild fire. We've seen Obama make use of this.

    But I wanted to add that the networks are another great tool. I heard one of your filmmaker interviews where they used a Ning site as their official movie website. The Huffington Post did this during the 2008 election to recruit grass roots bloggers, too. I always liked Ning and so I tried the same idea with my political documentary Stop War, and had some limited success.

    One thing about Ning is that it can be used as a focal point or home website for your project. You can combine all the other social outlets there. You can add RSS feeds using your delicious bookmarks, and you can post slide photo shows and videos as well as blogs. It also offers text blocks so you can put up links to your other networks like Facebook and Twitter. But what's really cool is that anyone can join your project and post their own media and blogs right there.

    I'm not affiliated with Ning. I just think they have a cool thing going. Check out my Stop War project.

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