By lance weiler, October 6th, 2008

DIY DAYS Boston opened with a conversation with Todd Dagres. Thanks to Scott Kirsner over at CinemaTech for recording and posting the conversation. We’ll be posting the video soon.

Todd has produced several independent films (including the Sundance entry ‘TransSiberian’ this year), but he is best known as a venture capitalist who funds start-up companies like Veoh, EQAL, Twitter, and Next New Networks. Our conversation focused on how TV is changing… the as-yet-unproven business models of Internet video… financing and making independent films… how distribution is evolving… and why the word “community” ought to replace the word “audience” in your vocabulary.

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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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