By Lance Weiler, October 11th, 2008

There is power in the crowd. When they rise up they can fund, create, distribute and promote. But how do you turn an audience into an active community where members become collaborators?

Panelists: Slava Rubin (indieGoGo), Skot Leach (Lost Zombie), Jason Harris (Mekanism), Bryan Kennedy (Mobmov.org), Blair Erickson (Millions of Us) Discussion Leader: Lance Weiler

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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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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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By lance weiler, September 29th, 2008

HELP SUPPORT OPEN SOURCE FILMMAKING – 3 DVD Set of DIY DAYS LA & SF available NOW
We’re happy to announce that we now have a 3 DVD set, over 10 hours of keynotes, panels and case studies that were shot this summer in LA and SF. Since DIY DAYS is part of a larger open source project focused on creating quality resources for the filmmaking community, the DVDs are available for a donation to the project. There are three donation options $10, $20 and $40 – all three will get you the same thing. Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make the DVD set possible. And a special thanks to Sabi Creative Agency and Breakthrough Distribution for creating and distributing the DVDs.


3 DVD set with over 10 hours of keynotes, panels and case studies. To see a list of speakers and topics visit www.diydays.com

Make a donation to the project and receive your copy of DIY DAYS LA & SF. Pick the donation you’d like to make and receive the 3 DVD set today.

$40 donation :: $20 donation :: $10 donation

DIY DAYS heads to BOSTON on 10.3 and 10.4

FREE DAY OF WORKSHOPS AND CASE STUDIES
How do we sustain ourselves as filmmakers and storytellers in this day of shifting film distribution systems? How do we monetize our film and get the word out without studio support? Presented by Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Professional and Continuing Education, From Here to Awesome and The Workbook Project – DIY DAYS aims to answer these questions with a day of roundtable discussions, workshops, case studies: A look at how to fund, create, and distribute and sustain. For more info – www.diydays.com

SPECIAL FREE OPENING NIGHT SCREENINGS
SPECIAL SCREENING of FROM HERE TO AWESOME FILMS
Friday, October 3, 2008
Tower Auditorium
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Directions Link: http://massart.edu/x474.xml
7pm to 9:30pm

DIY DAYS CONFERENCE
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Trustees Room, 11th Floor Tower Building
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Directions Link:: http://massart.edu/x474.xml
10am to 6:30pm

DIY DAYS was founded by Lance Weiler (The Last Broadcast, Head Trauma), Arin Crumley (Four Eyed Monsters), and M dot Strange (We Are the Strange). It is an extension of the Workbook Project http://workbookproject.com an open source project for filmmakers. DIY DAYS events are being held in LA, San Francisco, Boston, NYC, and London. All the events are FREE. http://www.diydays.com

Full schedule and speaker list coming soon

LIVE IN THE BOSTON AREA OR KNOW SOMEONE WHO DOES?
We’re looking for volunteers to help with the events. If you’re interested please contact us at info [@] workbookproject dot com

We need the following:

1. people to help with setup, collecting tickets, registration, breakdown and cleanup
2. folks with cameras and audio gear to help document the events
3. editors to help edit, encode and upload the footage
4. live blogger to document the conference

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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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By lance weiler, September 5th, 2008

We covered Tiffany Shlain earlier this year when her short THE TRIBE became the number one download on iTunes. In this case study from DIY DAYS SF, Tiffany details the unique approach that helped her to turn THE TRIBE into a successful and profitable project. For more on Tiffany and the Tribe visit www.moxieinstitute.org or www.tribethefilm.com.

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By lance weiler, August 21st, 2008

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