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, August 31st, 2008

This edition of TCIBR is brought to you by IndieFlix – Hunter Weeks left a cubical job to embark on a filmmaking career and within a three years has completed two documentaries and is in post on a third. One of the core elements of his strategy is to mix a DIY production and distribution approach with a variety of promotional partners. Hunter and Josh Caldwell his producing partner, have structured numerous partnerships with brands that have created funds for production, post and distribution. In our discussion Hunter shares how he crafts his sponsorship / promotional deals, why he’s bypassing the festival circuit and how his newest doc 10 yards is being released for free online prior to hitting DVD on Sept. 30th.

For more on Hunter and 10 yards visit www.10yards.com

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By lance weiler, July 29th, 2008

Over the next few days we’ll be posting various videos from the DIY DAYS LA event. The day consisted of a number of keynotes (Robert Greenwald, Marshall Herskovitz), panels (Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting, Alex Johnson, Micki Krimmel, Mark Stolaroff, Ondi Timoner, Hunter Weeks, Saskia Wilson-Brown), case studies (M dot Strange, Arin Crumley, Lance Weiler), a series of special video presentations (Matt Hanson, Brett Gaylor, Brian Chirls, Christy Dena, Timo Vuorensola) and a conversation with director Mark Pellington.

diy days M dot Strange, Hunter Weeks and Ondi Timoner – photo by Mike Hedge

The Realities of DIY
There’s been much discussion about the democratization of the tools but what’s really involved in taking your film from a concept to something an audience will pay to see? How can you fight your way through the clutter and what are the pitfalls to avoid when you decide to go it on your own?

Discussion Leader: Mark Stolaroff – panelists Arin Crumley, Ondi Timoner, Hunter Weeks and M dot Strange.

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This edition of TCIBR is brought to you by IndieFlix and Breakthrough Distribution – Our guest today is Ondi Timoner writer / director of the critically acclaimed doc DiG. Ondi’s most recent film, Join US is an intimate look at cults and mind control. Over the course of the discussion Ondi was very candid about the distribution of both her films and how the landscape for Docs has changed in the four years since DiG was acquired at Sundance.



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