J.C. Hutchins‘ newest work entitled “Personal Effects: Dark Art” is more than just a traditional novel it is an “out of book” experience. A collaboration between St. Martin’s Press and Jordan Weisman’s company Smith & Thinker, “Personal Effects: Dark Art” is a transmedia experience which enables readers to travel beyond the written word. Packaged to look and feel like a personal notebook, the novel is accompanied by a series of artifacts such as ID cards, phone numbers, character blogs and twitter accounts. In our discussion Hutchins explains the creative process behind the novel and extended experience.interview podcast resource
Nina Paley wants you to see her film which is exactly what most filmmakers desire. But the way in which Paley is releasing her debut feature Sita Sings the Blues is a bit different. She wants to give it to you for free via a creative commons license. In fact she is encouraging her audience to take and distribute the work and if they profit she just asks that they share some of the revenue. As Paley experiments with a free hybrid model that also includes a paying theatrical release (which was landed after her theatrical distributors saw the demand for Sita) she intends to be open and transparent about her findings. In our discussion we cover a range of topics – music clearance, copyright, how culture wants to be free, and turning your audience into distribution hubs.
Understanding Free Content
Steve Peters has experienced designed some of the most well know ARGs of the last few years. From “Why So Serious” for the Dark Knight to “Year Zero” for NiN – Steve has carefully crafted elaborate experiences for audiences / players that involve extending story and characters across devices and into the real world. Now Steve and a number of others from 42 Entertainment have broken off to form their own shop called No Mimes Media. In our conversation Steve explains how he builds a universe around a project, the need to find better ways to measure success and how to make the experiences accessible to wider audiences.culture hacker podcast
Christine Vachon has produced an impressive body of work – Poison, Swoon, Kids, Safe, Happiness, Boys Don’t Cry, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Far From Heaven – just to name a few. Now Vachon and her company Killer Films are stepping into the digital space. In a recent announced partnership with Massify.com, Killer is taking a crowdsourced type approach to the development and production of next gen talent and content. For full details visit the first call for pitches.
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When the time came for Jamie King and the Noble League of Peers to release their film entitled Steal This Film, a documentary about copyright and intellectual property, they took it directly to where their audience lives. Through a promotional deal with a number of the top torrent tracker sites, King and company were able to secure various placements such as logo swaps and banners encouraging people to download the film for free. At the conclusion to the film there was a simple call to action that encouraged viewers to make a donation to help support the filmmakers’ next project. To date Steal This Film has received more than $30,000 in donations and in the process has been downloaded over six million times.
Culture Hacker – spring issue of Filmmaker Magazine
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