By Lance Weiler, March 31st, 2009

Today our guest is author and journalist Scott Kirsner. Scott has written a followup to his book Inventing the Movies entitled Fans, Friends and Followers – Building an Audience and a Creative Career in the Digital Age.

The tools to produce films, music, books, and art have been democratized: they’re accessible and inexpensive. And the channels to distribute all sorts of creative products have also been blown wide open: today, anyone can distribute a video or a song or an image to a global audience, for free. The result is the noisiest, most chaotic marketplace that creative artists have ever known. That noise and chaos creates the two biggest challenges facing artists today: how do you cultivate a big audience for your work, and how do you leverage that audience to support your career financially? I wrote Fans, Friends & Followers to address those challenges with useful strategies, examples, explanations, and first-person success stories. – Scott Kirsner

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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, March 27th, 2009

Thirty years ago, Martin Scorsese made a film about his friend Steven Prince entitled American Boy. Over time American Boy would become known as Scorsese’s lost film – a cult classic that lives on in bootlegs and via torrent files. Last week at SXSW Tommy Pallotta premiered the next chapter in Steven Prince’s saga entitled American Prince. During the discussion Tommy explains what drew him to Steven Prince who played the gun salesman in Taxi Driver and who’s own life experience inspired a very well known scene in Pulp Fiction . Tommy also shares why he’s decided to release the film via bittorrent for free.

For more on Tommy and the film visit www.americanprincemovie.com

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By Lance Weiler, March 11th, 2009

This edition of TCIBR is made possible thanks to IndieFlix – This coming weekend Brett Gaylor’s newest doc RIP: A Remix Manifesto will screen at SXSW. Six years in the making Gaylor’s film captures copyright vs. copyleft and the impact that intellectual property laws are placing on culture. RIP follows Gregg Gillis aka Girl Talk on his rise from biomedical engineer to laptop rockstar.

For more on the film click here and to learn how participate visit opensourcecinema.org

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By Lance Weiler, February 22nd, 2009

This edition of TCIBR is made possible thanks to the support of IndieFlix – Jason Rohrer is an independent game designer and developer. His games Passage and Between challenge the convention of what a video game is. Instead of relaying on graphics which are a staple of AAA games, Jason is drawn to game mechanics that create a sense of emotional weight. In our discussion Jason shares his vision for game design and explains how some of the things holding back gaming may in fact be its desire to be too much like film.

His newest game Primrose is more of a puzzle game.
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Primrose is currently available through the iPhone app store.
For more information on Jason visit his site.

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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, February 4th, 2009

This edition of TCIBR is brought to you by IndieFlix – Today we are joined by Chris Saad co-founder of the DataPortability project and APML (attention profiling markup language). Over the course of the discussion we cover a wide range of topics concerning the issue of open standards, the importance of audience portability and how metadata will impact storytelling and discovery.

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