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Friends,
You should check out this campaign to help stop human trafficking.

This is from the folks who made SOLD, an important film about this
subject on which we worked.

http://goo.gl/3WUUHS

China's population & fast-moving economy causes studio execs & others' eyes to blow up like saucers, but for indies to salivate over this market is akin to pipe-dreaming. China's economy is important, but it & its cultural products like films, books & the internet are tightly controlled. The result is a limited number of small films get in, & the ones that do don't really get access to the market. Though I am a bit of a contrarian on piracy, poking your underpaid content into China is like inviting piracy. Unless you have a solid partner in China that enable you to do a sponsored co-production, right now, for most small films, I think it is not much worth it. http://buff.ly/1GBnFs9

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How high can crowdsourcing be pushed? Crowdsourcing seems natural for high-interest products, useful items by creative entrepreneurs, small creative projects, and now for movies by mid-level stars who don't want to use their own money, and want consumers and fans to fund a couple million $$$ to deliver a product they can't get the studios to invest in. Kind of like the concept of "pre-sold" tickets. When we push this to higher multi-million products, it seems like we will hit a threshold where it comes down to just an advance ticket machine. What is the limit? Or, is it so, as spoken of PT Barnum, the great showman, "There's a sucker born every minute."

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By not passing the Bechdel Test (gender inequality), a movie closes itself off to half of the movie going audience. Only, worse than that, it closes itself off to a much more enthusiastic, much more socially interconnected audience. Titanic made astounding numbers because women (young and old) would not only return to experience it again, they would then drag friends. Frozen sing-alongs are not evidence of a need to sing along, but evidence of a need to have a shared experience. And they had to show the studio how enthusiastic they were, because the "boys' network" didn't get it, naturally. The Bechdel Test isn’t just about being PC, it's about good business.

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This will bear repeating multiple times, but locale incentives, when not set up by newbies, can cause real financial gains. This LA Times look from late last summer shows the reality of the positive impact of incentives. California finally waked up, and other locales should focus on getting some of this lunch!

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Amateur filmmaking is becoming easier and more professional looking.

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Netflix not owning key shows is a bold move to some, but maybe not that different from some TV Networks.

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If you're interested in working with us at FilmProfit, feel free to contact us. We'll be happy to answer any question you may have.

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Louis Malle, on tone and the heart of a film.
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If you are in the game for long-term, making your films your own (not the same) is crucial to that “brand identity.” Orson Welles says it better.
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