Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Can I get some help here? And other stuff.

Another new year! Let’s hope this one is better than the last.

And speaking of New Years resolutions. I resolved to post my blogs on Mondays and develop some consistency for the year. It didn’t take long to mess that resolution up, did it? I can only imagine how my “eating healthier” resolution is going to work out.

I want to ask something of my readers. If you have had any experiences with any of these video streaming sites would you please drop me a line? I get asked about them all the time and I am only familiar with a couple.

I am interested in hearing from you whether you’re a filmmaker or a film watcher. What are the good sites, what are the bad sites, in your opinion. Why are some sites good or bad? If you’re a filmmaker are they paying on time? What kind of percentages are you getting? Are you happy where you’re at? Would you work with these people in the future? If you’re a film watcher, why do you like a site? Is the site easy to access, easy to navigate?

I want to find out as much as I can about different sites out there as I get emails a couple times a month from these services wanting to sign me up. And if I’m getting lots of emails I imagine some of you are too. So if we can pool our knowledge then I can put a bunch of the information together and post it. We can try to figure out who the good sites are and why.

My goal is not to endorse a particular site but to post information about the different sites and then you can judge for yourself who you want to deal with. You all know that I self-distribute and I am very careful of the people and companies I do business with. I just want all of us to be able to make some informed decisions on this stuff.

And yes I am sure that some of you have had bad experiences with some of these places and some of you have had good experiences. When I go to film festivals I find that so many filmmakers are pissy about everything. Nothing is ever right. I am going to try to take that in to account when I read your responses.

What I am asking is that those of you that do respond please try to be objective about your experiences. I want to try and wade through the different opinions and see what’s out there. Then I’ll post what I find out.

Send me your opinions at

And now on to other stuff.

I am heading out on tour again, hitting the road in February. If you want Moses and I to come to your college, university, media art center, high school, theater or even to your house for dinner send me a note.

I have been home for almost two months and I feel like moss is starting to grow on my side. I need to hit the road. Drop me a note,

Please check out my internet specials, hopefully you’ll find something you like. (, as if you didn’t know)

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If you haven’t checked out their sites and their services, you better.

The first two Workshop DVDs are selling well. You can find them at,, and at

And just a reminder, I am available to consult on your films.

What do you get out of the deal? You get the best value and advice in making your film. No matter what stage you’re in. I’ve been in the business for 25 years, working on everything from animation to live action, Independent features, Real Independent features, Hollywood studio stuff, and documentaries. If you check out my bio and filmography ( you’ll see I’ve worked on award winning films, and films that never got distribution.

I will look at your work honestly and objectively. If there are problems, I’ll point them out, in a constructive way. No one wants to hear, “This sucks!” My goal is to guide you through the process, so that you can see what the problems are, and we’ll come up with ways to fix them. Check out (

As always, feel free to link to my site and you can subscribe to my blog. So what are you waiting for?

Talk later.



Blogger sonnyboo said...

f you have had any experiences with any of these video streaming sites would you please drop me a line?

VIMEO.COM is the best site right now for quality & control of sound/image.

YouTube recently added HD streaming, although it is subpar to many other ones. Surprisingly, YouTube still gets the most views over time and with consistency.

Try using TUBEMOGUL to upload to several sites simultaneously and track several sites and all your videos from one site. It's very handy and also convenient.

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