Small Towns and Indie Filmmakers are Very Real

If life was really like it is portrayed on TV we would all be living in nice homes or apartments in a big city and meeting with friends daily and at restaurants arguing over who is going to pick up the check. The reality is more of us live in small towns than big cities, and even more of us have to live week to week and even the idea of eating in restaurants is a pipe dream.

I remember a time when TV was populated with shows about people struggling to make ends meet. It seems today that TV & movie producers think the only reality that happens is in the backyards of their upper class neighborhoods. Big studios are seriously disconnected from their audiences in my opinion. This is where the indie filmmaker shines is in being a part of the work-a-day world struggling to make dreams come true, let alone get by from week to week. Continue reading “Small Towns and Indie Filmmakers are Very Real”


Smartphones & MIFA… Living in Harmony?

Being I write quite a bit, and more than you see online from me, I use a laptop at a minimum or a desktop. I guess I’ve gotten used to this and had not considered the potential number of people who use smartphones for their internet. I can certainly understand browsing and watching videos, checking email, and stuff like that, but do you smartphone users actually use them to write with? If you write like I do on a smartphone or tablet there’s got to be a not too distant future of carpel tunnel or arthritis waiting for you.

Well, as you can probably tell by now I’m not a smartphone user. But I have noticed that some of the users and prospective users of this site are. Hence there a few things I need to do in order to make it more smartphone friendly. Continue reading “Smartphones & MIFA… Living in Harmony?”


Smartphone Friendly Template for Film Listings

Not being a smartphone user I made a mistake in the last film listing template, being I made it too long for a smartphone screen and those copying and pasting it to use it were only getting part of it. I have shortened the template to make it more smartphone friendly.

For those who don’t know, I’ve been having internet problems, and this has made it difficult, obviously, to work on the site. I have a connection again, though limited, but I’m going to do what I can to get listings and features up on the site. You can help with this, very much.

I’m not kidding about the social media links. Some still think this is a trivial even moot point, even after how much I’ve written about how it helps you as a filmmaker in getting your film reviewed. With a limited internet connection I cannot be searching out social media links and websites to include in your listing. If it’s not convenient to add the links to your listing at the time, you can add them later or send them to me via  Twitter or Facebook. Continue reading “Smartphone Friendly Template for Film Listings”


Dirty Little Secrets to Getting Better Ratings and Reviews

I have written on my own blog before about how to improve your chances of getting better ratings from reviewers and this is an expansion upon that also going into different areas.

I don’t think I’m shocking anyone here by saying that IMDb is simply filled with trolls. There are people on IMDb who rate movies they have never seen either because they don’t like the title of it, the poster, or just simply because they have nothing better to do than try to ruin somebody else’s day. Unfortunately IMDb is the first site that comes up for a search of a movie and that rating as a result of trolls influences them, and unfortunately other reviewers.

How do you influence the rating on IMDb then? Continue reading “Dirty Little Secrets to Getting Better Ratings and Reviews”


The Value of Screeners

Way back when studios sent out screeners on VHS tape that would display a text of “For Review Purposes Only” every few minutes, this was for a time when reviews showed up in newspapers and magazines. The necessity for screencaps did not exist because the technology did not exist, at a user level. Reviewers would be provided with stills their publications could use for promotional purposes. The downside to that system was the expense. For big studios this was a write-off as they could produce presskits in bulk. It was an expense often outside the capabilities of many indie filmmakers, especially those at the grassroots level.

Today’s digital media and internet have changed that. Screeners can be downloaded with no expense up front such as discs or tapes. And screeners can now be used for screencaps and stills can be hosted online and downloaded by reviewers for use in their reviews. A lot of what was the province of big studios can now be done by the independent filmmaker. Continue reading “The Value of Screeners”