Movie on Demand Distribution

Like many independent filmmakers out there I was disappointed with how the traditional distribution deals for my movies turned out. This is kind of like my Jerry Maguire moment. It’s 6 AM on a Saturday and I’m on my laptop. Making smaller budget movies outside of Hollywood without name stars severely limits your distribution options. 9 out of 10 times it leads to a filmmaker signing a deal with a independent distribution company that doesn’t pay off. You basically sell the rights to your movie for pennies on the dollar. Not to mention your sweat equity and creative energy that goes unrewarded. Bottom-line is most independent filmmakers don’t come close to breaking even with these type of distribution deals. It’s down right frustrating.

After going through this myself I started to rethink if making independent movies was worth it. Then my friend, editor Tim Beachum, who follows tech trends in entertainment told me, “You love to make movies. Don’t stop. Just rethink how to get your movies distributed to viewers.” I watch videos on YouTube, MetaCafe, Dailymotion and other sites. Free content is cool, but independent filmmakers need to earn money from their work like the rest of the world. Free doesn’t pay the bills. Then I started to look into sites that offered movies on demand for a modest fee. I saw that this might be the best platform to get my movies seen by viewers and hopefully earn a living.

I started to research how different movie on demand sites worked. Netflix “Watch Now” Downloads is revolutionizing the way viewers get their movies. Hollywood dominates the movie on demand market, but independent movies are carving out a their own place. Independent filmmakers no longer have to shoulder the cost of DVD replication and packaging. Some independent distributors charge filmmakers as much as $4 for these costs on top of their distribution fees.

Offering your movie on demand eliminates that. Not knowing exactly how to jump into the movie on demand market I enlisted the help of respected independent film representative Mark Steven Bosko of The Bosko Group. Great guy. He secured a movie on demand deal for 3 reality videos I produced while I took a break from making movies. The videos are available to viewers on most major cable and satellite outlets. There are no high DVD replication, packaging, and distribution fees. Movies on demand is a digital process. Once your movie is encoded it can be streamed to viewers.

I have to give credit where credit is due. Editor Tim Beachum said, “Why don’t we make a wide range of videos for mobile devices?”

I was an independent filmmaker used to the traditional way of getting movies distributed. Now I can see that the movie on demand process gives filmmakers a wide audience and a real opportunity to earn money for their hard work. Movies on demand has leveled that playing field. Digital distribution has made it an exciting time to be a filmmaker. It has renewed my creative spirit.

Hollywood Video Franchising

Why re-invent the wheel when looking to open up your own small business, when franchising opportunities can allow you to branch out with business that has proven itself capable of bringing in a profit? Deciding which business to join as a franchise partner is a very large decision. The key is to find a successful business in a market that is likely to thrive, even in the midst of our currently turbulent economy. Hollywood Video franchising offers small business owners a piece of a very lucrative multimedia pie. It does not matter if your young, old, rich, poor, educated, and uneducated, no matter what socioeconomic background a person comes from, everyone likes to settle in and watch a good movie. Hollywood Video provides customers with newly released films at a reasonable rental rate, so they can enjoy viewing in the comfort of their own homes. There are three significant reasons to consider opening a franchise of this company, which has recently decided to expand.

An Enduring Market

Hollywood Video franchising invites new owners into a winner’s circle that has proven itself able to stay at the head of the home video rental race for the long haul. Hollywood video currently has a presence in 47 states, as well as the District of Columbia. With over 2,000 stores nationwide, Hollywood Video has proven its ability to press past mere existence and has managed to thrive. With the recent increase of a price of a movie theatre ticket, the general population has turned to video rentals as their primary source of film viewing entertainment. This turning ensures a steady stream of customers on weekdays as well as weekend nights. Hollywood Video has its finger to the pulse of this modern culture and offers their customers at rentals, which cost less and are rented out for longer periods than most other rental chains. This has given Hollywood Video significant favor in a competitive market, and it ensures the warm reception of a new Hollywood Video franchise in many wide-ranging locations.

Straightforward Business Structure

If you are looking into Hollywood Video Franchising possibilities, you will be spared the over-complicated proposals of lesser businesses who do not understand the need for an easily duplicated and straightforward plan of action. While quite successful, Hollywood Video operates within a very simple business structure. Even an owner who is new to the business world will be able to grasp both the initial business establishment plan as well as the day-to-day procedures involved with running a successful Hollywood Video.

An easily Liquidated Product

Hollywood Video Franchising has an added benefit over other franchise opportunities. To put it simply, used DVD’s and video games are very easy to sell. Hollywood video has taken good advantage of this truth, stocking the store with large quantities of newly released or endearingly popular films. When the popularity of any given movie wanes, the video store simply takes the excess rental stock and puts it out for sale to its customers. This means that each franchise owner will not only profit from rental returns and late fees, but will also be able to liquidate easily any product that is not providing the rental return you desire.

Last Year’s Greatest Movies

When it comes movies about the Iraq War, nothing comes close to the Hurt Locker. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, oddly enough the ex-wife of another director on my list, this movie offered an incredible look at one man’s story of bomb squad life in hostile territory. The cinematography in this movie was insanely good.

If you are a fan of anything that’s awesome then Avatar has to be on your list of favorite movies. This movie was absolutely incredible. James Cameron has truly mastered the art of showing us his imagination.

The planet of Pandora was unlike anything we, as viewers, have ever seen and the 3D technology truly made you feel as if you were on this foreign planet.

Both the aforementioned movies were exceptional, but my favorite movie of the year goes to District 9.

Directed by Neil Blompkamp and starring Sharlto Copley in his acting debut, this movie blew away all my expectations. The budget was somewhere in the 20 million range, however the action in this movie was only trumped by Avatar. That is saying something considering all the lackluster action movies Hollywood releases every year (Yes I am talking to you Michael Bay).

I truly loved District 9 and felt as if I never knew where it would go next. There is an endless list of adjectives I can use to describe this one, but words can’t do it justice. If you are a fan of science fiction and/or suspenseful movies, then this is a must see.

Comedies And Their Attraction in Hollywood

Everyone loves entertainment. After all, it is the spice of life and it must go on till the life remains. Movies are one of the best sources of entertainment. If talked about comedy movies in Hollywood, they begin around 1900.

The first comic movie made people laugh at the continued sneezing of a man. The movie was “Record of Sneeze”—the title just perfect with the plot. It was the beginner of the trend of comedies. The trend then never took a back gear; just moving on and on. Most of the classic comedy movies were made during the silent movies” era.

Talking about the best performances of comedy actors, Charlie Chaplin stands at the top. He has been awarded as the best comedian till date. His terrific comedy timings and his comic face itself has the power to make people roll with laughter. Many of the top comedies are performed by Charlie Chaplin.

It is a fact that comedy movies have more scope to be successful as after the stressful and hectic daily routine, one needs light atmosphere for sure. Watching comedies instead of heavy or negative or extremely meaningful movies relaxes a person in a better way.

Comedies strengthened their grip much more after the top serious actors realized its importance and the attachment of audience to such movies. Hollywood got some of the top comedians who are and will be admired till Hollywood is there. Top comedians include Dudley Moore, Tom hanks, Jim Carey and Eddie Murphy. All of them are simply unforgettable.

Among the best comedies were those of John Hughes. Comedy movies like Ferris Bueller”s “Day Off” and “Home Alone” series of 1990s are cherished till date. However, the focus of films plot later shifted towards family audience.

Comedy movies are basically classified into five categories. “Action comedy” films are the first type. They are a mixture of comic tricks and action. “Midnight Run” and “Rush Hour” are examples of action comedy hits. Next one is “comedy horror.” Such films are a blend of horror or dark themes and humorous dialogues and scenes. “Dead Alive” and “Evil Dead” are two blockbusters in this genre. “Fantasy comedy” films are the third type. Such films use magic and supernatural figures for humors. “Groundhog Day”, “Click” and “Shrek” are examples of super hits of fantasy comedy genre. Next are “Sci-fi comedy” films. As the term suggests, these films use sci-fi themes and comic elements together. “Evolution,” ‘Innerspace,” “Mars Attacks!” and “Men in Black” are some of the unforgettable movies in this stream. Last but not the least are “military comedy” involving military settings with comic situations. “Full Metal Jacket” and “Tropic Thunder” are few famous ones with military comic plots.

Favorite Teen Rides at Disney’s Hollywood

From dynamic live-action stunt shows and rides to behind-the-scenes glimpses of movie sets, Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers teens a world of entertainment. Here teens will get the chance to see their favorite TV shows, movies and characters get brought to life. They’ll also get the opportunity to feel like they’re right in the middle of Hollywood productions.

Classic Hollywood

Teens may be familiar with today’s big-budget Hollywood productions, but what about those of the past? Hollywood Studios captures the 1930s and 1940s through its neon, chrome, art deco and modern architecture. The Great Movie Ride takes you into some memorable movie scenes as you board a vehicle that takes you through film recreations of everything from 1930s gangster hits to sci-fi classics. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror gives teen a chance to explore the mysteries of the Hollywood Tower Hotel, as they plunge down 13 stories on an exhilarating freefall into The Twilight Zone.

Dynamic Stunts

Any teen who is fascinated by explosions, loud noises and pyrotechnics will love the stunt performances at Hollywood Studios. Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show is a 33-minute long thrilling attraction that reveals secrets behind complex vehicle stunts. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! Is a live-action show that recreates memorable scenes from the first Indiana Jones film. And the Studio Backlot Tour is a 35-minute guided walk and tram ride that shows how a number of the spectacular stunts and effects are carried out.

Inspirational Shows

There are plenty of shows like The Magic of Disney Animation that show you a glimpse of how some of your favorite cartoons, movies and TV shows are made. Other shows like Sounds Dangerous with Drew Carey offer entertainment and give you the chance to feel like you’re on the set of a live performance. The American Idol Experience will give you the chance to feel like a star. A replica of the American Idol set beckons gutsy performers to take the stage as they’re judged by the panel of audience members.

Attractions for Music Lovers

In addition to The American Idol Experience, music lovers will enjoy the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, a high-speed roller coaster that is fueled by a soundtrack recorded by Aerosmith themselves. Fantasmic! is a 25-minute firework show where classic Disney music and songs are played against a backdrop of laser lights and fireworks. High School Musical 3: Senior Year – Right Here! Right Now! is a 15-minute show inspired by the hit movie. In addition to these attractions, music lovers will be serenaded as they stroll throughout the park and wait in line for the rides. Speakers carry the sounds of film scores and popular theme songs that resonate throughout the theme park grounds.

Hollywood Strolls

Teens will find some walk-through attractions that are perfect for winding down in between the exhilarating rides. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza is an open-air fine art gallery that displays bronze busts of TV legends. The American Film Institute Showcase allows you to take a stroll through a movie memorabilia exhibit that highlights sets, costumes and props from various movies and TV shows. Journey Into Narnia: Prince Caspian gives guests a behind-the-scenes look at the making of fantasy movies.

Watch Latest Hollywood Upcoming

Those who love and respect the Hollywood, are impatiently waiting for Hollywood upcoming movies so that they can spend their quality time by watching them with their family and friends. Some of the famous upcoming films that are creating fuss in the current entertainment market are ‘Whiteout’, X-Men Origins: Wolverine’, ‘Star Trek’ and many more. It is being said that the ‘Whiteout’ is one of the most impressive films that will surely attract the viewers all over the world. This movie has been well-directed by Dominic Sena who is a highly acclaimed personality in the world of direction. This amazing film features popular actors, including Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, Tom Skerritt and Columbus Short. It is all set release at top box offices of the world on 24th April of this year.

Another movies that is releasing this year is the ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’. It is one of the most talked about films that is expected to hit box offices on first May 2009. This film has been directed by Gavin Hood. This captivating film features Hugh Jackman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Liev Schreiber, Danny Huston, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Monaghan, Daniel Henney and many more. One more among the latest Hollywood movies is the ‘Star Trek’ that is one of the most awaited film of this year. It is all set to hit cinema theatres on 8th May 2009. It has been directed by J.J Abrams. People have high expectations from this movie, as it features Hollywood biggies such as Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Anton Yelchin and some others.

Among other latest Hollywood movies, one of the remarkable one is the ‘Brothers Bloom’. It is one of the highly awaited films of this year which is set to release on 15th May 2009. This film has been produced by Ram Bergman and James D. Stern. It has been highly appreciated for its direction. It has been well-directed by Riann Johnson. This movie ensures powerful casting as its feature with Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Robbie Coltrane.

Graphic Novels Taking Over Hollywood

If you are a movie fan like me than you have probably noticed the upswing in Hollywood studios going to the comic book and graphic novel well for ideas lately. Makes me wonder if the Hollywood studios are just running out of original ideas or are they finally giving credit to the right people. You have to admit some of the biggest blockbuster movies over the last few years have been from the realm of comic books and graphic novels.

Movies like Batman, X-men, 300, Spider Man, Iron Man and the latest Watchmen have all represented the comic book genre very well. There are many more I could mention and a lot more comic books and graphic novel movies that are on the way too. It’s a rich world of characters that really has limitless possibilities proven by the success of the new release the Watchmen. Many people believed that a rich character driven and dark graphic novel like the Watchmen would not have a shot of being made into a movie let alone a successful movie.

Hollywood studios are showing that they now have the technical chops to pull off pretty much anything that a comics book or graphic novel writer can imagine. It does make you wonder though if all the good movie ideas are gone and big wigs in Hollywood are just trolling around comic books and graphic novels to find their next blockbuster movie. Just look up some of the more popular rumors going around the internet lately about which Hollywood Studio is kicking around script ideas to make another comic or graphic novel into a movie. Here are a few examples of what is coming in just the next few years. We have Thor, Green Hornet, The Avengers, Wolverine, Captain America then you have sequels like another Iron Man, Spider Man and of course another Batman eventually.

New Movie Ratings

MOVIE RATINGS
My husband and I have gone on a date every Friday night, for the last 51 years. Until recently, our date was eating out and going to a movie. It was something we always enjoyed and looked forward to, but the last few years have changed all that. We go to very few movies today. Why? Because of the quality of movies they are now making. Most of them are filled with sex, violence and bad language. I have discovered why God gave us eyelids, fingers and feet. I determine how bad the movie is by how many times I have to close my eyes and put my fingers in my ears and then walk out. There was a time when we would be warned, but now even PG movies have their fair share of bad stuff and the kids movies are getting more evil.

This low quality of entertainment is really sad for us. In the past we would leave a movie feeling happy, even romantic and uplifted. It was our break for the week. Seeing a movie was our relief from the stresses of our life and just a fun thing to do.

Now we leave the movie depressed or upset that we spent the money to see it, or we are afraid, driving home, for fear we will get into a drive by shooting. All those special effects look real!!!!!!!! It seems like mankind has just gone down hill.

The present rating’s don’t help much, when we try to choose a decent movie. It seems, there’s someone, in the powers to be, who knows that ratings mean nothing. They know they can throw in whatever they want and we will still go to the movie, because it’s what we’ve done for so many years.

The present ratings are quite incredible. PG – Parental guidance – It’s like this – My dear little children lets go to the movies and I will guide you through sex, bad language, violence and killings.
R – for restricted. Restricted from what? There’s nothing restricted in the movie. Restricted – You must be 18 and then you get to enjoy the seedy side of life, where people make a lot of money trying to destroy your sense of goodness.

Speaking of ratings, I think we need 4 new ones – M, P, E, C
M – for morons, P – for perverts, E – for evil ones, C – clean

Then, maybe we could make a qualified decision whether to see that movie or not. Also, it would gather together all the morons, perverts and evil ones, in one place, so we can stay clear of them. We could then sit in a clean movie with other decent people.

As long as people pay money to go to the movies, Hollywood won’t stop making evil movies. We need to stop supporting them! It’s interesting, now I know why God gave us brains, so we can choose to take evil out of our life, not just go along with it and accept it. If we don’t all choose to quit going to vulgar, filthy and violent movies, we will soon all be living in evil. Movies affect how people think and real life will become like the movies.

Our night out has now become – dinner and a video. My husband bought us a big screen TV, so we don’t have to miss the big screen at the movie house. Also the oldies TV channels have some of those old movies we loved to love, when we were younger.

Eva Fry’s mission is to help others become better and happier. She is an inspirational author, singer/songwriter/ motivational speaker and seminar leader. Eva has published three books –

“YOU MUST HAVE A DREAM” -for seniors,

“BE A WINNER IN LIFE”-for good kids, troubled kids and their parents.

The New Nollywood

African Movie Making, Nollywood

African Movie as well as picture market is the varied and also big business which covers a broad and also vast region. Several movie industries associated with Africa have elected their very own progresses which have in general been good for the growth of the African Movie theater. Within the colonial European times, the actual movie market was largely symbolized through the Western planet. Regarded as any place, having a historical past associated with absolutely no tradition and customs, Africa started the ascent within the film business through creating high quality created films which were respected and also envied throughout. Several well-known films created and also filmed within Africa which symbolized their own insufficient culture had been Tarzan and also the African California king move over movies.

The development of the particular movie industry and nearby company directors and also designers led to additional improvements. The actual African movie market grew as well as broadened. The very first video to win worldwide acclaim as well as acknowledgment has been Ousmane Sembene’s Los angeles Noire De… in British, referred to as the actual African American Woman. The particular assignment from the video industry targets political and also social styles instead of the commercialization of those movies, filmmaking Movie Hollywood’s.

The actual Cinema associated with Nigeria or even widely known as Nollywood is among the foremost proofs of the improvement from the African film market. Most well-known company directors as well as filmmakers with the nation had been Ola Balogun as well as Hubert Ogunde. The high cost of film production however, concluded in the hesitation of those film producers through creating more films in the 60s. Recent improvement as well as laws and regulations that assisted the price of filmmaking resulted in the actual rapid ascent with the Nollywood movie film creating because one of several biggest video and movie industries in the world that is 2nd just to be able to Bollywood within India and better as compared to Artist associated with America.

New Pirates of the Caribbean Movie

In June 2010 filming began on a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie but will audiences still have the same appetite to see Johnny Depp returning to play Captain Jack Sparrow? The first three Pirates movies made over one billion dollars from North American audiences but it is interesting to note that the second movie in the series, “Dead Man’s Chest”, made the most of all three films. Why is that?

When the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out in 2003 it was a summertime hit. The movie ended its run with an impressive box office figure of $305 million dollars. Realizing that it had a new franchise on its hands, Walt Disney Pictures immediately ordered two more Pirates of the Caribbean movies to be filmed back to back and released one year apart. The first sequel was “Dead Man’s Chest” which came out in the summer of 2006. That movie made $406 million dollars, $100 million more than the first movie did. But when the third movie came out one year later, “At World’s End”, only grossed $309 million dollars, barely $4 million dollars over what the first Pirates movie made. Why?

One of the theories is that sequels only seem to do better when there is more time spread out between them. This allows audiences to not get accustomed to seeing the same characters over and over again in too short of a time. Back in the golden age of movies Hollywood made sequels very quickly, with some installments appearing several times a year. But this was before the creation of home video and television which now allows people to watch more movies in the comfort of their homes.

The new Pirates of the Caribbean movie is scheduled to arrive in the summer of 2011. That would make it 4 years since the third movie, “At World’s End”, which is a longer time than the gap between the first movie and the second Pirates movie. That is a good indication that people will have missed the Captain Jack character and the new movie could reach the same high grosses as the second movie did.