The first part of our free-to-share series, A Lonely Place For Dying, has been a great success. If you haven’t checked out this Cold-War spy thriller, make sure you do! Talented first time Director Justin Eugene Evans has produced a great movie and it’s shaping up to be one of VODO’s most popular releases.
Demonoid, one of the world’s most popular Torrent sites, is tracking the 75,000 seeders of the motion picture. At the last count it was in first place as the most seeded file on the Net, while “House” was at second place with 20,000 seeders and HBO’s “Game of Thrones” was a third place with 17,000 seeders.
With such a strong seeding community users have been downloading the 720p 1.5 gigabyte episode in 6 minutes! “We’re on track to pass the one million mark download mark soon, with download volume continuing to build”, says Justin Eugene Evans, the film’s writer/director/producer.
VODO is delighted to have Versigin’s.TV as the sponsor of this release — their support for independent film and progressive online distribution is just another sign of the domain’s commitment to being the premier spot for indie film makers to build their identity. As always, uTorrent was an important partner in this release, but we must also thank The Pirate Bay, MediaGet and BtJunkie, all of whom have given major distribution boosts to this release.
Keep your eyes peeled for the next episode: we are developing an exciting new feature that we think you’ll appreciate!
Suppressed report on raided file-sharing community reveals users as big-spending entertainment purchasers – Boing Boing
Boing Boing‘s Cory Doctorow reports on a suppressed report from a raided file-sharing community (Kino.TV) which reveals that its users were big-spending entertainment purchasers.
We have a very special VODO release. Zenith is a cataclysmic cyberpunk thriller, directed by Anonymous and featuring Jason Robards III, Emmy-winner Zohra Lampert and David Thornton.
In the hellish future of 2044, human beings have become stupefied by the state of permanent happiness they’ve been genetically altered to experience. ‘Dumb’ Jack (Peter Scanavino) offers relief via drugs that bring his customers the welcome phenomenon of pain. But when Jack receives a mysterious videotape of his dead father, he sets out to unmask the dangerous conspiracy that created this dystopian world.
This release will be presented in four parts with a donation target of $10,000 per part. The last and fourth part will be financed with donations received through VODO and will feature previously unreleased secret tapes from the Zenith archives as an exclusive VODO release.?
Users will be able to share BitTorrent-certified content between the devices by burning DVDs or through a wireless connection.
… The new client sports a new user-interface that emphasizes the discovery, playing and sharing of media to woo over more users. It will also have new features like a media player, and an app on Android smartphones and tablets that will allow users to download and control media through those mobile devices. In the demo, it all seemed to run pretty smoothly. The question on my mind, then, was what sort of content would I want to watch with BitTorrent?
VODO, of course, will be part of the answer to that question. Our partership with BitTorrent helps creators by pulling new content into the BitTorrent ecosystem, and increasingly this will mean getting right onto the TV screens associated with traditional media.
Streaming Media has an in-depth article on Vodo, and in particular how we provide “a lifeline for documentary filmmakers“. Mike Bonanno of The Yes Men, who released their comedy documentary The Yes Men Fix the World through Vodo, explains:
P2P distribution meant more revenue, more freedom, and more viewers than The Yes Men would have had otherwise.
“That’s how probably more people have seen the film than any other way. It’s been really rewarding for us, because we’re hearing from people all over the world who wouldn’t have seen it any other way,” Bonanno says.
He also talks about how Vodo can sidestep some of the film-industry caution which usually stops interesting projects getting seen:
“Right now there are sort of legal hoops you have to jump through. To do something officially through established big businesses—television broadcasters, things like that—costs a lot, and you sort of have to pay to play,” says Bonanno. “Releasing on peer-to-peer is a way around that, because it’s not like we were breaking the law with anything we were doing—it’s all fair use—but you still have to pay for a lawyer, or, in many cases, pay for rights simply if the insurer requires it.”
The same logic keeps all kinds of great content away from the public. Traditional distributors have massive costs, so they can’t take risks with unknown film-makers, with foreign-language content, or (as here) with films that annoy powerful groups. Vodo doesn’t have those costs, so we have much more freedom to share films we believe in.
In early February, VODO’s founder Jamie King presented VODO’s recent successes and some brief insights into its future direction at Persistence Resistance in New Delhi, India.
Persistence Resistance is an annual festival of shorts and documentaries. VODO took part in its seminar on crowdfunding and alternative financing models.
The annual festival was organised by the Magic Lantern Foundation and spearheaded by Gargi Sen. The Foundation is working with VODO to connect Indian films and audiences with VODO. Two films from the Foundation will be released on VODO shortly.
All the films from the festival can be seen at http://festivalonline.persistenceresistance.in/ by registering on the site.
PSFK has this write up on Sebastian Guttierez’ forthcoming A Girl Walks Into A Bar (to be released on the Web*) and VODO’s crowd-powered distribution:
Web distribution techniques are not necessarily new and Guittierez acknowledges the changing indie landscape enough to know that it’s ready for Hollywood to adapt to this sea change. Many will argue the marketability of distributing a film for free online, but evidence has shown that you can have a sustainable free model.
Similarly, the digital distribution platform VODO allows filmmakers to release their films for free via BitTorrent. Although the content is distributed freely users are given incentive to support the filmmakers whose work they download. Users are encouraged and rewarded for spreading the word about films they download and watch. It is a model built specifically the social nature of the online world.
* On YouTube, according to Wikipedia, sponsored by Lexus.
We recently had the pleasure of being invited to the wonderful Free Film Festival (Fria Filmfestivalen) at the Hagabion Cinema. Organised by Stian Rødven Eide in conjunction with Hagabion with the Free Society Conference, the festival mainly showcased VODO’s releases from the last eighteen months.
With over 250 people through the door in the one-day festival, it was considered to have been a great success by the organisers. We were happy to be invited to give a short talk on the history of VODO and why free-to-share is important to today’s creators.
One of the reasons the event was so well attended, Stian told us, was the free (as in gratis, and free from advertising) paper which had agreed to promote the event to the local community. People seemed to connect with the idea of free screenings with a donation: we’re not sure how much money was collected yet, but hopefully it will go to sustaining this cinema and its largely co-operative workforce.
We are hoping to continue develop the Free Film Festival in Europe in conjunction with Stian and his free-culture co-operative Gnutiken.
from Doculog [autotranslated: this needs proper translation]
Crowd Funding and documentary
“Crowd Funding will be the next thing, the next big thing. And next year on this festival will be a conference about it and everybody wants to be on it.There is going to be a transition period for the next five years as we get rid of the core dependency of single source funding. It will be interesting that we can ask the film agencies that are investing now: Can we use crowd funding as part of our budget “?
Peter Wintonick (Necessary Illusions / DOCAGORA, Montreal), moderator of the DOK Leipzig Crowdfunding podium on 21/10/2010
The 53th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film – DOK Leipzig is hardly over, and a catchword resounds more loudly: Crowd Funding. On the podium, “Crowd Funding – If the audience is the financier,” this alternative method of financing was discussed as a first exemplary alternative source of funding for documentaries.For here arise from pre-production to distribution opportunities.
The term Crowdfunding, on a construction of “Crowd”, English for the crowd and “funding” for funding, which embodies a principle, a project – financed by using fans or friends as supporters – such as the production of a documentary.Motivates the supporters to pay a small sum on the one hand by the fact that they are funding themselves part of a creative process and the other by small rewards, gifts they receive as a thank you. Crowd Funding platforms such Kickstarter.com Startnext.de in the U.S. or in Germany to make the process via the Internet.
Some examples of how Crowd Funding is used in the documentary:
The Age of Stupid (Franny Armstrong, 2009)
Franny Armstrong, filmmaker and activist from the UK, her film “The Age of Stupid” (2009), using donations, or mini-financed investments and budget of 450,000 pounds applied one. Those who invested 20 pounds, received a credit, and who is 5,000 pounds or more was in the movie was, this January with a distribution of profits expected from. The film was a huge success – first in theaters in Great Britain, and later on television (BBC in Great Britain, Discovery Channel in the U.S.) – and brought yet another innovation with it: the alternative distribution concept of fans or interest groups organized screening.
Energy Autonomy – The 4th Revolution (C.-A. Fechner, 2009)
With Energy Autonomy has recently financed a mass-documentary released in Germany made it: Energy Autonomy.
On the website for the film one was able to acquire film called blocks, as a private individual or as a sponsor.Consideration as it was a credit to the website and a free copy of the DVD. On the site is not to “Crowd Funding” is mentioned, but the principle is the same.
The above two examples have the Crowdfunding chosen approach to the production completely or partially to fund and does not need aggregator platforms. Energy Autonomy for Crowd Funding was a big part of the financing concept.
Blood in the Mobile (Frank Piasecki Poulsen, 2010)
The Danish documentary financed the documentary, which will compete this year in the category “Best Feature Length Documentary” at the IDFA, the recovery of raw materials for mobile phone production mainly in the traditional way – but experimented in the framework of the so-called Outreach Strategy that ‘ micro-donations “. The supporters for their donations were given a credit in the film.
TPB – The Pirate Bay AFK – Away From Keyboard (Simon Klose)
Director Simon Klose took advantage of the platform Crowdfunding Kickstarter.com,
to fund raise money for the post production of his documentary about the founders of The Pirate Bay. He had asked for $ 25,000 and more than $ 50,000 came together.The remedies ranged from a download link to the finished film for a donation of $ 10, up to a thank-you package including download link, copy the DVD, Credit in the film and screening with the director in a movie of your choice followed by a discussion of $ 5,000.
The embedded video is a so-called “Pledge” video – the video was on the Website of the kick only to see, but rather was including the home of thepiratebay.org embedded.
To follow the discussion in Leipzig, it became clear that not only these videos persuasive, that directors or – must be inclusive in focus – Project initiators to wider financial request, part of a new funding strategy, support the Crowdfunding something.
But what is even more important to the supporters to ensure the motivation: the return. That which gets back to the supporters. A small thank you, be it monetary value or a mention in the credits. Peter Wintonick (Necessary Illusions / DOCAGORA, Montreal), Moderator of the podium, calls the principle of ‘Micro Patronage’ (the term falls back to the Americans, Jason Kottke, of his blog funded by donations, which he calls micro saint.). In addition, important supporters to feel like the One film to be part of. Them is also convinced Jamie King, director of the Steal this film trilogy and operators of VODO.net.
Only after his return to the concept of the whole film is provided, in advance. Peer2Peer services on the films that have to be licensed accordingly in the public domain are distributed – free of charge. Who would then support the film financially, get a second “reward”: For example, the soundtrack to the film.
The Yes Men Fix The World (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, 2009)
The documentary was the political activists Bichlbaum and Bonanno already see and buy. For VODO.net was cut and a special version with the free distribution via P2P in combination with the compensation in exchange for a donation in the first month already gathered $ 25,000.Consideration here: for $ 5 you could participate in a raffle for $ 500 was promised a credit in the next documentary. The film was downloaded over 670,000 times.
“What you really, really need is attention. And the more attention you have, the better things will get for you. The world starts to pave in a different way towards you as a filmmaker once if a million people see your film, its just a different playing field. “
Jamie King (filmmaker / VODO.net, London), DOK Leipzig Crowdfunding podium on 21/10/2010
Although the film at VODO.net ‘away’ is first – the publicity that he gets through the download rates has already led to television stations expressed for one or the other about VODO.net distributed film subsequent interest. With a proven audience interest can then negotiate easier. For the rest VODO.net monthly film released and up to 850,000 users will be downloaded.
What is clear in the current debate, with the demonstrated examples, and also after a evaluation of the discussion in Leipzig: Crowd Funding is more than a financing strategy. It’s about the supporters – a fan, friend, sponsor or philanthropists – to include part of the project will allow. In the panel discussion was Jamie King announced “It’s about connecting the audience to the lives of creative people. That is where the magic is AT. “A high-quality film, a good idea, a niche topic, presented by one of the project convinced the initiator of the unique enthusiasm, along with consideration that there is nowhere else, by supporters and with you involved spectators.
- The NSFW Bundle – Sizzling, Sleazy, Seductive Fun!
- The Big Brother Bundle, Curated By Daniel Domscheit-Berg (ex-Wikileaks)
- Lovecraft / Cthulhu Trans-Media Bundle Goes Live On VODO – 3 Week Special Offer
- New Feature Releases and VODO Player
- Mathilde’s Misses: A Story Of The World’s First Homeless Beauty Pageant – Free-To-Share On VODO