Archive for March, 2010

SXSW is now officially a really, REALLY BIG DEAL

March 24, 2010

I missed out on SXSW this year. I couldn’t afford to go, and with my situation, I couldn’t justify it, either.

It was packed this year. People complained. I talked to two attendees and both said it was incredibly crowded. Here’s what Chad Hartigan (a fine director in his own right) tweeted me:

My other friend said he was able to get in and see almost everything he wanted to see, but attributed that to knowing the right people.

What prompted this post was Karina Longworth’s write up on the festival. Unlike the previous article, Longworth defers the blame to the festival’s slow burn:

If the fest’s planners failed to see the tipping point coming, perhaps it’s because it’s been so slow to arrive. In past years, it’s taken a long while for the masses to care about the stuff that SXSW audiences eat up (Greta Gerwig, the it-girl of SXSW 2007, may co-star in the new Noah Baumbach movie, but she’s hardly a household name), if they ever come to care at all (the 2009 Seth Rogen comedy Observe and Report was a major SXSW hit and notable box-office bomb). This year, the SXSW audiences were the masses.

Meanwhile, Todd Sklar of Range Life made this observation:

The “Mumblecore” movement is what prompted me to want to pursue this movie. I’ve never had too much trouble getting into the movies I want to see the last two years I attended the festival. Then again, I’ve always been there early enough. I was seriously hoping to submit this movie to SXSW once it’s finished (If it ever gets made). While this development doesn’t leave me entirely daunted, it does make me nervous.

However, if the film festival has superceded the music festival it grew out of, that is a sign of the times indeed.

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Staying Positive, Staying Sane

March 18, 2010

As the days go by, I try to hold an image in my head about making this movie. That’s going to get a little tougher, though, since I found out this morning that I have seven weeks left on unemployment. I’m not really that freaked out about it, but it does mean that I may have to put certain things on the back burner for the moment. Like this movie.

Recently, I have been taking a self-directed course in Copy Editing from MediaBistro.com. It would be nice to find work in this field, specifically on the web, which is where most of the Copy Editing work is to be found these days. At this point and in this economy, though, I’m prepared for anything.

On a lighter note, an interview I did with Jon Reiss is now up at The Film Panel Notetaker. As you may recall, I reviewed his book back in January. To read my interview, click on the cover of Jon’s book below:

Things that have crossed my mind, #1.

March 3, 2010

I’ve been giving serious thought to starting a new blog. Not just something where I journal my life or something similar, or documenting a project like this one. A real blog. I mean, a topical blog where people would I would post an item or some commentary, and people actually respond to it. Where I would conduct a survey to determine who is my audience, and using SEO to attract more visitors. In other words, a professional blog.

Maybe I should be thinking about using SEO to attract people to see this movie, or conducting surveys about who visits this site instead.