Indie Video & Crowdfunding: ‘Eagle Feather’ Feature Length Film

by TVWriter™ Press Service

Summer film festival time is here, and we’re happy to tell you that Larry Brody, munchman, and former LB student Steve Encell, have a horse in the race.

Well, actually, an early version of that horse, a short film called Eagle Feather, already has won several film fest awards and is an Official Selection of several others. Now Pace Encell, CEO of Southeast Asia Animation, the Bangkok animation house that brought us on the short version, is looking forward to taking home the gold by Kickstarting the project in another media: Feature films.

Here’s how Pace puts it at the Kickstarter/Eagle Feather The Feature Length Movie website:

When I started making Eagle Feather as a short I was not sure if anyone would have an interest in watching it but felt it was important to try to make a sweet, family film that portrayed traditional Native American life in a positive and hopeful way. To my complete surprise once I started entering Eagle Feather into film festivals it began being selected to play in many festivals across the country and being very well received too. Each time Eagle Feather played many people of Native American descent and non Native Americans alike would come up to say that they were moved by the film and wanted to learn more; so I believe it is possible to make a feature length family movie that portrays traditional American Indian life, lore and shamanism in an entertaining and also positive way.

My hope in doing so is that many people who see the movie will be moved to learn more about this culture and way of life. With so much of the Native American cultures having been lost and so much of their traditional wisdom lost too another hope is film will become a method of preserving what is left and in a way that it is both easily accessible and also entertaining as making the feature length movie entertaining too will make it a more interesting way to learn.

The feature Eagle Feather will also all be based on true stories and the background music will all be traditional Native American ceremonial songs that we will sing for this film the same way we did for the original short.

My hope is to make possibly the first visually beautiful Native American animated family feature film that provides a positive view of traditional Native American culture.

We will use the same animation team that we used for making Eagle Feather as a 4 1/2 minute short movie as they feel very committed about the project and its message.

When the film is distributed, I plan to donate 20 percent of the profits of this film to wildlife preservation efforts to protect American eagles.

Risks and challenges

To be honest my largest obstacle is funding at this point. I have made award winning short animated films and also one feature length animated movie. The animation team I am working with has worked with me on all of my past animated movies and we have a good working rapport so things on this front should go quite smoothly. They feel strongly about the project and are excited to work on it with me. I also have several very seasoned media veterans helping me oversee the project. Though a challenging project I believe my past experience in making animated films will allow me to not only complete the movie for this price but have it be a very good film.

Oh, and here’s the short version of Eagle Feather:

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Eagle Feather has so far won its categories in the Ashland International Independent Film Festival and also the Sarasota International Film Festival. It is also an official selection in Baltimore’s Imagination Lunchbox Film Festival and the Port Orchard Film Festival – it may also still win these. It is also poised to at least be the official selection in some other Film Festivals.

Web Series: A Job, a Wife, A Life

If you’re a fan of the current crop of ironic TV comedies, you’re going to love the webseries A Job, a Wife, a Life, by Monkeyface Productions. The show is totally professional in every way, smooth acting, immaculate (and cruelly funny) script, production values that make you think you’re watching your parents’ 65″ Samsong TV.

Which does bring up a question? Is this show the kind of thing that we should be getting on the web? Whatever happened to experimentation? To going where no comedy has ever gone before? To being revolutionary instead of evolutionary? What’s going on here, dammit–

Sorry, getting kind of carried away there.

Forget my questioning. The sad truth is that the only way for most creatives who don’t have a Hollywood “in” these days to make enough money to support themselves is to create a dynamite show that gets recognized by cable or broadcast networks. That means creating something like the shows on cable and broadcast. This series does that…and much much more.

To put it another way, A Job, a Wife, a Life is a 10, and creator Brett Golov has a great shot at being a true force to reckon with in the Industry.  The proof of that is how strongly I feel for the hero. His life is such shit and…

Sorry, I’m whinging again. Watch all the episodes. Then get in touch. We’ll get together for a drink. Misery loves company and now that the laughs are over this TVWriter™ minion feels sooo alone!

Monkeyface Productions is HERE

Web Series: NIKKI & NORA

The Thin Man, only without the thin man. One of the best done indie web series we’ve seen:

Created by Nancylee Myatt

More about Nikki & Nora

10 Reasons To Release Your Feature As A Web Series

This is such a great article. We hope that all of you read it, pay attention, and – we mean this – do it!

web series

by Kelly Hughes

You can now shoot a movie on a phone.

You can edit like a pro on a laptop.

You can share your work with a few billion people with just a few YouTube clicks.

The revolution is here.

So why are we stuck on old business models? Why do we still think the best way to further our indie careers is to make a low budget feature, do the film festival circuit and be discovered and signed like it’s 1999?

I’m over 50. (Yikes!) and it’s time to let go of decades-old indie filmmaking ideals. It’s time to take inspiration from the younger crowd. The teenagers and 20-somethings who embrace up-to-the-minute technology and modern viewing habits. I can feel them nipping at my heels. It’s time to nip back.

So my latest movie is in the can, but instead of editing it into a 90 minute marvel, I’m changing the rules and refashioning it into a web series.

This is a horrible idea because:

1.  It’s more prestigious for my actors to tell family and friends they were in a movie.

2.  I can’t use it to be next year’s darling at Sundance.

3.  My pacing will be shot to hell.

But I think it’s also a good idea and here’s why:

1.  A Kinder, Gentler Editing Process

I can edit it in little chunks. Causing less strain on my computer’s RAM, if not my brain.

2.  Instant Viewer Gratification

If I upload it to YouTube, people can watch it sooner and not have to wait for the festival/Netflix/DVD release cycle.

3.  Instant Feedback

Fans, reviewers, trolls…they can all have a go at it.

4.  Cast Gratification

Maybe it’s not the thrill of Cannes, but for actors who have had to wait a year or more to see their work edited and released, this could be a pleasant development and they could even use it to supplement their reels.

Web Series: ALICE ISN’T DEAD

by munchman

Alice Isn’t Dead isn’t on video, but it’s a web series nevertheless. A serialized story podcast that brings back the joys of radio drama – but somehow manages to be so visual in its writing, acting, and sound efx that you’ll swear you’re watching and not listening.

Don’t believe us? Listen to this short teaser:

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(You’ll be glad you did)

We think this is an extraordinary example of a wonderful way to get your talent out there without having to spend huge video $$$.

Welcome to the future, gang. For reals.

Credits:

Music & Production: Disparition, disparition.info

Written by Joseph Fink. Narrated by Jasika Nicole

Logo by Rob Wilson, robwilsonwork.com

Part of the Night Vale Presents network

Hank Isaac’s LILAC Scores Big Time!

Sometimes the good guys win!

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SEE IT HERE!

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Indie VIdeo: WHAT MAKES A HERO?

A short but very, very sweet lesson in hero creation. Take heed, new writers. Especially those who specialize in genre:

From TED Ed