"Diabolical Tales: Part II" Web-Movie 10: "Zella's First Mission" Interview with Kris Williams, who plays villainess Zella in "Diabolical Tales: Part II", a schlock sci-fi/comedy short from Cosmic Control Productions
"Mumbling to a Generation"
Film buffs take note: Webisode 6 delves deep into the heart of Mumblecore, as cast two reveals the origin, tenor and target audience of the movement.
Joe Swanberg, Susan Buice and Kris Swanberg reminisce about their experience at South By Southwest in 2005, where four different filmmakers came with similar projects that inspired the press to dub them "Mumblecore." Steve Weiss argues that Hollywood's missed the boat by not marketing films that speak to the current generation. Though all three young filmmakers insist that they only create art for themselves, Steve eventually gets them to reveal their own use of focus groups, comprised of close friends and festival audiences. "If you fail to communicate, then you've failed as an artist," Susan concludes. To watch the rest of the series go to: *******www.zacuto****/filmfellas
Passions flare brighter than ever in Webisode 7, where the filmmakers grapple with the challenge of making their movies both artful and profitable.
Conflict arises right at the start, as Steve and Kris argue about whether a film set should be like a “military operation” or an open “discussion.” Joe explains how his production process begins with bonding and talking among cast and crew members before the shooting schedule locks in around the third week. Steve voices his belief that every single business in America should have a television program, turning corporate entities into multimedia “gathering spaces.” Susan notes that the problem with corporate sponsors is their fear of any material considered remotely edgy. While Joe says he still intends on making his “art projects” small enough so he can continue to make money from them, Steve insists, “You make money when your video is tied to products.To watch the rest of the series go to: *******www.zacuto****/filmfellas
“System of a Breakdown”
“We just had a forty minute discussion about what we love. Now we’re talking about money!” asserts Steve in Webisode 8, which focuses on the current breakdown of studio systems claiming to distribute “independent films.”
Joe opens the discussion by admitting that he doesn’t care where audiences see his films, whether they be in theaters or online. Steve and Susan argue about what should be the first priority of filmmakers: making great art or creating a business model. The debate turns toward studios, as the cast asks who’s freaking out during the economic crisis: Hollywood or independent filmmakers? Joe succinctly offers his view by explaining that it’s the specialty divisions of mainstream studios designed to make “independent films” that are being destroyed. The cast also discusses how the site “quarterlife” attempted and failed to speak to the current generation by misinterpreting the Mumblecore phenomenon. This FilmFellas cast had such a fascinating discussion that four webisodes weren’t enough to fit all the good stuff! Stay tuned for Joe, Kris and Susan to return for their final webisode on May 1. To watch the rest of the series go to: *******www.zacuto****/filmfellas
“Recipe for Discovery” “I don’t think it’s about marketing to your demographic. It’s about making what we make as discoverable as possible so that the audience can find it,” affirms Susan in Webisode 9, the enlightening final bow for this provocative FilmFellas cast. Joe opens the discussion by suggesting that the iPhone may be the audience’s preferable tool for viewing content, since it approximates the online viewing experience. Susan highlights the differences between push marketing and pull marketing, and why she promotes the latter. Kris argues that her generation is too savvy to be seduced by advertising, while favoring the exposure to media offered by social networking sites. Joe provides an in-depth explanation of why he chose to make his new film, Alexander the Last, available to 45 million homes through Video On Demand, while simultaneously premiering it at the SXSW festival. As the cast proposes various ways films could be made discoverable online, Susan reiterates her belief that Hollywood has given up on marketing to her generation. This inspires Steve to close the discussion by reflecting on the massive door left open to filmmakers. To watch the complete FilmFella Series go to: *******www.zacuto****/filmfellas
Cast One: Steve Weiss, Philip Bloom, Peter Hawley, Steve DaDoucheThe four course webisodic meal is almost over, but the film chatter is far from complete. Finishing their conversation about the benefits of the internet for new filmmakers, the Fellas move in a new direction in webisode three, “Content is King”. They begin to breakdown the pros and cons of the using the net as a tool to evolve productions, whether to buy or rent equipment and how to differentiate yourself as a newcomer in the film industry. When it comes down to solving the secret of how to launch your successful career on the internet, Steve Weiss has one answer “It’s called being good!”Be sure to continue savoring the film flavor and watch webisode three, “Content is King”. Subscribe at filmfellas.tv or iTunes and immediately be informed when new shows arrive. The first series of FilmFellas cast one conclude and will be paying the check on February 15th with their fourth and final webisode. On March 1st a whole new cast arrives for dinner. Steve Weiss does a complete 180 and invites three very influential filmmakers to dinner, Joe Swanberg, Kris Williams and Susan Buice. To watch the rest of the series go to: *******www.zacuto****/filmfellas