Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Independent Film Master Class - SUCCESSS!!

Filmmakers Alliance's first Independent Film Master Class took place on Sunday and it was a HUGE success. Attendance was somewhat moderate, but those who were there were smart and engaged. The volunteers who helped put it together were amazing - generous of spirit, hard-working and focused. And the speakers....AMAZING. A deluge of great information and handy tips were imparted in a concise, easy-to-grasp way that spoke to truly independent filmmakers. But the most surprising and exciting thing was how well the Live Webcast turned out. Cliff Robinson made it happen and he was genius. Webcast viewers got to see the whole show from the comfort of their homes and interact with each other via chat while doing it.

Naturally, some things are lost by not being physically in attendance - a chance to interact with the other filmmakers, to talk to speakers, to enjoy the post-seminar reception, to get free goodies, etc., but at a quarter of the physical attendance price, the webcast was a very good deal.

It was not without a few technical glitches, especially at the beginning. And we learned much about how to stage an event like this that we will allow us to take it to a higher level next time. Scheduling will change. There was just so much information to get out, we simply didn't give ourselves enough time for it all and had to skip over some stuff. Need to have lots more water handy and definitely need solid breaks between each presentation. A few other things to add/change, too. But over-all it went absolutely great.

Thanks so much to all of you out there who helped make it a success. And hope to see the rest of you at the next one. We will probably be doing it in NYC in early November. But again, available from ANYWHERE online via the Live Webcast....:)

See ya then!!

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