Sorry to those of you whose emails I’m not receiving.
Unless I’m receiving them and you’re in the smaller group of people who can’t receive my emails.
Unless you’re in a non-intersecting group of people who are connecting to an older server (in which case you can’t see this post).
Unless you’re in a possibly non-intersecting group who couldn’t get to this website because of various server configuration problems.
Basically I’m rebuilding my hosting and that has led to wide-spread disruption. I’ll post an update when I think it’s mostly fixed. I think I’m 80% of the way there. UPDATE: I think it’s fixed.
It’s really frustrating and part of me wishes I went with a well supported WordPress hosted provider. But I do run some non-WP projects on the side so I like to have a server or two around for testing.
Google Analytics is the most widely used web analytics service today so it is a target-rich environment for spammers to get eyeballs. They hope that web masters will see their url and check out where the traffic is coming from. The reality is there is no new traffic, it’s all bots manipulating the system.
Google Analytics spam is only bad for the site owner. Users never see the consequences, but the owner’s stats are full of junk, devaluing the data.
After long neglect I’m busy behind-the-scenes with this and other websites. My painful reality is bad guys hitching a ride on my corner of the web. Take care of your neighbourhood unless you want to it to go bad.
I have a 64GB iPhone 5S but my MacBook Air only has a 128GB SSD which is not enough to regularly hold a backup of my phone. iCloud offers 5GB free online space so I have to pick and chose what gets synchronised via iCloud.
I decided to move my iTunes iPhone backup location to a 2GB external drive called Seagate1. This is a really easy process for Mac and Windows users.
There is no way to change that within iTunes. I am sure there must be tools you can get online to configure it but I used the Terminal to create a symbolic link to make iTunes to use the external drive.
By default iTunes stores iPhone backups in ~/Library/Applications Support/MobileSync/Backup on Macs and \AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup on Windows. If you already have a backup you wish to keep, move the Backup folder to the new backup location on your external drive. Otherwise rename the existing Backup folder to BackupOld.
The symlink links the folder from ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup to a backup directory on my external drive – in my case /Volumes/Seagate1/iOSBackups/Backup.
Mac OS X
Open Terminal either by searching for Terminal in spotlight or use Finder to navigate tothe Utilities folder inside your Applications folder.
Terminal will normally open in your home folder with a $ prompt.
Type the following command create the symlink, change Seagate1 to your external drive name.
During a hasty server relocation I discovered that the database that stores ZagZ.com was slightly corrupted. Not badly enough to affect the performance of the site. But enough that the backups didn’t notice it and reported themselves happily complete.
The actuality was that the posts and comments tables where horribly damaged and it was only while trying to restore the backups that I discovered how hosed those tables were. Now if this site was my main focus I would not be running it the way I was. But it is my little plaything so them’s the way the cookies be crumblin’.
So I’ve recovered all the posts, and most of the comments. There are definitely missing comments, but they will take more time than it’s worth to find them and reintegrate them in to the new site.
Meanwhile I’ve redesigned ZagZ.com and am reworking the backend so that it is the starting point for all my online identity.
Let me know if you stumble across something more broken and lost than normal.
I am writing a huge series of articles on crowd funding for independent productions. The emphasis is on international projects outside the USA. Taken together they form a comprehensive plan you can follow to launch your own crowd funding campaign.
Crowd funding works even when it doesn?t. Huh??Lots of films have failed to meet their crowd funding target but got made anyway. I?ll cover that.
Even more indie films were not made because they couldn?t get enough fans to back them-andmaybe that was a good thing. If you can?t get enough fans to commit to buying a ticket, download, screener or DVD of your movie, maybe it doesn?t have an audience. If you can?t convince people to give you money for a god-damned postcard or other?tsotchke quit.
We?re doing an MBA for Film Producers here.
The last bit of advice ? it will take more work than you thought, probably as much as you will put into making your film.
Does your project needs crowd funding?
10 things to do before you launch a independent film crowd funding campaign
5 great things that from missing your crowd funding target
If you have specific questions, ask them in the comments and I?ll respond.
Truly insightful analysis of the movie matched with deep knowledge of history & currency of punk. This guy gets it.
“Beijing Punk” is fast-paced and fun, with a fantastic selection of music from the cream of the Chinese punk scene being heard the majority of the time, and an engaging visual style that maintains a steady focus on the subjects at hand at all times.
The Impaler Speaks is a local music blog supporting indie music, indie film and indie life. Local is wherever you are. In their words
The Impaler Speaks: supporting local music worldwide, from Austin TX to the United Kingdom and everywhere else. The Impaler has been a member of the Mass Movement creative team since it was a cut-n-paste fanzine many years ago. This is a way to add some depth to the coverage I am able to provide in MM, and so much more. Support indie music. Support indie film. Support indie life.
Thanks to Beijing Punk’s US DVD distributors MVD Visual for supporting Beijing Punk and getting press attention.
I?m enjoying the spoken word piece I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate by Suli Breaks. It?s a great track with an amazing video.
Follow him on twitter at?https://twitter.com/sulibreaks
I?m a father and have raised my kids (I hope) to value self reliance and life long learning. I have never been asked for a copy of my high school results. Until one job about 5 years ago, I have never been asked for a copy of my university transcript or testamur. With hindsight I should have run away from that job as soon as they asked for a copy of my degree, as they were more interested in proving they covered their arses than turning the business around.
Should you use a free website from Tumblr or WordPress or Wix for the early days of ?your indie film? You should register on those free services to grab your brand name. But I wouldn?t go live with that for anything other than a teaser or short.
What about getting your own hosting account and running something like WordPress self-hosting? Things have changed, don?t host your own software or blog.
If your film is a short you can select the free hosting from Tumblr, WordPress, Wix or any of those free top level domains. However if you are going to make more than one short film or a bigger project, you should get a top level domain at least in your production company name. So if your making ?My Edgy Short? for the ProdCo Philberts Phantastic Philms you should register a domain name PhilbertsPhantasticPhilms (.com or whatever).
For a feature film or series you should register the brand name you are promoting MyEdgyIndieFilm (.com or whatever).
Until now the best advice was to then get a hosting provider for up to $10 per month and self host your website on that. WordPress was probably the easiest software to self host with and most hosting providers will install it for you. However I no longer recommend doing that.
Instead you should should pay WordPress.com or Tumblr.com or Wix to remove the ads and point your domain to their hosted solutions. Why? Automatic security updates! When you self-host software someone has to make sure it?s constantly up to date, because bad-guys are always looking for insecure sites to hack or worse to host their phishing scams from. Even if you are a competent sysadmin or website admin you have better things to do with your life than checking for updates all the time. No it?s not hard to do, but every minute you spend not making your movie, promoting your movie or aggregating your audience is time wasted.
So don?t buy plain generic or typical web-hosting to run your website. You wouldn?t set up your own web-server, so why would you run your own software? Pay a big player and point your own domain to their infrastructure. It will handle attacks better as well as scale sudden popularity.
Another solution is search on ?Managed WordPress Hosting?. Read about the companies that?specialise?in that space.
Photo credit Gesture 2 by Sanja Gjenero, Zagreb, Croatia
One of the films I’ve worked on did French Hours for one day of the shoot. Chances are unless you’re a film production geek you don’t know about it. Worse still you’ve come here to find out just what French Hours are all about. Hopefully you read this before you vote on the request to work French Hours.
French Hours while most certainly not French, are when a film crew is asked to give up their meal break in return for grabbing something to eat from the craft services table or catering area on the run-in between doing other things. There is no lunch break and lunch is handed around while the crew works continuously.
This is most often requested when the production wants to get a lot of shots in a difficult situation in a very fast time. I have no problems with that. Phone Booth was famously made in 10 days by Joel Schumacher thanks to the crew agreeing to work French Hours.
Traditionally, the 1st AD asks the crew if they are willing to work French Hours and the crew votes on it. The vote must be unanimous for French Hours to be be imposed. Technically union members should vote no then call their union rep and the union will go to war with the production company. You don’t historically get retirement benefits and health coverage in the entertainment business by giving up long-fought-for work entitlements like lunch.
However what happens when you are working on a independent non-union shoot?
The Production Company must pay you more for agreeing to give up your lunch break. And not just a one-off meal allowance. In Australia, you should earn penalty rates from the 5th hour after call without a lunch break. Five hours since call or the end of an earlier break is longest stretch of time without a meal break. The Delayed Meal Break penalty rate is 1x normal pay.
On a 10 hour day with French Hours you should be paid 10 hours normal time (x1 = 10 hours), 5 hours Delayed Meal Break (+ x1 = 5 hours) plus 2 hours overtime (+ x1.5 = 3 hours) so a 10 hour day means you get paid for 18 hours. In Australia, superannuation is payable only on the normal 10 hours.
Make sure you get paid to give up your lunch break.
Why would a I as a Producer want to incur this added cost? My location or other element may only be available for that day or week. It is a financial calculation and sometimes it’s worth paying 80% more labour to get the shot.
I was trying to find which movies I hadn?t rated yet on my IMDB?list of movies I?ve?seen?- at least the movies I remember seeing there are lots of Westerns and SF movies whose titles I have no idea about.
Anyway the trick is to add the following characters to the end of the list?s URL