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Swimming Upstream : A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution - Sharon Badal

Swimming Upstream

A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution

Paperback Published: 1st January 2008
ISBN: 9780240809557
Number Of Pages: 304

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Short films have come into their own, not least in part due to the incredible new ways to distribute them, including the Web, cell phones, new festivals devoted to shorts--even television and theatres. This is the ultimate guide for anyone who's made a short film and wonders what to do next. Whether your short film is meant to be a calling card, a segue to a feature film, or you just want to recoup some of the costs, this book describes the potential paths for distribution. Written by the short film programmer of the Tribeca Film Festival and featuring contributions from top film festival directors, as well as studio, marketing, and technology executives, this book shows you what's important to the decision makers and gatekeepers. This is the definitive handbook filled with insider information available nowhere else.
* A guide to getting your short film the exposure it deserves
* Filled with interviews and insider information from the gatekeepers at Focus Features, AtomFilms, Shorts International, Sundance, and more
* Includes exercises and projects to help you develop a strategy and find the right investors

Industry Reviews

"Sharon Badal's information gathering uniquely appreciates the difficult balance between the art and business of filmmaking. Cinema without audience might as well be a great painting locked in a trunk in someone's basement. This book both helps locate the art and gives insight into how to set it free." - Jeffrey Abramson, Vice President of Film, Gen Art

"If you are a filmmaker with an interest in making short films you need to read Swimming Upstream. With refreshing candor, Sharon Badal has written a unique book that is a wealth of information and true-life inspiration."
-Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder, Tribeca Film Festival

Forget everything you thought you knew about short films--this book is the real deal!

Brimming over with the collective wit, wisdom, and insights of the most important players in the world of short films, Sharon Badal's Swimming Upstream tells you everything you need to know about the making and marketing of short films, from original concept to international sales. In equal measures entertaining and essential, It should be required reading for anyone engaged in the art and business of short films.
--Darryl Macdonald, Executive Director, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films

Books on short film distribution are sadly lacking, especially in the arena of microfilmmaking (where most short films are made), so it is wonderful to see one as informative as Swimming Upstream. The experience and insight contained in this book is invaluable.
--Kari Ann Morgan, MicroFilmmaker Magazine

Dedicationp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Testing the Waters: The Indie Landscapep. 1
Gore, Penguins, and the Cultural Zeitgeist of Distributionp. 5
The Producer's Perspectivep. 15
Conversation with Andrew Herwitzp. 19
Strategizing Specialized Filmp. 23
Management Mattersp. 28
Learning to Float: The Buyersp. 35
Who Is This For, Anyway?p. 39
Swimming with Dolphins: Shorts Distribution 101p. 42
Who's Gonna Rescue Me if I Start to Drown?p. 49
Life Starts When?p. 53
Taking the Brake Lights Off Your Filmp. 57
Make Your Markp. 64
So You Want to Sell That Short? Not So Fast...p. 67
The Deep End: Exploring All Optionsp. 75
Plympton's Dogmap. 80
The Fragile Emotionp. 84
Life in Shortp. 90
Conversation with Tom Quinn and Carter Pilcherp. 93
Rudiments of the Short Filmp. 100
What's a Short Film, Really?p. 106
How I Learned to Swim: Filmmaker Survival Storiesp. 113
Full Circlep. 115
Trial and Error in Hollywoodp. 119
dare to Createp. 122
Mother's Journeyp. 127
The Long and the Short of Itp. 130
Conversation with Peter Sollettp. 134
Losing Your Virginityp. 141
Interdependentp. 145
Group Therapyp. 147
From Nelson to Gowanus and Backp. 151
Little Fish, Big Pond: Thinking Globallyp. 155
Shorts Down Underp. 159
The International Marketplace for Short Films: Now with a Digital Assistp. 163
Short Films in Japanp. 167
Magic Little Differences: The European Audience Loves Short Filmsp. 171
How to Make It with a Short Film in the UK and Europep. 176
No Lifeguard on Duty: Internet and New Technologyp. 183
Conversation with Megan O'Neillp. 187
Demystifying Mobile Video: The Market Opportunityp. 192
Conversation with Jim Bankoffp. 196
Brave New Virtual Worldp. 204
Conversation with Bahman Naraghip. 213
The Power of Distribution, in the Hands of Filmmakersp. 218
Navigate the Rapids: Film Festivalsp. 223
A Briefing on Shortsp. 229
Show 'Em Your Shorts!p. 235
Conversation with George Eldredp. 238
Some Serious Funny Businessp. 244
Conversation with John Polsonp. 248
Your Short Film and the LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender) Film Festivalp. 253
Conversation with Trevor Grothp. 258
Waterlogged: My Storyp. 263
Swim Test: The Workbookp. 271
Indexp. 289
About the Authorp. 304
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ISBN: 9780240809557
ISBN-10: 0240809556
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st January 2008
Publisher: FOCAL PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 15.39  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 1