Vimeo Adds Monetization with Tip Jar, Pay-to-View Coming Soon

Vimeo finally added a monetization mechanism for user videos. Vimeo’s new Tip Jar lets viewers donate funds on Vimeo Plus and Pro users’ videos.  The account holder keeps 85% of the donated tips, with the remaining 15% going to Vimeo.

The Tip Jar is already live and Plus and Pro members can activate the feature in their account now.  The Tip Jar is rolling out ahead of an upcoming pay-to-view service for Pro subscribers in 2013.  Both features could be quite a boon for indie filmmakers.

If you want to read more about it, Vincent Laforet has a great post on the new feature, as does Ryan Koo over at No Film School.

Documentary About the Digital Filmmaking Transition

Side By Side is a documentary about the current transition from film to digital filmmaking.  It’s a documentary for camera geeks.  Check out the trailer above and the official synopsis below.

Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in SIDE BY SIDE. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, and many more.

[Tribeca via PetaPixel]

5D Mark II Film ‘Act of Valor’ Gets Official Trailer

Act of Valor

The first official Act of Valor trailer is out.  We’ve been hearing Shane Hurlbut (Act of Valor’s cinematographer) talk about this film for many months now.  Back in June we learned that Relativity Media picked it up for $13 Million.

(Push the resolution up to 720p and full screen the trailer below…)

This film was shot on the Canon 5D Mark II along with [Read more...]

RED Cameras and the Push to a 48fps Standard

The above video does a nice job of summarizing the state of RED and what filmmakers like James Cameron and Peter Jackson are doing with the technology, along with their push toward a cinematic standard frame rate of 48 frames per second.  You also get some nice behind-the-scenes at RED Studios.

[via The Daily]

‘Bad is Bad’ Feature-length Indie Film Shot on a Canon 7D, Available Free on Vimeo

Bad is Bad

We’ve seen such a democratization of filmmaking over the past 3 years.  ‘Bad is Bad’ is more proof of that.  Kent Lamm and Chris Fornataro used a Canon 7D and a shoestring budget to shoot their first feature-length film last summer.

Bad is Bad is our first feature length movie. It was written when we were 19 and shot when we were 20. Our total budget was about $6,000. We filmed it in 18.5 days in Richmond, Virginia in the summer of 2010 using the Canon 7d (which made up a quarter of our budget alone).

Check out the trailer below. [Read more...]