Paul NyhartcloseAuthor: Paul Nyhart
Name: Paul Nyhart
About: Paul Nyhart has been the Head Editor and Writer of JaceHallShow.com since Season 3. He began his career as a sports announcer, segueing into the world of voice-over and film production. Send all tips to Paul@HDfilms.comSee Authors Posts (394)
The fears over piracy are well known in Hollywood, with the most recent push being the sponsorship of an Anti-Piracy bill that puts Hollywood against Google.
With the internet being the vast and uncontrollable landscape that it is, gaming companies are moving to combating piracy using more creative methods, like shoving ridiculous characters into versions of their games that were not purchased.
But is Hollywood taking the wrong approach? Are their motions to prevent illegal downloads of their films, something Google alleges censors the websites and not the individuals surfing them, doing more harm than good?
One indie filmmaker believes so.
Producer Mark Diestler, in his interview with BitTorrent, claims that bit torrents helped increase awareness for his film, “The Inner Room,” and ultimately promoted it to one of the top 250 films on IMDB (albeit with a sterling 3/10 stars rating).
It took roughly 24 hours for 5,000 people to download the torrent, something that is a worst-case scenario for most Hollywood studios, but in Diestler’s case, he views it as a positive:
The worst thing that can happen to a small film, any film for that matter, is to fall into obscurity. 500,000 people could download it and hate it, but in my mind that is better than then not seeing or hearing about it all.
Clearly Diestler’s remarks apply to films that exhaust their budgets on production to the point where there’s almost zero money for marketing; thus the ability for bit torrents to spread word of mouth is the (only?) favorable option.
But consider that, according to the Hollywood Reporter, for every dollar spent on producing a major film, the studios spend 55 cents to release and market it in the U.S. and Canada.
They don’t need to worry about exposure, Hollywood studios are paying hand over fist for it.
If this illustrates anything it’s the dichotomy between the indie film industry and the major hollywood studios; the latter is trying to curb how many people see their film for free while the former has settled on just getting people to see their film!
Diestler finished by saying:
In the end…you would hope that a lot of people would enjoy it – and even more importantly talk about it. That buzz would hopefully translate to additional sales of the film. People buy the DVD to see the bonus features or just to help support the filmmakers of a film that they really enjoyed.
While Diestler certainly has an optimistic, dare we say utopian view at how the movie industry COULD work, he’s really seeking the same thing most aspiring filmmakers on YouTube are looking for…hits. One has to wonder why he doesn’t just go that route…it worked out well for the gentleman that made the Portal 2 Fan Film.
Despite legislation that combats piracy, given the 1337 status of many H4CK0RZ, its safe to say movie bit torrents aren’t going to be going away anytime soon.
Could free views of a movie build a following for the filmmaker and in the long run generate revenue in products outside of the film (merchandise, DVD extras, etc.)? Or would it simply be playing into the hands of those that want free movies, and aren’t facing enough resistance to stop their free downloading?
Hollywood is paying some lawyers big bucks betting on the latter, while aspiring filmmakers may have no choice but to experiment with the former…
Post By Paul Nyhart (394 Posts)
Paul Nyhart has been the Head Editor and Writer of JaceHallShow.com since Season 3. He began his career as a sports announcer, segueing into the world of voice-over and film production. Send all tips to Paul@HDfilms.com
Meet the one of a kind Atari accessory that makes sense of the iPhone in a way only classic, 1337 gamerz could ever have imagined.
A new iOS app released today by developer XVision is a remake of the 1981 classic "Donkey.Bas", which was co-written by none other than Microsoft's Bill Gates for IBM's running…
Following the release of Apple's 2012 Supplier Responsibility Report several reports are starting to come out backing up claims of poor working conditions within the company's supply chain in China.…
Netflix has officially announced it will be abandoning any and all plans to rent out video games by mail.
Here's ACTA, yet another in a line of four letter acronyms which could infringe on the rights of citizens everywhere.
A new feature being developed by Microsoft is stirring up a bit of controversy, not necessarily for its ability to help you avoid dangerous parts of town, but mainly for…
A report claims Microsoft will upgrade its disc drive in the next-gen Xbox (720?) from its standard DVD drive to a Blu-Ray drive similar in Sony's PS3. The report cites…
Blizzard is giving you a chance to get a piece of WoW history...and it's all for a charitable cause.
Have Your Xbox 360 and Eat Your Hot-Pocket, Too. Food doesn't cause obesity, attachments to the ends of our XBOX controllers do...
Several Richmond, Kentucky-area criminal investigations are on suspension, following a decision by the Supreme Court that GPS tracking of suspected criminals is illegal without a court-issued warrant.