Upon completion of Last Summer For Boys came the great flood of 2011.
NoDak Films decided to make Special Edition DVDs contributing half the cost of each DVD sold towards the Flood Fight.
An accidental result came from using such a strategy. NoDak Films created a survey for all those who purchased a DVD encouraging, what they call in the industry, a 'focus group'. Upon completion of the movie, a DVD purchaser could go to an online document and fill out a series of questions pertaining to the integrity of the movie.
The feedback, so far, has been honest and critical and supportive.
NoDak Films is here to say, I am here to say that I have taken your feedback and will continue to edit the movie and move around scenes in order to make the movie better.
Make no mistake, I feel we made a great movie and I am very proud of Last Summer For Boys and all those who made this movie possible.
Before we hit North Dakota theaters a new version of the movie will emerge -- tighter, less confusing, while maintaining the great quality of plot, scenery and acting.
Thank you to all those who filled out a survey and for those who purchased a copy of the DVD, please check your email and fill out the survey.
Don't be confused however just because our SPECIAL EDITION DVDs arrived in the mail does not mean NoDak Films is done showing this movie.
The movie industry has created a standard whereby a DVD means a movie has been promoted, advertised, marketed, put into theaters, and is now ready for the final meal ticket before the movie rests until it is re-mastered and the production company can make more money off of it.
NoDak Films took a different route. North Dakota had its worst flood in history the summer of 2011 just as NoDak Films was finishing the edit on our first film 'Last Summer For Boys'. Although our thought process was not to distribute our movie, I felt a SPECIAL EDITION DVD was in order to help the flood victims. $15 of each DVD sold goes toward the FLOOD FIGHT.
We have raised nearly $2,000 as a result, it's not going to break the bank, but we're proud of our effort.
The time is approaching where we would like to put our movie in North Dakota theaters in 2012. The goal is too have a theatrical run, which means our movie will be in a handful of North Dakota theaters at the same time for a number of weeks as opposed to a one-night special showing.
I feel our movie has the strength of plot and professionalism to successfully maintain an audience for a number of weeks at a number of North Dakota theaters. In order to successfully launch our movie NoDak Films will look for financial sponsors to help us market and advertise the movie through television, print and radio ads along with securing release dates at North Dakota movie theaters for dates to be named sometime in the winter of 2012.
We also want a kick-ass premiere and premiere party and are currently looking at dates, with the location set in Bismarck.
Thank you for supporting NoDak Films and look for us at a theater near you very soon.
I would like to personally thank along with all those who contributed to the making of 'Last Summer For Boys': Jerome Harstad, Gary Johnson, Rod & Kathy Johnson and Nathan Smith for sponsoring NoDak FIlms completion edit, which was done by Video Arts Studios in Fargo, ND.
Big-name Hollywood action flick directors including James Cameron and Michael Bay are slamming a plan by studios to make new release movies available to rent in homes just two months after debuting in theaters.
They slammed the offering, being made available starting Thursday to DirecTV subscribers for $30, because it could cannibalize movie ticket sales at a time theater owners are upgrading movie houses with new digital and 3-D equipment.
The directors signed an open letter saying the new offering could “irrevocably harm” the film industry and lead to more theater closings.
Studios are struggling to offset the steady decline in DVD sales.
James Cameron and Michael Bay -- the article mentions these two names perhaps because they are synonymous with big and bold theatrical adventures that break box office numbers.
I'll start with Bay in an article from Forbes.com in 2009. Interestingly enough, James Cameron is also mentioned alongside Bay:
But audiences love him. Bay's seven movies have pulled in $2.6 billion at the box office, putting him in the same league with James Cameron ($3 billion, including Titanic, the highest-grossing film ever, at $1.8 billion). That means something at a time when the movie business is going through its own action thriller, as studios run low on capital and people stop buying DVDs. (Although theaters keep half of ticket sales, the gross amount is a good proxy for the movie owner's total revenue, which includes DVDs and other money streams.)
Bay brings his movies in on time and on budget, a rarity in Hollywood. Because his pay is largely based on the film's profits (usually one-third of the take after the studio recoups its production and advertising costs), he's got plenty of incentive to rein in expenses. "Michael makes me look good because he counts every penny," says Jerry Bruckheimer, who has produced five of Bay's films.
The new Transformers movie (the second full-length feature in the series) cost $195 million to make. But Bay estimates it would have cost $10 million more if he hadn't partnered with General Motors ( GMGMQ - news - people ) and the U.S. military to get free cars, helicopters and battleships. By keeping the budget (relatively) low on the first Transformers flick, in 2007, he was able to increase his share of the movie's $708 million worldwide gross, earning $80 million from the film.
Who stands to benefit when an individual's paycheck, Bay in this case, is “largely based on a film's profit.” Bay is just protecting his own ass and the $80,ooo,ooo it stands to make by releasing big budget movie redwoods in the form of action over substance – Transformers series, Armageddon, Bad Boys series, The Rock. The longer this big budget movie redwood phenomenon exists, the more reliant studios will become on redwoods.
And how about Cameron, who along with Bay is more interested in the redwood. Perhaps we as a consuming public have built our way into this redwood state. They say the male 17-24 years old consumes the most movies in the theatre so how in the hell did Titanic gross 1.8 billion (worldwide). Maybe worldwide is the catch-all. The world now consumes a movie.
OR what I like about moving movies to DirecTV and other formats outside theatrical sooner is avoidance of the herd mentality. Studios spend a lot of money marketing a movie. Upwards of almost half the amount of a movie's production budget and this type of marketing can be controlled by whoever has the most money to market to the most people at one time – ie guys like Bay and Cameron.
What DirecTV and Netflix and other formats offer is the ability to choose from a wide array of movies with a wide array of budgets without having to be told what to consume. I have Instant Watch on Netflix and I love discovering movies I never heard of, movies that have never been marketed to me. I personally believe if Avatar wasn't shoved down our throats as this epic achievement then it would be just another movie competing on merit alone, word-of-mouth.
Big studios are scared they will lose a market segment. Theatre owners are scared they won't sell tickets, but I don't see filmmakers scared to make movies. In and around redwoods are smaller trees that use the same sun and water to grow.
From the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA): "The board clearly appreciates the work you've done...and the fact that it's ND through and through. They requested that I get an Attorney General's opinion as to whether we can legally do this as a state agency since you are a private entity and not non-profit. I'll contact them this week and it usually takes about a week to get an answer. Will let you know when I hear anything from them."
This past Saturday, Feb. 19th the NDCA held one of its quarterly board meetings. NoDak Films requested that the NDCA act as a fiscal agent as we raise funds for distribution. As a fiscal agent, the NDCA will act as middle man between a potentail sponsor and NoDak Films. Funds will go to the NDCA and the NDCA will distribute those funds to NoDak Films. Sponsorship dollars would also be tax-deductible.
I hope the Attorney General feels as strongly about NoDak Films as the NDCA.
todd holdman Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 09:41 AM Great story.
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