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New CULTURE HACKER column

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The Winter issue of Filmmaker Mag is on newsstands now. If you’re interested in checking out the newest Culture Hacker column it’s now live on the Filmmaker site. In the current column I spend some time with a number entrepreneurs who are bootstrapping some interesting startups.

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It has been said that amazing things come out of difficult times. The recession of the late ’70s saw the birth of Apple and Microsoft. One can only wonder what innovation is going on today in garages, studio apartments and basements across the country.

I’ve often found it surprising that filmmakers spend years developing a film only to watch it die soon after it reaches the world. I’m sick of hearing the terms “creative,” “artist,” or even the phrase “I just want to make films,” as if uttering the expression excuses the lack of interest in the business aspect of our craft.

At the end of the day filmmakers are entrepreneurs. Independent filmmaking is very similar to bootstrapping a startup — long hours, little to no pay and big dreams. But are filmmakers so focused on a single film that they are missing larger opportunities to tell the stories they wish to make? Over the course of the last few months I’ve reached out to a number of interesting entrepreneurs in an effort to better understand what it takes to birth a company in today’s difficult economic times. In the process I came across some insight, which I think can be beneficial to filmmakers. READ MORE

BOOK: Futuretainment

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From the book’s site
Futuretainment is about the world transformed by consumer connectedness. Futuretainment is about the world transformed by consumer connectedness. It is an indispensable handbook for anyone wanting to understand the future of media and marketing, and explains what it will take for companies and brands to thrive in this challenging new environment. With a unique focus on the dynamic markets of Japan, China and Korea – Futuretainment tells the story of disruptive consumer innovation at the cutting edge of social media.

(hat tip Christy Dena)

Graffiti Analysis 2.0

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Interesting project that renders graffiti in real-time into 3D motion / animation.
(hat tip PSFK via Evan Roth)

The art of the CASSETTE

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I’m a sucker for the mix tape. Here are two cool projects that make use of
those mix tapes that folks have laying around.

New project from Kate Bingaman-Burt. Love her “What did you buy Today”
project where she illustrates various things she purchases.

http://obsessiveconsumption.typepad.com/what_did_you_buy_today/

Well now she is looking for mix tapes. Snap a pic and send it to her and she’ll illustrate it!

NEW BOOK
Cassette from my Ex – stories and soundtracks of lost loves is now available

http://cassettefrommyex.com

We covered Cassette from My Ex in season one of RADAR here’s the episode.
Very cool project by some wonderfully creative people!