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Making Movies with Free Software

Jun 10, 2010, 12:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Hancock)

[ Thanks to steve hill for this link. ]

"A few months ago, I learned about two things which really changed my priorities. One was Nina Paley's Sita Sings the Blues — an animated film which I've already written about extensively. Sita demonstrated something I had very little confidence of before: that artistic, aesthetic works could make money via a free release strategy. I already believed they could be made, and that one could find ways to fund it, but I have to admit, I was genuinely surprised to see Sita Sings the Blues making real money after release.

"In retrospect, though, I clearly should've seen it coming. Fandom is a powerful force. I ought to know, having been a part (albeit a small one — there are people way more fanatical than me!) of science fiction and anime fandom for a long time. Fans create fan fiction, fan art, and of course — huge collections of "fan stuff." Merchandising has always been a big part of that, and it's not practical projects that attract that kind of attention. It's the fantastic that does that."

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