Do on-line views really matter? Who better to ask than Director Colin Levy whose short film “Sintel” has 4.5Million views on YouTube. We talk to Colin about why he thinks certain films succeeed and others don’t and whether or not views actually matter.
Show Notes / Links
- Colin Levy is a filmmaker from Lutherville, Maryland. He’s the director SINTEL, an independent animated short film made by the Blender Institute, which won the Audience Award at the Animayo International Film Festival in Spain, and now has over 4 million views on YouTube. His live-action short EN ROUTE won the Tribute Magazine Award for Best Director at the YoungCuts Film Festival, and his senior film THE SECRET NUMBER won the Jury Award for Best Short at the Charleston International Film Festival. The culmination of his work has recently led to an opportunity at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California, where he is currently working as a Camera & Staging Artist.
Visit Colin’s website: http://www.colinlevy.com
- Colin tells us about his start as a filmmaker and his interest in melding Visual Effects with Live Action and how that eventually led to directing “Sintel” and a job with Pixar.
- We talk about the first films we put on-line and how they did.
- We talk about being inspired by other director’s first film, like James Cameron’s “Xenogenesis”
- We share our filmmaking upbringings, the tools we had available, and how that’s shaped our work.
- We talk about Colin’s struggle to balance work/creative life with a time consumign job at Pixar.
- We talk about re-shoots. Colin plans re-shoots on his upcoming short film and why he believes we all deserve a second chance to make something better. Alrik shares some re-shoot stories about filmmakers he’s known.
- Colin shares the process of re-shaping a film in edit and planning for re-shoots.
- Alrik asks: “Working at Pixar, do you take ownership of the movie you are working on or do you feel like a cog in a giant machine?”
Topic of the Week – Do On-Line Views Matter?
Colin’s had a successful batch of on-line releases. They’re all worth checking out.
“En Route” 40k views
“The Secret Number” 127k views
“Sintel” 4.5 Million views
- Did the on-line views on your movies help you get a job at Pixar?
- Why do views matter?
- How do you get views on your films? PR? Built in Audiences?
- Colin analyzes the release of Sintel and why it did so well.
- What do you think makes for a successful on-line short film?
“What I want to believe is that good work rises to the top. I want to believe that if you make something just amazing, that people will see it. And that might not be true.”
- What makes a film “go viral”? We theorize on why films get passed around.
- How important is the first minute of two of your short film?
- Why do views matter? Getting heat. Industry interest.
- What’s the formula for getting people to see your film? Alrik and Timothy share their story on getting Over My Dead Body written about in so many places. Here’s a complete list of the writeups for Over My Dead Body:
Daily Short Pick on Film Shortage
Ain’t It Cool News – Saturday Shorts
Dread Central – Seasonal Treats
The Local Film Network
The Blogging Banshee
The Girl Who Loves Horror
Geek Art Gallery
The Slaughtered Bird
My Zombie Blog
- Colin talks about botching The Secret Number release and we discuss Vimeo vs YouTube.
- How do you take industry interest and do something with it? Colin talks about getting interest after the release of “Sintel” and talks about why nothing happened. Why it’s important to be prepared for the heat.
- How work experience shapes your point of view as a filmmaker. From Colin’s time at Pixar to Quentin Tarantino’s time at a video store. These life experiences change the way we approach film and that’s a good thing.
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