Using video blogs to share your film experience… Rhode Island from the archives

I just got speaking to my friend Simon Cox whose IndieGoGo campaign for his film is still running – and we started talking about how he has been using video blogging as a way of sharing his journey – it reminded me of an epic video blog I made while on the Gone Fishing journey, from the Rhode Island Film Festival – coincidentally also shot by Simon.

If you want to get a feel for what a great film festival experience can be like for a filmmaker, sit back and enjoy…

And remember, this was a big one for us, we needed to win first prize to get our Oscars qualifier…. It’s a drama!

Onwards and upwards!

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7 Responses to Using video blogs to share your film experience… Rhode Island from the archives

  1. Simon Cox July 26, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    Thanks for the mention Chris – much appreciated. If anyone wants to see any of the update videos I’ve been using to promote my campaign here is my latest:

  2. Owen Carey Jones July 26, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    Absolutely loved watching this! It brought back many fond memories of my week in Indianapolis when my film A Mind of Her Own won a Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival (se photo), including a first screening that went a bit wrong because the projector lost the blue channel and the colour was a bit odd! But it’s times like these that keep you going through the rough patches you experience as a film maker! Thanks for taking the time to do the video blog, Chris.

  3. Chris Jones July 27, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    Heartland is also an awesome festival. I didn’t make it there but I LOVE American festivals when done right. My other fave was Sedona, SPECTACULAR!

  4. Owen Carey Jones July 27, 2013 at 10:48 am #

    Having watched your Rhode Island blog, Chris, I am convinced of the power of that form of communication and will be looking at how I can use it in the lead up to, and all through, the making of Rough Cut. The thing is, I’m nowhere near as good a communicator as you are so it might seem a bit lame, but it’s worth trying. And I’ll make sure I send Rough Cut to Sedona when it’s finished!! They looked after me amazingly at Heartland, and they paid for everything! It was the highlight of my film making career so far and one i would like to repeat. As a matter of interest, what equipment did you use to film the blog?

  5. Chris Jones July 27, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    Hi Owen, so its easy. Just think about the film you are making, instead of just a rambling blog. Get your cutaways and nothing else. And be up and enthusiastic. The camera was a super cheap HD one, I still use today. The key is to have some kind of stabilastion and STAY WIDE when others are shooting for you. If I did this today I would most likely shoot on an iPhone. Easy, always with you etc. And people aren’t put off by that too.

  6. Sara P July 29, 2013 at 1:58 am #

    I had to interrupt my viewing and comment. My heart was racing along with yours, as you went to the front desk to see if your Fed Ex had arrived. In fact, my heart beat is still a bit elevated… from excitement. Wonderful video blog!

  7. Chris July 29, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Thanks Sara, it was AWESOME as when it was live, it was all on the line. And it played out SOOOOO well in the end

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