The day has finally come for me to say goodbye to DVD. In the mid nineties, I recall car booting all my entire and beloved vinyl collection as I shifted up to CD. Then five years ago I digitised all my CDs to MP3 and stored the old disks in wallets in the loft. Now […]
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Will British Film Rise Like A Phoenix From The Sony Warehouse Fire?
Guest blogger David Wilkinson of UK Distribution outfit Guerilla Films, tells us about the longer term impacts of the riots and the fire at the Sony distribution warehouse. What was I to do with 1,400 DVD’s of RABBIT ON THE MOON a British/ Mexican co-production that were only selling 4-5 copies per year? I asked […]
London Riots… the aftermath for film distribution
As the streets of Ealing return to normal, the longer term impact of the riots begin to show themselves. On TV, many of you will have seen a huge Sony warehouse burning to the ground. What you might not know is that was a distribution warehouse for DVD, BluRay and games. 25 million disks went […]
Our 1,000th Gone Fishing DVD is sold… meet the film maker and read the review!
Last month we sold our 1,000th copy of Gone Fishing on DVD (trailer here). So I asked Nick, the buyer to share his thoughts on the film, and his own film making journey. I first became aware of Chris Jones when I purchased the 2nd edition of “The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook. I was 23 […]
Did you know, before I was a film maker, I was a stunt double for Santa? Really!
XMAS SPECIAL, BUY 1 GONE FISHING DVD, GET 1 FREE! That’s right, two for one – and we promise that the DVD’s will be sent with love from Santa and his little helpers. Really. Honestly. Truly. Not many people know this, but aside from being the writer and director of Gone Fishing, I was also […]
Gone Fishing DVD comments
I have been getting feedback from people who have bought the DVD, on the movie and the whole package, and I thought I would share some of them with you… Remember, if you want your own copy in PAL or NTSC, you can still buy it here… And if you are new to the blog, […]
Christmas Push for Gone Fishing
I am attempting to get the Gone Fishing DVD out there for Christmas and have set the INCREDIBLE target of selling 1,000 DVDs! This will fund the final Oscar push in January. I just emailed out to my user group, but if you read this, please consider sending it out to everyone you know too. […]
Chat track recording for the DVD release… all done!
Over the last couple of days I have been recording the commentary tracks for the Gone Fishing DVD (which you can now buy with the link to the left here). When I started to plan this, the first thing that I realised is that because Gone Fishing is only 13 minutes long, it would be […]
Subtitles for Festivals
I have been working on festival plans today, and specifically on the world premiere. Cannes is looming and it would be great to get into competition there and give them the world premiere. I have been reliably informed that if we have already done French subtitles, that will work in our favour – and so […]
Final DVD – death and resurrection!
I had just about mastered the final DVD’s for Gone Fishing, in both PAL and NTSC, with both Dolby Digital and DTS sound, with perfect picture (even the NTSC thanks to a great system trascoder called Canopus Procoder 3)… And then I got the dreaded email. We had missed a person off the credits. And […]
PAL DVD of Gone Fishing Complete
Yesterday I completed the PAL DVD for ‘Gone Fishing’. This DVD is for showing to festival co-ordinators and people who may be interested in the new features I am writing. For now, it won’t be available to anyone else, not even my family! (as I explained on the blog before, we need to keep tight […]
One day to go… Gone Fishing Premiere
One day to go… And the film is still not complete! And BAFTA keep changing their minds about what we can and cannot do in terms of screening… And I am about to have a heart attack! The seminar is all coming together nicely though, and it looks like it will be an amazing day. […]
Six in, one out… 'Muxing' the soundtrack
Now the final mix is complete, I wanted very much to listen to it in Dolby Digital at home, on my own 5.1 system, as well as start the process for making a DVD of the completed film once everything else is done. The only problem is that I left the final mix on Friday […]
The HD Rabbit Hole Goes Deeper…
One of the reasons I went for HD DVD over BluRay was that I knew that it was much closer to DVD than BluRay is, on a purely technical and mastering level. After doing some poking around, I discovered something rather cool – it’s possible to master an HD DVD onto a normal DVD. This […]
Gone Fishing Locks Picture Edit at 1.45am!
So we locked the picture edit at 1.45am last night. Editor Eddie Hamilton and I made a huge number of tweaks that at first glance, are fairly minimal in impact, but we both know that they made a big difference holistically. At one point Eddie stopped and looked at me grinning and commenting that ‘it’s […]
First stab at the DVD cover…
I have spent the day designing the first DVD cover for ‘Gone Fishing’. This is very different to a feature cover in one major way – it will never act as a POINT OF SALE for a buyer. The only people who will get the DVD will either be given it, or come across it […]
DVD Cover printing – How to do it
I just wanted to tip you off about a really good company and deal I found. I have been making DVD’s for various projects and have, until now, printed out the DVD slips on my colour printer. On a one off basis it’s great, but do ten or more and with the printing time, trimming, […]
Nothing is constant, except change… The death of Prime Video stores
Driving down my high street yesterday I noticed a Prime Video Store was closing down. Another stark reminder of the huge changes the film and TV business is going through. Other distributors tell me that Blockbuster are likely to be gone within a year – you can already see they are trying to diversify by […]