web'-cin'-e-ma: (n) a nonprofit organization dedicated to the independent filmmaker using internet new media technologies to finance, create, produce, distribute and market independent film.
Webcinema was launch in 1998 by New York independent film producer Jonathan Sarno, as a means to use the internet for independent film producers to network and support each other in their struggles. From this initial foundation the Webcinema network has grown to embrace film-makers around the world.
The key means of contact is through the webcinema mail list server which delivers either a daily digest of news, comment, mailings from members or a direct list server which provides every member with a copy of all mail on the system.
Since its first inception the Webcinema list has grown to such an extent that there are now many local lists around the world dealing with the needs of local film producers, and a world list for all members to keep in touch outside their local territories.
The Webcinema list is a free means to reach out and learn from the experiences of other film-makers, if you have any questions, any opportunities, and job offers then Webcinema is the best way to reach the widest audience.
The Webcienma list server is provided and maintained by Eric Scheid. To join the main Webcinema list or any of the local ones around the world skip over to the List sign-up page here:-
|Q1||What is the Webcinema List?
||A networking method for independent new and experienced film-makers to exchange news, ideas, advice, wisdom, etc on the subject of independent film, and to some extent, television production. This is an "industry" network not arts, we make movies, we don't talk about the esthetics and motives of film-makers and their art - go to college if you want to "study" film theory.
|Q2||Is Webcinema moderated?
||Yes, to a point, but only if you veer wildly off-topic. Please leave anything non-movie/industry at the door on your way in.
|Q3||Who belongs to Webcinema?
||Anyone in the world interested in movie-making. Principally the main webcinema list is devoted to broad non-local topics and activities or cross-border work. To that extent the list is open to everyone. If you want to discuss something more local, say recruiting for a film in your own area, there are sub-groups of the main list who can help you, but keep in touch with the main list for special opportunities and to learn more about the broader perspectives of the industry. Oh, and it's FREE TO JOIN.
|Q4||How do I register?
To join send an e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
|Q5||What local groups are there, and how do I join them?
||See the previous point (above).
|Q6||What's the Producer Course?
||There are a lot of "teachers" out there who will charge you thousands to learn how to becom an independent film-makers. Some list members are happy to help answer particular questions. If you have an industry or technical question about production begin "Producer Question: (your question)" or just "Q:(your question)". If you don't have anything direct to contribute please leave the thread to those who can help.
|Q7||How do I add a Question, make changes, tell you about your bad spelling?
||Address it directly to the little FAQer or just post it here as a "Reply" to this e-mail. And actually it's a six year old keyboard, so some of the keys are stickly and the spelling doesn't come out too well ("always blame your tools!").|
|Q8||It's a small country in the middle east, near America's oil fields. (sorry, just had to get that one in!)
|Q9||What should I post on the list?
||Apart from Producers Course try telling us about yourself, your ambitions, your needs, your skills, your current work, your past work, what you want to know, who you want to know, recommendations, pet hates about Hollywood (everyone keeps a few pets in a cage), etc. Basically this is your place to enrich and be enriched by the work in the film industry.
|Q10||Can I send HTML formatted e-mails?
||No, the listserve is setup to handle PLAIN TEXT only, just set your email programme to plain text for webcinema messages.
|Q||Who is The Little FAQer?
||Someone with far too much time on his hands and needs to get out more.|
Names listed in "order of appearance" on this page.
"New" entries are at the bottom.
|Webcinema||webcinema||Where it all began. Site dead at present (2007)|
|NORFILMS||norfilms.com||British production company: Film & TV. Sponsoring this page.|
|Living Stone||Living Stone||Belgium production company.|
|Drunken Angel Entertainment||drunken angel||Maltese production company.|
|The Web Newsroom||azreporter||Covers Entertainment News & Information - send us your press releases Today!|
|Webtalent||webtalent||Site for models & actors.|
|Loose Change||LooseChange.tv||US independent production company.|
|Arbor Daze||ArborDaze||Movie's site: "Arbour Daze"|
|Flipside Features||flipside features||Boston, USA, Hi-Definition camera rental and video production company.|
|kbro Films||kbrofilms||Movie's site: "Tough All Over"
*FLASH WINNER 2007*
|Off The books||offthebooks||Documentary site: "Off The Books"|
|Don Vasicek||donvasicek||Writer/Filmmakers/Author's site.|
|Dora Mae Productions||doramae||US production company.|
|Shoot and Slice||shoot and slice||British indipendent music and film network.|
|Maynard Films||maynard films||New York, US production company.|
|Joe Hansard||joehansard||Actor's site.|
|Andrey Stankevich||andrey stankevich||Moscow, Russia, production company.|
|ISEE Motion Picture Company||iseemovies||Canadian production company.|
|VersusMedia||versusmedia||Film music location service.|
|Iconclast Productions||iconoclast. inoz||Australian production company.|
|Brillig Productions||brilligprods||US production company.|
|Prelude2Cinema||prelude 2 cinema||US production company.|
|Michael R. Barnard Productions||everybody says goodbye||Movie's site: "Everybody says Goodbye"|
|Scissor Kick Films||scissorkick films||Production company.|
|JAYGEEOH! PRODUCTIONS||Jaygeeoh||US, indie film-maker.|
|Interscience Productions||reedg.tripod||US, medical multimedia company.|
|Robert Weinstein||robert weinstein music||New York, US, composer.|
|Studio ArtFX||studioartfx||Production company: indie animation.|
|Wicked Witch Productions, Ltd.||wickedwitches||US, production company.|
|Automatic Films||automatic||Danish director/writer.|
|American Distractions||american distractions||N.Carolina, US, artists production.|
|Stormfront Films||stormfront films||US, production company.|
|Evann Black||help make my film||US indie film-maker.
*HTML WINNER 2007*
|Roadside Pictures||roadside pictures||Boston, US, film collective.|
|Oh My Productions||oh my productions||US indie production company.|
|Shoot Mexico||shoot mexico||Mexico, production services.|
|emission-control||California, US, writers' talent agency.|
|nimble-productions||Seattle, US, indie production company.|
|Man In The Machine||Movie site, "The Man In The Machine"|
|Visual Writer||Visual Writer||US. Non-profit resource of informaiton and advice for screenwriters.|
|About Arts||Movie Resources||Directory of movies related websites and discussion groups.|
|plugincinema||plugincinema||Bristol, UK, on-line indie production company.|
|Jona Pelovska||jonapelovska.com||Personal artist's web site.|
|Barcelona Films||barcelonafilms.com||Texas, US, production company.|
|Meager Film Productions||meagerproductions.net||US indie production company.|
|Mindquake Films||Independent production company.|
Australian indie production company.
|Indie Film Blog||indiefilmblog.com||
Independent digital producer's blog.
|Movie Seals Productions||movieseals.biz||Montreal, indie Sci-fi/Action director Christian Viel.|
| I you wish to link your web site to this page and help support to growth and expansion of the webcinema network please do so. The following code snippet ought to help:-
<a href="http://www.norfilms.com/webcinema/index.htm"><b>Webcinema - "Networking of Independent Filmmakers"</b></a>
Just copy and paste the above text into your web site page codes and modify as you see fit.
|Do you want to make your link more attractive? Take this little logo and add to your own site.|
|If you want to link to Norfilms then here are a couple of graphics you can copy to your own site for a link page, along with the text for the link itself.
Choose the link most suitable to the style of your web site.
|<a href="http://www.norfilms.com"><b>Norfilms.com - "UK-based Independent Film, TV and media producers."</b></a>|
So, what makes a good site and what makes a really uninteresting one (well, I'm being polite here).
The Webcinema link list (above) is where you and your film company, group, etc., can communicate and network, where you can promote your services and skills (and maybe attract the occasional passing investor - ha, ha, haaaa!!!!!). Rather than go into an in-depth anaylsis of what makes a good or bad site, as that itself is very often a matter of personal taste of both the creator and the viewer, just as is the matter of film tastes, here are a few of the generally accepted tips and hints:-
Hope this has been of some help.
Webcinema Members Offer - Audio Network Music Licence.
If you're production company is part of the Webcinema network then you can take advantage of an introductory offer being made by film music licensing company Audio Network. They are offering all Webcinema members an unlimited licence from their music library for a single fee. That is: access to 60 CD's worth of music for your soundtracks and all music is cleared for your use worldwide. Details of the offer are here:
http://www.audiolicense.net/news/2004_02_02.asp (note: that although the offer states that it is available to PACT members this offer has been extended through Norfilms to Webcinema members, if you have any queries about this then contact us to assist or Robert Hurst at Audio Network).
Are you looking for support in preparing a screenplay. want a template to format a script correctly, looking for FREE screenwriting sofware or further infromation and advice? Here are a couple of links to help you along (and if you know of more then let me know and I'll add then when I have time).
Rather than create another "Links" page for non-webcinema links I've decided to add a list of selected links to other's here. If you're a webmaster and you want to engage in a reciprical link exchange we can arrange it here. If you subsequently join and use the webcinema list server to talk to the independent film-making community let us know and we'll "promote" you to the higher list (above), AND you can be entered into the Webcinema Sites Review of the Year.
NOTE: sorry no room for lots of graphics, banners, etc. We want this page to download quickly and be easy to navigate and use for all film-makers and enthusiasts.
|Movie times||the-movie-times.com||Film news, bulletins and reviews.|
|Coverscript||Coverscript.com||Los Angeles, US. Resources for screenwriters, writers and tips, including: story analysis, ghostwriting, rewriting & adaptation of novel.|
|Arts Vertical Portal|