Edge Now On Vimeo On Demand
Things are moving forward and new opportunities are presenting themselves. I’m sure a lot of you have heard of the great purge of Amazon for independent films. Well unfortunately Edge is now one of films that has become subject to removal. So with one loss comes a gain with Vimeo On Demand.
Why Vimeo On Demand?
For the longest time I never took Vimeo too seriously. It never seemed like something that got much traffic and felt as if its only purpose was to showcase works with a higher quality than YouTube. A place to show password protected copies of your films with clients or film festivals. Then I stumbled across the “On Demand” feature. I had seen the option for paid content before on college projects, but I always pushed it to the back of my mind as another one of those cheap options if you couldn’t find “real” distribution. But then the great Amazon Purge came my way and I started to research other options that could be out there. I took a deeper look at Vimeo On Demand and my curiosity was peaked. There were two big features that caused me to fall in love with this platform.
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As most of you who have their films up on places like Amazon know, foreign distribution for your film can be a bit of a pain with several hoops to jump through. With Vimeo, you get most of the world with a few exceptions at just one click of a button. Granted they’ll only have your English translation unless you manually add more, but the fact that it’s this easy to make your film available in all English speaking counties is just amazing. I don’t know of any other platform that makes this process so simple.
The second, and maybe more important, is the fact that they provide the ability to have bonus features with the purchase of your film. I’m a huge fan of behind the scenes content and until now, have always been limited to squeezing in any bonus features I might have onto a DVD that is no longer the primary source of consuming content amongst viewers. This feature in Vimeo On Demand was a major game changer for me. Amazon can have their purge. I now had a way to bundle my content the way I’ve always wanted to.
A third bonus to this platform that I’d like to throw in is Vimeo’s fantastic customer service. We all know how difficult it is to communicate with Amazon or how other platforms like iTunes have zero capabilities to communicate with their staff. Vimeo on the other hand does and they respond very quickly and kindly. They’ve been nothing but helpful to me and they are very open to taking suggestions for developing their VOD platform further. If the independent filmmaker community works hard with the Vimeo team, this could very easily end up being the next big thing in distribution.
So I am excited to announce that Edge is now available on Vimeo On Demand with behind the scenes content of what it was like to work on that set all those years ago. I’m happy to finally have a way to share those moments with my audience.
What’s in Production?
COVID 19 Documentary
|This film is nearly completed. I have most of it edited and I’m now eagerly waiting to schedule two last interviews that I hope will wrap this film up perfectly. This project has come a long way since I started filming with nothing more to go on than a toilet paper shortage and a lockdown that we thought could never happen. Many times last summer I thought about dropping this project until I started to capture something amazing. The true nature of human kindness. The worst times for us bring out the best in us.
Behind The Smoke Documentary and The Importance of Networking
|My second firefighter documentary continues to grow and grow. Just when it looked like I might be wrapping things up, more key interviews keep coming in. I started the process of interviewing experts when it comes to the contents of different types of smoke and how that smoke can effect first responders in the short and long term. Jumping into this subject of the film has opened door after door with interviews continuing to pour in. The amount of information I am getting for the film is both exciting and very educational.
|Of course I could not have accomplished this without the help of the filmmaking network I have been building. Since I have been “grounded” in Southern California, I have enlisted the help of filmmakers in Northern California, Colorado, and Florida in order to get this project done without having to travel all over for these interviews. This only goes to show the importance of networking, even if it is just online.