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There's a new company that is taking film funding and distribution to a new level: MovieCloud. It is similar to SoundCloud but for Independent Filmmakers.
--May 15, 2012 * LA Film School Weekly
Guest Speaker: Dov S-S Simens and Derek Christopher, Founders Movie Cloud
Date: October 26th, 2012
Location: Calit2 Room 4004, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego
Host: Shlomo Dubnov, Director, CREL
It is no secret that the Hollywood system determines whose movies get made and whose movies get watched – the rest never see the light of day, or the dark of the theater. The fact is: Hollywood is a monopoly. Some 50,000 films are made every year, but the general public only sees 200 of them. Why? Simple: Hollywood restricts filmmaking and movie viewing. For the last 100 years, Hollywood has been a closed shop that excludes people and maintains price control. Additionally, thousands of talented filmmakers and screenwriters have stories ready to be made, but no resources with which to make them – no financing, creative tools, marketing opportunities or hope for distribution.
Movie Cloud™, created by film educators Dov S-S Simens and Derek Christopher, will be the online destination for the movie-going and independent filmmaking 99 percent – a full working movie studio, a resource center that offers people the tools they need to make their own movies (including screenwriting software, budgeting software, etc.), a movie bank (for people to have access to funds to make their movies), the largest movie theatre in the world, and a social network for socializing, collaborating, creating and marketing, all supported and driven by the latest in cloud technology. Think Netflix-meets-Facebook. It removes the filters (studios, studio execs, managers, festival selection committees, juries, agents, distributors, marketers, theater programmers and film buyers) that prevent so many great scripts from being made, and so many great films from being seen, by letting the consumer decide which movies get made, and which movies they want to see.
Together, Dov S-S Simens & Derek Christopher, the developers, have over 35 years of film education experience whose graduates have grossed over $28 BILLION at the box office and include 122 Oscar Nominees & Winners, 214 Emmy Nominations and Winners, and numerous DGA, WGA and SAG Award Nominees & Winners.
Dov S-S Simens: Founder of The Hollywood Film Institute and author of “From Reel To Deal,” Dov revolutionized film education with his 2-Day Film School™ and is called “the most sought-after film instructor in the world.” Dov’s former students are A-List writers, producers, directors and actors whose movies have grossed over $16 billion at the box office, and include the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie, Will Smith, Baz Luhrmann, Queen Latifah and over 70,000 others.
Derek Christopher: As President of TV/Film Seminars, Derek has promoted and entrepreneured film education for almost 15 years. The A-list educators he works with include Syd Field, John Truby, Guillermo Arriaga, Christopher Vogler, Linda Seger, Steve Kaplan, Michael Hauge, Ellen Sandler, Arnold Shapiro, Jen Grisanti, and others, as well as having created the famed Screenwriters’ Summit and TV Writers’ Summit which are presented around the world. His clients have sold more than two million books and spoken to over 500,000 people worldwide.