I met Slava Rubin, co-founder, chief of strategy and marketing of IndieGoGo back at Making Media Now 2008 and was pleased to catch up with him again at New Media Expo in Las Vegas. IndieGoGo is an online social marketplace connecting filmmakers and fans to make independent film happen. Here’s a short video interview with him. Shot with my little TX1 for extra noisy video goodness.
In the video Slava mentions Mark Gill’s statement, “The Sky is Falling,” see the article Gill wrote, Yes, The Sky Really Is Falling, which appeared on June 22, 2008 in for IndieWIRE. At the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Financing Conference, Mark Gill, CEO of The Film Department (and former President of Miramax Films) declared provocatively, “Yes, The Sky Really Is Falling.” He detailed many challenges currently facing independent film. Here’s a quote from the article: “If you want to survive in this brutal climate, you’re going to have to work a lot harder, be a lot smarter, know a lot more, move a lot faster, sell a lot better, pay attention to the data, be a little nicer (ok, a lot nicer), trust your gut, read everything and never, ever give up. If you’re looking for a cool lifestyle, you’re in the wrong business. If you want work-life balance, go get a government job. But if you really want to make movies–even after all the unvarnished bad news I’ve dumped on you today–then by all means do it.”
Theme music by Colin Owens.
Thank you David for all of this excellent content. Kino-eye.com is becoming my “go to” site for information about the industry.
Just curious, what kind of camera did you use to shoot the interview with Slava?
George, I appreciate your comment. I hope to do more interviews as time goes on.
I was shooting in ultra-minimal mode: using my tiny Canon TX1 to record the video and my Microtrack w/ an Electro-Voice RE50 microphone to record the audio (double-system sound). I then synced up the video and the audio in Final Cut Pro. Unlike most DV camcorders which are crystal sync, the TX1 drifts so I had to fix the sync at every cut.
But using a super tiny camera, while it makes for very grainy/noisy video, allows for spontaneous quick-and-dirty interviews like this since I can carry it wherever I go without feeling encumbered. Of course, when I put on my documentary filmmaker’s hat and am able to lug around more gear, I prefer to shoot interviews with a “real” camcorder.
And to be complete w/ my answer, in the spirit of quick and dirty, I processed the dialog track with Levelator which is a wonderful tool that saves time by not having to do a mix on the dialog (riding levels, adding just the right level of compression, etc.) instead with drag-and-drop simplicity it evens out the dialog levels and adds audio compression to the dialog.