$$$ How an $8000 MiniDV Short made a profit! $$$

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      Hey Guys,

      We were told that “you can’t sell a 20 min short film for $19.99” but not only did we sell our little DVD for $19.99 but we have become a profitable short film. We jammed packed the DVD with over 3 hours of special features and it has 6 commentaries tracks.

      Check out our “bootleg trailer” – http://www.whatisbroken.com/broken_dvd.html

      and here is a link to our trailer that got us most of attention: http://www.whatisbroken.com/broken_trailer_enter.html

      Also, check out our making of web docs: http://whatisbroken.com/webdocs.html

      Here is what we did to make a sucessful DVD:

      BROKEN DVD has almost 3 HOURS of DVD Special Features:

      6 Commentary Tracks covering…

      Visual Effects
      Music Score/Sound Design
      Cast and Crew
      Film Geeks Unite



      Concept Art / Location Comparison
      Costume Design Gallery w/ Commentary

      Storyboards: The ENTIRE Collection for BROKEN ( 9 Edited Sequences )
      Storyboards: Comparison with Final Shots

      Rehearsal Comparison with Final Scene
      Blocking Action in a Scene w/ Commentary
      Evolution of an Action Sequence w/ Commentary
      A Director’s Best Friend – Finding Your Shot



      Head go BOOM: “The Guacamole Gun” w/ Commentary
      Recipe: “How to Make a Guacamole Gun”
      Mister Tony’s Neighborhood: “A Technical Advisor’s Job” with Tony Gomez

      Special Effects Make-up Breakdown with Megan Graham
      Anatomy of Scar
      Anatomy of a Tatoo
      Anatony of Burnt Eyes
      Bonus: Brain Matter Recipe

      Anatomy of a Stunt: w/ Commentary
      Shotgun Blast
      The Dive for Life

      Guns, Guns, Guns: “How to Get Pro Looking Guns with Little or No $$$”
      The Weapons
      Getting Guns to Look Real
      Where to Get Them

      Tips on Producing an Indie Film: with Jorge F. Rodriguez
      Reverse Budgeting
      Insurance: Weapons and Stunt Work
      Feeding Your Crew
      Stunt Work
      Production Design
      Tips and Tricks
      Go Make Your Movie

      Being There: The On-Set Experience
      12 Behind the Scene Vignettes on the set of BROKEN as we shot it !


      Post Production

      How to Make DV look like Film! with Alex Ferrari
      Why Shoot MiniDV?
      Filter Packages for Post
      Production Design
      Costumes & Color Palette
      Color Correction
      Shooting 24p: The Camera
      Getting the Cameras

      Color Correction Lab: The Overview w/ Commentary
      Color Correction Comparison with FINAL FOOTAGE

      Visual Effects Breakdowns
      w/ Commentary from Sean Falcon & Dan Cregan

      “Marquez Explosion” w/ Commentary
      “Shaking Things Up” w/ Commentary
      “Muzzle Fire” w/ Commentary
      “Bonnie’s Eyes” w/ Commentary
      “Matte Painting/Sky Replacement” w/ Commentary
      “Knife Throw” w/ Commentary
      “Scoping Things Out” w/ Commentary
      “Digital Blood Hits” w/ Commentary
      “Digital Spark Hits” w/ Commentary

      VFX Breakdown: The Title Sequence w/ Alex Ferrari & Dan Cregan

      Visual Effects in Indie Film: with Sean Falcon
      Pre Production
      MiniDV and Compositing
      Why Shoot 24p?
      1 Chip vs 3 Chip MiniDV Cameras
      Practical and Digital Effects
      Compositing Before or After Color Correction
      MiniDV Blowup to Film
      3D Animation in Indie Film
      Gun Muzzle Blasts
      Compositing: The Details
      Digital Matte Painting
      Shaking Things Up
      Bullet POV
      Blowing Up Someone’s Head
      Where Do I Find Visual Effects Talent for my Film?
      I Want to Composite Too…
      Where Can I Get Training?
      Apple’s SHAKE
      Doing It Yourself

      Cinematography in Indie Film: with Angel Barroeta
      Planning BROKEN
      Challenges on BROKEN
      Tools: The Camera
      Tools: The Lights
      Tools: Moving the Camera
      Shooting: Digital or Film?
      Panasonic’s DVX100a
      Some Advice

      Sound Design/Composing in Indie Film: with Mark Roumelis
      Original Music in Indie Film
      Composing BROKEN
      Doing It Yourself
      Recording Sound for 24p on DAT: The Sync Issue
      Doing Audio Tests


      After the Short

      The Making of BROKEN
      The Origin of BROKEN
      First Impressions
      Actors: The Rehearsal Process
      On-Set Experience
      War Stories
      The Future: A Feature Film

      Marketing: Promoting a Short Film
      Promotion: 50% of the Creative Process
      Film Festivals and Sundance
      The Internet: Even Playing Field
      The Trailer

      Marketing: Poster Gallery
      Alternate Ending w/ Commentary
      Art of BROKEN: The Nick Monaco Experience
      The BROKEN Shoot: Gag Reel!


      MASTERED in Dolby Stereo & Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound

      Good luck on all you projects.

      Keep your eye on the prize


      [ Visual Effects for Indie Films ]

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