Online movie forums are where people post what they liked about a video, hated about a video, or what they want to see. A filmmaker can just only benefit by being part of those communities. Be ready for members of forums to publish negative comments, but there’s also members that post positive comments or offer helpful constructive criticism that will make the next movie better. All you can certainly do as a filmmaker or movie producer is put your workout there and see which kind of responses originate from viewers.
Online movie forums thrive because it’s an awesome means for viewers to become a movie critic from their computer and express their uncensored audience opinion. That is among things I really like about the social medium. The Internet allows people to savor freedom of speech, even when it’s more or less posting about a movie. I trust the opinions of men and women that post in forums more than paid movie critics. Most paid movie critics concentrate on reviewing studio films, art house fare, or offbeat films with known Hollywood stars in them.
The open diversity of movies discussed in forums is amazing in my experience as a writer, producer, and director. Members that like direct to video urban gangster movies have a spot to publish their comments. Fans of low budget horror movies have a property on the Internet to be heard. Online movie forums are an entertainment democracy for viewers and producers. The majority of smaller budget indie movies won’t be reviewed by paid movie critics or get an initial look from mainstream media outlets. The online movie forum community gives indie movies made on small budgets a go to be seen, to loved, and hated. Every movie gets a fair shake to be reviewed. Film democracy lives!
In a movie democracy no filmmaker is safe from movie viewer salvos or roses being virtually thrown. I’ve read posts that start with tearing apart a video until there is nothing left to attack. When not satisfied enough with bashing the movie a forum member sometimes turns their wrath on the filmmaker by personally shredding them to pieces.
I had one online reviewer go way beyond not liking among my movies. They personally attacked me over my face. No way I could change that part of making a movie. I believe the line was, khatri maza “See your face makes me sick.” Not just did the viewer hate among my movies, they hated my face. Hell, I’ve not ever appeared in a video I’ve done in a cameo or acting role. Which was funny to me. It reminds of the story about the cowboy that catches a terrible beating from another cowboy. The winning cowboy looks down at the losing cowboy asking if he still wants more. The losing cowboy fires back, “Are you crazy?
The only place you haven’t hit me yet is on the underside of my feet.” I’ve been that losing cowboy on more than a few posts and reviews. Forums can resemble a rowdy old west saloon. That’s why is them fun.
Members of forums post sharp and witty comments I love reading, even when it happens among my movies gets flamed. A filmmaker that has thin skin should stay out of forums. It’s like when professional athletes are heckled and cursed at by fans. The difference is that during making a movie you will have no heckling or cursing inclined to you while you’re taking care of set. That’s if you don’t invite a Guy Terrifico personality friend to the set to watch.
To participate an on the web movie forum you will need to submit a valid email before being able to post comments. Once that step is completed have a straightforward approach to marketing and promoting your film on forums. Movie buffs can work through extraordinary hype and BS. There’s no doubt the target of posting information on your own movie in a forum is to generate interest for your movie, but unless your movie is studio backed avoid claims like “This years best action movie” etc.
I’m not just a mind reader, but maybe you’re thinking at this time everything you should post. Post the title of one’s movie, tagline, artwork, short synopsis, and url to your movie site. Let viewers know everything you are putting available for them to see. Get the internet buzz going like Presidente shots for your movie. See what viewers have to say about your movie. If they attack your face or something different like me, then keep it moving. This indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing SMASH CUT: