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 only just benefit by being part of those communities. Be equipped for members of forums to publish negative comments, but additionally there are members that post positive comments or offer helpful constructive criticism that may make your following movie better. All you are able to do as a filmmaker or movie producer is put your workout there and see what type of responses originate from viewers.
Online movie forums thrive because it’s an awesome way for viewers becoming a movie critic from their computer and express their uncensored audience opinion. That is one of things I really like about the social medium. The Internet allows people to enjoy freedom of speech, even if it’s pretty much posting in regards to a movie. I trust the opinions of people 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 to me as an author, 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 house on the Internet to be heard. Online movie forums are an activity democracy for viewers and producers. The majority of smaller budget indie movies won’t ever be reviewed by paid movie critics or get a first look from mainstream media outlets. The internet movie forum community gives indie movies made on small budgets an attempt to be viewed, to loved, and hated. Every movie gets a fair shake to be reviewed. Film democracy lives!
In a video democracy no filmmaker is safe from movie viewer salvos or roses being virtually thrown. I’ve read posts that start by tearing apart a video until there is nothing left to attack. When unhappy 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 one of my movies. They personally attacked me over my face. No way I really could change that part of creating a movie. I do believe the line was, “Your face makes me sick.” Not merely did the viewer hate one of my movies, khatrimaza they hated my face. Hell, I’ve never appeared in a video I’ve done in a cameo or acting role. That has been funny to me. It reminds of the story about the cowboy that catches an awful beating from another cowboy. The winning cowboy looks down at the losing cowboy asking if he still wants more. The losing cowboy fires back, “Have you been crazy?
The sole place you haven’t hit me yet is on underneath of my feet.” I’ve been that losing cowboy on higher than a few posts and reviews. Forums can end up like a rowdy old west saloon. That’s what makes them fun.
Members of forums post sharp and witty comments I like reading, even if it happens one of my movies gets flamed. A filmmaker that’s 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 building a movie there will be no heckling or cursing fond of you while you’re working on set. That’s unless you invite a Guy Terrifico personality friend to the set to watch.
To join an on line 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 without doubt the target of posting information on your movie in a forum would be to generate interest for the movie, but unless your movie is studio backed avoid claims like “This years best action movie” etc.
I’m not really a mind reader, but maybe you’re thinking today what you should post. Post the title of your movie, tagline, artwork, short synopsis, and url to your movie site. Let viewers know what you are putting out there to allow them to see. Get the online buzz going like Presidente shots for the movie. See what viewers have to say about your movie. If they attack see your face or something else like me, then keep it moving. This indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing SMASH CUT: