“In the past, the 555 prefix was widely used for fictitious telephone numbers in film and television. No carriers assigned 555 numbers and therefore most of them were legally permissible to show on screen. Unfortunately for producers and writers, that is not the case anymore. Almost all 555 numbers are being assigned to directory assistance services and phone carriers throughout North America.
Google Voice also provides tools to have a little fun and promote the film, too. You can set the number to forward straight to voicemail and record your own message. It is the perfect opportunity to orchestrate a real-world tie-in to your film by having a cast member leave a voicemail message in character. Hardcore fans can call the number and leave messages that can be picked up by the producer or studio at leisure in forwarded emailed transcriptions or mp3 files. A small but classy way to help build a small community for your show!”
Very clever idea. Love to see what some creative minds could come up for the content. It’s easy enough that even indie films could pull this off too. Now we just need it in Canada with Canadian numbers.
So I was contacted by the folks behind Gunless starring Paul Gross (Passchendaele, “Eastwick”) as the Montana Kid. A new western style film, set in Canada, that opens April 29th, 2010.Here a quick synopsis of the flick.
When notorious American gunslinger, The Montana Kid (Paul Gross), staggers into the tiny Canadian hamlet of Barclay’s Brush, life for the town’s 17 inhabitants is about to get exciting. The Kid immediately gets into an unfortunate altercation with Jack (Tyler Mane), the town’s surly blacksmith, which leads to the The Kid ‘calling him out’ for some good old frontier justice – a showdown. But in a place totally ill prepared to deal with a classic gun fight and without a single working pistol to be found, adhering to the code of the American Wild West may prove difficult.Not able to let go of the ‘code’, The Kid remains stuck in Barclay’s Brush, getting drawn into a strange world of eccentric rituals and characters; among them Jane (Sienna Guillory), a smart sassy woman who becomes his only hope of finding a way out… or perhaps his only reason for staying…
And for a trailer you can hit up the movies site!So why am I telling you this? Well they’ve sent me a bunch of tickets to give away to the opening at Silver City on the 29th at 7pm. If your interested in seeing the movie with me send me an email with gunless in the subject. First come first serve gets a double pass!
I’m starting to wonder if giving your content away, be it music, books, videos or anything else, will really make you more money in the future. I understand and fully agree that the comparative few who are doing it now are seeing a return on their openness from communities but if everyone is doing it will it just be common place and loose the support from those who like that type of model, or will the people who are supporting it keep doing so and everyone else just take the free stuff? Of course the next question is whither or not there is enough people still willing to pay for something they can get for free enough to support an artist? I don’t think this applies to audio or video podcasts as it’s more a medium like TV or Radio but for actual artists who are selling a product. What’s your opinion?