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Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 25

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 27

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 28
May, 2009


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Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 23

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 25

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Strict Standards: mktime(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 14

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 23

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 25

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Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 28

Who Wants to be a Movie Mogul?


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Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 25

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 27

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Friday, May 15th, 2009

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While I was researching creative funding avenues for documentaries, I came across an interesting idea that unfortunately appears to have failed on its first outing: selling shares in a movie.  In 2003, Los Angeles underwriter Civilian Capital formed Billy Dead Inc. in order to have an initial public offering of stock to finance the making of the film Billy Dead.  The film, due to star Ethan Hawke and be directed by Keith Gordon (The Singing Detective) was based on the book of the same name by Lisa Reardon.  The novel, described by Amazon as “a gut-wrenching trip into the past of an American family that’s about as unappetizing as you will find” seems the unlikely candidate for the kind of mass appeal that an IPO would demand, but perhaps Civilian Capital were banking on the investors being more interested in their chance to participate in the glamour of Hollywood.

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The plan was to sell 900,000 preferred shares for $8.75 apiece, raising $7.9 million.  After Civilian Capital’s 7 percent cut and other startup costs and overhead, $6.2 million would remain to make the film.  Once Billy Dead was filmed, the shareholders would be able to participate on revenue, after taxes, from the sale of rights to distribute the film to theaters, television, and DVD markets.  Assuming that the film got great reviews and earned $20 million in total revenue, this would leave $6 million in gross profits to be divided up after the $8 million in production costs are deducted and the distributor takes their 30 percent.  This would leave $1.95 million after taxes, with the shareholders getting half, equal to approximately $2.15 a share, a fairly respectable return of 25 percent over a couple of years.  The problem is that making money with movies is never a sure thing, with the rule of thumb in Hollywood being that 75 percent of all studio movies lose money.  The results of the IPO were certainly underwhelming, with Civilian Capital raising only $125,000 from 50 investors, far short of their initial goals.  The company ended up amending their filings with the SEC and returning investors’ money.  The lack of any mention of the film on the Internet Movie Database since that time seems to show that the film has sunk into oblivion.

As long as there are filmmakers that will do anything and everything to get their vision on the screen, there will be creative and unique ways to raise the money to make it happen.


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Back in Focus


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Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 28
Friday, May 8th, 2009

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After all of the work that I have put into working on this blog and blogging about those self-same developments, I recently had another epiphany – I am focusing on the wrong thing. My purpose is supposed to be getting the Brush with Extinction project off the ground and instead I am spending all of my time working on and improving the companion blog, which should just be a project journal. While I have learned a great deal about creating an online presence, I need to keep my focus on the tasks that need to be completed for the Brush with Extinction project. There are a number of smaller housekeeping tasks that need to be tackled such as making the documentary proposal title page image a clickable link without the need for a separate hyperlink. However, I also need to start focusing on the actual work to getting the Brush with Extinction project such as getting the documentary proposal in front of documentary filmmakers and prospective sources of funding for the project.

Magnifying Glass

The most important task that I need to take care is to increase the visibility of the Brush with Extinction project and my first step in achieving this goal is to attempt some viral marketing and send out a broadcast email to friends and family announcing the Brush with Extinction project and website. Hopefully by having my own little internet coming out party will improve my Technorati Rank, which currently stands at 4,694,995 with no authority yet. Given that Technorati has counted 7.4 million blogs that have posted in the last 120 days, that puts me in front of 2.7 million blogs, but with a ways to go.


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Burning a Path to Your Door


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Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 23

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 25

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 27

Strict Standards: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /homepages/27/d198045995/htdocs/brushwithext/wordpress/wp-includes/functions.php on line 28
Friday, May 1st, 2009

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As part of my quest to be a better blogger, I make sure that I get my Daily Blog Tips. One extremely helpful tip was a checklist of 40 tips to setup and optimize a blog, with links to previously published tips. The first plugin listed as an essential addition was Akismet, a spam blocker. Given my previous experiences with that fabled canned luncheon meat, I couldn’t click through to the site fast enough. After a relatively simple download and installation process, I got the Akismet program up and running, protecting Brush with Extinction. One of the statistics listed on the Akismet site and backed up by my experience is that 88 percent of all comments are spam. I am looking forward to reading comments that actually relate to what I have written rather than the nonsensical jibberish that I have encountered so far.

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to get the ability to send updates to the blog by email to interested subscribers, and the best part is that my lack of programming experience isn’t a problem. Taking my cues from the blog of a good friend that already had the feature, I targeted FeedBurner. FeedBurner’s interface is simple to use and a couple of mouse clicks and I had set up the feature on the blog. The site even produced the html code that I needed to set up the subscription box on the blog. Now it is up to me to get some subscribers.