How One Production Company is Using Social Media to Make Great Short Films

“We should get together and just make a movie” is the “we should open a bar” of Hollywood. Tons of people say it all the time because talk is affordable, but a very small percentage actually get out there and make it happen. That’s why it’s always refreshing to see people with talent match it with active ambition.

Finite Films is built on fan-submitted concepts, crowd-funding and creativity. The fans and funding make sure they have user-submitted constraints on their filmmaking (think of it as Dogme 2012) and enough cash to get sandwiches for everyone; the creativity is all theirs. Of course, none of what they’re doing would be noteworthy if they weren’t churning out great short films every single month. After a submission and public voting process, the team takes their list of constraints (“One character has to be hiding a horrible secret”) and makes something magical happen.

We’ll talk with two of their founders about the freedom that limitations can create. Plus, managing editor Erik Davis drops by for a game of Movies News Roulette.

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On This Week’s Show:

Movie News Roulette [The Beginning – 19:45]: Erik Davis tries his luck with the bullet of bad news and becomes an all-American hero in the process.

Infinite Potential [19:45 – The End]: Co-founders Ryan McDuffie and Michael Tucker describe the philosophy behind their unique filmmaking company and the way social media (and their fans) play a vital role.

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A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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