Note: Fastmovie no longer distributes Carma the movie. However the trailer is here for illustration purposes. The trailer above automatically linked sales through a unique affiliate code in the flash movie above with 1ShoppingCart.com - a complete affiliate program was implemented to sell the film.
The idea was that movies could be distributed online through affiliate advertising on a pay-per-view basis for a low cost. Now, the film is only available for purchase on DVD from the CarmaMovie website. Instead, we now see video on the internet as 'mostly' free and independent film makers do not have an outlet for their films, except through their own means.
It seems that the winner of the video format race is mpeg4 or the mp4 format for video. Its now even being built into HTML5 as a standard. While players such as DivX play this format, so does the Flash player.
The challenge for film makers we have said always has been in the realm of 'transcoding' - or converting the film for online playback. While it was our original intention to build a do-it-yourself tool for this purpose, we have discontinued development on this tool. That does not mean that given the right partnerships a tool like this would not be needed or useful.
Instead we realized that film makers have a challenge ahead of themselves to distribute their movies online? Just try doing it yourself. You'll find you have to 'slice' your video into 10 minute segments and post them on a free video service, or hire someone to do the work for you. Still, how will you get traffic to your film?
Affiliate Marketing for Feature Films is still a great idea, and we were probably the first to ever pull it off in 2007.
Do you have a feature film you'd like to distribute? Contact us.
In the past 3 years we've seen a lot of changes in the streaming video space. Your thoughts are greatly appreciated. Please feel free to comment on this. Thank you.