Dispatches from the Industry Frontlines & Fault Lines

True to her roots as a management consultant, Barbara Romer did her research before breaking in as a film producer. She bought 'Filmmaking for Dummies', realized that this was just geared towards no-budget amateurs, and plunged deeper instead into the financial and logistical realities of mounting proper movies. But even this analytical approach has its limits, as she recalled during one of our Filmonomics @ Slated segments, because numbers rapidly go out-of-date in this industry. Barbara's cinematic baptism helps explain why Slated started its own YouTube series. For all the books out there, the film business is evolving way too rapidly to be contained in static volumes. What is more, its human dimensions are often best expressed visually and verbally. To watch these episodes is to appreciate the degree to which modern filmmaking is laced with both analytics and interpersonal dynamics. Let's look back at some of the telling moments from those first nine YouTube vignettes.

Days and Nights "Proof Systems"

In the second part of our multi-part case study into an early Slated success, "Days and Nights", we interview filmmakers Christian Camargo, Juliet Rylance & Barbara Romer about the importance of having a strong team when going into production and how Slated's vetted community can help in that endeavor.

Slated's Top of the Charts for September 2014

Check out our top new and trending members and films for September. Keith Arnold, Allison Carter, Ana Lily Amirpour, Lee Clay and Kerry Orent. And films Man Down, Oriole Park, Animus, Broken Doll and Half Magic.

Days and Nights "Pitching the Tent"

In the first part of our multi-part case study into an early success on Slated, Days and Nights, we interview filmmakers Christian Camargo, Juliet Rylance & Barbara Romer about the appeal of the project, making it accessible to audiences, how they budgeted it and how transparency & improvisation helped them make a film for a fraction of its apparent cost.

Big Game vs. Imitation Game

Although the press views this year's Toronto International Film Festival as a sign that the indie film market is slowing, we see things differently. We explore the sales at festivals throughout the year to show that rather than a slowing market, buyers have learnt from their mistakes and are being cautious. Featuring films Big Game, Top Five, The Cobbler, While We Were Young, The Forger, The Reach, The Riot Club, Last Five Years, Madame Bovary, Love and Mercy, Before We Go, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, What We Do In The Shadows, Pawn Sacrifice, Oculus, The Imitation Game,