Online movie forums are where people post what they liked about a film, hated about a film, or what they would like to see. A filmmaker can only just benefit by being part of the communities. Be ready for members of forums to publish negative comments, but there’s also members that post positive comments or offer helpful constructive criticism that will make your following movie better. All you can do as a filmmaker or movie producer is put your workout there and see what sort of responses originate from viewers.
Online movie forums thrive because it’s a very good way for viewers becoming a movie critic from their computer and express their uncensored audience opinion. That is one of things I love about the social medium. The Internet allows people to enjoy freedom of speech, even if it’s more or less posting in regards to a movie. I trust the opinions of men and women that post in forums more than paid movie critics. Most paid movie critics focus on reviewing studio films, art house fare, or offbeat films with known Hollywood stars in them.
The open diversity of movies discussed in forums is amazing to me as a writer, producer, and director. Members that like direct to video urban gangster movies have a place to publish their comments. Fans of low budget horror movies have a property on the Internet to be heard. Online movie forums are an activity democracy for viewers and producers. Nearly all smaller budget indie movies won’t be reviewed by paid movie critics or get an initial look from mainstream media outlets. The web movie forum community gives indie movies made on small budgets a shot to be viewed, to loved, and hated. Every movie gets a fair shake to be reviewed. Film democracy lives!
In a video democracy no filmmaker is safe from movie viewer salvos or roses being virtually thrown. I’ve read posts that start by tearing apart a film until there’s nothing left to attack. When not satisfied enough with bashing the movie a forum member sometimes turns their wrath on the filmmaker by personally shredding them to pieces.
I’d one online reviewer go way beyond not liking one of my movies. They personally attacked me over my face. No way I possibly could change that part of making a movie. I believe the line was, khatrimaza “That person makes me sick.” Not just did the viewer hate one of my movies, they hated my face. Hell, I have never appeared in a film I’ve done in a cameo or acting role. That has been funny to me. It reminds of the story about the cowboy that catches a terrible beating from another cowboy. The winning cowboy looks down at the losing cowboy asking if he still wants more. The losing cowboy fires back, “Have you been crazy?
The only real place you haven’t hit me yet is on the bottom of my feet.” I’ve been that losing cowboy on higher than a few posts and reviews. Forums can be like a rowdy old west saloon. That’s what makes them fun.
Members of forums post sharp and witty comments I like reading, even when it happens one of my movies is getting flamed. A filmmaker that’s thin skin should stay out of forums. It’s like when professional athletes are heckled and cursed at by fans. The difference is that during creating a movie there will be no heckling or cursing directed at you while you’re focusing on set. That’s if you don’t invite a Guy Terrifico personality friend to the set to watch.
To participate an on line movie forum you need to submit a valid email before being able to post comments. Once that step is performed take a straightforward method of marketing and promoting your film on forums. Movie buffs can see through over the top hype and BS. There’s no doubt the goal of posting information in your movie in a forum is always to generate interest for the movie, but unless your movie is studio backed avoid claims like “This years best action movie” etc.
I’m not just a mind reader, but maybe you’re thinking today what you should post. Post the title of one’s movie, tagline, artwork, short synopsis, and connect to your movie site. Let viewers know what you are putting available for them to see. Get the web buzz going like Presidente shots for the movie. See what viewers have to express about your movie. If they attack your face or another thing like me, then keep it moving. This indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing SMASH CUT: