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As Timid Monster’s social media… um… person, manager, whatever, it has been left to me to figure out how to best get our name out there and our films seen and I haven’t the first idea of how to do that. Here’s what I’ve managed to figure out. Basically there are rules to having a successful and effective online presence but there are no rules on how to do that. Does that make sense to you? Me neither.

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I remember when Facebook started doing the whole “status update” idea. I thought it was one of the most ridiculous inventions in the world because now people felt the need to share with the world what they ate for breakfast, which store they just walked into, and all the little mundane parts of the day that a person gets online to forget. I didn’t see the genius behind creating something where people’s voices can be heard.

So when the invention of Twitter launched, I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that the worst part of Facebook now existed in its entirely own website. I assumed that people must have been out of control, posting useless information all day long, and I never in my wildest dream imagined that I would ever join Twitter.

However, a desperate desire to be a filmmaker and create stories that inspire people will lead a person to a great deal many things they never thought they would have to do. I quickly realized that creating a Twitter account was necessary as a filmmaker to connect with our current (and future!) audience. I also saw the amount of valuable information being posted on Twitter, and it turned out to be far less mundane than Facebook. With a great deal of reluctance, I became a Tweeter. Sort of.

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In parts 1 and 2 of How to Quit Your Day Job and Follow Your Dreams we discussed understanding your why, and what kinds of goals you should be setting. Today we’re talking about establishing your platform.

Welcome to 2012. If you’re going to put yourself out there, you have to build a platform. Your platform is your soapbox, your megaphone to the world. What exactly it looks like is entirely up to you. Sometimes all you need is an email address, others may find they need to be on every service imaginable. Here are some of the guidelines that I’ve discovered both in research and practice: Continue Reading…

[16:9] Kony 2012

Dan Baker —  March 14, 2012

Project 16:9 features films with a destination, whether it be an awareness driven documentary or a question-raising narrative. Right or wrong, these films have a destination clearly in mind.

Let’s make Joseph Kony famous!

I saw it first here: Derek Webb re-tweeting Jason Bateman. Within minutes, Facebook was ablaze with Kony fever. At 93-million views on YouTube and Vimeo as of this writing, filmmakers and advocates Invisible Children seem well on their way to making Joseph Kony the most talked about man on the planet. Continue Reading…