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The real deal about the Tampa indie film industry by Tampa film expert C. A. Passinault


Friday, January 9, 2009 - 9:00 AM - Tampa Indie Film Log for Filmmaker C. A. Passinault

The Future Of Tampa Indie Film

This is a historic day, and one that makes me very happy as a Tampa indie film professional. I am not alone with how I feel. The flawed and unsuccessful Tampa Film Review is at its end, and many of us feel that the Tampa indie filmIs this Tampa film festival organizer mocking his film festival supporters in this parting shot? scene is now clear to flourish and grow. Perhaps, in another year or two, we may actually see the formation of the first genuine Tampa indie film community, a film community of qualified professionals, instead of having to settle for the shortcomings and the backstabbing of a small Tampa Indie Film Clique masquerading as a Tampa indie film community.
The days of slander, credibility attacks, and the self-serving activities of neurotic, insecure amateurs will soon be behind us. The back of limitations in Tampa indie film has finally been broken! Tampa indie film professionals are now free to work together and help the Tampa indie film scene grow, instead of being discouraged by a small clique of assholes, assholes who behave more like a street gang than a group of indie filmmakers.
With that, I’m shifting gears to more productive things. Later, I'll downshift back to addressing the Tampa indie film scene, and, specifically, The Tampa Film Review.
I was supposed to pick up my new DVD-quality DV camera today, and still have the funds put aside, but decided to wait a few weeks to invest in a 24p HD DV camera. I did some research and found out that I didn’t have to spend between $3,500.00 to $9,000.00 to get a good 24p camera, and 24p capability is critical for the quality results that I need for my film projects. Although I plan on eventually investing in that black, $9,000 Canon XL HD DV camera, I won’t need to for a while. The price of good technology has come down quite a bit over the years, and now it’s time to show these other so-called filmmakers what can be done with reasonably priced cameras, which offer top value and professional results.
I will be buying at least two DV cameras this year. The primary one will be a HD camera with 24p capability. The second one will be a smaller 24p DV camera, with DVD quality performance, which originally had military applications. Each camera system will have purposes that they are optimized for, and footage from both can be used on individual projects (the main camera can be used at DVD resolution settings for footage continuity on certain projects which the other camera will be used on). I will be buying one more camera in 2009, too, but it won’t be a DV camera. It will be a Canon 40D digital SLR still camera, which will replace my old Canon 10D. I will also be investing in support equipment and lighting. For filmmaking, I will need a tripod, too, which is something that I do not use in photography, and never had the need to use.
In DV cameras, 24p, 16:9 widescreen is my format of choice. This is the minimal standard. At least with the main camera which I will obtaining, I will be able to do feature films with it if I had to.
I cannot stress just how important obtaining DV cameras will be in 2009. They will have many more uses than indie filmmaking, uses just as important. My modeling and talent sites will need video for upcoming online career tutorials. I need DV cameras to make television commercials for my service companies. My event planning company and stage production company require DV camera support, as well. There are some upcoming projects and products, which are not necessarily indie films, which can not be done without DV cameras.
My Tampa photography company, Aurora PhotoArts, is doing quite well right now. In another month, business will increase by at least a factor of ten, and possibly much more than that. I have found a way for the present economy to work well for Aurora PhotoArts, and it will work even better once the economy returns to normal.
Years ago, when Aurora PhotoArts was a new Passinault.Com company, its services were to include photography, videography, and holography. Well, the holography went away, because of the limited marketability of such services, and because I value my eyesight too much to play with lasers, and the videography became a relic, too. Today, Aurora PhotoArts offers professional photography and design services. It’s now optimized for the right services.
Videography, on the other hand, is right at home for my event planning company. It can also be offered as a service by my indie film production company. Good DV cameras are a certainty, and by default, this will give me the resources to make indie films.
I convinced my business partners to budget in the DV camera and the indie film production gear with the operations of Aurora PhotoArts, since that equipment will benefit several projects, and have been approved to use profits from Aurora PhotoArts to obtain the indie filmmaking equipment. Compared to buying my first digital camera rig for Aurora PhotoArts in 2001, the DV cameras are cheap. I should have everything by the spring of 2009.
Once obtained, I will do a few experimental films to get back up to speed with my filmmaking training and experience, and then will work on short films such as Reverence. Although all of my films, in one form or another, will be available on my Tampa Bay Film Online Film Festival and promoted using the online film festival as a marketing platform, I may not post any of my films on the online film festival until the fall of 2009.
There is a reason for this.
First off, my films will be highly secret projects, and I don’t want any footage leaked of them until the official debut of my films hit. After that initial debut, there will be a flood of my films hitting the market, and they will be everywhere. If you think that I have a lot of web sites these days, I will have many more indie film properties in the next few years. The next ten years will see an era of my indie films dominating the Tampa indie film market, and many of these films will define the new expectations that people will have about indie film.
There have been complaints voiced by a few regarding my Tampa film festivals, or rather, the lack of them. This will change. I have always made it clear that I did not want to produce any film festivals until I had indie films to show. Starting this spring, I will have indie films to show.
2009 will be a landmark year for at least two reasons. It will be the year that I return to indie filmmaking, and will see the premiers of my first new-generation films, and my new-generation events. Some of those events will be Tampa film festivals.
Film festivals? Well, we all know that I don’t take shortcuts. I only do things when I am good and ready. At this time, I am looking at least two separate Tampa film festival properties in the next year, with the first already confirmed for the fall of 2009. A third film festival series, which is not The Tampa Film Showcase, which is the second film festival, is slated to debut in the next two years. The latter will be a large, annual film festival series, which will be designed to compete against the largest Tampa film festivals. The first film festival series will also be an annual film festival, but more specialized and smaller. The real workhorse of the film festivals, however, will be the second film festival project, the Tampa Film Showcase. Although the Tampa Film Showcase site currently states that there will be an annual version of the Tampa Film Showcase, this has now been scrapped in favor of a large, dedicated, annual Tampa film festival, with different branding and a different format than the Tampa Film Showcase and the other film festival series. The Tampa Film Showcase will remain a monthly film festival and professional networking event series, and will tie into the other two, annual film festivals.
Here’s the latest rundown, and keep in mind that event productions will become very important to my event planning company and stage production company later in 2009.

1. Annual Specialized Tampa film festival: Title TBA.
Debut: Fall 2009.
Will be held every fall, and the debut film festival will debut my new-generation indie films. This film festival series is an entirely new kind of film festival.

2. Tampa Film Showcase monthly film festival and professional networking event series.
Debut: January 2010.

Will be held every month in the Tampa Bay area. Ties into the other film festivals, especially the large annual film festival.

3. Annual large Tampa film festival. Title TBA
Debut: Spring 2011

The title for this Tampa film festival will be introduced later this year, and a web site for it will launch in late 2009.
This is a rather more conventional, large, annually-held Tampa film festival, and will require at least a full year of Tampa Film Showcase film festival events to launch and support it. Of all the large annual Tampa film festivals, this one will be the most advanced, and effective, andit will have much more to offer than any other Tampa film festival.
With this, we will have small film festivals every month, a specialized film festival in the fall, and a conventional film festival in the spring. The Tampa Film Showcase events would be suspended the months when the large annual film festivals were held, in order to divert resources toward these endeavors. Basically, this boils down to a film festival every month, with ten Tampa Film Showcase film festival events and two annual film festival events every year.
All three film festival series will be produced by Eventi Stage, and details will be available when the Eventi Stage web site launches. All the film festival events will be supported by Tampa Bay Film, and reported on the Tampa Film Blog.

Some of you may be wondering how I will have time to run all of these film festivals. Well, I will tell you my secret, and it is a secret that the so-called film festival “organizers” of The Tampa Film Review should have been doing all along. It’s called delegation.
I have a lot of good, professional people who work with me. I get more all of the time. The film festivals will be run by teams. I will be more hands-on when they debut and work on becoming established, and then I will and over the reigns to my teams, produce the film festivals, direct them, and delegate. Additionally, my film festivals, like all of my event projects, will benefit from the full support of my service companies, my production companies, and my advertising agency. There will be more than enough time to do all of these film festivals, and much more.
Ok, I have to run, now. I’ve been sick all week, and need to get my rest. I had to postpone a shoot with a swimsuit model this weekend so that I could get better. In closing, here are some points that I wish to make concerning The Tampa Film Review. You can expect a 2009 review of The Tampa Film Review soon, too. For now, check out my original review of The Tampa Film Review 2006-2007 and my brand new review of The Tampa Film Review 2008; you would not believe how many E-mails that I get agreeing with these fair and unbiased reviews.
Anyway, I can see that my work is cut out for me. There is a lot of work to be done before the Tampa indie film scene can claim to be the home of a legitimate and professional Tampa indie film community, although the way is now open for progress to finally be made.
Let’s get some things straight, and don’t take my opinions here as fact. Ask around, and you will find that many, including people who I do not know, will agree with these statements.

1. There are a lot more people who are happy with The Tampa Film Review being put out of its misery than there are so-called “Tampa filmmakers” and “movie buffs” who are bemoaning its loss. Talk about the vocal minority! Or, rather, a couple of people from the Tampa Indie Film Clique who overstep their bounds and take it upon themselves to speak for everyone in the Tampa indie film scene.

2. There are venues other than The Tampa Film Review where filmmakers can show their films. Other than the other Tampa film festivals, there is the Tampa Bay Film Online Film Festival, which many credit with putting The Tampa Film Review out of business in the first place. Whomever gave the impression that there are no other outlets is either pissed off that the competitors of the TFR ran it into the ground, or they are simply ignorant.

3. THERE IS NO TAMPA INDIE FILM COMMUNITY! There is only a Tampa Indie Film Clique which has been masquerading as a film community. Now that their monthly film hangout is over, their agenda is disrupted, and their failure has paved the way for indie film professionals to work together to finally form Tampa’s first professional indie film community.

4. The Tampa Film Review DID NOT inspire the creation of other Tampa film festivals! To compare The Tampa Film Review with any other Tampa film festival is like comparing an old used car in the junkyard with a sportscar fresh off the showroom floor. There is no comparison. The other Tampa film festivals would have started if there was never a Tampa Film Review, as The Tampa Film Review has always been a flawed, insignificant, sorry-excuse for a film festival, and anyone trying to credit The Tampa Film Review for sparking a Tampa film festival revolution is out of line, and full of it.

5. The Tampa Film Review was what it was, but it was hardly a success. It spun its wheels, never corrected mistakes, and didn’t go anywhere. It was the same boring, unorganized mess over, and over, and over, and over again. The TFR organizers did not take constructive criticism well, and in five years didn’t bother trying to fix the many problems which were pointed out to them. That’s pathetic, and it is a real insult to the few who hung in there and supported the flawed film festival series, as well as anyone who spent the time to sit in the audience. I wouldn’t call being bored to death by watching crappy indie films a success!
Well, at least the Crazed Film Fan was genuine enough to admit that there were a lot of bad films shown at The Tampa Film Review, although she took back that breakthrough by going on to spin it in support of her indie film clique.

6. The TFR organizers are the commanders of the Tampa Indie Film Clique, and NOT the “commanders” of the so-called Tampa film community. Well, since their Tampa Indie Film Clique does masquerade as a Tampa indie film community, it might look like that. At any rate, I am stunned that anyone actually interviewed Joe Davison, and took him seriously. I am also shocked that someone who is that self-important actually kissed the ass of the TFR organizers that hard. Are any of these people actually qualified to speak for the Tampa indie film scene? Just because you make a film or two does not qualify you. You have to be a professional, with unbiased references and professional credibility, to make these kind of comments about Tampa indie film.
I know this much. After his public display of ass-kissing, I lost all of the little amount of respect that I had for Joe. I will never work with him, and will never help him, and his so-called “career” will suffer not by what I do, but what I refuse to do.

These people, the amateurs wrapped up in the present Tampa Indie Film Clique, will eventually become forgotten. Time will do its trick, and they will no longer be involved in Tampa indie film, and the best indie films coming out of Tampa will be mine and the films of other professionals in the professional Tampa indie film community of tomorrow.
I will do my part, however, to preserve the mistakes, as well as the achievements, of these people, so that they are not forgotten. It is important that future Tampa filmmakers study the mistakes that the Tampa Indie Film Clique have made, so that history will not repeat itself. I can see professional filmmakers study the reviews of The Tampa film Review and be amazed that people settled for some primitive, ineffective film festival, and the organizers failed to correct the mistakes that were pointed out and instead became hostile and defensive when their flawed Tampa film festival was criticized. These neurotic, insecure, indie film amateurs will not last. The professionals will take their business away from them and put them out of business. Also, I am certain of one thing. Those who slandered me and who opposed me will look like fools when their actions are studied, and that's cool by me because this is exactly what they are.


UPDATED 01/01/11

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