provides filmmakers with a new way to reach their audience.
filmmakers, the producers of Radio Free
Albemuth recently used WCPMedia Services’
cloud-based media management platform WCPApp to stream the film to more than 800
crowd-sourced backers around the world. Recipients were able to view a Blu-ray quality
version of the film on devices of their choice via a private screening room. The
WCP platform provided a cost-effective solution for backers to watch the film,
while providing bank-level security against duplication and piracy.
Radio Free Albemuth, based
on the novel by Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Minority Report, A Scanner
Darkly), was produced by Discovery Productions and directed by John
Alan Simon, who also wrote the screenplay. Funding for a 15-city, limited
U.S. theatrical release came
in part from a highly successful Kickstarter campaign that attracted more than
1000 supporters worldwide.
absorbing” and added that it “operates successfully as a study of enlightenment
and a straight-ahead conspiracy thriller.” It has screened at special
events, such as the Philip K. Dick Festival, the Worldcon convention and the Science Fiction Hall of
Fame induction ceremonies at the EMP Museum in Seattle, and the prestigious
Indie Night series at Lincoln Center Film Society in New York.
efficient way to deliver the film to its Kickstarter funders. “We needed a
streaming option, but many of the solutions we looked at were either very
expensive, didn’t provide the security we needed, or both,” explains Simon.
“WCP, by contrast, has a very simple interface for both administrators and
users, offers rock-solid security, and delivers an excellent streaming experience.
It was a great solution– especially to make the film accessible for
our international backers in countries where the film hasn’t yet been released.”
production, post-production and distribution. Content owners upload master
files to cloud-based servers and use a simple UI to manage and share content.
The platform leverages leading edge transcoding, rendering and storage
technology to make the management of very large media files—up to and including
4K—quick and efficient. It also employs Tier 4 data center security, similar to
that used by large financial institutions, to guard against piracy.
can easily be expanded to a general distribution model. Filmmakers could
potentially dispense with middle-man distribution companies and deliver films
directly to thousands of individual audience members. “It can be an important
tool for filmmakers who have done the festivals but do not have a deal with a
major distributor,” says Radio Free
Albemuth producer Elizabeth Karr. “It’s a new way to monetize a film.”
Simon notes that his team plans to upload the full resolution copy of the film
to the WCPMedia cloud in order to provide it to foreign television broadcasters
and international distributors. “It’s a seamless archive for the movie,” he
explains. “We can easily produce versions to conform to the delivery specs of
different markets and platforms. It also provides tools for creating and
managing promotional media.”
post-production and distribution phases of another project, a 4K restoration of
the classic Dennis Hopper film Out of the
Blue. “We are always looking for solutions that are flexible and cost
effective,” states Simon. “WCP is like a Swiss Army knife; it can be applied
efficiently to a lot of tasks.”
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