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I recently came across a website/music service that is essentially an online version of “the mix tape” created with songs that you already own. Once you upload your songs (with a simple uploader where you drag and drop songs from iTunes, genius!! ***Mac only), you are prompted to name, tag, edit and upload custom cover art. Then your mix becomes instantly sharable and readily available online as well as on a variety of mobile platforms. This is a genius idea!!! 8tracks.com offers an excellent way to listen to and discover music as well as express your mood through your favorite tunes.
In their words… “8tracks is handcrafted internet radio. It offers a simple way for people to share and discover music through an online mix, a short playlist containing at least 8 tracks”
So head on over to 8tracks.com, upload your songs and create a “mix tape”.
Then paste the link in the comments below, I want to hear your mix.
HOW I MADE A HUNDRED MOVIES IN HOLLYWOOD AND NEVER LOST A DIME by Roger Corman (with Jim Jerome)
I know this title sounds a bit sensational, but the funny thing is, when it comes to Roger Corman, it’s true!! For those of you who don’t know who Roger Corman is, he was and arguably is the most successful independent film producer in Hollywood. He started his career in the mid 1950’s and either directed, produced and/or distributed hundreds of films, all turning a profit, all allowing him to stay continually in production, doing what he loved…making films, one after another, some even being shot in only a few days (Little Shop of Horrors – 1960 – 21/2 days). He also acted as mentor to an astounding number of future filmmakers, writers & actors, who lovingly referred to their right of passage as the “Roger Corman Film School”
His movies are often referred to as exploitation, which is true for some and he definitely had a niche in genre films, tackling westerns, sci-fi, biker movies, car movies, horror, etc…but several of his films dealt with pertinent issues of the times and pushed the boundaries and expectations of society, such as “The Trip”, “The Intruder” & “Wild Angles”, not to mention he directed and produced a series of 8 films based on the writings of Edgar Allen Poe, all but one starring Vincent Price. Regardless of what film he was making that week, (yeah, that week), they proved entertaining, some bordered on genius, and without a doubt all essential for an independent filmmaker. His ability to complete a film on a micro-budget, making it look way more expensive that it actually was, is a great lesson for any filmmaker.
This book was written by Roger himself, with a “with” credit going to Jim Jerome. This captivating tale, rooted in Corman’s anti-establishment filmmaking philosophy, focuses on his film productions and travels, his instantly successful distribution company and is sprinkled with dialogue from his friends and colleagues, all from the “Roger Corman Film School”. His insight on how to get a film made by handling setbacks that are inevitable in filmmaking proves invaluable. This book comes highly recommended and will prove to be an excellent and educational read. I burned through it in 3 days.
You can find the book on Amazon here.
Enjoy and let’s make some movies.