Audience Development Seminar (original post 1/16/06)
Here's another oldie, but goodie. This should be helpful to those wanting to learn about publicity for films (and as a bonus, theater). Were you there? Post your own notes in the comments section. Werent there, but have a question? Some constructive feedback? Post those in comments too. Reader interaction is strongly encouraged and appreciated. This goes for any and all postings. Thanks!
The Film Panel Notetakers notes from
audience development seminar
October 25, 2004
Head of film division at Gen Art.
Regional publicity and promotions at IDP Distribution (Samuel Goldwyn Films & Roadside Attractions).
Marketing at IDP Distribution (Samuel Goldwyn Films & Roadside Attractions).
Seth D. Carmichael
CEO, Carmichael Films, an independent film production, publicity, marketing and sales company.
Director/Owner of marketing and public relations business for Broadway, commercial Off-Broadway, and NFP theaters.
Runs Media Blitz, a theatrical press agency for Off-Broadway.
Development Consultant with Fractured Atlas, NFP for small theater and arts organizations.
Theatrical press agent at Boneau/Bryan-Brown for Broadway.
Co-Founder and Creative Director of Short Labs, a non-traditional media agency.
Marketing and Publicity for Film
Advertising print (newspapers)
Campaign Poster/Key Art
Get reviews from festivals, then set release date
Ex) Super Size Me acquired by IDP at Sundance, press release sent out. Also sent director Morgan Spurlock on publicity tour before the release in May. He was willing and able.
Send press releases to:
Trade Press The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Screen International
Long Lead Press
Regional Press Usually need to give three weeks notice.
Goal: Interviews, Features, & Reviews (Run the day the film opens)
Call critics. Encourage, but dont harass.
The most important element.
Use actual production stills, not digital screen captures or behind-the-scenes moments.
Packaging & Community Building
Stage 1 Understand your product
Create buy-ins & co-brand
Ex) Short Labs teamed with Vibe on event for urban romance short.
Stage 2 Understand your audience
Focus on niche audience (most vocal), then build to wider audience (crossover).
Try to get specific communities/organizations to buy blocks of tickets.
Marketing and Publicity for theater
Buzz It takes about 6 weeks to build buzz in theater.
Get preview coverage.
Be professional to the press.
Photography- Should capture the essence of the show.
Think about how you are going to fill the house.
Plan ahead. Do your research.
Product (The Show)
Know product as intimately as possible.
Whats unique about it?
Books and other recommendations
The Tipping Point Tipsters: People who get into plays & films for free and talk about them. Build word of mouth.
Confessions of a PR Man
Madison & Vine
Down & Dirty Pictures
The Anatomy of Buzz
The Fader Magazine & Fader Films
Foundation Center www.fdncenter.org
Talking Broadway www.talkingbroadway.com
Save the New York Times listings www.savethelistings.com