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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: VOD Numbers, Cinematographers Talk 3D and More

5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: VOD Numbers, Cinematographers Talk 3D and More

1. VOD Numbers: Despite all of the pre-release buzz surrounding the guerrilla indie “Escape from Tomorrow,” the film has done only middling business since its release on October 11. It has grossed $164,656 theatrically and $152,419 in VOD (consumer home payments), amounting to a Multi-Screen Gross (MSG) of $317,075. MSG is a new metric created by Cinetic and posted every Monday on the website of Cinetic’s sister company
FilmBuff. In addition to “Escape from Tomorrow,” the only other films that have reported MSG figures are “Man of Tai Chi,” released by TWC-Radius and “Spark: A Burning Man Story,” released by FilmBuff/Paladin. See the MSG Revenue Chart here.

2.Yahoo Screen: A month after launching Yahoo Screen for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Yahoo has announced the company is bringing Yahoo Screen to Apple TV. “Yahoo Screen on Apple TV helps you quickly find all the great video Yahoo has to offer — ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘The Colbert Report,’ ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,’ live news and events, music and original Yahoo programs — so you can enjoy on your big screen,” Bart Stein, Product Manager, Mobile and Emerging Products said on the company’s blog. Stein noted that there’s more news to come soon. “This
is just the beginning of our effort to bring you the best possible
video experience, on any of your devices — iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and
Apple TV — at any place or time. Stay tuned for more to come!”

3. “Alpha House”: Amazon Studios’ first original show, the political satire “Alpha House,” is faring well so far, ranking as Amazon’s top TV series since the second and third episodes debuted on Friday, Variety reports. Amazon doesn’t disclose sales figures, but “Alpha House” was #1 in the series category on the Amazon Video chart after the show’s second and third episodes were made available for free on November 15. But will people pay to watch it?

4. Vimeo: Watch your back, YouTube. Vimeo has an audience of more than 100 million
unique users, 400,000 paying subscribers and about $40 million in
revenue over the past 12 months ending October,
Vimeo parent company IAC announced yesterday, according to Reuters. “Vimeo has proven there is an entire world of really high quality content out there, just as YouTube showed the power of broadcasting,” said Kerry Trainor, Vimeo’s chief executive officer.

5. Cinematographers Talk 3D: For their first ever Cinematographer Roundtable “The Hollywood Reporter” invited Barry Ackroyd (“Captain Phillips”), Sean Bobbitt (“12
Years a Slave”), Bruno Delbonnel (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), Stuart
Dryburgh (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) and Phedon Papamichael
(“Nebraska”) for a candid chat that covers a wide range of topics
including the move to digital and the waning popularity of the 3D
format. Watch video of the roundtable discussion here.

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