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5 Daily Tech Stories that Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Tech Etiquette, Crowdsourcing Docs and More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire November 8, 2013 at 12:17PM

Crowdsourcing docs, a new streaming movie website and app from TCM and more tech news for filmmakers and film fans.
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1. Amazon Studios resists the Netflix model: Amazon Studios director Roy Price expressed skepticism about Netflix's practice of releasing all of the episodes of their original shows at one time, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter. "If you release all at once, there's concern that it's hard to talk about the show," Price said at an Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences event last night. "I don't know if you've seen four episodes and I've seen six ... I can't really say anything except 'I like the show.' It's a little bit of a problem. And it kind of takes away one of the fun things about a TV show which is saying, 'Hey did you see that?' and 'What do you think is going to happen with blah blah blah?'"

2. TCM App: Good news for movie fans! TCM has launched an on-demand web site and movie app so that subscribers can watch movies up to seven days after they premiere on the cable network, Matt Singer at The Dissolve reports. Bad news: you have to be a cable subscriber. In addition to streaming live, viewers can search for movies by actor, director, genre or theme. Each month there will be special features and a "star of the month." For November, it's Burt Lancaster. Never saw "From Here to Eternity?" Now's your chance.

3. Tech Etiquette: In the latest episode of "The Future Starts Here," Tiffany Shlain's original web series for AOL, she takes on technology etiquette, specifically the tech "pet peeves" that we're all guilty of. Check out the four-minute film here.

4. Crowdsourcing Doc Productions: Tongal, the company that has made a name for itself by encouraging the production of television and moving image web commercials through crowdsourcing ideas and production, is onto the next step of its ambitious crowdsourced documentary contest in partnership with Oscar-winning production company Spitfire Pictures. Five people who don't need to be involved in any part of the production process just won $1,000 for having good ideas, and now you're invited to pitch yourself as a producer of one of those five ideas, or one of your own.  Find out more about how to participate in the contest here.

5. littleBits: After a chance encounter with littleBits CEO Ayah Bdeir at a TED Conference, musician Reggie Watts provided inspiration for developing the littleBits Synth Kit, which was unveiled to the press last night. It's up to you to figure out how to incorporate these sounds into your film work, but you should have fun experimenting with it and possibly creating original soundtracks. See Watts playing with his littleBits Synth Kit in this video: