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March 20, 2013 9:54 AM
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SXSW Filmmakers Prove Crowdfunding Might Not Be the Norm and Final Cut Pro is Still Alive

We asked SXSW filmmakers from the Competition, Headliners, Spotlight, Visions and Midnighters sections to tell us a little bit about themselves (read their interviews here). We also included a question on crowdfunding (Did you do it for this film?  If so, how much of your budget did you raise through it?) and editing (What did you edit on?).

READ MORE: What Cameras Did the 2013 SXSW Filmmakers Use?

We learned that while the world is still rebelling against Final Cut X, it looks like Final Cut 7 is still keeping the software alive.  The platform was easily the most popular editing software, with AVID the only other sincere answer in the bunch.  When asked, "What did you edit on?," "Lords of Salem" director Rob Zombie answered by saying, "A pressed-wood table with a black lacquered finish from IKEA."

A great many SXSW films also said they didn't raise money through crowdfunding.  Rob Zombie was again a smart ass and asked "Is that [crowdfunding] legal?," while "Good Ol' Freda" director Ryan White explained that the majority of his documentary was funded through Kickstarter and people donating their time to help him on the film. Here's a breakdown of the responses:

Editing Software

Avid

"Downloaded"
"Evil Dead"
"Getting Back to Abnormal"
"Plus One"

Final Cut Pro

"Before You Know It"
"Big Ass Spider!"
"Big Joy"
"The Bounceback"
"Burma"
"Cheap Thrills"
"Coldwater"
"Continental"
"Everyone's Going to Die"
"Fall and Winter"
"Go for Sisters"
"Good Ol' Freda"
"Grow Up, Tony Phillips!"
"Gus"
"Holy Ghost People"
"I am Divine"
"Improvement Club"
"Licks"
"Los Wild Ones"
"Loves Her Gun"
"Lunarcy!"
"Maidentrip"
"Medora"
"Milius"
"Milo"
"The Network"
"The Other Shore"
"Our Nixon"
"The Rambler"
"Reality Show"
"Sake-Bomb"
"The Short Game"
"Short Term 12"
"Snap"
"Swim Little Fish Swim"
"This Is Where We Live"
"These Birds Walk"
"Tiny"
"Touba"
"Twelve O'Clock Boys"
"An Unreal Dream"
"We Always Lie to Strangers"
"White Reindeer"
"William and the Windmill"
"Xmas Without China"
"Zero Charisma"

A pressed-wood table with a black lacquered finish from IKEA

"Lords of Salem"

Head to Page 2 to check out the results of our crowdfunding poll.

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4 Comments

  • Bobby | March 21, 2013 3:30 PMReply

    You gotta remember that these films weren't shot yesterday...So, I can understand people still using Final Cut 7. But, as codecs continue to change, I can't see people sticking around much longer. Final Cut X is a non option to me. And Avid still looks scary and ugly...I ended up going with Premiere and have been very happy. As someone whose been using Final Cut for over a decade AND switched to Apple just to use it...I can safely say Final Cut is dead to me. LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH! I mean, Adobe Premiere.

  • bbb | March 20, 2013 11:01 AMReply

    Also surprised by dominance of Final Cut 7 after this long. Shows what a popular program it is. I only use Avid, but Premiere is going to start becoming the indie choice in the near future I would suspect. Avid would do well to lower its entry level price point to take more people away from Final Cut. I don't get the loyalism to an outdated program.

  • Tim | March 20, 2013 10:38 AMReply

    "We learned that while the world is still rebelling against Final Cut X, it looks like Final Cut 7 is still keeping the software alive. The platform was easily the most popular editing software"

    Apple, take note!

  • Kevin Pontuti | March 20, 2013 10:19 AMReply

    No one used premiere?