Ep 003: Lance Weiler Interview

Filmmaker Lance Weiler is the special guest on this first video podcast at UC101. Weiler talks about the unique ways he has experimented with extending the storyworld of his feature films out to other media platforms and artforms, and he shares his insights into the innovative digital distribution techniques he has been spearheading for years. To jump to particular topics, here is a short guide:

03:02 The Last Broadcast
14:32 Head Trauma
44:14 From Here to Awesome
54:53 Workbook Project
59:01 Random Future

Here is part of his bio from his personal site:

His first feature, The Last Broadcast, is currently distributed in over 20 countries. It has the honor of being the first all digital release of a motion picture to theaters nationwide and has enjoyed runs on HBO and IFC. To date, The Last Broadcast, a self-distributed effort, has grossed over 4 million dollars worldwide. […] Lance’s newest feature, Head Trauma, had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival in 2006. This past fall Head Trauma had a 17 city DIY digital theatrical run before hitting stores and retail outlets nationwide on DVD. Recently, Lance has created a new Head Trauma event called a cinema ARG (alternate realty game) that allows audience members to experience a new form of storytelling. The cinematic ARG is a mashup of movies, music, theatrics and gaming. […] Lance is also the founder of the Workbook Project a ‘social open source’ project for filmmakers. The Workbook Project’s goal is to help filmmakers understand the changing landscape of funding, production, promotion, and distribution in a digital age. Lance also sits on the board of the IFP a national filmmaker organization and is the co-founder of From Here to Awesome a discovery and distribution fest that puts filmmakers directly in touch with global audiences.

And here are links to sites we refer to:


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4 Replies

  • Haha, yes. Thanks Steve. 🙂 The lighting & slides etc looks better with the higher res but must obey the download police.

    I still haven’t found my groove yet — my style with this personal podcast — but I’ll get there. I should just do interviews in virtual dance clubs eh? 🙂

  • Loved the podcast. Super interesting to hear Lance give a thorough history/evolution of projects/thinking with your help.

    Nice to see a links-list complimentary to the podcast, shame blip doesn’t do a viddler-style advanced annotation mode to link directly in the podcast (of course, you know quicktime did this through advanced embedded hyperlinks/alt.tracks aeons ago).

    Looking forward to upcoming podcasts, and congratulations on getting the new blog up and running.

  • Hello Matt!

    Thankyou for the kind words. 🙂

    And yeah, I was going to use Viddler but the viewing interface at Blip is so nice (to me). I just presumed all players have chapter capability and was surprised that Blip couldn’t. The chapters are in the downloadable file though.

    Also, I’ve been a member of Swarm of Angels for a while now and your book The End of Celluloid: Film Futures in the Digital Age has been on my to-get list for a while too. I look forward to reading it and seeing how Swarms blossoms.


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