Here at audNews, we strive to be on the cutting edge of the film world, and these are a few newer sites and applications that filmmakers and film fans should check out, pronto.
Letterboxd is a social media site for cinema watchers. Users log films they have watched into a diary, as well as post reviews, lists and communicate with others about cinema. Well designed, easy to navigate, and strangely addictive, this is a social media site where cinephiles are very welcome.
Popular streaming sites, like Netflix and Hulu, provide an excellent selection of feature films, television series, stand-up comedy, and documentaries. Though, as far as music documentaries or “rock docs” are concerned, they are each severely lacking. This is where a site like Qello comes in. Qello seeks to fill that void, and they are doing a pretty solid job.
Flixfindr is an incredibly functional website that compresses popular streaming video services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime & HBOGo) into one convenient, easy to use site. As it is now, online users have to mix and match streaming sites to get the full spectrum of content available. Flixfindr cuts out a little bit of that work, and even includes useful features, such as sorting by Rotten Tomatoes scores and release dates.
The Colors of Motion Designed by web design master, Charlie Clark, The Colors of Motion compresses various popular feature films into a series of color spectrums, and the results are mesmerizing. An art project conceived by Clark, The Colors of Motion is something that anyone who appreciates cinematography should witness. The vibrant violets and blues of Disney’s Frozen, or the rich warm brown’s of the Coen brothers’ O Brother Where Art Thou are stunning to behold in this format.
RunPee is a frankly bizarre app that allows users to determine an appropriate bathroom break time in theatrically screened films. Their motto “Because movie theaters don’t have pause buttons” sums up their intention for why one might use the app. Segments from newly released films that are short on character or story development are selected as “peetimes” for the app user to take a much needed break. Garnering celebrity testimonials from the likes of Hugh Jackman and Rashida Jones, among others, RunPee is an odd app that filmgoers might actually have a use for.
This is a completely free and open source website builder for filmmakers to input their YouTube and Vimeo content into sleek, user-friendly packages. You don’t have to be a computer programmer to develop a professional looking portfolio site that highlights your video work.
The Audience Awards is a digital platform connecting
filmmakers and audiences. The Audience Awards features
social user profile pages, film competitions where the
film with the most votes wins, branded user generated
content competitions, short film distribution, filmmaking
challenges, crowd source funding and entertainment