September 9, 2016
NASHVILLE, TN USA – Laughter for Soul’s founder Mitch Emoff and along with producer Dudley Jacobs took center stage at Lipscomb University’s Black Box Theater on Friday, September 9 to discuss the faith-based film market and opportunities for students trying succeed in the competitive world of movie making.
Professor Van Flesher and a group of undergraduate and graduate students participated in the discussion about the current state of transmedia consumption, with particular emphasis on developing projects that embrace private viewing environments like video on demand (AVOD, SVOD, TVOD) and over-the-top (OTT) services. Additional discussions centered around the box office performance of recent faith-based films (“God’s Not Dead”, “War Room”, “I’m Not Ashamed”, “Remember the Goal”) and Nashville’s recent development as a film epic center thanks in part to its history in Christian publishing, music and denominational management.
“Insightful and expansive story tellers are needed more today than ever,” said Emoff. “The worldwide appetite for meaningful narratives has never been greater and those filmmakers who embrace these newer technologies with strategic messaging will define our culture.”
“The opportunities for financial gain and meaningful impact have never been greater for independent filmmakers,” continues Jacobs. “Because of the ‘direct-to-consumer’ models now in place, the stranglehold of the old gatekeepers is no more. If you have a resonating story, its going to get out there – so go make something great!”
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