Future of Film: Is the Website Dead?

06/23/2011 03:19 pm ET | Updated Aug 23, 2011

From TFF 2011, Amplify the Message panelists debate if websites have gone the way of the dodo. If they have, what's next?

By Katharine Relth

We return to the experts from our Amplify the Message panel for more sage advice on social media.

This panel was moderated by Marc Schiller of Electric Artists and included Lina Srivastava of Lina Srivastava Consulting, Tribeca Flashpoint’s Howard A Tullman, and writer/director Rider Strong.


Screenshot courtesy Tribeca Online Film Festival

In this 8 1/2 minute video selection, they discuss why filmmakers need to understand that the web has evolved and websites no longer exist as stand-alone experiences.

So what does this mean for filmmakers and their marketing efforts?

The construction of websites for a film or a visual narrative project traditionally has a transparent and familiar formula: Put up the trailer. Have some production stills. Include plot synopsis and cast. Tell your audience about it through traditional advertising techniques. And then, your audience will…what? Visit the site once, watch the trailer, and leave, never to return again.

However, if you think about your website as social and fluid—never static—your audience will stick around the website for a lot longer. They will have conversations with you about your project within your engaging platform. And they will share this experience with others—because you have created a worthy value exchange.

Check out their lively exchange in the video below and let us know if you agree!

To continue the conversation, read Part 1: Is Context the New King?

You can also watch the video in its entirety at the Tribeca (Online) Streaming Room.

Cross-posted from the Future of Film blog at, where leading filmmakers and

experts within the film industry share their thoughts on film, technology and the future of media.