The project is getting to be very interesting. I'm still convinced there is no commercial future in the consumer market sales sense but I'm very impressed but what is happening.
I have been contacted by 9 filmmakers so far who have a serious interest in getting one or two Dramas for their next project. What is amazing is that I was surprised to find that every single one of them is artistically accomplished with awards from major film festivals. I usually talk on the phone but I had the chance to meet 2 of them in person so far in Athens and Thessaloniki. It is exactly the market I was interested in. They work exclusively on feature filmmaking, going through production of a feature every 1 to 2 years.
It's always about projects that require 6 to 12 week shoots and the budgets are 100,000 to 300,000 euro. Film is prohibitively expensive for most of these projects due to the required shooting ratio, and the currently available digital cinema solutions cost way too much for long term rentals, especially when more than one cameras are required. Buying the cameras is usually less expensive. But buying such expensive cameras is a large part of the budget once you add all the required shooting/workflow components. It's not really an option with most high quality camera packages being 40,000 to 200,000 euro.
It feels great to talk to a filmmaker and hear all the points I have been making on the thread for almost 2 years now. It justifies the decisions and the time I have spent. It feels great when somebody appreciates your hard work down to the details. My plan was to enable low budget filmmaking, the 50k to 200k projects and offer a quality that was not previously available. An alternative to the everyday 5,000 to 10,000 euro camcorder these projects have to use.
Drama will not sell many units, it was not designed for that, but it looks like it will go to the right hands. Interesting projects and real cinema. I'm very enthusiastic about its future. ...Otis Grapsas