Movie online image for An American In ParisYou betcha!  Thanks to the creative folks in Amazon, anyone can have an online business with movies and videos of all sorts.

Creating movies has never been easy.  The script, the actors, the director, the producer, the costumes, the special effects, the cutting and editing, etc., etc.

A lot of work goes into making a movie, whether it is a success or not.

Then there is the distribution.  Movie distribution and screen time at independent movie festivals are both really tough to get.  We have a great independent movie festival in my town, and I think they turn down 10 movies for every one they accept.

Well, that is starting to change.

Getting movies into the hands of movie watchers has just become a whole lot easier with Amazon Video Direct.

Not many of us will ever create a movie like “An American in Paris”, but some new movie makers are really doing great stuff, stuff that deserves a wide audience.

Now that audience can reach worldwide, or to specific countries.

It can be rented for a single use, or sold, or contained in a series, or given away free.

It can be made available on all supported devices—Fire TV, phones, tablets, game consoles, Smart TVs and from the Web.

As with book publication, Amazon will pay a royalty every single time it is downloaded, and there is a million dollar “bonus” pool for the most popular videos/movies.

YouTube has been a great avenue for presenting amateur video, but Amazon Video Direct will be the platform for the professional, the student who needs to get work out there, the actor who needs to show her skills, the technician who can demonstrate what she has done, the independent film maker who needs to reach her audience.  They will all benefit tremendously from this new platform.

The one thing that Amazon Video Direct will NOT do is promote the movie for you.  That is something that you will still need to do yourself.

  • You will still need a dedicated website.
  • You will still need press releases.
  • You will still need professional reviews.
  • You will still need to place advertising in strategic locations.

But Amazon Video Direct makes it all worthwhile.  The immense reach of Amazon will bring recognition to video and movie artists who never before had a chance, and that is so good.  Just as independent book publishing has opened whole new avenues of publication, independent video distribution opens who new avenues of movie distribution.

Writers that distribute their work on Amazon can develop their own fan clubs, create whole series of books, really tailor make books just for segments of their audience.   There are writers who have earned tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of dollars in independent publishing.  Remember “50 Shades of Grey”?  She earned MILLIONS by self-publishing via Amazon.

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That can all happen in movies now.

And it doesn’t matter at all what your topic is.  Fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, biographical, adult, children, animation, musical, horror — you name it.

As I write this, this is a brand new service from Amazon.  As such, rules and regs and pricing are subject to change.  Please check the Amazon Video Direct website for the most up to date information.

Happy creating!

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