Sunday, October 19, 2008

Wayne Wang Film Released on YouTube

Director Wayne Wang just released "The Princess of Nebraska" on YouTube. In the first 48 hours it got 50,000 views.

Contrast his other 2007 film "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" which got theatrical release. Prayers opened in theaters with an opening Wknd of $10.3K (USA) and a gross of $68.7K (USA).

A filmmaker friend comments, "If Prayers grossed 68K it lost money, didn't make any. Prints and PR etc would cost a lot more than 68K."

The "free" YouTube release might actually make *more* money than theatrical release if it results in increased DV sales.

For the next edition of Digital Video Secrets , need to expand the YouTube chapter and seek an interview with Mr. Wang.

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