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Jack Schaberg's picture
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Amazon/Amazon Prime experience

About 3-4 months ago, I put my movie The Key, which I made in 2011ish, on Amazon/Amazon Prime. For the first few weeks, I checked the # of minutes streamed every week just for fun. I think it took about a month to reach 1,000 minutes between the U.S. and U.K. (not doing this to make money, just for the experience). Anyways, just checked today and the total minutes streamed is now 25,699. What?! I know, in the grand scheme of things, it's a mere pittance, but still, kind of fun.

Anyways, part II, what's crazy is that starting in mid-April, the viewing minutes in the U.K. has been on a steady rise. In the past seven days, it's been streamed for 7,000 minutes. What?! In the U.S., it piddle along at a very low, steady rate, like 100 minutes/day. Very interesting.

BTW, the movies is roughly 100 minutes long, so, even though you can't extrapolate this way, one could say that roughly 256 people have watched the movie beginning to end. I'm sure that's not the case, but still, interesting stuff.

If you'd like to see what a movie that cost about $1,500 to make (all volunteer cast and crew), I invite you to check it out here, and share your comments. I'll be the first or second to admit it's not brilliant cinema, but man what a learning experience. https://www.amazon.com/Key-Kaitlyn-Marie-Giguere/dp/B08VSCNXYN

You can also find it on Amazon Prime and watch for free, free, free!

CJ Walley's picture
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Joined: Jul 2016

There's the possibility that the algorithm is aligning your film with something that's very popular right now in the UK. People watch that film and then yours is recommended next. I know of two filmmakers who've had films go to #1 most viewed on Netflix this way.

Jack Schaberg's picture
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Joined: Oct 2020

JJ John -- Wow! Thanks so much for watching the movie, and for your thoughtful and spot-on comments. We shot it over a period of probably 14 months (?) getting together the necessary cast and crew when we could. Even so, I will say that a reason for at least a few of the phone calls and such is that a particular actor didn't show up a couple of times, and I literally had to re-write the scene on the spot. Oh, what fun! 

As for the camera, yes, probably a wee bit shakier than I would have liked, but agree that overall the DP/camera operator did a great job. Always took longer to set up shots than I planned for, but well worth it. We filmed all of the car driving shots in the small horse barn where the showdown takes place. Used little penlights for coming car headlights and such.

Anyways, thanks again. And interestingly, after writing the original post above, the film really caught fire (relatively speaking) in the UK and on a few days was being streamed for 5,000 minutes, which is crazy. I think the total minutes is around 130,000 now, the vast majority the U.K., but now it's cooled way off and is getting streamed for maybe 300 minutes per day overall. Still, no complaints that the equivalent of 1,300 people have watched the whole movie.

Make that 1,301 including you!  All the best.

Jack