Amanda Lin Costa

Amanda Lin Costa is a writer and producer in the film and television industry. She writes a series called "Truth in Documentary Filmmaking" and is currently producing the documentary, "The Art of Memories".

by Amanda Lin Costa

It sounds like the start of a joke: A clown, an actress, a lighting designer, and a transmedia storyteller get locked in a room. Did I mention the clown is also a software developer? The result of this collaboration is the winning team of Story Hack: Beta, better known as Team Cupcakes and Rainbows. Seriously. […] more »

by Amanda Lin Costa

Discovered on the Internet and known as a storyteller with a unique vision, writer and producer Daniel Knauf, best known as the creator of “Carniv├ále” on HBO, has ditched Hollywood and struck out on his own to mine the field of transmedia. With a beta project made public called “Haunted,” Knauf’s new company, BXX, is […] more »

by Amanda Lin Costa

Few can say they didn’t see it coming. but many felt the final nail in the coffin was firmly in place when at the end of 2011 CNN fired 50 photojournalists. The international news network explained its decision in a letter: We looked at the impact of user-generated content and social media, CNN iReporters and […] more »

by Amanda Lin Costa

March marked the launch of “Reckless Adrian Grenier,” an app built for the iPad, iPhone and iPod and created by Mobovivo for its namesake, actor and filmmaker Adrian Grenier. Adrian Grenier. All photos courtesy of Mobovio. Some of you are moaning, “why does he need an app?” but others of you are perhaps “Entourage” fans, […] more »

by Amanda Lin Costa

Click here to read the whole series Traditionally, there were three main types of distribution for the work of independent filmmakers: theatrical, broadcast and straight to DVD. Most filmmakers hoped for a combination of all three. But everything has changed. The digital online world has opened up new avenues of distribution including video on demand, […] more »

by Amanda Lin Costa

On the last day of the History Makers International conference, a three-day event consisting of award presentations, panel discussions, and master classes for producers and broadcasters, a particular tweet caught my eye: “At third screen panel at history conference. I feel like a dinosaur.” The faster-than-the-speed-of-light changes in the digital world may be making many […] more »

by Amanda Lin Costa

Lower costs in pro-consumer digital equipment, the crowdfunding phenomenon, and new online and mobile distribution models have opened the door the past few years to many first-time documentary filmmakers in the United States. Independent filmmaking is on the rise, and with that, a trend for more personalized storytelling. Many of today’s documentary filmmakers are making […] more »