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Tip: Before posting your movies, watch a few of the featured movies already on these Web sites to get a feel for what people are doing and what kinds of movies each of these sites accepts. You may get more out of watching the movies that other people have posted than posting your own. The lessons you can learn from other amateurs and independents--both in the mistakes they make and in the clever techniques they adopt--make this book's teachings look like only Chapter 1. Posting to Your .Mac Account For example, is the big time--the most commercial and profes- sional Web site of its kind. The site specializes in short flms and animations, from 30 seconds to 30 minutes long. Your stuff has to be good to make the cut, however, as Atom posts fewer than 10 percent of the movies it receives. Its explicit purpose is to get them sold to TV producers and Hollywood studios. (Unfortunately, very few of the movies here are available in QuickTime format. Atom isn't one of the most Mac-friendly movie sites.) is Atom's biggest rival. Since it's less fussy about what gets posted, several hundred movies are available. The odds are pretty good, then, that some of its contributors will get picked up. As made famous by Time magazine, two guys who made the short black comedy Sunday's Game, for example, were offered a TV development deal from Fox. iFilm provides a special Web page for each movie, complete with your synopsis, credits, and feedback ratings. And the site is overfowing with special resources for flmmakers, such as news, reviews, lists of flm festivals, and so on. Tip: Want to get your movie posted--and popularized--on some of these Internet flm festivals? Then make a spoof of a popular commercial movie. No matter how poor the quality, nor how inexpensively done, clever satires rise to the top on these sites and get thousands of viewings. Saving Ryan's Privates, Pies Wide Shut, and The Sick Scents, for example, constantly top the "Most Viewed" list. Posting a Movie on Your Own Web Site Posting movies on other people's Web pages is one thing. In many cases, however, you might prefer the control and the freedom of putting movies onto your own Web page, designed the way you like it. You'll quickly discover that this process is more technical than the ones described so far in this chapter. For example, the following discussion assumes that you do, in fact, already have a Web site. Playing the Movie in its Own Window If you have a Web page, you're probably already familiar with the notion of FTP (fle transfer protocol), the method you use to deposit new Web pages, graphics, and other elements onto your Web site. You do this using a program like Captain FTP or RBrowser, both of which are available for download from the "Missing CD" page at chapter13:moviesontheweb--andonthephone 321