I have some helpful information and suggestions in these pages for independent filmmakers. Some of the information may be a little dated as I wrote much of it a few years ago, but most of it still applies.
I am the Technical Director at Emerging Pictures where we offer a low cost digital cinema solution for independent cinemas and performing art centers. Part of this solution is mastering a file based version of independent films, specifically a 720p HD VC-1 file. Independent filmmakers provide me with a wide variety of different video masters. These final video masters, along with the original camera format, and the work flow along the way, make a significant difference between a very clean beautiful looking digital file, and a blurry, aliased, ugly digital file.
Please peruse the different articles I have available here, and send me a message if you have a question that I haven’t answered here.