Since I’ve been prodded by Google AdSense, I’m going to lay out the privacy policy for this site.

Privacy Policy: I don’t personally collect identifying information about visitors.

Now maybe I should, just out of general curiosity. I certainly recommend to filmmakers that they keep a ‘mailing list’ which is a spreadsheet that lists everyone who has contacted you about your film and everyone you’ve contacted about your film and all the contact information you have about them – usually just an email address. That’s gold.

Google has a lot of that gold. They are able to use the info they have about you to do “interest-based advertising.” The practical result is that the Google ads you see on this site will be aimed at what some computer algorithm determines to be your interests. If it works, you’ll get more relevant ads, which doesn’t seem all that bad. Here’s some suggested language about it:

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.

* Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on this site.
* Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to your users based on their visit to this sites and other sites on the Internet.
* Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

You can also change your interests at Google Ads Preferences.

The ads on this site pay for the hosting and bandwidth. They don’t pay for the time I put into it. I hope you don’t find them too intrusive. If you do, there’s always AdBlock Plus.

Happy filmmaking!
John Ott
Editor, Making the Movie

[Photo by rpongsaj on Flickr, used under Creative Commons.]