I just watched a very interesting panel discussion posted by Filmmaker Magazine about how the popularity of online media, easier to use cameras, cheaper equipment and online publishing options (ahem) means an enormous abundance of creativity and artists (or “artists”). The panel centered around the question: does this easy accessibility mean more creativity, art, and culture or does it mean that those who are truly talented are lost in the shuffle?
I was immediately drawn in because this is a fear that has been lurking in the back (READ: front) of my mind for the past week. I’ve been doing an immense amount of reading about online media, using twitter to the max, launching successful Kickstarter campaigns, and basically getting strangers to start being interested in what you’re doing.
A question was posed in the discussion about how some projects seem to get off the ground simply because they have more friends to like it on Facebook or enough Youtube clicks to get to a certain level of popularity. It can add a twinge of desperation to anyone’s marketing campaign. This truly sucks sometimes and seems unfair and it begged the question of some sort of quality control being implemented. While I 100% agree that it can seem unfair that things like that happen, a. there’s no way to implement a world-wide quality control on YouTube or the internet at large and b. (more importantly) if the project has real quality and appeal, it will be seen; if it’s stupid people will stop watching.
Now that may seem naive of me, and maybe it is. Or maybe it’s just optimistic. Or maybe its true.
When we first started this thing, I sat down and tried to watch as many web-series as I could. And there is A LOT out there. The ones that are good, I watched the whole series in a day. The ones that were bad, I stopped watching after one (even if they were beautifully filmed). If the story is no good, if its not relatable, or captivating in some way, people will stop watching.
We are getting close to launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise our first batch of funds for this series. I’m very excited for the campaign and we’ve been doing a lot of planning. I think its a bit of a gamble, but one that we need to take. I also saw the video on Funny or Die for Obama’s Kickstarter. I laughed hysterically and then panicked at how true it is that there are thousands of projects out there all trying to be funded at the same time. I got overwhelmed. And then I saw this discussion. And then I thought about our scripts and all of the amazing actors we have already enthusiastically signed onto the project to work with us. And I know that we’re going to be successful.
By successful, I mean, we’ll get to tell this beautiful story and someone will watch it and be changed.
To all of the nay-sayers, the doubters, they eye-brow raisers, the chuckle-while-saying-“good luck with that”-ers, I politely say FUCK YOU. We’re doing this; all doubts be damned.
@2 years ago with 2 notes
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