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Tell it Like it Is

As I've mentioned time and time again, our business (entertainment) is in a rocky period of creative destruction. I believe this is good for culture and society, and probably less good for loads upon loads of highly paid execs - but oh well. The best quote I've seen...

It’s Not a Revenue Crisis

Some minimal coverage of topics at SXSWi today over on CNET. For those who don't follow the business, SXSWi is the "digital" portion of the South By SouthWest arts conference that happens in Austin, Texas. I wish I could have attended this year, but alas, no such...

Connect With Fans

And now, back to the stuff I more regularly blog about, the entertainment business. One of my favorite blogs is run by the guys over at Techdirt, and in particular, Mike Masnick. Most of the posts are insightful and deal with a lot of stuff that we in the Producers...

New Media, Old Process

I've been doing a lot of work cross media in the last year, from $10,000 new media pilots to $5m reality tv shows, and one thing that really has become clear. That is that while we are constantly being asked to "do it better, faster, cheaper," we have little means of...

OTOY gets real

I posted a while back about OTOY, a startup here in Burbank that had stated it was going to create real-time HD server-side photoreal rendering. It sounded like vaporware. But it most definitely is not. In conjuction with AMD, they expect to have the first real-time,...

Heart of the Problem

OK, I'll preface this by saying "I'm not an economist," but here's a thought, when Henry Paulson says things like: "I have always said that at the heart of the problem is the housing correction. And until the biggest part of the price decline in houses is behind us,...

Hollywood’s Next Big Thing (will be little)

As we've all watched the studios tighten their belts; and the television prodco's around town bury their heads further in the sand, Peter Bart over at Variety had a noteworthy column about 2 weeks ago on the bean-counters taking over. Mr. Bart, as one of the few...

Like Building Clocks

Sometimes I struggle with ways to describe what it's like to produce a film or television show, but tonight on the way home, I came up with what I think is a good analogy. When you're the producer who's in charge of putting together a show, and it's attendant budget,...

Joss Whedon’s New Media Adventures

If you haven't seen this, and apparently I'm a bit behind in jumping on this bandwagon; you must watch, and if you like, buy. *side note - I can't figure out for the life of me why the creative folks out there don't go into productions that take at least *some* level...

Latest

Couple weeks ago, got an interesting call to put together something for MyDamnChannel, and below is the result. I have to say, I'm pretty happy with the result, if not perfect. Terrell, J and Paul were all a pleasure to work with, and they made it easy, and 13,000+...

Seek First to Understand

A game creator recently took the brave step of directly asking people who pirate his games, why they do so, and to open a dialogue with them about it. (as an exercise, anywhere you see the word "game" replace it with movie or television show and chew on that a while)....

I Have Seen the Future of Storytelling

This post on TechCrunch shows video from a new 3d engine that does all it's rendering in "the cloud" and provides for photoreal environments ostensibly to be used for gaming. What I see in this demo video? I see shooting a scene on a deserted stretch of Pacific Coast...

Cato on Copyright

Great article today over on Cato about copyright being stretched until it's broken. In many comments around the web, the sensible reaction is "well, let's abolish copyright." I don't necessarily disagree, even as a content creator. I thought this bit in the article...

Storytelling Evolution

Over the last 100 years, the motion picture has changed our world, and our storytelling frameworks from what had preceded it for thousands of years. Stories used be told either verbally by local story tellers or by the presentation of plays. The more I watch the films...

Flashbacks & Flashforwards

A good friend of ours has scheduled a series of 80's movies screenings at his home throughout the summer, and we love going. The classic films we grew up with are always great to revisit. From Raiders of the Lost Ark, to the Goonies, and more - a lot of Spielberg and...

Power to the Producers

I think sooner or later we have a couple of game changing things we need to be aware of as content producers. Audiences are (mostly) unwilling to pay for content. Movies are still an exception, but only when priced fairly. The collapse of the movie rental industry (in...

Why do commercials cost so much?

I'm working on an ad campaign at the moment, and it's an interesting break from the more traditional film, television, and new media stuff I've been doing over the years. I forgot that 10 years ago when I got my first "break" in the business, it was working on a...

Old Media, Meet New Media

In the grand scheme of things, it's hard to fault new media for attempting to duplicate what old media used to do. In fact, there are many things old media has done for so long that its way of doing things works very well. There's a reason it takes "x" number of...