New Movie Preview: Coldwood
"Well, one of those actors, Carly Jones, stars in the upcoming psychological drama, Coldwood."
Research credit: Zoey
Saturday, May 29, 2010
New Movie Preview: Coldwood
"Like the wise man Solomon wrote of in Proverbs: by being kind to me, she was (in effect) heaping coals of fire on my head. Rather than taking the low road and throwing a random insult back at me (and believe me, there are certainly plenty to choose from) she decided to shrug it off and be the bigger person."
“We want to be able to do things that are a little subversive and something that a studio would be less willing to do.”
Friday, May 28, 2010
Google Wave at Google IO 2010 Keynote
An update on Google Wave's first year and new announcements by Lars Rasmussen at Google IO 2010.
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Google I/O 2010 - Keynote Day 1
Video footage from Day 1 keynote at Google I/O 2010
Vic Gundotra, Engineering Vice President, Google
Sundar Pichai, Vice President, Product Management, Google
Charles Pritchard, Founder, MugTug
Jim Lanzone, CEO, Clicker
Mike Shaver, VP Engineering, Mozilla Corporation
Håkon Wium Lie, CTO, Opera Software
Kevin Lynch, CTO, Adobe Systems
Terry McDonell, Editor, Sports Illustrated Group
Lars Rasmussen, Manager, Google Wave
David Glazer, Engineering Director, Google
Paul Maritz, President & CEO, VMware
Ben Alex, Senior Staff Engineer, SpringSource Division of VMware,
Bruce Johnson, Engineering Director, Google
Kevin Gibbs, Software Engineer, Google
Animus Cross Season II "Hell For The Company"
"Be careful walking home... there's blood in the air tonight."
From press release:
Series star and associate producer Harold Phillips credits the audience growth to the series’ mix of historical drama and supernatural adventure. “We’ve heard from viewers across the world - from the Ukraine, Japan, Germany, Japan… they absolutely love the supernatural mystery Amanda has set in the 1860’s Idaho Territory. While the web series has grown quite a bit since the first series launched, there are still very few historical dramas – and we’re one of the only series to mix the western and horror genres. It makes us stand out from the crowd!”
The second episode of Animus Cross Series II: “Hell For The Company” is currently running at http://www.animuscross.com. New episodes are posted on the last Wednesday of each month; they are posted to the popular video sharing sites YouTube and Vimeo the following Wednesday. Steen plans to go into production on the third series, “Myself Am Hell” in mid 2010.
The story revolves around an experiment that was triggered, causing a "shift" (which has yet to be explained). The story focuses on what happened following the shift, what the shift was, and the motives of those involved.
The real experiment is how the story unfolds. It is based upon the writing exercise where someone starts a story, and then passes it on to the group. Each videographer adds/changes the story with their posts. There is no set 'order' to posters, but posts expand the characters and world...and each post forms the story in a unique and unexpected way. Giving the world a "real life" experience in a science fiction storyline. The core group has specific rules they do follow, and we invite viewers to join the world with their "experiences". Occasionally, we will choose a viewer that has proven themselves with response videos to join the cannon group.
From the press release:
"This hysterical new show follows the absurd lives of Hank & Alex, two 20-somethings who have vowed never to pay rent again! The first independently-produced original series released by Toad Hop Entertainment, Inc., the show stars well-known regulars from the hottest TV and Web shows. A new episode will be available every Monday on Dailymotion throughout the summer.
Blending the awkward, intelligent comedy of ABC's "Modern Family" with the hysterical antics of FX’s “Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Squatters” follows the wild ride of two best friends whose radical but simple solution to the swelling cost of housing in New York City is to live “rent free.” Our heroes each take a unique approach to their housing dilemma. Hank relies on his rugged good looks and frat boy charm to seduce women and “take them back to their place” for the night. Meanwhile, Alex secretly converts his office cubicle into half-decent sleeping quarters and freshens up in the employee bathroom."
The Cast and Crew
The “Squatters” cast includes well-known Webseries stars, including Sandeep Parikh (The Guild, The Legend of Neil), Austin Highsmith (Paramount's Circle of 8), Tony Janning (The Legend of Neil), Stephanie Marquis (Sam Has 7 Friends), Brian Ames (Take180's MyDate), and Cooper Harris (RedBull's Roadies). Additional cast includes recognizable film and television stars Ryan Sypek (ABC's Wildfire), Steffany Huckaby (Greek), Matthew Moy (Scrubs), Erik Scott Smith (Cold Mountain, A Walk to Remember), Anna Koonin (All My Children), and Marty Lodge (Grey's Anatomy, The Loop).
About Toad Hop Entertainment Inc
“Squatters” is the first original Web series produced by Toad Hop Entertainment, founded by Frank Kramer, and joined by Brendan Bradley and Cooper Harris with four successful commercial campaigns under their belt. “Squatters” Season 1 consists of a dozen 8-minute episodes. For more information, visit www.SQUATTERStheseries.com
The Squatters Red Carpet Launch Party will be Friday, June 4th at Capitol City in Hollywood.
Cathy Davidson of HASTAC describes the Digital Media and Learning Competition, which is funding innovative ideas to transform learning using digital media. For more information, visit http://www.dmlcompetition.net/.
Global Competition Awards Millions to Digital Media and Learning Projects
This month, winners are being announced for the third annual MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition, who will share over $1.7 million in funding to pioneer the use of games, mobile phone applications, virtual worlds, and social networks in education and learning.
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Posted by modelmotion at 9:40 AM
Thursday, May 27, 2010
This vid was posted on youtube on May 10, 2010, though I am not sure it is recent (though it probably is based on Jess' appearance). Watch her expression as she walks away.
Jessica Rose also appeared on Tom Green's internet show a few times in the fall of 2006, soon after her identity was revealed. During the "hunt for Bree," Tom Green's assistant Zack Wolk (who also uploaded this video), was a big fan of the videos. In fact, he even made a spoof of "My Parents ... Let Me Go Hiking" way back on July 16, 2006. I doubt many readers of this blog ever saw this very early parody:
in that vid's comments:
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!! sERIOUSLY my favorite video ever!!! You R awesome :) Thanks, this is the best video response anyone has ever done...how did you do it without a cameraman?
On August 26, 2006, (when the search for Bree was at a fever pitch), Zach also posted another video where he is excited about Bree's appearance on the cover of the Hollywood Daily version of People Magazine.
Required Specs Could Make Google TV Too Pricey
In the interview, Dureau said that connected devices needed more memory than regular HDTVs for buffering while streaming over the web.
Google TV: What Does It Mean for Advertisers?
"Every ad on TV has the potential to become interactive," Google TV Technical Director Vincent Dureau said at the I/O developer conference, where the platform was announced.
Google Still Trying to Figure Out a Business Model for Video
“If you can find a way of monetizing video right, you’ll see huge shifts of advertising dollars.”
Google TV Is Ready to Change the Game
I expect a slow initial ramp-up for the Android-powered Google TV devices, due to the high cost of implementation and uncertain consumer demand.
The real secret of the ooze is... it doesn't work.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Having escaped death for the 3rd time in as many hours, our courageous duo are ready to accept defeat. Sharing a single remaining piece of Trident Layers(r), Justin & Alden realize all they ever needed were each
other....and Shannen Doherty? Featuring appearances by Payman Benz, Shannen Doherty, Felicia Day, Robin Thorsen and Milo Ventimiglia. Hitch a ride from the beginning: http://facebook.com/tridentgum.
On its own this makes an interesting read about Twin Peaks. However, if you read it in the context of Lonelygirl15 the parallels are quite striking.
Interview with Author Patrick Carman
Below is an interview that Michael Andersen conducted with prolific multimedia author Patrick Carman.
An Arcade Classic Comes to Life, Secret Blueprints Revealed
Finally, when the countdown ended on May 6th, Encom published their much-anticipated Space Paranoids Online arcade game, just as Alan Bradley had announced.
Aguatero Industries: Message in a Bottle, or SOS to the World?
However, typing in the shortened url on the bottle cap leads to the Our Water Planet blog, which suggests the empty bottle I received represents something more insidious:
Iamamiwhoami: Those Who Play in Mud Grow Mandrakes
Finally a strong possibility has emerged that Swedish singer/songwriter Jonna Lee is the culprit even though her own management denied involvement.
Episode 15: The One About the Future of Storytelling
Nothing like getting a bunch of passionate believers in the power of story together to talk about how the web is creating a paradigm shift.
Episode 14: The One About DSLR Filmmaking
DSLR filmmaking has taken the web by storm, and now it's being used in mainstream film and television work.
What does it take to make a successful web series? What does it take to market a successful web series and find an audience? Watch and learn HOW TO MAKE A WEB SERIES as Rich Mbariket of Web Series Network follows 6 original web series content creators: Jennifer Dawson (Party Girl Plus One), Mike Ajakwe, Jr. (Ajakwetv.com), Alice Cutler (Saving Rent), Chris Wiltz (Semi Dead) and Aleem Hossain (Central Division).
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Season 1 Ep. 2 — Special extended clips from "The Webventures of Justin & Alden" ep. 4: The Streamys featuring Alex Albrecht, Randy Sklar, Phil Lamarr, Sandeep Parikh, Tony Janning, Mark Gantt, Jesse Warren and Sean Becker.
Posted by Anthony E. Zuiker
We have started production on the Dark Prophecy cyber-bridges. Woo-hoo!
BUNNY HUG Episode #1 "Hot Coffee" - BunnyHugShow 8 videos
In this very first episode, Travis and Celeste - two former lovers and current roommates - share an awkward conversation over a pot of coffee.
**WARNING - ADULT CONTENT - SOME BAD WORDS - MAYBE A BARE BUM, BUT PROBABLY NOT**
Bunny Hug is a web-series about Travis and Celeste, two former lovers forced to live together after breaking up because of a bad economy and their own self-righteous indignation. It's a comedy.
Written on a dare by Jason Filiatrault and directed by Grant Harvey (Ginger Snaps Back, TV's Whistler), Bunny Hug is a sincere and heartfelt attempt to combine the comedy of funny things, with the situation of being human — this new breed of entertainment (what we’re calling “the sit-com”) is specifically designed to deliver as many laughs as possible, while also being a somewhat decent story.
Filmed on the cutting-edge RED HD format on a shoe-string budget in Calgary, Alberta Canada - Bunny Hug is the culmination of dozens of hard working people's efforts to create something pure, and funny, and to escape the soul-crushing foot of corporate entertainment.
Recently, Bunny Hug was nominated for 3 awards from the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association (AMPIA) including BEST SHORT and BEST ACTOR - and won the award for BEST SCREENWRITER (Drama, under 30min.) Bunny Hug is also a top 25 finalist for significant new-media funding from the Independent Producers Fund of Canada.
Starring Michelle Morgan (CBC TV's Heartland, Diary of the Dead, Stargate Atlantis) and Christopher Austman as Celeste and Travis, Bunny Hug will be the very best puppet-introduced web-series that you watch this week. Guaranteed.
You can read some reviews of Bunny Hug here:
A new project from Punisher77, the creators of GOLD.
From the one sheet:
It's called Night of the Zombie King - a short adventure set in the world of GOLD, between seasons 1 & 2, and follows a fan-favorite character, Jaz (leader of the Dangerous Gamers from GOLD Season 1, episode 4) on a journey back to his home town. We're calling this story "The Big Chill" for nerds.
NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIE KING
a GOLD adventure
"The Big Chill" for nerds
David Nett, Rick Robinson & Andrew Deutsch
David Nett, Rick Robinson & Frederick Snyder
Director of Photography:
Jaz - James Lane (GOLD, Ballad of Mary & Ernie)
Martin - Jonathan Nail (Solo)
Danny - Stephanie Thorpe (After Judgement, Hurtling Through Space)
Brian - Brian Majestic
Hicks - Maxwell Glick (LonelyGirl15, Simply Simon)
Monday, May 24, 2010
Greetings, Many of you know me as Mathieas. I have written for this site for over a year, in fact, many of the actual articles on this site were written by me. Several months ago, modelmotion asked me to register the "WebSeriesToday" domain name in what I thought was an effort to rebrand and refocus the site. Also, I was under the impression that the site would make an attempt to rise above, being yet another blogspot, to become something more. This did not include granting author privileges to random people to spam their latest project.
I want to make it perfectly clear that I do not support modelmotion's unilateral decision to let anyone post anything on the site. I believe that the site should and needs editorial oversight, a clear focus, and a commitment to quality. I want to be clear this does not mean censoring opposing views, anyone who has read the comments, knows nothing gets censored. It is simply about maintaining a certain level of quality and objectiveness. People might and certainly will disagree with me, that is your right.
Thank you for reading this, and thank you for all of the great feedback over the past year, I have really enjoyed writing for the site.
P.S. I'm looking for a new hobby if anyone has any suggestions. :)
Posted by Mathieas at 6:43 PM
A guest post from the creators of the Party Girl Plus One webseries:
Hey Party People!
How do GUYS acts on dates? What do GIRLS think on dates? And how does anyone FIND true LOVE amidst all the types of people out there?
Welcome to Party Girl Plus One, the web series. Once Jen realizes she's outstayed her welcome in the "Singles Lane," she's ready to abandon her previous dating criteria and will date anyone and everyone until she finds her true Plus One. Party Girl Plus One chronicles hilarious individual dates from Jen's dating diary as self contained 4 minute episodes and uncovers a journey about life, love and self discovery.
Based on actual dates from Jennifer Dawson's dating diary.
Here's how it all begins with Episode 1: "Party Girl". This video contains adult themes and may not be suitable for minors.
Jennifer Dawson as Jen
Vince Pavia as Vic
Director of Photography Daniel Doherty
Edited by Jennifer Dawson and Daniel Doherty
A robot sent to the present to save the future. Her mission... Protect Jeff Collins, the savior of humanity, from the forces of evil and his roommates.
Hollywood Wasteland is a web series about the end of the world, coming to an internet near you on June 2nd, 2010.
Paul K. Daniel
Ryan Robert Daggitt
Directed by Matt Newcomb
Produced by Jeff Winkler
Trailer score by Carl Vaudrin
OFFICIAL WEBSITE : http://www.theataxian.com
FACEBOOK : http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ata...
The Ataxian is a feature length documentary film revolving around Kyle Bryant. Kyle has Friedreichs Ataxia, a fatal progressive neuromuscular disease. In June 2010, Kyle, his recumbent tricycle and a team of cyclists will compete in the Race Across America to raise awareness for the disease, riding over 3,000 miles in 9 days. The Ataxian is a unique look at Kyle's journey as an individual dealing with a degenerative, life shortening disease. Oh, and don't forget embarking on a grueling adventure in the form of the hardest bike race in the world. Welcome to the fight for a cure.
Posted by Miles Beckett on LG15.com:
Hey everyone, I wanna share a really cool project that a member of the LG15 family created. Kevin Schlanser was our DP on lonelygirl15, LG15: The Resistance, and Harpers Globe and was an editor for many of the lonelygirl15 videos.
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"As you all know, community plays a key role in the success of any project, and that is truly epitomized in the likes of those who have been a part of the lg15/EQAL community these past years."
Kevin Schlanser on LGPedia: http://www.lg15.com/lgpedia/index.php?title=Kevin_Schlanser
So Lonelygirl15 often elicited comparisons to LOST back in the day. Not because it shared its production values, but because of its coolness and burgeoning mythology. An article in the NY Times a few days ago could almost have been written about lg15. It gives pause to the question of whether the "interactivity" sought after by some webseries is also affecting regular television.
...To keep the story going, the producers of “Lost” resorted to inflation, adding more plot points and more characters at the cost of coherence. A spooky tale about plane crash survivors on a strange island [Ed. note: or a girl in a bedroom?] increasingly became a labored allegory about free will and destiny, individualism and solidarity. Mystery began to give way to mythology.