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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Wealth Inequality in America

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is

Watch: Making of 'Django 2 Chainz' @KingBach @mitchmarchand @BreshaWebb

Must SEE! Django Unchained parody with @LamorneMorris @KingBach @BreshaWebb @LymanJohnson

Hilarious spoof of Denzel Washington's 'Flight' by @KingBach & @mitchmarchand

Feast of Fiction: Marshmallow Fondant!

Youtubers React to Rickroll

Zoochosis:"Case 5: Fate" & "Case 6: Parenthood"

PressHeartToContinue: GAMING NEWZ: Pokemon's Mew Is A Runner & GAMING NEWZ: The Ex-PS4 Warz

Kids React to The Beatles

Friday, March 1, 2013

It is not all about you!

You have decided to make a Web series. Cool. You have written your script. Nice. You have a super cast and worked really, really, really, hard on rehearsals. Wonderful. You have lined up a great crew. Excellent. You have figured out all the technical stuff: camera angles, lighting, audio, special effects, make up, logistics, etc. Wow, so much to do! So you are now ready to produce your Web series?

Well, maybe. Maybe not. It all depends on what you actually want to create. If your goal is simply to make a show piece that will demonstrate what you are capable of then perhaps you have what you need. Perhaps you have skillfully targeted a niche community that will adopt and love your series because it fits a niche that conventional TV never filled. But the question most creators should be asking by now is "who is going to watch?"

Many people believe that they can build it (their Web series) and they (the viewer) will come. As stated above this can happen in very special circumstances, but for the vast majority of shows this will not happen. Further it is not easy to "engineer" the "special circumstances" because one thing the Web is very good at figuring out is authenticity.

So where does that leave you? Well, the answer is that in many cases it is quite possible that you started your production at the wrong end. On the Web the key is how you interact and it is through these interactions that you build up your following, support and sustenance for future "growth."

Now a lot of people confuse interactivity with interactions. Interactivity is an extra layer to a Web series where there is an exchange of ideas between the series and viewers participating in the experience. Interactions come in many forms. For example, they can be a clever tweet, or an "RT." They can be a comment exchange, or a FaceBook post. They might be a suggestion on a graphic for your series, or constructive criticism of some aspect of your show. The interaction could even be a creative contribution to your show such as a musical composition. But one thing is certain: interactions are vital, and the more interactions the more your show will grow.

Some creators turn to crowdfunding to make their series. If you have a compelling concept, and a wide circle of friends, a successfully implemented campaign often leads creators to conclude that they are headed in the right direction. Maybe they are, but if you have only paid for your show by dipping into a "friend network" it raises questions about the long term sustainability of the series. Would it not be better to figure out how to make "Web native" content that is self sustaining? To achieve this you need to move beyond personal ego and embed every aspect of the production within the matrix that is the Web.

If you look at the Web as a matrix then you, and your Web series, are just one small element within the fabric of the matrix. Perhaps you need to figure out where you fit in that matrix and how you will interact with other elements within that matrix before you begin to contemplate making a Web series.

So in the end, you and your ideas may well not be enough. By looking at the Web through the classical vision of the producer-audience paradigm you create an impermeable barrier between your production and the matrix. Essentially the creator tries to embed what they have created into the Web, and all too often the environment does not supply the sustenance it needs to survive. Perhaps it is better to embrace the matrix and let your concept evolve from a fundamental understanding of the dynamics that exist within the matrix.

What if we considered making a Web series more like the process of fungal growth. First the mycelium would create a mass of branching, threadlike hyphae throughout the Web and then and only then would the conditions be right for the mycelium to form fruiting bodies, or in our case Web series. In other words the Web series grow out of the Web, rather than being implanted into it.

So before you make a Web series, think about spending a lot of time growing your mycelium throughout the matrix. Invest the time and energy, so that when the time comes for your series to sprout from within the matrix you have an ample supply of nutrients from a preexisting network. Smart things those fungi!

Images from Wikipedia:
The toxic mushroom Amanita muscaria, commonly known as "fly agaric"
Microscopic view of a mycelium.

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Has FaceBook lost its "cool"?

The age of the brag is over: why Facebook might be losing teens

"As Facebook has become a real-life social network infested with parents, co-workers, ex-friends, and people you barely know," Rifkin writes, "Tumblr has become the place where young people express themselves."

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Catch all of The Playhouse Soap Opera Season Two Here

Now that the Second Season has come to a close, watch all 10 episodes in sequence right here!

The Playhouse Season Two

TED Talks: Amanda Palmer: The art of asking

Don't make people pay for music, says Amanda Palmer. Let them. In a passionate talk that begins in her days as a street performer (drop a dollar in the hat for the Eight-Foot Bride!), she examines the new relationship between artist and fan.

Machinima Entertainment, Tech & Culture

So if you are interested in Tech and Culture, you should definitely follow Machinima on their youtube channel. It's all about the video games world and they also stream live shows with guests and you can tweet them your questions live. They are the top blog out there for video games. So if you are a gamer you should def check them out :)

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My Student, My Lover: Fundraiser Update!

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Lyons Den: Episode 2.16 - "Fallin'"

The Lyons siblings receive devastating news which brings one of their own back home.

Raise $40K to produce 10 episodes of Out of Time

http://igg.me/at/outoftimeseries $40K on IndieGoGo.com? Can we do it? Hell yeah, but we need your help.

Help us to show the world that we can make a time travel story that's got a mind-blowing story, kick-ass effects and that gets it right. Hollywood thinks that money is what makes a sci-fi story. We think it is people.

We've shot the pilot "The Accidental Time Traveller" that available for you to watch, but now we're heading into production of 10 more amazing episodes to make an epic time-travel series! And one that makes sense!

Join us so we can bring fights, explosions (okay maybe a small explosion) and awesome sci-fi adventure. Each episode is 15 minutes and they're all awesome!

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The Lyons Den: Episode 2.15 - "Tell Me How I'm Supposed To Breathe With No Air"

The true paternity of Leesy is revealed as Luke's life possibly comes to a screeching halt; meanwhile, Keysha searches for Xavier.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Lyons Den: Episode 2.14 - "Torn In Between The Two"

Xavier's life continues to go in a downward spiral causing Keysha to feel the effects of it; meanwhile, Luke's birthday opens up the door for other folks' secret problems to possibly be resolved.

The Lyons Den: Episode 2.13 - "4 AM to 5 O'Clock in the Morning"

Keysha finds out the truth while Vincent Covington tries to face his; meanwhile, Sherrí calls on Luke.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Lyons Den: Episode 2.12 - "Got An Icebox Where My Heart Is A Stereo"

Luke begins to spiral out of control with life as a single man; meanwhile, Sherrí meets her new boss.

Guerilla film making in Italy (STUCK)

So that's how it all begun, a group of friends wanting to explore the possibilities of Canon 60d and move beyond standard storytelling.

We went through a long casting to create an ensemble of actors from all over the world... most of them are presented in our pilot, which shows the sexual power of our main character played by Riccardo Sardonè who had intercourse in 15 different shots while shooting, most of them you'll find here:

Sharing Makes The World Go Around

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The Lyons Den: Episode 2.11 - "Back To Life, Back To Reality"

Luke and Keysha are at a crossroads in dealing with Norman after learning his father killed theirs; meanwhile, Jasmine and Angel struggle with hiding the truth.


Meet the Mayfarers: The Bunny Chronicles, Part 1

Nick has a new co-star on his children’s show, an Italian Bunny Rabbit furry who Claire falls heads over heels for!

“Meet the Mayfarers” is a comedy about an estranged, dysfunctional family who is forced to live together for one year in order to get their grandfather’s massive inheritance.

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Lyons Den: Episode 2.10 - "New Faces, New Places"

Angel continues to be harassed by Rodney about the paternity of Leesy; meanwhile, J.C. begins chemotherapy.

The Lyons Den: Episode 2.9 - "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind... Anytime?"

The Lyons family must deal with the aftermath of the events of last night as try to piece together the remaining pieces of life as they know it.

BlackBoxTV Presents: ZOMBIE - Joey Graceffa

5 More Reasons To Create a Web Series

More and more traditional and newbie filmmakers are jumping into the web series production world, faster than ever before. You may already know why creating a web series is a good idea, but below I list some reasons that you possibly haven’t considered on why creating a web series is definitely a solid idea!

1. You can do a lot with very little – Creating a web series is extremely low cost compared to creating a TV series. With more options than ever before for financing and funding a web series, Kickstarter and other donation sites are becoming (some) filmmakers best friends. Sure, raising hundreds or thousands of dollars is never an easy assignment, but if you have a compelling story to tell and can emotionally connect with funding individuals with money to burn, then crowdfunding may work especially well for your project. If you can’t raise the ideal funding you’re looking for from the outside world, then consider hustling for a few bucks from your friends, family, and out of your own pocket to send things into motion. Be scrappy and creative because entertaining videos can be created for little or no money at all, and have the potential to reach millions of viewers across the world.

2. Cross Promotion – Individuals in the web series space are very open to cross promotional ideas if it means growing their audience. If you create a web series look for other shows in your genre and reach out to the creators/producers to strike up some top level marketing conversations. Don’t go overboard though otherwise your viewers will feel used and abused. Try to come off as offering them value for discovering new entertaining content that may interest them to watch and share. Be authentic, and listen.

3. No gatekeepers –  It seems pretty fun and exciting to think about creating a TV series doesn’t it?! The truth is it’s a tough business to get into, the chances of your show getting picked up are pretty much zero percent, and if it does get picked up the chances of it staying “on air” after just one season are slim to none and slim just left the station. With a web series you have lots of freedom, so put together a tight script, and start building your team with members who can visually execute your story and fulfill your vision. If you need to build a team, then consider posting your project on Spidvid.

4. No rules – You don’t need to worry about securing FCC approvals, or bureaucratic stumbling blocks. As long as you don’t break video sharing website’s terms of agreements, then you’re fine. You may want to read up on them real quick before you film anything to make sure your content will fit within their relatively loose restrictions. There may come a day when more red flags are raised forcing you to tone things down a bit, but that time isn’t happening anytime soon so get creative and push the envelop.

5. You may actually succeed – Let’s be honest here; not many web series see big time success. The ones that do have hundreds of thousands or millions of regular viewers, and manage to secure deals with top consumer brands to bake their products directly into the content. Branded entertainment is a fast growing market, so be sure that your content is “brand safe” and that you can easily accommodate a product in your story without disrupting it.

Have a 6th reason to add on why to create a web series? The comments are all yours below!

- Article published by Jeremy Campbell.

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Game Knights Ep 1 coming Soon

Here is an onset photo of the ep 1 Game Knights cast and crew, hard at work.

Please check out our fanpage for more upcoming info. facebook.com/gameknights.

Also, check out our pilot to get the concept of the show at http://makemyseries.com/game-knights

Keep gaming and happy Oscars.

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The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden

This video is based on a series of interviews with the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden. To protect his identity, we are not using his real voice. Phil Bronstein, executive chairman of the board of the Center for Investigative Reporting, conducted the interviews. Bronstein's story also appears in the March issue of Esquire. 

Reported by Phil Bronstein
Directed and produced by Carrie Ching
Illustrated by Marina Luz

Learn more about this story at http://cironline.org/theshooter

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

2013 Oscar Awards: Winners List

Nikki Finke’s Oscar Live-Snark: Four Hours Of Unfunny Seth MacFarlane; Unnecessary Michelle Obama; ‘Argo’ Wins Best Picture


The Lyons Den: Episode 1.8 - "No B.S."

Things come to crashing halt when each of the Lyons' siblings and those around them either make decisions or find out information that could change the course of their lives forever.

MS,ML: Wendy's Corner vlog 2: Classroom Gossip!

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Wendy dishes the dirt of the goings on at Stamos High School. Is Miss Keeley's ex husband really THAT big of a jerk? @_@

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The Lyons Den: Episode 1.7 - "Coming Home"

As Keysha gets the shock of her life, Sherrí is taken to the edge.

Ripples is a wonderfully unique way to view content spread across Google+ as people reshare.

The tool is fully interactive, and updates in real-time, which can be particularly useful when watching the spread of a highly-engaging post, such as one you'd find in What's Hot.

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