Saturday, November 16, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
What happens when you get an entire audience to stand up and connect with one another? Chaos, that's what. At least, that's what happened when Jane McGonigal tried to teach TED to play her favorite game. Then again, when the game is "massively multiplayer thumb-wrestling," what else would you expect?
"Jessica Forever" is a new web-series about Jessica Huberman (Kate Horn): a young, single mother who is dealing with the struggle of sobriety while she is drawn into the underworld of Vampires that know what her true purpose is.
Jessica Forever: Episode Two "The Rental Part 2"
Thursday, November 14, 2013
YouTube star Taryn Southern gives viewers an exclusive look inside the homes of some of today's hottest YouTubers in her new series, "My Domain." In this episode of "My Domain," Taryn visits her fellow YouTube star friend, Olga Kay. Explore Olga's life from the beginning of her & Taryn's friendship, how she manages to upload 23 videos a week, and more. Thumbs up for Olga Kay!
For the young and unemployed in the world's big cities, dreams of opportunity and wealth do come true -- but too often because they're heavily recruited by terrorist groups and other violent organizations. Human rights advocate Mohamed Ali draws on stories from his native Mogadishu to make a powerful case for innovation incubators for our cities' young and ambitious.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
DeAndre Baker (Drew), Clayton Pelham (Colin), Billie Krishawn (Brianna), and Jesse Swire (Slake) discuss the infamous first rave scene with OJBG creator Otessa Ghadar, as they watch Season 2, Episode 12 -- "The Lunar Landing".
In part 2 of our interview, Andy Shallal gives his opinion on the cycle of poverty and the importance of addressing wages, health care and incarceration as a solution. Shallal just announced his bid for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Washington, DC, and is also owner of popular DC restaurants Bustboys & Poets and Eatonville. View part 1 of this interview where Andy Shallal discusses racial & cultural connections: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wazJuqw9IS0 ABOUT TAPESTRY: Tapestry is a source for the progressive and alternative communities to connect with the latest news about non-mainstream entertainment, the arts and fashion trends focusing on self discovery and weaving it all together into a tapestry of the human experience in our time. http://www.twentytwentyproductions.com/tapestry/
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Learn more about YouTube Fan Finder (http://youtube.com/yt/fanfinder ).
Thanks to Vice, Laura in the Kitchen and Chester See.
Introducing YouTube Fan Finder
To get started with Fan Finder, just create and upload a video introducing new fans to your channel (more on that below) and then submit it to Fan Finder.
The official trailer for my new series, My Domain (it's like Cribs, but for YouTube stars!)
Monday, November 11, 2013
This article was published by Jeremy Campbell who's Founder and President of the video production collaboration and freelancing site Spidvid.
Shooting a web series is a lot like playing a carnival game. It seems easy enough on it’s face, but once you actually try it you realize there is way more going on behind the scenes than you first realized.
Awhile ago I spoke to a web series creator (Richard Boehmcke of Twentease), and learned a few things I want to share here, coming from his perspective in his words.
There are four things you must know about before writing a script for, or shooting a web series:
1. Write to Shoot - I wrote and shot my first episode within a short time span, but then I had many months to write the next 7 episodes before we shot any of them. While this was great for saving time, it also allowed my imagination to run wild. I was focused more on the story and the arc of the characters, than the actual implementation of the project. I wrote scenes that took place in a museum, on a bus, in a nightclub, and in a taxi without ever considering how hard they might be to shoot. In the end we had to rewrite most of the scenes because it just wasn't practical to shoot in a dozen different locations. Make sure the scene in the script is a place you can shoot in with minimal effort.
2. If You Have No Sound You Have No Web Series - The first episode we shot we paid very little attention to the microphone. Now, it’s one of the most important elements of our setup. People will forgive low film quality before they will forgive poor sound. We are used to watching things that are moderately entertaining in low resolution. However if you can't understand what the actors are saying, nobody is going to pretend they are watching a silent film. Make sure you get your sound right the first time. Double-check the sound IMMEDIATELY after you shoot the scene. Finding out you didn't get it right while still on set is way better than figuring that out during the editing process.
3. Trying To Do It All Is Suicide - I love being a writer/director, but it's dangerous. Even if you are the best writer/director/producer/actor/whatever, it is impossible to be the best at all of them at the same time. Doing two (or three or four) things at once means that something has to suffer. Often, you don't realize what has suffered until it's time to edit. And then you see you missed correcting an actor's mistake because you were too busy trying to get the perfect lighting for the shot. Find talented people to fill the other roles. It will allow you to make a much better product.
4. 720 is Better Than 1080 - The reason? Time. When it comes down to it, yes 1080 is a better quality than 720, but the amount of extra time it takes to move the files, render them during editing, and export a final product are often more trouble than it is worth. Plus most people don't have the patience or the bandwidth to wait for something to load up in 1080. If you are doing a scripted web series, it's OK to have it exist in 720. Nobody is expecting products done on a shoestring budget to look like cinematic masterpieces. It just needs to look good enough to get you to the next step.
It's easy to think that we are capable of anything, and that we want to make the biggest, best, most HD web series ever. But that is often impractical. It is far more beneficial is to break it down into smaller chunks. First, evaluate your end goal. Next, take a look at your resources. Then, figure out how your resources can help you reach that end goal. Finally, go make something incredibly awesome and impossible to ignore.
Do you have another tip that you would like to share? If so, feel free to below with a comment!
Sunday, November 10, 2013
From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan of November 2013, which is known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, is one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. The thirtieth named storm, thirteenth typhoon, and fifth super-typhoon of the 2013 Pacific typhoon season, Haiyan originated as an area of low pressure east-southeast of Pohnpei in the western Pacific Ocean on November 2. Tracking generally westward, the disturbance steadily developed within an environment of light wind shear and warm sea surface temperatures, becoming a tropical depression early the following day. After becoming a tropical storm and attaining the name Haiyan at 0000 UTC on November 4, the system began a period of explosive deepening that brought it to typhoon intensity by 1800 UTC on November 5. With an expanding and deepening central dense overcast and clear eye visible on satellite, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) upgraded Haiyan to a super typhoon—a typhoon in which maximum sustained winds attain or exceed 240 km/h (150 mph)—early on November 6. After entering PAGASA's region of responsibility, the JTWC upgraded Haiyan to a Category 5 equivalent on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale.
Steered by a subtropical ridge to the cyclone's north, the eye of Haiyan passed over the northern portion of Palau, where extensive wind damage was observed. Thereafter, it continued to intensify; at 1200 UTC on November 7, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) upgraded the storm's maximum ten-minute sustained winds to 235 km/h (145 mph), the highest in relation to the cyclone. At 1800 UTC, the JTWC estimated the system's one-minute sustained winds to 315 km/h (195 mph), unofficially making Haiyan the fourth most intense tropical cyclone ever observed. Several hours later, the eye of the cyclone made its first landfall in the Philippines at Guiuan, Eastern Samar, without any change in intensity; if verified, this would make Haiyan the strongest tropical cyclone to make a landfall on record, which may surpass the old record of 305 km/h (190 mph) set by Hurricane Camille in 1969. On November 8, the cyclone entered the South China Sea and was downgraded to a Category 4 typhoon by the JTWC. Readings indicated that Typhoon Haiyan dropped to Category 3 as it traversed the South China Sea, with gusts of up to 210 km/h (130 mph) and 1-minute sustained winds of up to 190 km/h (120 mph).
The cyclone caused widespread devastation in the Philippines, particularly on Samar Island and Leyte, where at least 10,000 people were feared to have died in the city of Tacloban alone.
Our thoughts go out to the people of the Phillippines.
There are community members with friends and family in the Phillippines, and our hearts are with those who have lost loved ones in the tragedy.