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  • FOMO & the Future of the Creative

    FOMO - fear of missing outA psychological phenomenon known as “Fear Of Missing Out” (FOMO) has currently gripped millennial culture, to the extent that it merits an entry in Wikipedia. FOMO, according to WP, is “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent … FOMO perpetuates the fear that we have made the wrong decision on how to spend our time …”

  • Web Celebs and their Superfans

    PewDiePiewideDo the names PewDiePie, Smosh, or Jenna Marbles ring a bell? How about KSI, Ryan Higa, the Fine Brothers, Markiplier, Shane Dawson, Michelle Phan, or The Young Turks? If you’re not well below the age of twenty-five or don’t spend time with people who are, chances are you’ll be surprised to learn that these are the names of some of the top web celebs starting to give Hollywood a run for its money.

  • THE ETHICS OF “POPCORN TIME” (and others like it)

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    Just as music listening evolved through an open “pirated” platform into more industry-friendly technologies like iTunes and Pandora, movies and TV seem to be headed in the same direction, nudged into a new order by anarchist pirate “torrents” like Popcorn Time, where you can watch HD versions of many recent films—for free. 

    We’re talking films that are just now reaching your video and Netflix shelves, as well as older “classics” (e.g. THE GODFATHER trilogy, a lot of Disney animation, etc.).  It’s the less pricey–and ethically problematic–alternative to the paid services offered by Netflix or on-demand streaming services (or for you few remaining Luddites, your local video store).

  • Chris Milk, VRSE, & VR Films With Heart

    VR headsetsFrom a distance, a small group of people standing in the far corner of a lounge at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival’s Spring Studios is a curious sight. They’re all wearing headphones and face masks, standing clustered together, looking every which way, moving their heads around on occasion, but otherwise immobilized and silent. They’re immersed in one of a set of VRSE’s virtual worlds of their choosing, essentially becoming voyeurs embedded in places like a TV production studio, a political rally, or a far away refugee camp.

  • Watch Your Favorites at Vessel First

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    What is Vessel?
      – it’s short form video
      – by popular next generation video creators
      – targeted at millennials
      – online, on iPhones & iPads (Android soon)
      – with a $2.99/month subscription fee
      – giving subscribers early access to 135 channels

      – and free viewing with ads after a 3 day window
      – creators get 60% of sub fees, 70% of ad $$

  • Ze Frank + BuzzFeed = Streamed, Syndicated, Short & Social

    Ze Frank Portraits_Day2_011BuzzFeed’s thriving video production arm is a good barometer for the state of video distribution on the web, so Ze Frank, president of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, is a great source if you want to take measure of the market … the majority of that market is still controlled by YouTube, Frank said … Facebook, however, is gaining ground …“It’s very, very significant … Facebook’s … decision to autoplay video in users streams is changing how BuzzFeed produces video … [no audio in the opening few seconds has]  fundamentally changed the way we think about the first five seconds of content.”  (Martin Beck, Marketing Land, February 2015).

  • Virunga (2014)

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    “Director Orlando von Einsiedel set out to chronicle the day-to-day dangers the rangers face in Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He’s on the ground with them when they track down poachers and when they come upon gruesome evidence of the poachers’ merciless work. With the help of a young French journalist, he surreptitiously documents a chain of bribes involving a British company with designs on oil reserves in the park, a World Heritage Site. And he’s right in the middle of it — “it” being a war zone — when a military rebellion devastates the country’s eastern region.” (Sheri Linden, LA Times, November 6, 2014)