Guys, @janetmiller is clearly having a much cooler Saturday night than me. I’m gonna go watch BSG now.
Writing for a few hours before completing my Oscar preparation by seeing “The Reader.” I am totally on TEAM WINSLET.
Off to toast fallen comrades at the Abbey.
Do I know anyone who hasn’t seen “28 Day Slater”? Because that’s really unacceptable to me. http://tinyurl.com/d5b4q9
I think Liz and the NewTeeVee team are doing a great job covering the new media landscape, but she really missed the mark on this one.
The “It’s BLANK meets BLANK!” pitch arose in Hollywood because most decisions made at major studios are made by executives looking for easy ways to justify their choices, and “BLANK meets BLANK” is a way to make a multimillion-dollar project seem like a safe investment to men in suits.
But guess what, guys? You’re not making a movie in Hollywood. You’re making something for the Internet, where productions are cheap and the only suit you have to convince is the one in your closet (that is, if you’re prone to talking to your clothes). Don’t be “BLANK meets BLANK.” Go crazy. Take risks. And for the sake of all of us reviewers, who open up every unsolicited email hoping to see the next great show, please be original
The blank meets blank line has nothing to do with justifying financial decisions to studio execs. It’s just a mental shortcut that writers/producers use to quickly draw you in and give a sense of our tone, hook, etc. We don’t love using the trick, but we do it because it works and it saves us precious minutes during the pitch meeting.
Part of the reason web productions are “cheap” (as you put it) is because of this sentiment that we as producers are doing something wrong. We aren’t taking risks. We aren’t coming up with original ways to pitch shows. We aren’t worthy of sponsor/network dollars. I call B.S. on that. The truth is, most sponsors/networks aren’t yet receptive to truly original ideas, so we’re often forced to think within the box.
This isn’t about web producers not having the balls to take risks or lacking the originality to come up with new ideas. Most of us have taken huge risks just to be in this business, so if you catch us using the blank meets blank line - instead of ridiculing us, remember we have to work within existing industry boundaries if we want to make a living. And I’m assuming you are OK with us making a living, otherwise how are we supposed to afford to create all the wonderful content you review?
And for the record, I’ve never sent a pitch email to Liz.
I will confirm that that last statement is true. :) Also, I think Rick missed the original context of this quote, which I was directing to amateur web producers making their own web series out of pocket. I very much understand the professional compromises required from those who make a living working full-time in the space. But if we’re talking about creators who are making a web series for fun and the chance to develop their own talents and eventually gain greater attention, I feel like the idea encouraging them to push beyond the BLANK meets BLANK archetype isn’t out of line.
In thinking about my favorite film genres, I realize that one is just “movies that starred or should have starred Jason Statham.”
Because I promised this would be constructive, here is a tip for the makers of Camp Bloody Beach and other aspiring web series creators. The “It’s BLANK meets BLANK!” pitch arose in Hollywood because most decisions made at major studios are made by executives looking for easy ways to justify their choices, and “BLANK meets BLANK” is a way to make a multimillion-dollar project seem like a safe investment to men in suits.
But guess what, guys? You’re not making a movie in Hollywood. You’re making something for the Internet, where productions are cheap and the only suit you have to convince is the one in your closet (that is, if you’re prone to talking to your clothes). Don’t be “BLANK meets BLANK.” Go crazy. Take risks. And for the sake of all of us reviewers, who open up every unsolicited email hoping to see the next great show, please be original.” —From my NewTeeVee Station review today.
I did not know about @sockington before @rocketboom told me about him. And I am so very grateful. http://is.gd/hHD7
Off to help brother move into his shiny new non-sketchy sublet. Doesn’t sound like the new landlords are creepy fundamentalist Christians!
Ordered so much sushi for dinner that the lady thought I was buying for 2, and gave me 2 sets of chopsticks and miso. Embarrassing but yum.
I have to cut this interview down by two-thirds, which breaks my heart. Because this interview is AWESOME.
Never afraid to try a new social media thingy, I installed Last.FM on my computer last week. And I was all excited about the chance to discover new music and interact with my tunes-loving peers…
…and then it loaded up my most-listened songs from iTunes.
The problem is that while I am a fan of quality music and groundbreaking artists from all eras, when I’m focused on writing I tend to listen to, um, dance music. Not just dance music. Bad dance pop. Bad dance Top 40 pop. On endless repeat. It helps me focus, especially towards the end of a long day when the greatest reward I can promise myself is that yes, just as soon as I finish this paragraph, the Britney Spears will stop.
But it means that Last.FM’s perception of my musical tastes is a bit skewed. Over the weekend I learned how to turn “scrobbing” off when I need to buckle down and jam to some latter-day Madonna, but my stats are still really skewed. Currently, with 210 plays, my #1 artist of all time is Nelly Furtato. This is not an accurate representation of reality.
Also, when I do turn scrobbing on, I have this Nielsen-family-like urge to verge towards the more universally acceptable options in my listening library. (“SEE, GUYS, I JUST LISTENED TO “THE BENDS” ALL THE WAY THROUGH — PLEASE LIKE MEEEEE!”) I should probably try to get over that.
I dig the site and its features a lot (picked up a sweet Clash remix from the Downloads section, and I love that it knew to recommend last Sunday’s Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings show). But until I bury the Jennifer Lopez a little bit more, I’ll probably shy away from the more social aspects of the site.
(Though I will say this: the amount of music cues I have by Murray Gold has given me a very interesting collection of neighbors.)