Production in NYC, Film at 11

You can read the official blog on the company’s web site, but personal posts will always remain within my realm. Unendorsed, unsponsored, and unauthorized. As my readership may or may not know (though I know not whether I may or may not have a readership), I’ve moved to Denver to start a production company. Our first order of business is to produce a short internet reality/documentary show presently called Living the Dream. It’s about my sister and her move to NYC in pursuit of her acting career. Right now I’m the middle of production for the first episodes: her life in Colorado before the move, the move, and her establishment in NYC.

Panem et Circenses

I don’t get it. I understand that pro athletes have great abilities: speed, agility, stamina, whatever their particular sport demands. I’m not knocking that ability; I have a great respect for their discipline and determination. But when it comes to professional, televised sports, what’s the big deal? What benefit, besides great entertainment, are they providing to the world? How are their sports playing abilities contributing to a better future for mankind? It’s good entertainment, but I think pro athletes make way too much money for what they do. Why can’t we spend some of that money on medical research or public infrastructure or social services?

What About Mountain Time? or Feed Frenzy

Every network TV promo I’ve ever seen included the Eastern and Central time zones. Like, “Tomorrow on NBC at 9, 8 Central.” The 9 of course stands for the Eastern and Pacific time zones. The East Coast and West Coast have separate network feeds, so when it’s 9 pm Eastern time, the people on the West Coast will have to wait three hours to watch the same show. That’s fine and dandy and I can live with that. I can even live with the fact that people living in the Central time zone watch the show off the East Coast feed, which is of course one hour earlier on their clocks.

An Inconvenient Truth: Lessons in Lectures

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet: please go see it. It’s not a marvel of cinematic mastery. It does have an agenda, it does have a political view, and Al Gore is longwinded. It’s basically a spruced up version of a multimedia presentation he’s been doing for a long time. He talks too much. It’s not a lot of talking heads, but it is a lot of talking combined with other interesting visuals. But he makes a good point and the movie is not unnecissarily long or unnecissarily longwinded.

Traffick: Monetizing Google Video: Search Engine Enlightenment

Presently Google Video seems only to be selling content from large content suppliers: networks, studios, and the like. My company is starting with one show designed specifically for the internet, so how will we sell on Google Video? Will we be forced to sell only directly on our website, losing customers in the process? It’s good for Google that they’re selling ad space in premium content to make it free to the public: I just hope the revenue’s a fair split.