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Herskovitz: Are the corporate suits ruining TV?

One of my brothers in law, Justin, works for Marshall Herskovitz, co-creator/producer/writer of many excellent entertainment products that you’ve probably consumed. Mr. Herskovitz wrote an Op-Ed piece for the LA Times analyzing our state of affairs in the world of big budget content creation:

Because the business of television has become an exclusive club, closed to new members, some producers are turning to the Internet to have a voice. And, of course, the Big Six are doing everything they can to own and control that as well. Already, it’s impossible to make an “overall deal” — the time-honored arrangement in which producers are kept on retainer to develop shows for a particular network — without agreeing to be exclusive to the network on the Internet as well as television. The logic of this defies all laws of economics; producers pledge fealty to networks because they (the producers) don’t have the millions it takes to shoot, distribute and broadcast their own programs on television. Producing for the Internet, on the other hand, costs as little as $30,000 an hour, and “broadcasting” costs much less. Virtually anyone can do it.

Read the whole article…

We’ve been talking about this for so long that it hardly sounds like a revelation to me anymore. Maybe it’s my close proximity to one of the major epicenters of new content delivery, but realizing that the internet is your next hub of entertainment just isn’t a new idea for me. :)

Aha, but, what *is* interesting here is that this is Marshall Herskovitz trumpeting this concept… in the LA f’ing Times!

Uh oh, Big Media. Some of the smarter (and, honestly, richer) kids are tired of you bullying them and they’re taking their ball to their own back yard, which isn’t as small as you remembered it being. And they have their own playground. And cameras. And fat internet pipes. Uh oh.

I think Mr. Zwick and Mr. Herskovitz’s challenge is to not fall victim the very situation they despise once their plans start to pan out in the direction they want. The fact that they’re debuting to MySpace, and not “MySpace, Facebook, and iTunes” goes to show that we have a long way to go still. The institutional gatekeepers seem to exist in every mature system, don’t they?

Anyway, I do wish them the best of luck with their quarterlife project! I’ll be watching.

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Motion 2 – Midi input for motion graphics

disney and the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

Huh, whose site pops up when you accidentally type in “http://www.hitchhikersguidemovie.com” ? Oh, i get it. touchstone – Buena Vista entertainment – Disney. I thought disney was urljacking! They’re just being lame with a bad redirect!

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live action transformers movie

cnn reports… a live action transformers movie is in the works…

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Waterborne @ SXSW

Waterborne seriously rocked my nuts off this weekend. I was already expecting brilliance because Ben has always been a talented mofo, and the film actually surpassed my (already high) expectations. The film was scored by Dredg and Navdeep, two amazing and impressive aural talents. The cast was awesome, conveying powerful characters layered over a very powerful plot.

I got the news last night that the film won 2nd place for Audience Choice Awards at SXSW, with positive comments coming in about the direction, music, characters, actors, story… Here are some comments from Aint It Cool….

Waterborne is an account of a terrorist attack in Los Angeles in which the city’s reservoir is poisoned and effectively turns the town into chaos. During the movie we follow a few different strands of characters as they interact with each other in this catastrophic time.

I dug the hell out of this movie. It doesn’t have any major stars in it, but rather a bunch of people who you will recognize as sort of side-characters from other films. Chris Masterson is probably the biggest name on the bill. The other actors and actresses include the female neighbor of Peter Parker (Mageina Tovah) in Spider-Man 2, the O-Face guy (Greg Pitts) and Samir (Ajay Naidu) from Office Space and Uncle Rico (Jon Gries) from Napoleon Dynamite. This excellent cast brought the movie together and didn’t draw attention to themselves by making it into a big action-movie type of thing. There are a few really tense moments in this piece, but the characters were the most important part.

Afterwards, the director, producers and most of the cast was there to do a Q&A which was pretty awesome considering the lack of Q&As at some of the bigger “more prestigious” films showing this year. Check this one out if you get a chance.

WATERBORNE has a lot going for it. This little film that could has a cool premise (someone’s poisoned the water hole!), a very competent cast (including Jon Gries, who was in “Born of Water”, heh!) giving solid performances, great music, and compelling camera work. I like the fact that the bio-terror plot device is just the backdrop for the development of the ensemble of characters. My friends mentioned that this is the kind of film that may get overlooked by distributors because they’re all sure someone else will buy it. I hope that doesn’t happen, because this film really does deserve to be seen.

Edison’s score: 76% inspiration 92% perspiration

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Allinbox.com

It occurs to me, I haven’t posted about allinbox.com, even though I’ve been soaking it up for about a month over there now. This is a little piece of DIY LCD Projector heaven in French. Each photo on that page links to multiple pictures of each build. I definitely appreciate all the great ideas there. Amazing stuff.

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LOTR PWNZ

Don Knotts as bush

Fimoculous

Don Knotts plays George Bush in what would make a great real movie.

(Via fimoculous.com.)

omg, so funny.

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Lunar eclipse movie

Ashcroft: “I don’t think we have a public domain attitude.”

Ashcroft: “I don’t think we have a public domain attitude.”: “

Or so he is reported to have said here.

Note to General Ashcroft: We checked. You’re right. You don’t. Nor do you have a privacy attitude, a rule of law attitude, or a free speech attitiude.

So here’s the real question: How can you be Attorney General of the US, if you reject so much of the Constitution’s values? (Public Domain, Article I, 8, 8; Privacy, Amendment 4; Rule of Law: the Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court, in, say, Rumsfeld v. Padilla; Free Speech: Amendment 1).

Stay tuned: Oral arguments in Kahle v. Ashcroft on the 29th. (Could there be a better case name?)

(Via Lessig Blog.)

amplifying…

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CoNAN, CoNAN

Conan O'Brien

Conan O’Brien is getting his chance to move up in the world. Or at least into an earlier time slot.

On Monday, Jay Leno announced that he had selected O’Brien to take over his Tonight Show gig when he steps down in 2009.

If you’ve seen his show you know that Conan is really FUNNY! Rock on Conan!

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factchecking Fahrenheit 911

It appears bulletproof.

Here are Michael Moore’s extensive factchecking notes on Fahrenheit 911.

Link

(via Kottke) [Boing Boing]

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My Houston iMovie

moblogI’ve made an iMovie using my iSight and my Canon powershot S45’s movie
recording feature to capture the moment I was feeling as I was waiting
in Houston to go home. It’s always exciting to miss your connecting
flight due to mechanical problems, but when it starts raining, then
they don’t have to put you in a hotel. Sneaky bastards.

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$14 steady-cam

$14 steadycamBrian sez: “For less than 5% of the price of a real Steadicam (the ones made for small video cameras go for about $900), you can apparently build your own “Steady-Cam” for $14 with parts from a hardware store. The sample video makes it look pretty good. Great gift for the amateur videographer in your life who refuses to use a tripod, the bastard. (Oh, and stabilized images compress much better for the Web, too.)” Link
[Boing Boing Blog]

Hey, Jus… maybe this would come in handy at some point for you…

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PVR on linux

I feel like a putz for posting this so soon after learning of the birth of Jackson.. Hey, champ, I’m a big nerd… but I got lots of cool toys to play with when you get older!

As you are experiencing your first few hours out here, some fine folks in Germany are letting us use Linux to record TV shows which won’t be a big deal by the time you’re old enough to start hacking… God only knows what’s gonna be cool to tweak on when you’re a teenager. :) I can’t wait to find out, too! Hopefully by then I’ll be a good enough programmer to keep up with you.

Welcome… to the real world, dood!!

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