Yeppers. The show has not been picked up.
Well, at least they got that right.
Yeppers. The show has not been picked up.
Well, at least they got that right.
TorrentFreak.Com describes itself as “The place where breaking news, BitTorrent and copyright collide.” Here’s a pretty good example:
It is no secret that Hollywood is trying to take down as many pirated movies as they can, but their targeting of a Creative Commons Pirate Bay documentary is something new. Viacom, Paramount, Fox and Lionsgate have all asked Google to take down links pointing to the Pirate Bay documentary TPB-AFK. But is it a secret plot to silence the voices of the Pirate Bay’s founders, or just another screw up of automated DMCA takedowns?
The film, created by Simon Klose, is available for no cost and has already been watched by millions of people. The public response to this free release model has been overwhelmingly positive, but it’s now meeting resistance from Hollywood, TPB’s arch rival.
Over the past weeks several movie studios have been trying to suppress the availability of TPB-AFK by asking Google to remove links to the documentary from its search engine. The links are carefully hidden in standard DMCA takedown notices for popular movies and TV-shows.
The silent attacks come from multiple Hollywood sources including Viacom, Paramount, Fox and Lionsgate and are being sent out by multiple anti-piracy outfits.
Meet the producers – some of them writers even – who “own” the broadcast and cable networks for the upcoming season:
In alphabetical order (cuz we don’t want to alienate any of these mega-potentates).
And now that you know their names, how do you put this knowledge to good use? Simple:
What? You want details about what shows they’ve got so you can figure out the best way to worm your way into their undoubtedly exclusive circles? Do your own damn Googling. We’re busy setting up our own selves.
Knowing yourself – ah, what an empowering thing!
And, clearly, Nathan Bransford knows himself well:
A few months ago I announced that I’m going to be self-publishing aguide to writing a novel, and I’m pleased to report that I have finished and edited my first draft!
It has 42 chapters plus an epilogue, it covers both writing and revising, and it has more references to space monkeys than you can shake a fist at.
Now it’s time to get it edited. And I’m going to pay for a professional editor.
Why you might ask?
I don’t think everyone out there has to have their work professionally edited. Everyone needs some sort of good feedback on their work, whether that comes from their friends, from a critique partner, a friend, enemy… someone.
When I was an agent, I went ahead and assumed that everyone got feedback on their work, and what ultimately mattered was the final product, not who they received their feedback from. My post aboutwhether you should pay someone to edit your work still stands. You don’t have to pay for it.
But here’s the thing about asking for free critiques from critique partners: It requires reciprocity. And I’m just too busy to give the kind of feedback I would need to give to receive good feedback in return. I need to pay for it instead.
Not wanting to steal the following article’s thunder, but isn’t all creativity fueled by adversity? Aren’t our attempts to either escape or kick the crap out of adversity what being creative is all about?
“I create – in order not to cry.” — Painter Paul Klee
There’s little doubt that trauma can be immensely painful, often leaving deep emotional and psychological scars long after the stressful experience has passed. But can there be a silver lining?
In recent years, psychologists have become increasingly interested in the positive life changes that accompany highly stressful life events, such as being diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, losing a loved one, or sexual assault. This phenomenon has been referred to as posttraumatic growth, and researchers have discovered five particular areas of growth that often spring from adversity:
- interpersonal relationships
- the identification of new possibilities for one’s life
- personal strength
- appreciation of life
A possible impact of growth in these domains is heightened creativity. Indeed, some of the most eminent creators of all time have noted overcoming adversity, using their negative experiences to inspire and motivate their work. Systematic studies have also shown a high preponderance of harsh early life events (e.g., early parental loss), psychological disorders (particularly among artists), and physical illness among eminent creators.
What about the rest of us? Can we all channel our trauma in creatively productive ways? Absolutely! Various forms of creative engagement, including art therapyand expressive writing, have demonstrated therapeutic benefits. Researchers have argued that creative expression offers therapeutic benefits because they increase engagement and flow, catharsis, distraction, positive emotions, and meaning-making. And now recent research also suggests a link between posttraumatic growth and creativity.
First, the HNS Magazine article is now live!! It’s so exciting! They gave Chilltown andLele’s Ratchet Advice Show four pages, as well as the cover! I’ve definitely gotten a few new subscribers from it and am hoping I get more. Here’s the link to the tear sheets.
Speaking of which, I just released a new Lele episode!! You can watch it here. Getting great feedback on it.
Also, was approached by a major film festival who said they were interested in havingChilltown screen next year. Will post details closer to the date–which is a long way off. But very exciting that people are starting to notice.
Attended part two of the Youtube workshop I was at last week. It was incredible. A lot of cool people and learned quite a bit about lighting, green screen and more techie stuff. And scheduling. One of the big changes is, versus letting YouTube producers just use the space for their projects, you now have to submit a proposal to them with goals. It’s making me really up my game and change/tweak what I had been planning to do quite a bit. I’m doing a big relaunch sometime in the fall and this whole process is making me get very very specific about how I’m going to change things. It’s quite an education. And simultaneously exciting and scary. Things shift so quickly in this YouTube universe–not just the business models and technology, but everything. It’s a lot of work to just stay current.
One of the things I’m planning on doing is changing the name of Lele’s Ratchet Advice Show. First of all, I’m getting VERY sick of the word ratchet. Just about done with it. And also getting tired of explaining to people that the Lele character is anti-ratchet. Plus, everybody calls the show, the Lele Show. So, next episode, which will be in about three weeks (yes, I’m egregiously behind!), you’ll see an all new name and logo. I’m thinking of going with The Lele Show. It’s simple. To the point. What do you think?
Finally, Rollo called. It was depressing. He doesn’t have anything else lined up and tried, in a fairly obvious way, to get me to re-think my decision about taking a second meeting with Pete. It was a little tinged with a tiny bit of pettiness as many packing-up-your-ego-and-exiting-through-the-back-door goodbyes are: the whole, if I knew business better, I’d probably have, at least, taken the second Pete meeting.
I don’t wanna close the door entirely on Rollo. He’s smart. He’s hella interesting and complex. And he’s got a special talent for making people feel like they’re supported by wings, me included. Well, mostly. I just can’t get dragged into the probable impending Pete disaster (Chilltown tied up legally at a place that’s not really doing anything for it. Gee, why does that sound familiar? Cause that’s the whole reason I taught myself how to animate so I could, hopefully, transcend situations like that.) So the way we left it, we said we’d stay in touch. And truthfully, I’m kinda looking forward to hearing more of his stories.