Feature Film Released in Short Chunks Via Web (WorkingStiff)

workingstiff.jpgWho needs Hollywood? "WorkingStiff" is an independent film being released via www.ProjectWorkingStiff.com in short chunks via the Internet. The release began Memorial Day, and is being rolled out in 3 to 5-minute increments until the complete 94 minutes has played. Each day’s episode is stored in the lineup until the whole movie has played. The story features Gene, a beleaguered corporate filmmaker who directs training videos for a large corporation. Facing a financial crunch that could cost him his home, he decides to use the company studio at night to produce an ”adult” version of the anti-sexual harassment training video he's shooting during the day.

The writer, Greg Joyce, has more han twenty years of experience. He earned his BA in English and Philosophy from Boston College and his Masters degree in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University. For full credits click here.

This is a great example of an innovative distribution approach, and I suspect we'll see more of these projects where small film makers bypass traditional distribution channels and offer their work directly. Brightcove is the company powering the technology, and to RSS it (which I would highly recommend), put this in your feeder: http://link.brightcove.com/services/link/bcpid18617683?action=rss

To dive deeper, check out the film's blog.  

Music Industry Challenges Online Video Sites

panic-button.jpgYou just have to love the music industry's reaction to online videos. According to a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, The Recording Industry Association of America recently pushed for an aggressive stance against amateur videos using commercial songs. The article reports that some legal experts say the video sites are generatlly protected as long as they comply with any so-called "take down notices sent by music companies." Most sites (like YouTube) will remove material when "formally requested to do so," and that protects them from liability.

YouTube and other video sites recently entered negotiations with Broadcast Music Inc. and American Society of Composers, which collect royalties on behalf of songwriters when music is played in public or broadcast.

My favorite innovative quote goes to Alex Zubilliga, Warner Music's Executive Vice President for Digital Strategy: "I'm not going to embrace these guys and try to figure out a legitimate business model for two years."

Bus Uncle: I have PRESSURE

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I've always maintained that web video can't be longer than 30 seconds to 2 minutes, but this 6-minute clip (Bus Uncle) provide otherwise- it will entertain you silly and you'll soon be quoting it.

Some poor 23-year-old in a Hong Kong bus tapped the shoulder of a real estate agent who was talking loudly on his cell phone. The guy (now known in Hong Kong as "Bus Uncle") proceeded to yell at the teenager for 6 minutes using absurd dialogue that appears to have been taken from a low-budget Japanese film. Luckily another guy across the bus captured the entire episode, and posted it to YouTube (where it has been watched several million times). Search"Bus Uncle" to find the original as well as a Karaoke version, the rap remix and the dance and disco take.

According to this CNN article, "Now Chan is rarely seen without an entourage. A business sells T-shirts and handbags. "Bus Uncle" Web sites have emerged, while there is an entry on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. His words on pressure have become an oft-repeated catchphrase in this teeming city."

Watch everything you do, folks. When U.S. citizens are armed with video cellphones, your next outburst could become an Internet phenomenon.

Man Charged with Cruelty to Animals: Evidence Was Online Video

A man was charged for cruelty to animals after he allegedly posted a video on Myspace.com of himself holding the hind legs of a hog as it was bitten by a dog, according to records released Friday. The man said he posted pictures of himself butchering the hog on his Web page and also posted the video but took it down after a woman complained. But a PETA animal cruelty caseworker saw the video before it came down and sent the evidence via e-mail to sheriff's investigators. The video showed Worley holding the hog's legs as a black hound mix bit its nose more than once, according to the report. The dog attack, not the butchering, led to the charge. For some weird reactions, check out the comments section below the article.

Welcome to “Will Video for Food”

Welcome to “WillWorkForVideo.” This blog is a spinoff from Revverberation, the unofficial blog for Revver.com (a site that provides video creators with 50% of the ad revenue generated by their clips). Revver is launching a much more evolved platform for Revver fans (and I plan to be an active participant). In addition, I wanted a more site-neutral blog to discuss the myriad of ways that amateur videographers can make money on their short, viral videos. For those of you new, I post short videos on Revver as Nalts, and operate the widly amateur website CubeBreak.com, which provides funny and weird videos for bored cube workers (my stuff and other fun videos that people submit or that I discover on Revver).