Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:46 PM
I just got a message about "The Booth at the End", an eerie mysteries series that recently started its second (5-episode) season. A while back I watched a single episode of another similarly produced and distributed on XfinityTv streaming (I don't recall its name but it's about a barroom in some sort of temporal nexus where individuals "fall in" according to the dictates of some sort of higher imperative, and can't except when/where those dictates allow)
The premise seems to be that it takes two things to make a TV show: money and distribution -- and the streaming media outlets can have both.
And so can we. For the past few years, a site called Kickstarter has bee helping people raise donations to fund projects of almost any kind from performance art or writing to hardware and software. You describe your project, maybe show some samples of your work and your bona fides, or promise pledge gifts -- anything to enthuse others about it. They can commit to donate anything from a dollar up (Amazon handles billing, so they accept any form of payment Amazon does, like credit cards or PayPal -- maybe bank transfers or e-coin), but the pledges are only charged if the project's funding goal is met. If not enough people are willing to provide enough total support, no one is charged a cent. As I noted in another recent thread, Kickstarter has gotten popular enough that donations in the millions are possible (the example I cited was a gaming figuring company that wanted $30K to expand their product line -- but got $3.5M by offering generous "pledge gifts" with a retail price equal to or somewhat exceeding the pledge -- basically achieving several years' growth and production in a single burst. That would kickstart MOST companies into the stratosphere.
Consider, if you will, Dr. Horribles Sing-Along blog. It demonstrated every stage of self-production and distribution with great success. Joss Whedon funded it out of pocket during the strike, but if a small figuring start-up can raise millions in a month, I can pretty much guarantee that anything with Whedon's name on it would raise millions in days -- or Sorkin or RHW. You know how fans are.
As for the streaming end, well, aside from the many established sites from YouTube to Hulu to... all with special arrangements for "official" promotional videos and full length distribution. There are also many video download stores like iTunes/Amazon, and countless CDNs (content delivery networks). Half the business startups I see now have streaming videos on their websites.
I know there's a lot more to the business, but the quality and production success of many unfunded or donation driven amateur productions makes me think those problems are solved too.
SFF has the interesting benefit of a large core of self-identified enthusiasts, as well as an increasingly broad "general audience", but it also often has the drawback of SFX, costume and production costs that don't appeal to networks/cable. They want dollars, and a couple of cheap mediocre reality shows or sitcoms can easily make as much profit as an SF series, but at far less investment cost risk--but YOU would *donate* to get interesting SFF but not lame sitcoms. How much? Well, a buck a viewer per ep would do it, maybe less in later seasons with merchandising, tie-ins and other revenues sources such as syndication, DVD and non-English.
We may not even need a buck a viewer. While I have tremendous respect for the many people and skills that go into traditional TV production, I very much doubt there aren't savings to be had when paying your own bills, vs satisfying a development exec, whose ulcer defines success as comfort with progress that is outside their direct action and control than the survival of an individual series. To them "prudent" means "the same old ways/vendors", not "not saving pennies where we can/must"
Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:56 AM
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Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:59 AM
You know I'm all about the empirical data, so check that thread out, "view the raw data" that's already on the web and report back here on what you feel these series indicate about the future of self-produced streaming!
Posted 11 September 2012 - 07:14 PM
Posted 11 September 2012 - 08:10 PM
Then also, Amazon is commissioning movies for downloads, so I figure those won't even be available in theaters, and Yahoo has special web-only programming that they host (e.g. "Burning Love").
Consequently, I think the answer is "YES", at least until someone figures out how to charge the small independent production companies for the privilege of streaming something on the web -- which I think would be a shame.
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Posted 11 September 2012 - 10:51 PM
Posted 11 September 2012 - 11:19 PM
They ISPs call it "Internet Freedom", meaning "freedom of ISPs to do whatever they want: divert you to favored vendors, limit who you can reach, choke some types of access" not a freedom for US citizens. They demand the protection afforded to common carriers (like phone companies) without the regulation by FCC, etc. They've fought many lawsuits over the FCC's "right" to regulate them, much as they've fought for decades to preserve "last mile monopoly" without Public Utility regulation.
Sadly, "Internet Freedom" was a proposed plank for the 2012 Republican platform. I don't know if it got in.
Posted 12 September 2012 - 09:08 AM
Just because I didn't post a reply doesn't mean I wasn't tempted to.
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