Thursday, September 15, 2016

YouTube's Demonetization a.k.a. #YouTubeIsOverParty

Recently, many YouTubers have made a stink about YouTube's (already in place) demonetization policy. Critics of the policy have labeled YouTube as "political correct" and "a form of censorship."

As anti-censorship as I am, YouTube has become a cesspool of the worst of the Internet. Many of the videos flagged for demonetization have racist, xenophobic, and sexist slants. If YouTube (or Google) wants to set an advertising standard, then that just makes good business sense.

YouTube is a FREE platform. This isn't about censorship. This is about someone using a free platform to make money. It's a gift to content creators. Demonetization isn't the real problem on YouTube. It's false copyright claims. False copyright claims have the power to shape actual policy and laws and make it harder for creators to create, even for those who don't utilize YouTube.

As far as money goes, ads have taken away from the enjoyment of YouTube anyway. Host your vid somewhere else where you can generate revenue from your fans. Or don't. I don't utilize YouTube enough because of all the ads and rabble a free platform seems to harbor. I prefer Vimeo, even though Vimeo's free service is limited. But lately, I have considered making informational videos. YouTube would be perfect for those, as well as the other blog-like, business-centered videos that live there already.

I'm actually MORE inclined to use YouTube with the policy clarified. Imagine that.

Happy Filmmaking.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Documentary Filmmakers Lose the MacArthur Documentary Fund

The MacArthur Foundation has ended its documentary fund. The grant, which topped $200,000, was one of the largest for documentary filmmakers. The Foundation stated that by ending the grant, it hopes to support documentary filmmaking through its partners. Its open letter states:
For many years, we have witnessed the powerful ways in which organizations like Sundance Institute and Firelight Media provide comprehensive support to filmmakers and new media artists, deploying MacArthur's financial resources with razor sharp intentionality, while serving many more filmmakers and artists than we possibly could directly. As a result, we have decided to reinforce and expand the Foundation's support of documentary filmmakers and nonfiction media producers through partner organizations. In fact, we have been steadily increasing grant levels to Sundance Institute, Firelight Media, POV, Kartemquin and others, and we plan to establish new relationships with additional partners that fund nonfiction film and new media projects, provide training and mentorship, and assist with distribution, engagement and impact. By 2017, MacArthur's total investment in the documentary community is expected to be larger than ever.
I feel that this is part of the democratization of filmmaking. As technology becomes cheaper and films are produced for almost nothing, the foundations and organizations that fund independent filmmaking see less use for funds. It is a blessing and a curse, as filmmakers are forced to do more with less. Unfortunately, this may mean less films produced, as well as a less diversity among films, as those films who can afford finishing funds will be from a small demographic.

Happy Filmmaking.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

5 Things to Check Before Shooting.

I have nothing to add to the following video except, "great advice."

Happy Filmmaking!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Pretentious Filmmaking Aside, A Film Shot on a Prius Backup Camera Would Be Weird

A feature film on a car's backup camera? Well, these filmmakers asked "what if?". The results are about as much as you'd expect. My AD senses scream at the safety concerns of such a shoot. It's not like the camera is anything special. It's a backup camera. On a Prius. Very pretentious indeed, down to the Euro "auteur."

Of course, the BOS video is actually a parody. But imagine the limitations that this camera would display. Most actions will take place in streets and parking lots. It's a great laugh at the latest gimmicky camera trend. Of course, if I were to use a gimmicky camera, like a GoPro, I would prefer it to be a to carry.

Happy Filmmaking!