August 31, 2006
Alive In Baghdad
Alive In Baghdad was formed in order to inform the world, and in particular America, of the Iraqi experience of day to day living. Its mission is to highlight the similarities of life in Iraq with life in the West and personilise the people who are branded as terrorists on our news everyday, and "to wonder about the strength of resolve it takes to continue supporting your family against all odds under occupation".
This is the future of reportage. This is immediate, low budget, on the ground news coverage which is not censored by a network. This work shows the reality, not the soundbite.
The film I have pasted below is a very moving story of a child not yet two years old suffering from the effects of the depleted uranium which was dropped in both Gulf Wars. This does not make easy viewing but I would urge you to watch it.
Depleted Uranium is still a favourite ordinance in the West's armoury. Our governments deny the link between this weapon and the kind of illness covered in the bulletin below, even though rates of cancer and deformities in Iraq's children have sky-rocketed since 1991.
Let video empower the victims and bring about some change!
To find out more about depleted uranium please visit http://www.cadu.org.uk/
August 28, 2006
GUnit present The Ebay Song.
Journeyman.tv is London's leading independent distributor of topical news features, documentaries and footage. They describe themselves as an encyclopaedia of the world. Here live a massive documentary archive. This is a great site with some extraordinary material even if not all of it is free.
August 27, 2006
Google vs Youtube and the Political Documentary
Where Google can out do Youtube is ultimately in the length of its programmes. Youtube puts a ten minute time limit on the vids. This will ultimately prevent them from being anything more serious than sugar entertainment, which is fine. However, what I have been watching are a series of polictical documentries on Google, films which probably have only one showing on TV before being forgotten - but on Google they are available. This is the web at its best, a forum for communication and debate. What is exciting is that I can copy the code for the film into this blog and in my own way pass the word on.
The film I have posted is Peace, Propaganda and The Promise Land by Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally. It is an American film about the US media's reporting of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. It discusses what is often left out of the American reportage and hence how the US people remain, on the whole, ignorant of what is taking in the occupied Palestine. It goes into particular depth concerning the PR campaign that Israel has undertaken with the American press, how language is controlled and how death is media managed. This is the web at its cutting edge best.
August 16, 2006
Google Idol: Why Would a Teenager Watch Anything Else on TV?
How much fun did these guys have? It started with The Chinese Boys (the original and still the best?) but now YouTube and Google Video are filled with hundreds of these lip-sync pieces. These guys have made a whole pop video, taking the whole thing to the next level as a part of the Google Idol competition.
I definately would have done this when I was at school if I could.
I found Cyberned via BoingBoing today. It is a terrific example of the new kinds of creativity that will emerge over the next few years as more people are able to participate in making television experiences for new audiences.
This is the kind of TV I can imagine writers making to get their work better known - but can become a genre in its own right. It's only a small jump from an audio podcast to something like this.
Beeline TV is a good comprehensive guide to numerous online tv channels from all over the world. Perhpas less innovative than much in the vlogging world it nevertheless is a great little window into a more traditional televisual approach to online media. Here you can find re-runs of some classic cinema, news and sport. Most channels run with a schedule so you can plan your day! There is some fantastic stuff here from Sci Fi to Iranian TV. Well worth a look.
August 15, 2006
Clell Tickle: Indie Marketing Guru
More Aziz here
Video Jug - HOWTO Videos
I embedded the video in the extended part of this story (follow link below) because there doesn't seem to be a way to embed it without autoplaying it. Grrrr.
dLife TV - A TV Show About Diabetes
dLife TV is a professionally made TV show about diabetes. Like most content made for the web, these are short pieces that can be watched during a small part of your day rather than needing a big time commitment.
Here is one of their shows about a new inhalable insulin. I wanted to embed the video in this page, but the producers have disabled that ability in the Brightcove system. Why do people make it hard to promote them?
Code.TV Comes to LA
Code.TV has come to LA. If you like the finer things in life and are looking for something to do in LA, select 'LA' from the Location list at the top of the site.
Fancy a posh shave - old style - gentlemen?
August 14, 2006
It's a bit classy this Code.TV. If you live in New York, earn over 100K and are between 25 and 49 years old, then code.tv is for you. In fact it is made precisely for you. It is one of the first of a new breed of cable-type channels that is specifically targeted at a small but lucrative advertising demographic. Whilst non of the episodes are 'advertorial' it won't be long before you start to see video ads fed into this experience to reach that demographic. Here's the intro:
The two hosts, Ben Freedman and Tiffany Young, each have a slightly different perspective on the gizmos that they review. Ben is more nerdy (he likes the compression ratio) and Tiffany is more practical (its small but too expensive).
The quality is more like a video blog than something like Microsoft's 10 and the website is a bit confusing and geeky (you can tell Ben made it and not Tiffany) but there has been a lot of effort put into the show and I like it very much. Especially the more creative episodes such as this great parody of those silly Mac ads.
Chasing Windmills is a nicely told story about a young couple living an uneasy relationship in some big American city. It is an internet soap, told daily in short 5 minute episodes. It has a unique feel to it, all shot in stark black and white with a gentle soundtrack which heightens the drama and brings a sense of the world around the story. Here is an episode to give you a taste:
This is the Rocketboom of drama. Two people, an idea and a camera. It is a wonderful example of how any person can pick up an inexpensive camera and use commonly available editing equipment to make TV and reach a large audience.
A click around Jadelr's blog shows that he has a visceral relationship with his tools. I like this. He seems to get an idea, immediately try it out and then release it on his site. As he says:
"It doesn't matter if people are interested. It's about you taking your stuff and shouting out into the void." Jadelr Cordova
August 13, 2006
I was wondering about how serialise a story, or narrative (however loosely) for webtv. I've spent a lot of time looking at blogs and vlogs looking for something more than the diary format or podcasts. This is one of the closest things to what I was looking for. Chasing Windmills is a lovely site, an ongoing relationship between two characters, wonderfully observed, simply shot, very low budget but beautifully put together. Like shows like Rocketboom each show is about three minutes long and every other day you can tune and found out just how Jadelr and Christiana are getting on. This is not a diary, this is a drama. Great stuff.
August 12, 2006
Welcome to I Am The TV! It started in Granada...
We both harbour a secret desire to create a next generation TV company. These times are potent with opportunity for invigorating new forms of content to emerge and the discussions that contemporary content makers and technorati are having today is perhaps comparable to those discussions in the early days of the BBC and NBC… What shall we do? What is this media? Today, teenagers shun traditional television in favour of digital persuits (a shifting audience), office workers watch 5 minute video ‘shows’ during a break at work (does a TV show need to be 45 minutes?), the internet allows for highly targeted content to be delivered precisely to certain demographics and for that interaction to be measured (why advertise on traditional TV again?).
There are opportunities for modern content makers to find their niche audience and feed a TV show to them directly and regularly. As an artist your choice was once to be ‘huge’ and mainstream or ‘undiscovered’ and poor. It was all or nothing which made being an artist a difficult gamble to make with your life. Me and Xav think the new internet is going to change all that.
So what is the new content? Where is it heading? What is interesting and why?
In Granada, by the time the barby was hot, we decided that we needed to start investigating this and making some notes. That’s what this blog is all about.