Friday, 23 February 2007
Cute with Chris
This man has a web-based show. It is a short-form series, updated twice a week, that relies on pictures of cute animals, silly letters from teenage girls, and strong sense of irony. Which is to say it is highly entertaining and outside of the view of the "mainstream" "audience." The above episode holds some relevance to what we've been learning about working in TV in ED2, and it shows what sorts of things are possible outside of that model. These are very very different from the types of films we make, but I think there is potential in short-form series that don't cost a lot of money to make and are consumed more like web-comics than traditional film or television. Admittedly, I have no idea where this man gets his money and he isn't travelling anywhere, so the types of documentary work in this medium would be limited in that sense. Still, I think this is an interesting prospect for people staying close to home.
Weird america is an example of a podcast that is more documentary based, has more visible advertising and is slightly more mobile in its perview. Again, it is pertty limited in terms of what we are doing, but RSS subscriptions and itunes allows these episodes to be directly delivered to your computer or email. It is still pretty light, but the limitations inherent in this form of distribution are very different from those in television.