Thursday, August 28, 2008

Housing Board for LA Actors

The SAG Foundation now seems to have a housing forum, but it doesn't have much in it right now and you must be logged in to use it.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

SAG's Website Down This Weekend

SAG's website, sag.org, is scheduled to be off line (down) from Friday, August 29th at 2 PM PT until Sunday, August 31st at 8 PM PT. After that, some services may still be unavailable until Tuesday (like Station 12 Online Cast Clearance).

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Marketing: If a Tree Falls...

If a tree falls in a forest, and no one hears it, it doesn't make a sound anyone cares about. Similarly, an actor who acts unseen, and unknown that they were acting, may not have that acting lead to the next job. As a friend reminded me, it's like they say, it's 'show business' not 'show showy showness in the biz.'

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Videos Make Money Online

Online video is making money now, and will make even more in the future. Video ads are the hottest area of [online advertising] growth. Analyst Doug Anmuth thinks that online video ad spending will reach $1.1 billion this year (up 63 percent), and more than double to $2.4 billion over the next two years (emphasis added). Also, online advertising is growing faster than TV or cable did when they started out; the 30 percent growth rate for Internet advertising is double the rate of where cable advertising was at the same point in its history, and triple the rate of broadcast TV advertising (from TechCrunch).

Even just local, not national or global, brands will be huge: "Local Online Video Market to Reach $1.5B by 2012" (from kelseygroup.com).

Any percentage of $0 is $0, so clearly video online makes more than $0, or there'd be no negotiating about it. I've made a profit with webisodes I produced; anyone who believes there is no money to be made in video on the internet is misinformed.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Motion Capture for Faces

There is now facial motion capture technology that may allow scenes to be re-shot or re-acted in a computer.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

'Do' Everyone (Imitate and Impersonate)

Efren Ramirez said he thought it's good to be able to impersonate famous people. Kevin Spacey's imitations on Inside the Actor's Studio are impressive example impersonations.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

IO West Reopens Tonight

Folks are partying in the brand new bar. Shows are playing on both the Main Stage and on Andy Dick's Experimental Black Box. The iO WEST is back and action and you are welcome to come bask in its warm glow of rebirth

(from IO West reopening Facebook invite).

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Jury Duty and Actors

Do your part as a citizen, but if jury duty would make you miss acting work, you may be able to be excused:

Under California Law, actors are considered freelance workers and are excused from their civic duty by reason of financial hardship

(from legalsized.com). Please comment if you know anything more about this; caveat actor.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Priorities of Your Agent, Manager and Publicist

When it comes to putting your own team together, the most important thing you can do is find people who want to work with you because they believe in you and your potential as an actor (politician, athlete, etc.) and a human being. Not because they see dollar signs every time they look at you.
Every time you decide to add someone new to your "team" always remember to ask yourself this question: If I was making no money at all, would they still want to work with me? If the answer is Yes, then you know you've found a keeper!

(from Sharon Moist's post to WaitingPatiently).

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Video Changes Online

lg15 [LonelyGirl15] shutting down is symbolic of web video's changing landscape. When the show first started in June of 2006, the web video world was ruled by the users. Fueled by credit-card debt and filled with DIY spirit, Bre was going to lead a revolution, inspiring everyday people to rise up and smash the Hollywood machine. It was going to be freaking beautiful, man.
But in 2008, the story is much different. Hollywood has struck back. While YouTube is still top video dog, Hulu is the new belle of the Internet ball. Every major network has full episodes of their shows online (some of which are even in higher-def), and web videos now feature stars like Will Ferrell, Rosario Dawson and David Spade.

(from newteevee.com).

I think independent internet shows not only can still happen, but they are. There are now ways to pay your bills and find your audience that the first shows didn't have way back in 2006. Like Dr. Horrible has. Do you think the indy net show is dead, or that there remains untapped potential; please leave a comment.

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