Rox interview on PulverTV’s “Focus”

So I’m browsing around my uni-directional friends list on ems.blip.tv, and I decided to check out David Kowarsky‘s show, PulverTV’s “Focus”.

David reviews internet shows in his video blog. I had seen an episode of “Focus” while browsing blip.tv‘s list of recent (at the time) uploads. Some time later, I met David @ the Pulver / Network2 party I blogged a while back.

Once I realized I had seen David’s show, I just HAAAAAAD to find out from him why he pulled out a watergun uzi, and when he squeezed the trigger, they only used the sound effect of one bullet coming out! ๐Ÿ˜€ He responded that it was a Mac-11, and not an uzi… which, of course….. cleared everything up for me! ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway…

So I’m looking at the list of “Focus” shows, and I see an episode with Roxanne Darling from BeachWalks.TV. I’m always interested in what Rox has to say, so I decided to check it out.

About the third thing she mentions in the interview is that she and I did a beachwalks episode together, and I see b-roll that we shot for the intro and a section of us chatting. ๐Ÿ™‚ Our BeachWalk #258 was posted November 9th and Rox said on “Focus” that we did it ‘yesterday’, and the Pulver party was on November 15th. Assuming David actually watched that episode, either because he actually watches BeachWalks With Rox or just preparing for his show, that means that he saw an episode of mine the same way I had seen an episode of his. ๐Ÿ™‚

The term “small world” applies here, somewhere. ๐Ÿ˜€

Aloha, viewers! Focus this week is an interview with Roxanne Darling of the daily videoblog Beach Walks with Rox. Rox also runs a web development company, Bare Feet Studios. Network2 is proud to carry such an astute observer of the landscape of new media.

Location, Location, Location

Having now placed videos on YouTube, Google Video, Revver, Brightcove, Blip, and Myspace… as well as hosting video on my own site and feeding my podcast to iTunes…..

I’ve come to the conclusion that marketing is more important than location. I purposely didn’t publicize any of the videos that I posted in order to see what would happen on each site. YouTube continues to get the most random hits, but that’s probably because they have the most viewers that are searching for random topics. MySpace had a slowly rising number of views, probably for the same reason.

A couple of the sites (I forget which, at this point) only count your video as a “view” if someone watches the whole thing. That’s pretty useless for the types of videos that I had posted, because mine have beginnings and ends. It’s clear that the video is over before it’s actually over, so there’s no real reason to go all the way to the end. That’s because I made the clips as mini-shows and not viral video. They’re supposed to take the viewer through a complete entry into and exit from the world of ReelSolid. That format’s going to be changed for my next show, which I’m working on right now.

As far as revenue-sharing, that’s all well and good IF you’re making videos that people are going to want to watch over and over, like the one where the guy gets his foot caught in the rope swing and gets bashed into the stone wall like Wile E. Coyote. ๐Ÿ˜€ THAT’S viral video. That’s video that someone watches 20 times, then tells 20 of their friends to watch 20 times, then watches another 20 times the next day and so on and so on. If you’re not making those kind of videos, the ROI is just about nothing. I suppose you could say that if your “I” is nothing, then you have nothing to lose by putting something on Revver or Brightcove. Some people litter those sites with tons of very short videos and get a lot of hits and make money from them… kudos! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ultimately, I like serving my own videos. I haven’t been impressed with the playback from other services, but that might be because I’m on an older computer and those sites are opimized for dual-core-blah-blah-blah.

My next show is going to be a form of videoblog, so I’ll be changing the site… AGAIN, and moving videos to blip.tv. One of the reasons for this is that Revver and Brightcove are clearly viral video sites, and that’s what they specialize in. Blip’s more geared towards videoblogging, so it seems more ‘natural’ to have a presence there than the other sites. I might make viral versions of the shows, and that would be fine for me to have on these quick-hit sites, but for now, I’m going to focus on the actual content and placing it where I feel it’s part of a community instead of somewhere I tossed it to see what would happen.

Zoom In: Producing Movies Today! (Oct 22, 2006)

Attended Jason DaSilva’s on-line talk show, “Zoom In… Producing Movies Today” on zoomin.phovi.com. His guest speaker was Karin Hayes, co-director of the film รขโ‚ฌล“The Kidnapping Of Ingrid Betancourtรขโ‚ฌย.

Karin spoke about getting films produced, funded, publicized, and distributed. She also told us about her current film project, Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship.

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Hip Hop Legends

Tonight, I went to see “New York Legends of Hip-Hop” at the Victory Theater in Times Square. Looooooong-time friends Marjory and Kim Holmes (pictured) were featured dancers, along with Rock Steady Crew and other representatives of Hip Hop culture, essentially from the beginning of it all. ๐Ÿ˜€


Marj, Bill C., Kim Holmes

The show was great! ๐Ÿ˜€ Reminded me of ‘back in the day’, going clubbing all night, then hitting ‘Round The Clock or Midnight Express for breakfast before or while the sun was coming up. I’m sure it was even better for people that weren’t aware of or didn’t have access to the culture. Our seats were next to a tourist named Melanie. She was from Sweden or Denmark or The Netherlands, I can’t remember which. We took pictures on her camera, which wasn’t digital, so she’s planning to snail-mail me a copy whenever she develops the film!!! hahaha She enjoyed the show a lot, too.

I made sure I had my kicks, sweats & KR3TS shirt, in case I had to ‘get loose’. ๐Ÿ˜€ I had seen Kim recently, but hadn’t seen Marj in ages, so it was great to watch them perform and hang out with them after the show. This is the last weekend of the show, and all the remaining dates are sold out… as they should be, because “New York Legends of Hip-Hop” is well worth seeing… whether you lived through the evolution of Hip Hop in NYC in the streets and in the clubs or you didn’t, but you’re a fan of the style & energy of the culture.