It's been a great three weeks or so doing auditions for the next seasons of "Pink". Today we held our last ones and we'll be announcing the final cast next week.
Heck, our shoot starts in just over two weeks, so we gotta get things squared away!
This was one of the more extensive castings I have done. On my prevous projects I have typically cast folks I've either worked with before, or were referred to. It's worked out very well too. But this time I had to cast "college age" actors. All my friends now are pretty much in their late 20s to early 40s, so college doesn't really fit. But it's been a good experience and I've had the opportunity to meet a lot of fresh faces. Since "Pink" is a low budget show I acted as the Casting Director, so I've been involved from the very beginning. This is good though. I'm directing another web series in the next few months and will be going through the same process again. A lot of the actors I've seen recently are being considered for the new show as well. Hopefully it will help expedite that casting!
BTW, If anyone knows of a "college age" Matt Damon PLEASE let me know. We will need someone like that for the lead in the new show. More details will follow.
For now though it's back to "Pink". We kinda need to finalize the scripts now too. :)
Interesting article on the idea of artist (filmmakers, painters, musicians, etc.) finding 1000 True Fans to make a living. Obviously very relevant to online video.
What are "True Fans"? Read to find out
I love the idea. Being in control of your content and making a living is great. My only issue with his thesis is what is a "living"?
From the piece:
I am suggesting there is a home for creatives in between poverty and stardom. Somewhere lower than stratospheric bestsellerdom, but higher than the obscurity of the long tail. I don't know the actual true number, but I think a dedicated artist could cultivate 1,000 True Fans, and by their direct support using new technology, make an honest living.
From a filmmaking perspective, I think this is a stretch (due to cost of production), although he does suggest you'd likely need more True Fans (like 5000) to make a run at it.
What I'm trying to do with my web series "Pink" is find those True Fans, but also explore traditional distribution and marketing to find even a broader audience (without sacrificing too much creative control) and make a good living doing so.
Thought I'd shared some cool press regarding our web series "Pink". The show was recently acquired by Santa Monica-based company Generate, run by former WB Network CEO Jordan Levin. We're now gearing up to produce 25 more episodes to be released over the summer...
Broadcasting & Cable Magazine:
If you haven't seen the show please check it out. First 10 episodes are online now.
Online video sharing site Revver has been acquired by, and now merged with social networking site LiveVideo.com (owned by one of the Myspace founders Brad Greenspan).
Full press release here.
I'm just glad they're still afloat! Rumor was times were getting tough for them. In my opinion Revver is one of the best video sites on the web. If you haven't checked them out, please do! It's where "Pink" was discovered afterall. :)
Who Am I?
I also created the Streamy and Webby award-winning web series PINK, which to date has been viewed online around 10 MILLION times at places like YouTube, Hulu, Koldcast and TheWB.com. And speaking of TheWB.com, I also produced and directed an online thriller for them called EXPOSED. It was released summer 2010. And most recently I created a new online sci-fi series called CONTINUUM, which is part of the online indie TV network JTS.tv - Just The Story and NOW available via VOD through indie platform Distrify.
Oh, and I don't shoot weddings. Thanks for asking though.
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