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2013-04-02

A quick note on crowdfunding

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Colombia postage stamp: television_screen (Photo credit: karen horton)
I am going to be crowdfunding two pilots for Mobcaster. The first one, Vortex Cabaret, will be a one hour burlesque show. You can find a preview of the crowdfunding campaign here. The second, The Disruption Files, will be a one hour investigation into disruptive innovations that promise to overturn current markets and value systems. I will post the preview of that campaign page as soon as it is ready.
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2013-03-16

A First Chapter I Am Happy With

Ziggurat at Ur
Ziggurat at Ur (Photo credit: jmcfall)
I just finished the first chapter of The God in the Ziggurat. Still very rough, but the damned thing is there, at least. I should have a link to the rough draft up in a day or two.
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2013-03-08

Pleasure Saucer TV

Drug of the Nation
Drug of the Nation (Photo credit: GasBombGirl)
So, the local Transition group has decided that my plans for a local currency are a bit more than what they want to tackle right now. So be it. Their loss. I'm still in favor of local currency, and I still will pursue, but for now it's on the back burner.
In my continuing quest to avoid writing, I've come across Mobcaster, a crowdfunding platform for making TV shows. Now, I have had a yen to make TV for a while. Pleasure Saucer started out as a TV show, on my local public access cable channel. Well, the age of public access TV is over. Now is the age of internet television. And, crowdfunding. With that in mind, here are some of the TV concepts I'm considering pitching.

  1. Pleasure Saucer TV- A TV version of the podcast. It's what I want to do, anyway, sometime in the future. Good cameras, good lighting, good background, looks of intelligent, interesting people talking about intelligent, interesting things. All with a groovy psychedelic Raygun Gothic aesthetic. Sort of a space age Playboy After Dark meets Politically Incorrect, with hopefully less smugness. 
  2. Vortex Cabaret- I wasn't able to do the Vortex Cabaret as a radical art burlesque troupe in NE Pennsylvania. But on the internet? That could work. Sexy, thoughtful, provocative, artistic, a weekly celebration of sensual performance and performance art
  3. Tarot- I've had this idea for a while, the idea of a guy finding a (magic/haunted/dosed?) tarot deck, and starting to see and interact with the figures from the cards. First it was going to be a feature, then it was going to be a short. All of this involved truncating the idea, and everything I wanted to do with it. But a series, even one that's six episodes long, would give me plenty of space to really develop the idea.
  4. The Demonslayer- I did a short web piece, called Voltara the Demonslayer. It was supposed to be a sort of a pilot, 5 minutes long, that would be used in a Kickstarter campaign to fund a series of these 5 minute long shorts, to tell the story. It had virtually no money behind it (despite a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the actual pilot, backed by very generous and tasteful people), I wasn't able to be there is actually direct the thing, so while the short was filmed, and everyone involved was fantastic, the plan itself was a failure. But using Mobcast? Where I can plan for full length episodes, I can crowdfund the pilot for the amount that's needed, on a platform dedicated to TV? That could be quite successful. 
So, there's the ideas I have so far. See an idea you like? Let me know in the comments! Have an idea you want me to pitch? Again, let me know in the comments!

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