Breaking Into Show Biz? Try FilmStew
And Other NewsBytes
If you're trying to break into film & television, you might wanna check into FilmStew. Their easy-to-search databases feature legitimate contacts in the industry, mostly in the independent sphere. Unlike some previous similar efforts, you don't have to pay a fee to search FilmStew's website.
FilmStew is relatively new so their listings remain rather finite. However, I applaud their efforts and plans. They're focused on being useful. Our industry can always use that.
Recently, I spoke to FilmStew Co-Founder Sperling Grey, who worked as a story editor for Nicholas Cage's Saturn Films. "We want to be a huge database of information for both aspiring and working TV & film professionals," said Mr. Grey. "We approached FilmStew with the idea 'What would have been useful to us when we first got in the game?'"
That philosophy shines through with FilmStew's current and future offerings.
Between now and September, several features will be added to the site such as: (1) a Virtual Film Market channel matching aggregators with distributors, (2) a Casting channel to assist actors with contacts and news, and (3) a Commissary channel to facilitate real-time communication between industry professionals by way of chat rooms and message boards.
Mr. Grey is comfortable admitting that FilmStew doesn't expect to bring the entire motion picture industry into their tent. Who could possibly do that anyway?
In Other News:
The Industry Standard is reporting that a German court has ruled that Hewlett-Packard GmbH pay intellectual-property fees on their CD burners to compensate authors and artists (i.e., victims of piracy). HP is appealing the decision.
The guys at xiph.org aren't stopping with their latest release of the OggVorbis audio decoder a.k.a. 1.0rc1 (a direct competitor to Thomson's/Frauhofer's MP3Pro). They're working on the rc1 encoder as well. Look for upcoming demo samples spotlighting features such as channel coupling, full-CD quality at mid bitrates, low bitrate encoding, surround and 192kHz audio (DVD-grade audio).
Finally, watch for a wave of high-speed broadband services NOT based on DSL or cable modem. iBlast will deliver Web-based music, movies and video games, to your household PC or set-top box, by using the transmitters at your local TV stations, according to EVP Matt Jacobson. This one-way broadband delivery system inherently guards against Napster-like piracy - a plus for RIAA types. Recent tests in five markets including Los Angeles and Orlando have received favorable results.
Hughes Electronics' DirecWay is now delivering broadband content via satellite, according to a recent CNET article.
FilmStew - www.filmstew.com
Hewlett-Packard - www.hp.com
Hughes Electronics - www.hughes.com
iBlast - www.iblast.com
xiph.org - www.xiph.org
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