Broadband Jungle Blog is edited by Thomas Rigler, a filmmaker and new media & television executive. As a consultant at Gerber Rigler he produces and devises content strategies for film, television and new media.
Digital Hollywood Content Summit The inaugural Digital Hollywood Content Summit takes place on Tuesday, May 5 at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica during the Spring '09 conference of Digital Hollywood.
Tim Kring, creator of "Heroes" will participate in a keynote conversation and various film, television and new media organizations are participating.
Among them the AFI, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, ASIFA Hollywood, the IDA, the WGA, KCET and others about to come on board.
During a series of panels on Tuesday, May 5 we're planning to take content creators in our industry through the creative process:
Development, Funding, Production, Distribution (IDA), Animation, Cause Driven social marketing, and the re-invention of the studio model for the new media age.
Produced by Gerber Rigler Executive Consulting & Producing.
A new viral video we created in support of my most talented wife's upcoming follow-up to the best-selling Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict.
Thank you to an incredible team that worked and supported us on this trailer:
Jane's Scene Readings Arabella Field Arabella is an accomplished stage and film actress and frequently guest stars on your favorite TV series with way too many credits under her belt to mention. She co-stars in the upcoming motion picture releases Paper Man and Flying By.
Music Paul Haslinger, Composer, Producer The track was pulled from one of Paul’s solo cd’s. Check out Paul’s recent spectacular soundtracks for Underworld: Rise of the Lycons and X-Men Origins: Wolverine - the video game.
Piano Sigrid Trummer Germaine Tailleferre Piano Concerto D-Dur, Edition Frauentöne Vol. 1 Sigrid just completed solo piano tour across the US and Canada that brought her to Chicago, Washington, Montreal and Ottawa.
VO Mehran Azma An accomplished graphic designer and indie musician with The Lost Libraries, Mehran got drafted as a voice over artist and narrator for this project.
VO recordings Silvia Ryder @ Starfish Records Get the excellent new CD Chinese Leftovers by houseband Sugarplum Fairies.
Photography Courtney’s bedroom Elissa Merola Quintessential Silver Lake photographer, new media artist and decorator
Animation, visual & sound effects, editing and other wonders Dave ‘The Rave’ Emmendorfer Dave is an incredibly accomplished editor and animator and pulled out all the stops for this trailer. We still don’t quite know where the space shuttle entered the picture but it’s beyond brilliant.
Any limits to which social marketers are willing to go? Slate V recently posted this very clever spoof a a viral marketing campaign gone insanely wrong.
'Goodbye Mary' was produced by filmmaker Scott Blaszak and stars the brilliant Ryan James as Marc, the kind young man and part-time actor hired to promote the motion picture release of 'The Women.'
And promote he does - by selecting Mary, a perfect specimen of the target audience, picking her up in the gym and subsequently starting a real-life relationship with the unsuspecting subject. As the viral campaign nears its end with the release of The Women last Friday, Mark needs to say goodbye to Mary. He's all half-baked apologies that he's leaving behind as a video message on Mary's computer before posting them on YouTube, but what can you do? Hilarious.
The clip is produced in the very simple, skillful style of ubiquitous video confessionals: One long uninterrupted shot, simulating a webcam pov and revealing Mary's tidy apartment in the background.
My favorite part of this excellently written spot: The surprise trip to Prague was the head of marketing's idea. Very cool stuff.
From the department of mock campaign spots: Funny Or Die, the insanely successful comedy site conceived by Will Ferrel and Adam McKay helped Paris Hilton take matters into her own hands.
Masterfully written by FOD's own Adam McKay and solidly directed by Jake Szymanski, the spot takes McCain's unwelcome endorsement head-on. Dressing up in a golden bathing suit and high-heels lounging poolside while delivering surprisingly complex campaign speak on a proposed energy plan, the heiress manages to spoof herself and the candidates at the same time.
'Energy crisis solved, I'll see you at the debates bitches.'
That's how easy politics can be.
Check also our very own Jane '08 campaign progress in Austen's attempt at reclaiming the White House.
Last year's Prom Queen and the recent prequel for Robin Cook's upcoming medical thriller Foreign Body (both from Michael Eisner's Vuguru) and Steven King's original animated series for 'N' have been catching most of the spotlight.
The Fold, a quirky, erotically charged sci-fi adventure series shot on a shoestring budget is set to premiere August 4th. The R-rated trailer is currently on my favorite video community Vimeo, and The Fold appears to be an indie production with considerable pedigree from New York's downtown performance and theater scene that might as well turn into an instant classic.
Produced with lush cinematic hdv aplomb and understated scrappy low budget special effects, the new series was cooked up by published sci-fi/horror author Polly Frost and Ray Sawhill with director Matt Lambert. The resulting scenes promise something more than the 60-second soap-style entertainment we've grown accustomed to. The Fold actually takes time to allow for some very complex story lines to unfold, outrageously complex at times:
"Part sci-fi, part sex comedy, part art movie, THE FOLD interweaves stories involving a time-traveling geek with Aspergers Syndrome, an investigation by a Gaming Babes Magazine reporter, a sex-cult guru, a right-wing CEO determined to remake history, and a New Jersey hot tub salesman for whom things mysteriously start to go the right way."
For his second book Shining City, novelist Seth Greenland took matters into his own hands: In a video produced for his website and YouTube, the author takes us on a hilarious guided tour through a shiny version of the City of Angels.
At the same time comment on creating entertainment for the ADD generation and holding on to the slow pacing and beauty of the written word, Greenland's author video gets straight to the point: Patterned after intros like masterpiece theater, the author introduces his video lamenting the losing battle of words vs. imagery, only to reveal he's doing all of it comfortably sitting down in his underwear.
Can it get any better?
Ron Hogan has written extensively in Galley Cat about the fairly new and very effective tools book trailers offer both authors and publishing houses alike. The LA Times Book Review also caught up with the trend and dedicated a feature called Straight to Video in a recent edition.
I've been guilty of producing for the genre myself, we just uploaded our third satirical campaign spot for Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict. This one is all about "Jane '08:Truth".