Episode 1: Unleash
Episode 2: Friends
Episode 3: Friends
Episode 4: Solutions
Episode 5: I Can See
Episode 6: Ripen
Episode 7: Obsessed
Episode 8: Promise Kept
It’s been a memorable week to say the least. As much as I can say that I am thrilled for our Streamy Win I am not going to ignore the Streamys Ceremony debacle. My family was there, and it was good that I won, because I felt that really glossed over all the bad that was the ceremony itself for them. It left a bitter taste in my mouth after celebrating my finest moment as a writer (to date). I won an award where I was nominated against writers of several TV shows I deeply admire and my predecessors in my category are Jane Espenson and Ronald D Moore, two writers I hold as icons in my craft. I remind myself that it wasn’t the Streamys or Tubefilter proper giving me the honor, it was from the voting body of the IAWTV who didn’t produce the Streamys, but instead determined the winners.
Despite the content of Compulsions and most of my stories, I generally like to remember the good things rather than the bad. So I will do my best to focus on that for this post. The Streamys, Web TV Week, and everything we as creators of online content do should be recognized, honored, celebrated, and for most of the week it really was.
Rewind – 7 days ago WebTV week began. Tuesday started with Digital LA, where I got to hang with a bunch of my pals that transcend both web video and web tech. I got to meet Andy Dugan, an Emmy/Webby winner who seems to be one of the Streamys biggest critics, and though I am a Streamy supporter and somewhat a Webby critic, I very much respect his opinions and where he’s coming from. In all though, it wasn’t a huge attendance of WebTV people, but it was great start to what would be a long week.
Wednesday came the Streamy Craft Awards. – Going into an awards show, I understand splitting the awards up into two ceremonies. The Oscars do it, the Emmys do it, and when you’re trying to be all encompassing like the Streamys, I get it, there are a lot of awards to hand out. Compulsions had no nominations in the Craft awards but my team and I came in full support of the space, our friends, and for the shows we admire. I was sitting three seats away from Jeremy Redleaf of Odd Jobs and right next to Christian Taylor, Nina Bargiel and the Valemont team, so being with them as they won was an absolute thrill.
The ceremony itself I thought was great, ironically it was lean, fast, and smooth. The banter/jokes from Jim Festante were in general pretty good. If a line/quip fell flat, it was moved on from very quickly. If I were to critique anything from this, I would have liked the ceremony to show some clips. Categories like Cinematography, Art Direction, and Visual Efx just beg to be shown on screen. But either way lean, fast, and smooth. Here are you awards, say your speeches, and let’s get back to mingling.
Thursday came New Media Vault. Another solid event attended by great people. I like going to the Vault events, and this one was fun. Got to touch base more with other Web TV peeps and pals. One great thing to note about the week, there were a lot of people from out of town who I got the absolute pleasure of meeting, and really that’s what this is all about. Meeting people, making new friends and contacts, and celebrating the work we do.
Friday came the premiere of Vamped Out with Kevin Pollak and Babelgum. This was a solidly attended premiere, some traditional media peeps (Topher Grace, Matthew Perry) and of course more web peeps. I think at this event my energy was really starting to wain, but I do remember having a fun time. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting the team from Riese the Series, and praising that I got one of their street team “button pins” during Comic Con 2009.
Saturday was the Blip.tv/Streamy kick off party. This was a great event, Blip.tv always throws great events (I happily told Dina Kaplan this when I saw her). I was really happy to see the YouTube vloggers there in full force, it felt like all of WebVideo was coming together in celebration. This was truly the penultimate event leading up to Sunday.
Sunday – The Streamys – (I could write a huge post just on this, but much of it has been said) – I’m gonna preface this by saying that though we were one of the most nominated shows of the evening. We certainly weren’t treated as royalty (nor did we need/want to be). I had to fight to get our cast and crew members (that weren’t nominees) tickets, I had to fight to get an extra ticket for my own sister but I understood “every show wanted to be there, and they all wanted their entire teams to go”. The Tubefilter guys worked hard and have whole hearted intentions, I give them an ‘A’ for effort (an obviously a much lower grade for execution).
The Red Carpet- I felt this was a VAST improvement over the Red Carpet last year. It was relatively organized, and it moved. Our team was able to go from station to station, reporter to reporter, and yes they fell behind, but really I thought this went well. – If you don’t agree with me, try to remember last year when it was an absolute mess – I have pictures to prove it. Anyway after our team walked and did our thing. I had a lot of fun just hanging out with different people. Though it was kind of nutty to try to get all our cast together through general admission, it eventually worked out.
The Streamys Awards Ceremony – Dance number – eh (why wasn’t it the LXD?) . Sound issues not a great sign. Long self deprecating humor/vulgar skits… another red flag. But I’ll be honest, I was feeling a lot of nerves, I wasn’t being objective about all the mishaps.
By the time they announced Writing in a Drama, we had already lost two categories (Actor and Director). I believe that our team, our families, and our immense support in the indie community was generally deflated. – Doesn’t matter who you are, you always hope to win. So when they announced that I had won, it was an electric moment. The roars around me were deafening. I hugged my family. I high fived my team, I gave Craig a big embrace, and he pushed me to go up.
The instant I hit the stage it felt like the audience exploded. I heard a pretty amazing roar from the crowd. That moment was truly the greatest experience of my life thus far, and that is what I want to take from it. The adrenaline, the reponse, it was amazing. Many friends, and fellow indie creators described it as their highlight of the evening, and it was truly an honor for me to be that for so many people.
When I got backstage I was immediately greeted by The Bui Brothers and as many of you know my work as a photog, it was pretty awesome to see them, they both gave me big hugs. As I went through the press area I got to see another photog, Maria from Kodak, who I hadn’t seen since we were shooting last years Streamys. I also got big hugs from Jenni Powell, Pam Kulik, and Stephanie from Mingle Media TV. I took a moment to watch the announcement of Best Female Actor in a Drama and was thrilled to see Rachael win. I stopped my press run to go over to give her a big congrats hug.
When I made it around back to the audience, I walked in to what appeared to be the turning point that spiraled into the “train wreck”, the crashing of The Fine Bros video. From there we’ve heard about how all the big technical difficulties that came about, no need to address them again. Yes it was vulgar and embarrassing but the main thing is that I sat through the bad to see the good… I saw great online content being honored.
I’m gonna end this by referencing nominee and Super YouTuber Phil DeFranco. A few weeks ago we had chatted about the Streamys and he was constructively critical of the process, it was a great intelligent discussion, we agreed, we disagreed, but we wanted the same thing. At the end of the day I believe we all want online video content to honored, recognized, and respected. Yes the 2010 Streamy Awards ceremony was disappointing, but the intention to honor, recognize, and decorate the space is a noble and thankless task. Thus I will continue to support Tubefilter, the team behind the Streamys, and any individual or organization that is out to support the online video space.
Thank you for reading, and it is truly an honor.