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21 March 2013 @ 01:00 pm
Let’s see.  

I feel like I should be blogging on big important topics and having meaningful conversations, as many of my friends are doing. The reality, however (as I told someone yesterday when he asked my opinion on a recent tempest in a teacup), is that I lack the time and energy to devote to the big important topics and meaningful conversations that some of my other friends are pursuing. I’m going to just have to go with that, and trust that my half-assed book and movie reviews will be sufficient until I have more brain. Check back with me in what, five or eight years?

In the meantime, someone is running an Indiegogo campaign for an Alaskan-filmed SF TV pilot.

In theory I find this wildly exciting. Nobody ever does this kind of thing in Alaska, and I love that somebody’s trying. And it’s SF! Extra cool! Yay!

In practice, while I hope they succeed, I also really wish they were doing an all-or-nothing campaign, rather than IndieGoGo’s “this project will get all the funds raised at the end of the campaign” option. $25K is a lot, and I guess I feel like you have to think through the details a lot more carefully if you know it’s all or nothing. I would’ve set a much lower initial goal, like, if we reach $5K we film X, if we reach $10K, we go to Z to film Y, if we hit $25K we get to make the whole thing. I dunno. I want them to succeed, but I don’t care for the setup, which makes me reluctant to participate as a funder.

OTOH, I have now learned there are sand dunes west of Fairbanks somewhere. I’d had no idea. Huh.

Speaking of Kickstarting (or whatever), there’s been a lot of wildly intelligent commentary about the Veronica Mars movie project Kickstarter. Short version, cult hit TV show creator convinces Warner Brothers to make the movie that fans want by proposing a Kickstarter project to raise $2m in seed money & prove there’s an audience for the film. Other people immediately get offended that big studios are Kickstarting, because how dare they take money that should be for little people doing little projects that can’t get studio approval! Example of such here.

Discussion here, here, and from Harry Connolly, here and here.

Now, I admit I had a moment of that “it’s not fair!” when Amanda Palmer’s Kickstarter did so very well, and I copped to it then, too, as part of getting over myself. Because in the end, it’s not taking money away from me, and indeed, a whole lot of the 57K people supporting the Veronica Mars thing had never even heard of Kickstarter before their favorite show went up on it, and now they’re part of that community. So not only is it not taking money away from me, but it’s increasing the chances that sometime somebody will *give* money to me, just because there are now more people out there who know the site exists and might be poking around on it.

Kickstarter, like so much in life, is not a zero sum game. Good to remember, eh?

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

 
 
 
irishkateirishkate on March 21st, 2013 09:23 am (UTC)
I tend to avoid meaningful conversations these days because the whole thing just brings me down.. Well possibly except for equality stuff, that I can get excited about.

As for daily life - I don't have one so even what you manage (reading books and seeing movies apart from anything else) is a nice pace for me to follow.
Andrea Blytheblythe025 on March 21st, 2013 12:27 pm (UTC)
An Alaskan-filmed SF TV pilot? Awesome!

Seanan McGuire had some great points on the Veronica Mars thing, too, and pretty much said the same thing about it not being a zero sum game. People pay for what they love, and what's the difference between paying $35 buck for a tee shirt after it's produced, as opposed to before it's produced.

Anyway, more people exploring the site is a very good thing (and something I had not thought of), and I hope the Veronica Mars fans find some great small projects to support that they might not have found otherwise.
Chrysoulachrysoula on March 21st, 2013 01:14 pm (UTC)
I was a little cranky about the Veronica Mars Kickstarter early that morning, but that turned out to also be the day Kevin got officially turned down for his dream job and other unpleasant things, so by the time they funded I was just... delighted that _somebody_ out there was having a great day. A lot of somebodies, it looks like. Big Kickstarters funding quickly = a lot of people full of love being made very happy. Can't beat that.
dancinghorsedancinghorse on March 21st, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
I was having that discussion about Kickstarter with Current Camper the other day. And that's the thing. Last year when we were all figuring it out, we thought, yes, people would get donor fatigue, the first rush would get it all and there'd be nothing left for anyone else.

But instead, it became a Thing. People put aside bits of money for projects. They share and promote the ones that need a boost, and if their own projects are successful, they try to make their backers aware of others like it. It's this huge, communal potlatch thing and it's evolving in ways that are really quite wonderful.

As for not being Brilliant Blogger Is Brilliant, believe me, I understand. Sometimes we just don't stretch that thin. I'm sure all your many friends and fans would rather see the next book or the next "Oh hai, feeling good, been busy but it's good busy" drive-by than have you get all overwhelmed with toomuchitude.