Saturday, August 8, 2009

A little about show #2 and the genesis of VCinema

First off, the second show, as many already know, has been decided. It's been dubbed "VCinema Part II: The VCinema-ing" and sub-tagged "THIS TIME...IT'S PERSONAL". I won't post details since they've already been tagged up on the Facebook fan page where, I'll assume, most of you are receiving this blog post from. The name of the show was swimming around in my head for the past couple of weeks and a take on "the reckoning". I liked it because it sounded like a bad ass sequel title (like, for example, Road House 2: The Reckoning). The tagline "This's personal" is taken completely from Jaws 2: The Revenge which basically rehashes the first film with a different shark.
But, hey, who's quibbling, the movie gave us this great tagline which has been recycled more times than one can count.

Anyway, I didn't want to spend too much time promoting the second show and, instead, start talking about how the whole VCinema project began. **Cue flashback music** One Thursday evening last American football season, I was stuck wanting to check out that evening's game. I don't remember who was playing but I just wanted to watch and, unfortunately, since I don't have cable since I very rarely watch TV, I was high and dry. Instead, I logged onto some football boards I knew about to get up to date scores and happenings when someone posted a link to what he described as "his buddy's feed".

Now, I had already known about live feeds before via blogging and video blogging so I assumed the feed would be some rabid fan ranting about how his team would make the playoffs. Instead, the link led to someone's feed of the game being recorded by his video camera directly to other viewers (about 130 in total) like me. What really surprised me was the picture and sound quality were pretty good, not HD quality of course but definitely good enough to see players' jersey names and numbers.

After watching the game, I became interested in checking out what other 'channels' were available. Clicking through other feeds, I saw that many were predictably 'down' (i.e. their owners weren't broadcasting) but a few were broadcasting anime, video gaming tips and speed runs, and the predictable blog ranters much as I described above. Since the feed page had a search option, I typed in 'horror' and one entry appeared. This feed apparently was started by a horror magazine or podcast whose name I didn't recognize. They appeared to be broadcasting old B-movies that were in the public domain. The public domain is where intellectual property (i.e. movies, songs) goes once the copyright has expired or somehow been compromised. Any property in the public domain is usable free of charge by the public. Coincidentally, the original 1968 version of "Night of the Living Dead", one of my favorite zombie films, was playing so I decided to watch the hour or so that was left. Unlike the earlier football broadcast I had watched, the picture and sound were nearly the same as if I had played a DVD of the movie on my computer. Apparently, instead of using a video camera to broadcast from a secondary screen, these owners were somehow broadcasting directly through a media source. At that point, I thought, "Wouldn't it be cool if someone had their own horror movie show?"


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