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Archive for October 28th, 2010

Pirate Bay Documentary Raises $51K on Kickstarter

While certainly not a huge budget by mainstream media measures, $51K for a documentary on The Pirate Bay isn’t bad seed money to get a show started, or even complete if it’s a lean production. That it was funded from “fan funding” via Kickstarter makes me wonder if fan-funding isn’t a viable method for the future. Kind of “pay in advance” for the content so that it actually gets made.

If this were a TV series maybe people could subscribe to the future shows in order to get them made?

The Pirate Bay documentary has received full funding throughKickstarter. They received $51,434 from 1737 backers, adding up to $29 per backer. With an initial goal of $25,000 to fund a professional editing staff and studio, the filmmaker behind the campaign exceeded all expectations by 104%. Over the course of one month, 400,000 visitors from more than 170 countries checked out the campaign. Asked why a filmmaker would want to make a film about an organization that is undercutting his future ability to make money, he responded that he believes that new ways of supporting creativity will emerge.

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Sencha and Adobe offer HTML5 Authoring Tools

Sencha Takes On Flash With HTML5 Animator http://tinyurl.com/2dq7ljd

Adobe Shows Off Flash-to-HTML5 Conversion Tool http://tinyurl.com/2vcl9fb

It’s nice to see someone working on an HTML5 authoring tool. Adobe has already previewed add-ons and beta tools for HTML5 authoring and it seems they “get” that Flash isn’t going to be dominant forever. With new stats showing about 54% of the video on the web is “HTML5 capable” that’s a sensible approach.

I’ve not tested HTmL5 Animator so I can’t comment on its relative merits to other authoring solutions. Compared with no solution or hand coding, anything is a step forward!

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