Judah and the Lion’s latest music video, “Suit and Jacket” continues the folk-hop band’s 7-year conversation with youth, adulthood, death and meaning within the context of a new outer-space theme. The video, off their new Folk Hop and Roll Deluxe album, features an opening scene with band members Judah Lee Akers, Nate Zuercher, Brian Macdonald and Spencer Cross sitting in a small blue-lit bedroom. Akers sings, “I ain’t trading my youth for no suit and jacket.” His is a common refrain within the lyricism of the band. He continues, “I ain’t giving my freedom for your money and status,” folding imaginary bills in his left hand.
Last week the video hosting website Vessel.com opened it’s doors to the world, for $2.99 a month. It’s a bold move, charging a monthly fee for access to videos that will usually end up on YouTube after 72 hours. Some of YouTube’s most successful content creators were invited to be a part of this new video venture and provide Vessel viewers exclusive early viewing rights to their latest video on Vessel before anyone else can see them for free on YouTube three days later.
One of those YouTubers, Derek Muller of Veritasium, describes it as paying a premium to see the latest film in theater before it hits DVD and then your television months or years later. While I understand the comparison, it’s not entirly correct. Vessel is using the same medium as YouTube – my computer or smartphone screen. So if Vessel wants me to pay $2.99 a month, their “venue” has to exceed YouTube’s much like a movie theater exceeds my living room. So, after signing up for a 30 day trial I can report back that the player appears to run smoother than YouTube, there are no pop-up annotations, ads you have to X out of, or any of the other annoying distractions you find on YouTube. In fact, it’s almost exactly like Vimeo – which, last I checked, costs zero a month. So, I’ll stick it out for the 30 days and have a more detailed report for you then. If you want to check it out yourself, watch Veritasium’s video to find out how to get your 30 day trial.
Ever tell your friends, “If only I could have $10,000 for a production budget and mentoring from a seasoned Hollywood pro, I could make a really kick-ass short film”?
A key part of the application is a one-page treatment of your idea for a short film or video. The story you want to make needs to address some aspect of liberty as its theme. And it must be makable within the budgetary limits. (So forget about that sequel to Braveheart, unless you’re really good at green-screen CGI.)
The judges will be looking for originality. But they’re not looking for super-esoteric film-school short films. You know the type — shot in black and white for no good reason, weird for the sake of being weird. It wouldn’t kill you to give it a coherent narrative. (And it’d definitely give you a better shot at getting picked.)
So, start thinking up those original story ideas with a coherent narrative and a liberty theme. With any luck, you’ll be making a kick-ass short film this summer.
And stay tuned to this blog, as we’ll release additional tips and details on TN’s programs.