Episode 78 – Are We America’s Bitch?

Show Notes

Full Dysclosure

UK’s Digital Economy Bill passes and will fail.

Digital Economy Bill Strategy is also coming to Canada.Was there something wrong with CopyCon?

Fuck Hollywood; put your money to better use.

Apple sucks sucks and sucks.

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Shout-Outs

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4 comments

  1. Hey, thanks for talking about us on your podcast, that was really great to hear! Bracey and I were listening to it in the wee hours last night while finishing up all the last minute business for today.

    One thing I thought was interesting was your guys’ take on the whole choice of doing a ‘sci-fi’ show. Truth is, it’s not really a sci-fi show. Even bigger truth is, Bracey was giving me the biggest head-smacking “I told you so!” face when you guys started talking about it πŸ˜‰ I’ve been using ‘sci-fi’ as a shorthand to describe the show in the broadest possible sense. But really, to call it sci-fi is even a little disingenuous and might set up some wrong expectations. There’s the kernal of a sci-fi idea that spurs the whole story into motion, but it’s not something unreal like time travel or space aliens or the like. It posits a “what if?” scenario and running with it from there.

    It was just funny to us because your guys’ points were *exactly* what Bracey and I have been saying to each other, except Bracey has been vehemently opposed to using the sci-fi label in even the broadest sense and I’ve been more willing to because I thought it was easy to grasp on to. I guess he was right πŸ˜‰ The truth is, the show really *is* about the writing and the characters. It’s not gee-whiz space coolgasm stuff. (Coolgasm? WTF?) That’s not what interests us. And you are right: this was a story that I’ve had in my mind for a couple of years now. It wasn’t tailored at all to be what we thought might interest this specific audience. We’re doing exactly the show we want to be doing and releasing it on our own terms which is what’s so exciting about it.

    *Phew*

    Sorry about the long message, but Bracey will be happy to know I sent it! We’re going to experiment today with streaming live from the shoot on ustream, so we’ll see how that goes. If you’re ever interested in doing something a little more in-depth on Pioneer One on either your website or your podcast, we’re game for an exclusive!

    Best,

    Josh

  2. Great episode guys. It appears, at the time of my commenting, that Pioneer One is less than $700 away from reaching their goal. I think they are gonna make it. It’s great to see independent films finding a way to get made and distributed without the added bloat of the “industry”. As an insider,(set designer, by the way)I see what appears to be an awful lot of wasted and ridiculous spending during a production. The most ironic spending being that of cutting departmental budgets only to see elaborate and expensive “gift baskets” given to actors, PR people and producers. Don’t tell my bosses though. They may find a cost saving measure in making sure that there is one less set designer around. πŸ˜‰

  3. @Josh

    Just to be honest, I agree with you on the Sci-Fi concept. There is a current that seems to think that all things sci-fi are about space, aliens, special effects and the whole “coolgasm” stuff.

    But, that is only one of the aspects of sci-fi. At least to me. Sci-fi fan to the core, reader, collector and attempting writer, I define sci-fi much more broadly.

    To me, anything that involves any kind of what-if scenario in wich a major aspect of the said scenario is any of the many sciences, it is sci-fi. Robin Cook, writes sci-fi. Medical Sci-Fi. Jean M.AΓΌel writes Sci-Fi, antropology and archeological Sci-Fi (and got some Hugo awards for it).

    So, don’t pull back on your sci-fi claim, just define what science or sciences may be involved. Is it Politics? Is it History? Is it Sociology? Doesn’t matter, any science can be whatifed… thus creating Science Fiction. If it is good sci-fi, or not, it will deppend on your writing, not on your labelling.

    BTW, Pioneer1, is incredibly exciting and it is really a concept that needs encouraging.

    Bye…

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