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  • About HigletFilms

    Higlet

    HigletFilms was created in 2010 by Mary Higgins (WorldofHiglet) and hubby, Paul, as a showcase for their experimental web video/new media/webseries/web tv work.

    Their new webseries, 'Mind My Brains, Darling!' is now showing on Blip.tv.

  • Mind My Brains, Darling! Season 1

  • Goodnight Princess Omnibus (Acts 1-3)

  • Interview with Felicia Day

Geek and Sundry Launch with a marathon, new videos – and a panda…

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Geek and Sundry Hangout with Felicia Day, Vince Caso, Robin Thorsen and Jeff Lewis

Geek and Sundry Hangout with Felicia Day, Vince Caso, Robin Thorsen and Jeff Lewis

Yesterday Felicia Day hosted an epic 12 HOUR Google+ HangOutathon as a subscription drive for her new ‘Geek and Sundry’ Channel on YouTube. Over the course of the day there was a non-stop line up of guests, competitions, teasers and panels covering a huge range of topics. The new channel has an impressive line up of shows, with something for everyone.

I couldn’t watch the whole 12 hours, but every time I tuned in I was sucked into watching far longer than I meant to. Felicia is a great host and has a superb team that really work together to create a quality product. I just wish we could have seen more of Kim Evey 🙂

There was an IRC chat going on over on the geekandsundry.com community site, and this held up incredibly well all the time I was online. I took some screengrabs when I remembered, which you can see on Flickr:

Today they launched the first of many shows, including Felicia’s new vlog, The Flog, and a all-new music video from The Guild:


 
Felicia is one of the reasons I got into making web videos in the first place. It might be hard to believe now, but four years ago Felicia didn’t know she would now be a huge star. Nothing has been given to her on a plate. She has worked incredibly hard to get where she is and she has done it with grace, determination and an inclusiveness that makes people feel like they are part of her success. She has continually strived to push boundaries and bring people forward with her, and to do things her way. I think we have only just seen the start of what she will achieve.

Could anyone else be as successful as Felicia? Who knows? If you are asking that question then you might want to consider something else. If you pursue your passion, work at your craft and produce the very best work that you can, will your soul be satisfied? If you can honestly answer yes, then carry on striving because you will get your reward. It might not be your own branded channel and suite of shows on YouTube, but it will be worth it in ways you might not even realise yet.

Now, please excuse me while I go and finish editing this novel* 🙂

Bonus: A panda!

Spot the geek and sundry panda

Spot the geek and sundry panda

* Not a turn of phrase, I really am editing a novel that I hope to have out by the summer. More on that soon!

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Review of the IAWTV Awards, 2012

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Felicia Day Kim Evey and The Guild at IAWTV Awards 2012

Felicia Day and The Guild were big winners at the IAWTV Awards

Firstly, hearty congratulations to the winners of the IAWTV Awards (the full list is on the IAWTV website). You will forever be the first cohort of IAWTV winners, something to be proud of. Secondly, congratulations to the production team who managed to pull off an impressive evening, no mean feat for a first year. Thirdly, overall I was really pleased with the whole event, thought it was well conceived and executed.

No comparisons
There is little point in trying to compare last night’s awards to past events. This is the first awards the IAWTV have hosted and they should be assessed on that basis. I am a member of the IAWTV and this event was a celebration of a community I hold dear. I can’t pretend to be a dispassionate observer, because I’m not. I was making screengrabs throughout the show so I’m not going to give a blow-by-blow account. I did enjoy the liveblog of the event by Amanda Walgrove in The Faster Times even though I don’t agree with all of her observations. It is likely that the IAWTV Awards will be at CES again next year, so this was a great base to build on and I have no doubt that next year’s will be even better.

You can see the screenshots here:

What was good

  • There was a clear plan for the evening, and even when things didn’t go to plan I never felt concerned that the whole event was going wrong.
  • There was obviously a big emphasis on timing, and things did move along quickly. That is a huge achievement.
  • Tech always goes wrong, but the show carried on, which is exactly what should happen.
  • There was an underlying respect for the occasion, the space and the community. Even though there were cracks about web TV I could have done without hearing from some quarters, the ceremony itself was respectful, dignified and fitting.
  • Some of the pre-recorded segments were very good indeed.
  • There were no streakers.

Jane Espenson and Bernie Su

Jane Espenson and Bernie Su hosting at the IAWTV Awards

What could have been better

  • The stress on timing meant that people were literally running on and off stage and sometimes the stage was empty. This wasn’t a major issue in the overall scheme of things but would be an area to look at for next year. I would have preferred the award section hosts to stay on stage at all times and help get people on and off stage and cover for any glitches.
  • Sound was an issue all the way through and would be the #1 priority for next time. Levels fluctuated wildly from silence to barely-there to booming and back again. However, anyone who has had to perform in any venue not run by them will tell you that sound is one of the hardest things to get right. Even with well equipped desks and great sound engineers, things can go wrong. Someone should have had a handle on the hot mics, at least, to spare us the unguarded commentary.
  • Some of the live segments fell flat, some of the recorded segments were too long, and sometimes meshing the live and recorded together went awry. Again, these are problems all live shows are subject to. Most of the things that could be controlled before the event were, and that’s all you can hope for.
  • Using YouTube meant that there was effectively no chat room because it was pretty much spammed all the way through.
  • I understood the idea behind using Siri – the Awards were at CES! – but it didn’t quite work and added another layer of complication that didn’t need to be there.
Amanda Shockley April Grant at IAWTV Awards

April Grant, Amanda Shockley and Kai Haison hosting at IAWTV Awards

Individual high points

  • Grace Helbig – I am not familiar with this young lady or her show ‘Daily Grace‘, but her performance last night was very good so I will investigate further.
  • The Indie Intertube ladies – I’ve known Amanda and April for quite a while and actually met them this year (yay!). They were poised and classy hosts and I was so proud to watch them on stage.
  • Felicia’s speeches and her stripper heels, Sean Becker’s speech, Kim Evey’s speech (again, not pretending to be unbiased).
  • Elisabeth Flack receiving an award for Exceptional Individual Service. Elisabeth worked behind the scenes tirelessly for the IAWTV and she was incredibly helpful and welcoming to me when I was considering joining the IAWTV. You are an inspiration, Elisabeth, and I was thrilled to see you honoured.
  • Jane Espenson

Personal low points
If you were in the IAWTV chat room last night you would know what these were for me. Not sure I’ll share them beyond that but there were parts that I thought were ill-conceived, mainly relating to individuals whom I think should know better. Or maybe I just don’t get their humour. Lots of people don’t share my sense of humour, either, so maybe it’s down to a question of taste.

Take-Aways
This was a celebration of web TV, the creators and the community and went off without any major problems. I think the infrastructure is building to take advantage of the opportunities that will open up in the coming months. We want people outside our space to take us seriously as professionals. This was a step towards achieving that, and I thank the Academy and everyone who helped make it a success. Have a day off this weekend for once. You deserve it.

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Congratulations to the Inaugural IAWTV Award Nominees, and all who Submitted!

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IAWTV nomination announcement

Yesterday the nominees for the first IAWTV Awards were announced live on What’s Trending. After a few technical hiccups the show powered through the nominees and withinin 15 minutes Shira Laza and Ethan Newberry had announced five nominees for each of the 32 categories.

The full list of nominees is on the IAWTV Awards website. After the nominations were announced there was a bonus extra video mashup of the nominees:

It was good to see that there was quite a wide range of shows and individuals nominated, and we were really excited to see that Amanda and April from Indie Intertube received TWO nominations. We have huge respect for them both and one of the highlights of our Fall Escapades was appearing live on their show and then being on the ‘Women in Webseries’ panel with them at Geek Girl Con. The IAWTV Awards are being held in Las Vegas in January during CES, and during the Indie Intertube show last night April announced that they will be moderating a panel and also presenting one of the Awards.

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Congratulations to ALL the nominees. Being nominated in the first IAWTV Awards is a huge achievement, and honour. This is the first of what will hopefully be a long history of IAWTV Awards shows, and you will always be part of the very first show. There are many shows and people I recognise and some I don’t, and I look forward to watching all of the nominees when we vote on the next round.

And I would also like to congratulate all those who submitted their shows to the awards. The odds of being nominated were quite small in some cases, and not getting a nomination shouldn’t be seen as a failure. I know for a fact some fantastic shows were not nominated, so you are in very good company (and I’m not just talking about ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!‘). I think Kim Evey put it best (and let’s face it, Kim knows what she is talking about!):

Kim Evey IAWTV phenomenal tweet

We thought about it for a long time before submitting, but ultimately I’m glad we did. The voting procedure meant that every single submission (and there were hundreds) had the possibility to be nominated. In the first round every submission in every category was assessed by IAWTV members as to whether it was eligible for an award. In some categories there were 150+ submissions to go through. We watched so many new shows and found so many great shows we had never even heard of before. But we didn’t vote on every one because we simply didn’t have the time. That’s ok, though, because the system was set up so that every submission had the opportunity to be voted on as many times as everything else.

We didn’t notice much of an increase in views during the nomination process, but we were competing in some of the biggest categories. Next time, we’ll be submitting a drama, and hopefully that will remain a slightly smaller category!

And a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to say they were disappointed we didn’t get a nomination. You all rock our world in many, many ways 🙂

There will be a list of all the webseries that submitted to the IAWTV Awards out soon, and we will link to it when it’s out. There are some hugely talented creators out there producing amazing work, and they deserve a wider audience.

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Why we are submitting ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ to the IAWTV Awards

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IAWTV Awards logo
I’ve been writing about webseries for over three years. Our first webseries aired in August 2008. We’ve been around.

When the IAWTV first launched I was excited about the prospect, not because I particularly wanted to join, but because I could see the need for a unified voice for this growing industry. The first Streamy Awards were stunning on many levels and it felt like webseries were coming into their own as a legitimate, growing force in the world of entertainment.

Still, I didn’t feel like the IAWTV had anything to offer a small, independent creator like me. I was quite happy to carry on supporting the space, blogging about things that interested me and making my videos. When the second Streamy Awards happened I was knocked out of my complacency. I wrote about my reaction to the show and then a list of things I wanted to see from the IAWTV and the Streamy Awards. I reached out to Jenni Powell and Kim Evey and helped with the first Celebrate The Web event.

In January 2011 I joined the IAWTV because I felt progress was being made. Elizabeth Flack in particular was key in answering my questions and I really appreciate the work that she did for the IAWTV. It was an honour to be nominated to stand for the Board of Directors, and through my candidate statement and video I reiterated my desire to see the IAWTV truly international with support and outreach for all creators.

It has taken a tremendous amount of work from people in the IAWTV and beyond to make the first IAWTV Awards a reality. It was a brave decision to hold it at CES and I do understand that bringing it to such a huge international stage should provide a great platform to showcase all that is good and great in our space.

But I must admit, I was a little disappointed when the announcement was made. Again, there seemed to be no place for the small, independent creator – particularly one that is outside the U.S. How did it benefit me and my work, and what were the chances of even getting a nomination when there wasn’t even an award for innovation?

Soul-searching. I’ve been doing it.

Why should I submit ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ to the IAWTV Awards?

The reasons are actually simple:

  • ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’ is a serious work of art, conceived and executed as an experimental series using a new filming technique called ‘BodyLine’. We developed a whole new way of filming, and that makes me incredibly proud.
  • At screenings at CSTS in Vancouver, VCON and Geek Girl Con we heard from people who really enjoyed our show and were intrigued with BodyLine.
  • We worked professionally, finished the project and learned many valuable lessons. It was a team effort and the whole team deserves to be recognized for their contributions, as shown on the many posts and discussions we have had about the people who have helped us. Submitting is a way to honour their work.
  • As a member of the IAWTV who claims to be active and wants to further the aims of the organization, I feel that NOT submitting my series would be a slight.
  • During our recent forays at VCON and Geek Girl Con we have met many creators and fans, and interviewed a great many people for our upcoming documentary about webseries. Many people had never watched a webseries. Many didn’t know what one was. Of the people who did watch them, most found them through friend recommendations. We need to get a wider circle of people involved in webseries, and CES could well be the way to do that.

Do I think we will be nominated?
That is simple: no. I think there is zero chance of that happening, but that should not stop me from entering. On a financial level it is absolutely foolish to enter, but if a guarantee of success was the only reason to do anything we would never have moved to Canada and enjoyed all the wonderful things that have flowed from that.

If you have read this far then I hope you will take the time to do two things:

1. Leave a comment telling me if you agree/disagree/got bored about the whole thing
2. Watch an episode of ‘Mind My Brains, Darling!’. To make it simple, here’s one:

Thanks for listening.

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