“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”
VHX house party #3 begins (at VHX)
This is where I was born. (via kk)
(Source: contac, via operation-neptune)
Biked 40+ miles to Stone Mountain. We did not stay for the laser show. (at Stone Mountain Park)
This week, a group filmmakers in the VHX publisher community came together to launch something pretty cool: The Creativity Bundle. For the coming week, you can pay what you want to own four documentaries that each journey into the inspired minds of trailblazing artists. The digital package includes Gary Hustwit’s Helvetica, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky’s Indie Game: The Movie, Faith Levine and Sam Macon’s Sign Painters, and Neil Berkeley’s Beauty Is Embarrassing. And these guys don’t hesitate to admit that they’re huge fans of each other’s work.
Check out the Creativity Bundle here.
starwarsuncut - The Empire Strikes Back, starring a cast and crew of almost 5,000 people. Coming soon. 🌌
Fun fact: There are 330 Lukes, 230 Hans, 223 Leias, 178 Chewies, 144 Vaders, 133 C-3POs, 123 Yodas, 90 Landos, 77 RT-D2s and 1 Ackbar.
When you buy video via VHX, it’s yours to watch as many times as you want, whenever you want, forever — on whatever device. To watch on your big-screen TV, you can just download the file from VHX to your computer and transfer to a smart TV, Apple TV, or XBox via thumb drive.
But now, if you’ve got a Chromecast, it’s even easier — Rock our new Chromecast integration to stream directly to the big(ger) screen. Literally two clicks! Check out the easy setup over at support.vhx.tv.
You could stream to a tinier screen, too.
Introducing: VHX Stats
We’re big believers in transparency and knowledge-sharing, and it’s time to put our
money revenue stats where our mouth is. Today we’re launching VHX Stats, which will update daily, so you can watch the market grow as more people sell films and video content directly to fans.
The numbers that we’re putting out into the world so far are:
…with more to come. Creators want to have a conversation about the economics of selling their work, and this is our small contribution. Take a look, ask questions, and help us make it better.
Sell your film from one website, worldwide – even if you have multiple distributors in different countries. We’ll handle splitting up the payouts.
Today we’re launching support for splitting revenue between multiple distribution partners. Why? Because publishers should sell their work everywhere: nearly half of all sales on the VHX platform come from outside the US, and films with worldwide distribution perform the best. Even though traditional film distribution deals are still built around specific countries, the Internet is global, and your audience-building efforts should be global too.
Here’s how it works: Instead of carving out rights or dealing with holdbacks so you can sell from your own website, include your distributors as partners within your VHX dashboard. Tell us who you’re working with, what the split should be, and whether it’s tied to geography. VHX keeps track of the location from each sale, and ensures that each partner receives their fair share. Everybody gets a monthly statement, and earnings are paid out via direct deposit or PayPal.
Publishers get worldwide availability for their work, and all the data to go along with it. Distributors get a new channel of access to their audience. Fans get an easy, streamlined purchase experience, no matter where they live. And no more painful “Unavailable In Your Country” message.
This feature is still in private beta, so sign up and get in touch with us to get started.