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After going through the full agenda of Vidcon2012 in Anahiem it is painfully clear that the bubble/suits have completely taken over and all the fun of past years has been relegated to a sideshow.
The worst part is it is nothing but people from the IAWTV running almost all of the panels. (Why does Jim Louderback need 1/3 of the panels at Vidcon?) Yes there's Youtubers on some of the panels, (emphasis on SOME,) but it looks like a Tubefilter meetup/mixer at best. Hell, was Rich even INVITED? Kevin Smith is really the lone bright spot among the panels.
The Youtubers and their community MADE Vidcon what it was and now it looks like Hank has handed it over to the bubble. I have to say I'm upset and very disappointed that they went this route in 2012.
Anyone who thinks it is easy has clearly not done their basic homework. Production values are a given. Networking with other creators is a given.
My point was that creators need to look outside their narrow circles and constantly cultivate new relationships. Everyone on YouTube is a "creator" be they a Web series creator, Vlogger or even a commenter. When you start to draw lines you create artificial barriers; barriers that were simply not their in the origin of the Web series, and barriers that limit the potential to grow a channel.
I'm following Model.
That's the kind of thing money can't buy and is vital when brand building.
Lets hold our own web series conference
I second that!
Meet-Up and Signings schedule has been added to the VidCon Agenda page. Mainstage and Concerts will be added shortly! http://vidcon.com/agenda
It's interesting, I see it a bit differently. I don't consider myself a professional filmmaker, just someone that enjoys telling stories in film- I look through the agenda, and I names of people that I would want to have some interaction with, to listen to. If I had known about this before I signed on to the American library Association conference in the same venue this weekend, this probably would have gotten me to attend.
It's not, for me anyway, about suits or bubbles or IAWTV or anything else except, are these guests and speakers people that would be interesting to listen to, would they have something that would help me be a better filmmaker?
They have industry day for that, they don't need ALL 3 DAYS. Especially when you consider the fact that the IAWTV is a "Bronze Sponsor", not even a paid one. Few in the bubble are worth listening to as it is, let alone being the dominant force at an event that is supposed to be a fun time.
With due respect I don't think the bubble exists anymore. Everyone is doing their own thing. Do your thing and get in where you fit in. VIDCON is small, the INTERNET is big!
The bubble has schmoozed their way to pretty strong levels of power as we've seen with Hank essentially handing Youtube and it's talent over to the IAWTV. This has created a glass ceiling for outsiders trying to build their own niches. Believe me, I've experienced this on MANY different levels.