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The “Queen Hussy” Chronicles w/ Pete Chatmon: Issue 3

by Pete Chatmon
October 10, 2011 2:34 AM
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Last Sunday we premiered the first episode of Queen Hussy, kicking off the 50,000 View Challenge. It's our first foray into the space so there's a lot of daily learning, but we're happy thus far with the views we've compiled. There are a few special videos being cut right now, so once those are off the chopping block I'll drop 'em here in the 'ole Chronicles. In the meantime, I'm going to talk about the week that was...and what's in store for the coming weeks.

FLAGGED BY YOUTUBE
If you haven't watched the episode yet, visiting the link http://ht.ly/6KRje will now require you to either sign in or sign up for a YouTube account. The episode title "Puss N Boots" kinda says it all, as there is some nudity, language, and a few other things going on that require viewers to verify their age (or be smart enough to choose the right year). It's tough at this point to know what, if any, effect this is having on viewership, but there just might be a new marketing angle to take advantage of here. That said, we were halfway expecting this and if/when creating your own webseries you have to consider the different community guidelines depending on where you post. Then you have to consider where the most leverage can be found for your content. Since YouTube allows the highest "stumble upon" viewership, we are looking to build upon this platform first before expanding to any other "venues". Other options include BlipTV, but I'd love to hear what all of you other webseries creators and viewers have to say on this issue!

BRANDING CONVERSATION
It's a very small world. At a book launch party a few weeks back, my podcast co-host Anthony Artis met someone involved in brokering branding partnerships for webseries. We connected via email, and finally via a conference call this week, only to find out that we were co-workers at my first job out of college. Crazy. I was laid off as she was hired, so we probably crossed paths just once or twice. Anyway, we had a great conversation and Hannelore Williams passed the deck off to her and we'll have to see what comes of it. We've also shared the deck with a variety of other contacts in the hopes of nurturing more relationships as we move forward. Once we hit the 50,000 View Challenge and drop episode 2, then eventually episode 3, there will be a lot of opportunities for brands that can fit into the world of the show. What I find most interesting is that a storied brand can organically spotlight their history due to the show taking place in two time periods. Imagine if Nichee drove a 1974 Camaro in the Super 8 footage and a 2011 Camaro in the current day narrative? It speaks to the longevity of the product and the allegiance that it's owners have.

SOCIAL MEDIA CONVERSATION
A lot of folks like to talk about the "strategy", but for us, we look at social media as a conversation. Any "strategy" fails when it's not built around an organic conversation and an authentic commitment to sharing. We're in the early stages, mostly because we are creating a LOT of complementary content to the show that really explains what we did (and are doing) and how. One thing that is very important is to make it easy for folks to spread the word. Creating the text, and the links through applications like Hootsuite and ow.ly allow you to make it a 1-click experience for folks. You also can track how many folks are clicking the link, which is helpful in determining what wording works best, if you're trying out different phrasing for your promotion.

In the old days, pre-internet, companies would use different marketing wording and create different PO Boxes for each campaign. The box that received the most responses, purchases, etc indicated which campaign wording was most effective. The internet is here to help in many of the same ways. Make sure you use it!

DOUBLE DOWN FILM SHOW
On Wednesday night, Queen Hussy creator Hannelore Williams and producer Nicole Sylvester were the guests on our podcast. The conversation revolved around a lot of interesting topics, including:

- Why shoot a WEB SERIES and not a short?
- What do you need to know if your project involves NUDITY?
- How can you pull off a PERIOD PIECE on a budget?
- What are the challenges of STARRING in your own project?
- How do you hire a WEST COAST crew if you’re on the East Coast?

Listen in here for ther: http://www.petechatmon.com/2011/10/03/episode-75-above-the-line-wthe-queen-hussy-team-wed-105-9pm-est/

TAMBAY OBENSON
This week, please join our podcast as we have Shadow and Act's very own, Mr. Tambay Obenson on as our esteemed guest. We'll dive into many of the topics you read about on Shadow and Act, plus a few more that should definitely be of interest! Just visit the link below at 9pm EST, Wednesday, October 12th.

http://www.petechatmon.com/2011/10/10/episode-76-tambay-obenson-of-shadow-and-act/

Onward,

Pete Chatmon

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15 Comments

  • Hannelore Williams | October 12, 2011 3:20 AMReply

    Artbizzy,
    Thank you much for paying attention to detail ;) and the support. I'm getting really antsy to release episode 2. More than I thought I would. I'm known for being impatient so don't worry, you won't have to wait long for episode 2!

  • artbizzy | October 12, 2011 2:57 AMReply

    From what I've seen and read so far, Queen Hussy seems to be a project we all can learn from. It had me laughing and I appreciated the overall creativity and campiness of it. I enjoy the references to Black Exploitation films and that it's actually a chronicle based on the writer/creator, Hannelore Williams Mom in the 70's. (*SPOILER ALERT – I also sense more levels to it especially with the appearance of the secretary in the Hollywood office as well as the reference to the main character friend having passed away*SPOILER ALERT OVER) I think this webseries can have a large following because (at least to me) it does seem to be a critique of the vapid reality TV industry we are all bombarded with daily and how much dysfunction gets exploited but also rewarded in our society.

    This is what I love about sites like Indiewire/ShadowandAct. I come here to learn about projects that aren’t considered mainstream for one reason or another but the creators of that project still have the balls to put said project out into the world with the intention to find as wide an audience as they possibly can while honoring their artistic vision. All I can say going forward to the Queen Hussy team is to continue to be confident in your vision, artistic and otherwise despite what anyone says or how many views you are stacking up. If you believe in your product and keep putting it out there, people will take notice. Thanks for putting it out there and sharing your process and journey with us. Now please tell me I don’t have to wait until you get 50,000 views to watch episode 2.

  • CareyCarey | October 12, 2011 2:06 AMReply

    All the following to say, the audience is always right. We can make a film or present a stage production that's authentic and accurate to a tee, but if we are the only ones laughing and enjoying ourselves... it can become a futile effort much like masturbation. The thrill is quickly gone and nobody is around to talk about it.

    Again, the "customer" is always right. If they laugh, express joy and are otherwise engaged in the "action" the rest of the side "issues"/technology are really and basically moot points. Laughter does not have a brain, it's a reflex action.

  • Hannelore Williams | October 11, 2011 11:57 AMReply

    Seriously though, thank you kindly, Carey.

  • CareyCarey | October 11, 2011 5:51 AMReply

    “[CareyCarey], I do hope you stick along for the ride because I’d love to know what you think” ~Hannelore Williams

    Don’t even think about it, I’m hooked. You know how it goes...

    Flying high in the friendly sky
    Without ever leaving the ground
    And I ain't seen nothing but trouble baby
    Nobody really understands, no no
    And I go to the place where the good feelin' awaits me
    Self-destruction in my hand
    Oh Lord, so stupid minded
    Oh, and I go crazy when I can't find it
    Well I know I'm hooked my friend
    Hannelore, I’m stuck like glue cuz I’m ol’skool :-)

    Actually, as you probably already know, those lines are from Marvin Gaye’s 70’s mega hit Flyin’ High In The Friendly Skies, which brings me back to address a few of the comments made by you, Pete and your producer Nicole Sylvester.

    Now, to do this right we have to pretend that nobody else is around and we’ve just met on the bus or at the Waffle House. You know, two hungry faces preparing to go home after a long days work. I don’t know you and you don’t know me so we just break the ice and start a friendly conversation. Cont.....

    INT. Waffle House - 3:30 AM

    HANNELORE sits at the end of the first row of plastic chairs. Her head is bent over, and she stares intently at the floor. She feels someone looking at her. She lifts her and glances over at CareyCarey. He nods and says...


    CAREYCAREY
    (hesitantly)
    Hello, you look tired, what are you doing out so late?

    HANNELORE
    (quizzically)
    uh, I’m an actor and I’ve just completed a long days shoot.

    HANNELORE is tired and she really doesn’t want to engage in a long conversation with a stranger, so she politely lowers her head and her eyes back to floor to suggest such. However, CareyCarey is persistent.

    CAREYCAREY
    oh, an actor huh, that sounds exciting. In fact, we share a common hobby.

    Realizing that this man was not going to leave her alone and obviously wanted to talk, Hannelore sits up, raises her head slowly, brushes her long, silky hair away from her face, looks him in his eyes, and starts talking. Cont......

  • CareyCarey | October 11, 2011 5:48 AMReply

    HANNELORE
    oh yeah, what do you do?

    CAREYCAREY
    well, right now I’m waiting for my pancakes and eggs, but if you’re asking me what I do for a living or what I ‘ve done for a living, that’s a long story. Besides, I ‘ve always hated those kinds of questions. Some people use their titles as if it’s a get out of jail free pass.

    HALLELORE
    (confused)
    Excuse me, get out of jail free pass? Break that down for this po little actress.

    CAREYCAREY
    Well, you know, it’s like if a person tells you they are a Harvard Professor, they might want you to believe they are the smartest SOB in the world, but actually they are defiant of average common sense, they just had the resources and test scores to go to school to get a degree.

    HANNELORE
    (excited)
    Oh, I get it. It’s like when a dude drives up in a nice $80, 000.00 car, he might want me to think he really has it going on, but in fact, he’s really a scrub who’s driving his bosses car while he’s out of the country.

    CAREYCAREY
    There it is, you got it. Titles can be very misleading. Say for instance, on the other hand, I told you I was a bank robber. I can safely assume that wee bit of information would run you off or at least shut down this conversation. Cont...

    HANNELORE
    That’s possibly true but your not a bank robber.

    CAREYCAREY
    Who said that?

    HANNELOPE
    Who said what?

    CAREYCAREY
    That I’m not a bank robber

    HANNELORE
    Come on now, you don’t sound like a bank robber or look like a bank robber. Besides, if you’re a bank robber, why did you tell me you’re an actor? I mean, sticking up banks and acting on the side does not sound like anything I’ve seen on the 10 o’clock news or even in the movies, so what’s the catch? Oh wait, I get it, you’re an actor who’s researching the role of a bank robber, so you’re using me to see how people would react around them?

    CAREYCAREY
    (in the voice of Kingfish)
    holly mackerel Hannelulu, dat not exactly da truth

    HANNELORE
    Yeah right, bank robbers always get caught and if you were one, you’d be looked-up in sing-sing or Devil Island or one of those places they send all the bad guys. Cont...

    CAREYCAREY
    See, that’s what I’ve always said about some women, they ain’t never really listening. I said, what if I “WAS” a bank robber. You know, like in the past. And who said I didn’t get caught? Shiiit, that’s why my dumb ass quit robbing banks because I did get caught.

    HANNELORE
    WOW, you mean I am actually talking to a bank robber, at 4AM in the morning, at the Waffle House!

    CAREYCAREY
    Come on now, don’t get all sappy on me. Didn’t your mother tell you about that?

    HANNELORE
    (startled)
    What do you know about my momma?!

    CAREYCAREY
    HEY, Don’t look at me all crazy and thangs, I know a lot of things. I said I was a bank robber, but that was some time ago, but since then I’ve done a lot of shit... some good, some bad, and some we are not going to talk about. But aren’t you the one who’s doing a Web Series that’s modeled on your mother’s life?

    HANNELORE
    Now you’re starting to scare me. How did you know that? Cont.....

  • CareyCarey | October 11, 2011 5:46 AMReply

    CAREYCAREY
    Damnit woman, I know you’re tired and hungry, but haven’t you been listening? I said, I’ve done a lot of things, therefore I know a lot of stuff. Do I have to pull out a title or throw my PhD on the table? Beside, I said we have something in common.

    HANNELORE
    (shocked)
    OH NO! Don’t you do it. don’t tell me you’re my real daddy?!

    CareyCarey brakes out in a loud old school laugh, (reminiscent of James Earl Jones), showing all the food crammed in his mouth, as some falls to the table. He wipes the slobber and drool away from his lips and continues.

    CAREYCAREY
    (serious and steady voice)
    Look, don’t worry about how and where I know your mother from, but didn’t you say, “As someone who considers herself a work-in-progress honest feedback, although hard at times to hear, is much needed. Developing this project’s voice and where to draw the line in different places (nudity, language, drug use) was decided based on the true experiences these stories were based off of. Now it’s time to see if those choices were strong ones, and if not why. I also offer this, episode 1 was developed with the other two episodes in mind”

    HANNELORE
    yeah, I said that, but...

    CAREYCAREY
    hold up now, but nothing. And didn’t Pete say there’s a lot of risqué’ stuff that happens on the show because that’s what happened in the 70’s and Nicole’s character is from that time period. But ultimately, you guys are trying to do something honest that people can appreciate and laugh at? Isn’t that what he said?

    HANNELORE
    yeah, but...

    CAREYCAREY
    Button up your mouth and slow your roll, I’m trying to give you something you can feel. Now, didn’t Nicole Sylvester also say you guys are trying to keep the production as vintage and accurate as possible?

    HALLELORE
    WOW, now you’re really starting to scare me. How in the world to you know all of that? I mean, first you talk about my momma and now you’re damn near quoting my whole crew. Tell me, what’s my cinematographer’s name?

    CAREYCAREY
    DUH... Antonio “banderos” Cineros, and your mother’s blood type is O-Positive.

    Now Hannelore is completely shocked, stunned actually. She remembers what her mother told her to do when alone with a strange man who has her backed against a wall. At the top of her lungs she yells out... Cont.....

  • CareyCarey | October 11, 2011 5:42 AMReply

    HANNELORE:

    RAPE!!!!

    Well, we soon find out that was only what she was thinking. The scene shifts back to find her with a stunned and perplexed look on her face.

    HANNELORE
    (serious tone)
    Okay CareyCarey, lets go back because you‘ve taken me to the bewildered zone.. You said we have something in common, but you’re not my daddy... I don’t think, and I’ve never robbed a bank. In fact, I’ve never done any type of crime. Well, check that. I did happen to acquire this one girls tennis shoes when she happened to leave her locker open at school. And I did cheat on my boyfriend. It was only one time. I did it to pay him back for sleeping with that scank tank Solanda. Anyway, where are we going with all of this?

    CAREYCAREY
    First, I knew about you and Dwanka, and your boyfriend and Solanda.

    HANNELORE
    (surprised)
    What? How did you know that?

    CAREYCAREY
    (exasperated tone)
    Woman, didn’t I tell you I’ve been a lot of places and therefore I know a lot of shit.

    **CareyCarey breaks out in more loud raucous laughter. Hannelore pauses, looks at him strangely and then joins in. The ice is broken. They settle down to talk business**

    CAREYCAREY
    Okay, listen, we share a love of movies and like I said I also perform on the stage. Primarily I am a speaker, but I also act. Presently I am engaged in production of a one man play (there’s one other actor for a short period) of the life and times of a person named Tim Moore. Many know him by his famous character name, Kingfish. Yep, Tim is the man behind the huckster Kingfish of the old television series Amos & Andy. Now, our other common interest revolves around the fact that your series is based on your mother’s trails and tribulations, and you’re doing it in a comedic fashion. Well, Tim Moore, aka, Kingfish is my uncle. So, in reference to the difficulties you’re experiencing with trying to stay authentic, vintage, accurate and real, while making people laugh, I share those same problems.
    My problems are compounded by the fact that I have to incorporate his story into the history of the city and area in which he was born and raised as a young kid. So “serious” is the name of the game. However, Kingfish is the major draw because that’s who people want to see. However, again, people behind the scene want to incorporate Tim’s story into a legacy of other famous people (mostly white people) who have also come from that city/area. People behind the scenes have for years been championing the other performers with week long celebrations and nationally known road race. No it’s time to give the black man some because truth be told, many black performers, movies stars and comedians are standing on his shoulders. Cont...

  • CareyCarey | October 11, 2011 5:38 AMReply

    Now I am not the big black advocator for black rights :-). Nope, been there in many ways but not this time. However, the producer is, who just happens to be a black woman who is also the cities poet laureate. So I am working with a real serious type woman, and I have to tell a looong-ass serious story (with 3 songs), while trying to be funny. So picture that dilemma. I’m dressed just like Kingfish; wide brim homburg hat, double breasted suit and vest, gold watch chain, big smile and aging makeup, while talking about another man’s life... all serious and shit, while trying to keep it entertaining and funny as hell. WOW! Then, during the main brake, I have to switch out of character (and wardrobe) and do another character who morphs between different characters while on stage. Yeah, tell me about it.

    Oh, and lets not forget about the demands of trying to keep it vintage, honest and accurate as possible. Lord have mercy! What takes precedent? What.. humor, entertainment, authenticity, accuracy, newness, excitement, or underlying messages? How important is a cuss word, a naked titty, a bush, a toke, toot or a blow?

    More importantly, as you are aware, the problem with doing humor is we often don’t know if it’s really funny until it’s presented in front of an audience. Sure, our friends, neighbors and crew may tell us it’s funny and laugh along, but frequently they do not represent our intended target audience. Not only that, timing is the key element to humor. Consequently, it’s very hard to “practice” comic timing without a real live audience. So what’s a person to left to do? Invite a few friends on set and do the lines 20 times?

    Well, we can trust in the opinions of others before the final call. However, that’s ripe with a very slippery slope. It’s been my experience that it’s hard to share a creative work of art with someone else, and expect them to feel your vibe. Plus, like we’ve mentioned, everyone is not comfortable in giving pointed feedback and criticism. And, many times they simply do not know how to do that. What are they going to do, say they suck and they’re not funny? Re-write the lines, and then what? And then we’re back to square one... is their stuff funny? When and how would we know that? Lord have mercy, this performing and acting thing ain’t no joke. And humor is a wild and elusive beast.

    Having said all of that, time and money is of the utmost importance. When will we know when we have arrived? When is it time to pull the plug or start over? Who do we listen to? Do we write and rehearse several different scenes, as a safety net of interchangeable parts. In stage productions that can be a feasible solution, but on film, after editing is complete, it’s do or die, sink or swim... money and resources, time and labor are slowly but surely ticking away.

    I have a few solutions that really work. And, I am always open for suggestions. What’s working for you?

    In parting, I hope I didn’t take up too much of your time. And next time, be careful what you ask for. Remember this------>>> “CareyCarey, I’d love to know what you think” ~ Hannelore Williams

    LOL, and please excuse my lack of editing.

    ~CareyCarey

  • CareyCarey | October 11, 2011 3:35 AMReply

    Hannelore, don't make your move too soon because I have something especially for you. :-)

    Well, I’ve been thinking about that thing Pete said, here---->>> ““A nice touch in a world where tone can’t be heard from the keyboard and many a cat gets defensive far too quick”... consequently, I couldn’t sleep very well last night because there was a few more things I wanted to say to you. So I jumped out of my bed early this morning, called my gig and told them a lie so I could do this right. So you hold on because I am almost done. Okay?

  • CareyCarey | October 11, 2011 2:28 AMReply

    Hello Hannelore, I am glad you responded b/c I was worried that my words might have been taken wrong. And, it gives me an opportunity to tell you that you are a very attractive and sexy woman (just had to throw that in there :-).

    But seriously, I wanted to add that you and Pete’s efforts are appreciated. Although posts of this nature, chronicles and such, do not receive the most comments/hits/feedback (at least not in any great detail) I can’t help but believe they are taking seed with other aspiring filmmakers and actors.

    Just like Filmmaker Matthew Cherry’s similar Diary Series, your efforts are most assuredly being passed forward and paying off dividends for you and others who take the time to “listen” and view your progress, lumps, bumps and rewards, with a keen eye.

    Now it’s time to do a little preaching :-)

    Wisdom is gained by going through struggles. AND... The race is not given to the swift, but to those who can endure to the end. You’re doing a good job and you’re moving forward, and I truly understand your words and direction.

    careydarnell@yahoo.com

  • Hannelore Williams | October 11, 2011 1:54 AMReply

    CareyCarey,

    As creator of the show I also appreciate the feedback. As someone who considers herself a work-in-progress honest feedback, although hard at times to hear, is much needed. Developing this project's voice and where to draw the line in different places (nudity, language, drug use) was decided based on the true experiences these stories were based off of. Now it's time to see if those choices were strong ones, and if not why. I also offer this, episode 1 was developed with the other two episodes in mind. So, my hope is that as this three episode pilot develops the viewer will see the relationships and the story arch develop. Digging deeper, and ultimately critiquing many of the things that are sensational about "Queen Hussy". Again, that's the hope, we shall see. I do hope you stick along for the ride because I'd love to know what you think.

    Cheers to you for taking the time out,
    Hannelore Williams

  • CareyCarey | October 11, 2011 1:16 AMReply

    Pete,

    I am glad to hear that you took my feedback as it was intended. And based on your reply, you are doing an excellent job.

    One of the joys of following these Chronicles on Shadow and Act ( for me) has come from viewing the behind the scenes videos and the 6 on set snippets. I mentioned that in another post, but in a much shorter version. It appears that each of the crew members are professionals and take their job/roles very seriously. Aside from that, it appears someone other than the director, someone you can depend on, has to constantly be working behind the scenes to keep everything tied together, while working with a host of personalities (cast and crew). My God, what a task. Not to mention money problems and individual scheduling/time and resource issues. So yes, this is working---> “What I do know is there is a lot to be gained from hearing working people share what they do, and we want to pay it forward in the same way others before have (that shared their process/experience)”

    ______________________________________________________


    “this was the first narrative project I’ve had the pleasure to direct that I didn’t create”

    Duly noted. I truly understand.

    _____________________________________________________

    “Sounds like you’ve had some great success on YT and channeling views”

    Well, as you said, at some point, it’s purely subjective. Our motives and directions are completely different, so in this case I was passing forward something that simply fell in my lap. I was like “what the hell is happening!?” and “how in the hell did that happen!?”
    :-).

    Pete, If you can somehow use any of my “suggestions” that’s a good thang. If not, that’s also a good thing because we are talking.
    _____________________________________________________

    Thanks for the reply. I heard all of your words and especially those you were not able to speak openly and extensively on. I heard them all. You’re a good man.

    btw, I'm stealing this line---->>> "A nice touch in a world where tone can’t be heard from the keyboard and many a cat gets defensive far too quick". That's smooth and on point.

  • Pete Chatmon | October 10, 2011 9:35 AMReply

    CareyCarey,

    I appreciate the thoughts and feedback. As well as the time to taken to put your note in context. A nice touch in a world where tone can't be heard from the keyboard and many a cat gets defensive far too quick. Personally, I prefer not getting "atta-boys" as they don't provide any value moving forward and are usually given by folks who aren't, can't, or won't take the time to think critically and honestly about a piece...so for that, I thank you.

    As I mentioned, not only are these "interwebs" a new space, but for me, a new experience as outside of the documentary I did on the first black tank battalion, 761st, this was the first narrative project I've had the pleasure to direct that I didn't create.

    The thought behind these Chronicles on Shadow and Act was to be open about that very process and what we're trying to do. Yes, we're going for views as I state in each issue, but we're also providing real details as to how we technologically, creatively, and logistically went about creating the show. The behind the scenes is one thing, the 6 on set snippets and podcast interview another, and we have a nice piece we're finishing now with all of the key creative collaborators sharing what their specific experiences and challenges were in making the project. So, all of the cinematographers, production designers, actors, directors, etc and get some more real world stuff to chew on that they can also have the reference for in the actual webisode. It may help them avoid our mistakes, or they may find aspects of our approach that they consider successful and wish to implement, or they may _______ (one never knows). What I do know is there is a lot to be gained from hearing working people share what they do, and we want to pay it forward in the same way others before have (that shared their process/experience).

    In regards to the similar videos and branding conversation -- duly noted. Sounds like you've had some great success on YT and channeling views. From our perspective, because we don't have the same shelf life on the web that we did in theaters with my film Premium, we're OK with growing more slowly and organically than if we had a premiere/release and only a certain number of days to show/prove commercial "value". No one is pulling it from the theater or cancelling it, and hopefully many of the conversations we have going on now will prove fruitful and provide that push you mentioned with your own videos soon enough.

    As for the questions for thought...you pose all the right ones :) What I will say in response is that, at some point, it becomes subjective. Shows that I love often fail, shows that succeed often aren't my cup of tea or shot of whiskey, and while execution can always be better, we're happy with what we were able to pull off with very little dough and on a limited amount of time. There are many lessons from the shoot, some already applied to the writing of future episodes. We process every comment and work to enhance the show in every way possible.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment. Real talk.

    ~ Pete

  • CareyCarey | October 10, 2011 6:02 AMReply

    Hello Pete,

    First, I am just your garden variety Joe Schmoe so please view my comment accordingly. Having said that, I am forced to walk lightly when addressing post of this nature because I really do not know exactly what you’re looking for. I know you’ve said one of your goals is “views”.... 50,000 to be exact. On the other hand, some directors desire “atta-boys” and slaps on the backs as forms of inspiration. Yet, their are others that are honestly looking for suggestions/feedback on ways to improve their product. That’s when the slippery slope comes into play.

    Constructive feedback can seem harsh and cruel. Suffice to say, show business and the film business are harsh businesses and very unforgiving, consequently it’s not suited for the weak of heart or those who cannot accept and/or see their own shortcomings. That dilemma is compounded when said feedback is coming from any ol’ nondescript Tom, Dick or Harry. You know, who are they to tell me anything, and where did they go to school or what is their experience?

    Anyway, walking lightly...

    FLAGGED BY YOUTUBE

    Yes, it’s a very hard row to hoe which can seriously affect your viewer count. I once had a video tagged but I didn’t understand why. There was no nudity nor cussing, or anything that I believe was offensive. The subject matter was on Eddie Long, so I’m wondering if some anonymous powers to be, has influence on what gets tagged (I don‘t know the intricate details of how that system works) . Anyway, your video is tagged for obvious reason, yet I am wondering if the choice of “dialog”/cuss words and nudity is an essential selling point in your series? From my viewpoint, from what I’ve seen, they do more harm than good, and the lines can be re-written differently, yet have the same affect. On another note, when your video is running, the surrounding videos have a distinctly different message, which again, can also adversely affect return views. Your video prompts the YouTube search engine to display videos like “Big Booty Ass Shake”, and “She POP it” and “Big Booty Clappin” Yep, naked real live sistahs gyrating and making noise with the behinds. Now I don’t knows if that’s the crowd you’re trying to attract or the company you wish to keep, however, that’s the crowd YouTube has you holding hands with.

    BRANDING CONVERSATION & SOCIAL MEDIA CONVERSATION & a 1-click experience.

    I don’t know if I read you correctly but here are my thoughts on 1-click, branding, and how I believe they can and should run hand n hand. Again, I’m just a Joe Smoe, but I am a “consumer” first and foremost, so this time I am coming from that reference and a wee bit more.

    I once did another video and the subject matter was on Tyler Perry, Steve Harvey and Eddie Long. Now, although I thought it was fairly funny, the video has received nearly 10 times as many “dislikes” than “likes”. The key issue is they came by like a herd of elephants when I first submitted the video. I had also posted it at my blog, but I did not have the following to justify that amount of rapid traffic, which was coming in only seconds apart. At one point, the rate was approximately nearly 1000 or more an hour. What, I only had less than 100 followers?! To make a long story short, this mass transit was about Facebook, the “brand” I had attached it to, and another hugely popular blog site (that I posted at) which was already totally engaged in the “brand”. I don’t know if that makes sense, but in essence, my video jumped on the back of a “brand” which was causing quite a stir at the moment.

    Getting a push is not a bad thang. Hopefully, if your product is good, it will be able to stand on it’s own by word of mouth. But at this point, somebody or something has to open the door.

    Questions for thought:

    What is your brand and what other brands can scratch your back while you scratch theirs. Is there a peak time or moment to hold hands. Or can it change at any given moment?
    What’s lacking in your video that separates “Awkward Black Chic” from yours. Serious questions to consider: Does the ease and confidence of the actors have anything to do with it? Does your video immediately engage the viewers in an interesting, funny and new way, to a point that they want to stick around? Can one poor actor in a scene kill the professional flavor of the whole scene? Is some of the writing in your series simply trite phrases to depict a time period, yet are not funny, which leaves the audience with a feeling of corniness, not seeing it as a spoof for which it is intended?

    There it is, my black man’s view from way up in the bleachers.

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