Amazon Offers Animators A New Way to Make Money from Online Video

In a major development for independent content creators, Amazon is inviting all creators to post videos to its Amazon Video service and earn royalties based on hours streamed. The service went live today.

Amazon Video Direct (AVD) is a self-service platform that puts the e-commerce giant in direct competition with video sites like Youtube and Vimeo. AVD makes video content available for free to all Amazon Prime members, who number in the “tens of millions”, and pays creators based on the amount of time the content is streamed.

In addition to streaming, AVD provides other options to creators: content can be made available to rent or own, viewable for free with advertisements, or packaged together and offered as an add-on subscription (through the Streaming Partners program).

“It’s an amazing time to be a content creator,” said Jim Freeman, vice president of Amazon Video, in a a press release. “There are more options for distribution than ever before and with Amazon Video Direct, for the first time, there’s a self-service option for video providers to get their content into a premium streaming subscription service. We’re excited to make it even easier for content creators to find an audience, and for that audience to find great content.”

Launching alongside this new system is the AVD Stars Program, which will distribute $1 million every month among the 100 most popular AVD titles in Prime Video. The monthly bonus is in addition to any other revenue earned through the program, and everyone who uses AVD is automatically enrolled to participate.

AVD launch partners include a mix of both established media brands and online media producers, among them Conde Nast Entertainment, HowStuffWorks, Samuel Goldwyn Films, The Guardian, Mashable, Mattel, StyleHaul, Kin Community, Jash, Business Insider, Machinima, TYT Network, Baby Einstein, CJ Entertainment America, Xive TV, Synergetic Distribution, Kino Nation, Journeyman Pictures, and Pro Guitar Lessons.

Creators who want more information on signing up for Amazon Video Direct can visit Amazon’s website.

Now You Can Listen To YouTube Songs On Your Android Phone With The Screen Turned Off!

Wherever you are, whatever the time, when you’re looking for a song to listen to, you inevitably find yourself on YouTube. While it is the repository of some of the craziest, funniest and scariest videos on the net, YouTube is also the go-to app for anyone who’s looking for a song.

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But if there’s any complaint that Android users have with listening to songs on YouTube it’s this: the app keeps the screen on while you’re playing the song.

Now this, as any smartphone user will tell you, is not good for any already overworked battery. But now there’s an app that will help you get around that.

Presenting the Black Screen of Life , an app that turns your screen off when the proximity sensor is blocked. So when you’re listening to music on YouTube, all you need to do cover the proximity sensor and hey presto, you’ve saved bucketfuls for power.

 

Bioluminescent Forest Created Using Projectors

The projection mapping ‘bioluminescent forest’ is made by artists Friedrich van Schoor and Tarek Mawad.

The artists spent six weeks in the forest fascinated by the silence and natural occurrences in nature, especially the phenomenon “bioluminescence”. They personified the forest to accentuate the natural beauty by creating luring luminescent plants and glowing magical mushrooms that speaks volumes to any visitor that enters the minds of the artists through viewing ‘bioluminescent forest’.
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Below you will find behind-the-scenes photos as well as a ‘making of’ video.

 

 

(Source: http://www.comedytrash.com)

 

The first Doctor Strange trailer is here and we see possibilities

The first trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange is here, and as promised, it’s quite a trip. Benedict Cumberbatch unveiled the movie’s first trailer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night, and by far the most alarming part of teaser is hearing the Brit speak with an American accent.

Directed by Scott Derrickson, Doctor Strange tells the story of Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch), an acclaimed neurosurgeon who uncovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions after a near-fatal car accident. As you can see in the trailer, this film will expose parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that have been previously unexplored. (Think Inception for the MCU.)
We’re already intrigued by Tilda Swinton, who portrays Strange’s kickass mentor, the Ancient One. “You’re a man looking at the world through a keyhole,” she tells Strange in the trailer. “You’ve spent your life trying to widen it. Your work saved the lives of thousands. What if I told you that reality is one of many?”

 

Notably, we also get a glimpse of Rachel McAdams in the two-minute teaser, and it looks like she’s playing a nurse — a night shift nurse, perhaps? Time, and maybe a bit of sorcery, will indeed tell. Still, we need 100 percent more Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Nike Just Made This Remarkable Farewell For Kobe Bryant

Love him or hate him, Kobe Bryant is a legend.

In China, they mostly love him—he’s made a concerted effort, with Nike, to reach out to his Chinese fans over the past decade. And the Chinese have responded with adulation all but unmatched for American sports stars.

Now, with Bryant’s last game fast approaching, Nike and Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai have created a stirring 60-second tribute commercial. And it’s all about that love—which Bryant says might actually be a bit misguided.

“Kobe has an intimate relationship with the Chinese ballers, so he knows exactly how to teach and motivate them,” says Terence Leong, creative director of W+K Shanghai. “Together with Nike China and Kobe, our team crafted the script and made sure the film was just as provocative as the man himself. It was an intense and uncompromising process because Kobe was just as demanding on the creative team as he was on the Lakers.”

W+K creative director Azsa West adds: “[Kobe] chose to focus on becoming a legend rather than being a hero. When it comes to winning, Kobe is willing to push himself to risk everything. Because standing back and doing nothing, that’s real failure. This philosophy is very Nike ‘Just do it,’ and Kobe is the perfect person to deliver this spirit of Nike.”

CREDITS
Client: Nike
Campaign: “Kobe Last Season”
Spot: “Don’t Love Me, Hate Me”
Launch Date: 7 April 2016

Agency: Wieden + Kennedy Shanghai | Executive Creative Director: Yang Yeo | Creative Directors: Terence Leong, Azsa West
Copywriters: Nick Finney, Wei Liu | Senior Art Director: Shaun Sundholm | Senior Designers: Patrick Rockwell, Will Dai
Integrated Production Director: Angie Wong | Assistant Producers: Yuan Fang, Jiji Hu | Offline Editor: Hiro Ikematsu
Business Director: Dino Xu | Associate Account Director: Jim Zhou | Account Executive: Shawn Kai | Senior Planner: Paula Bloodworth
Digital Strategist: Bill Tang | Project Manager: Nicole Bee | Business Affairs: Jessica Deng, Kathy Zhan

Production Companies: Elastic TV; Lunar Films | Director: Biff Butler | Line Producer: Kelly Christensen
Director of Photography: Rachel Morrison | Executive Producer (Elastic): Belinda Blacklock | Managing Director (Elastic): Jennifer Sofio Hall
Executive Producer (Lunar): Ken Yap | Post Producer (Lunar): Jeff Tannebring

Editing: Rock Paper Scissors | Editors: Biff Butler, Alyssa Oh | Post Producer: Christopher Noviello
Executive Producers: Angela Dorian, Linda Carlson

Postproduction: a52 | 2-D Visual Effects Artists: Michael Vaglienty, Adam Flynn
Smoke Artist: Chris Riley | Conform: Gabe Sanchez | Rotoscope Artists: Tiffany German, Cathy Shaw, Robert Shaw
Colorist: Paul Yacono | Design: Pete Sickbert-Bennett | 2-D, 3-D Animation: David Do, Steven Do, Claudia De Leon, Sam Cividanis
Senior Color Producer: Jenny Bright | Producer: Drew Rissman | Head of Production: Kim Christensen
Deputy Head of Production: Carol Salek | Executive Producer: Patrick Nugent

Original Music, Sound Design, Mix: Lime Studios | Original Music: Andy Huckvale
Mixer: Zac Fisher | Assistant Mixer: Kevin McAlpine | Executive Producer: Susie Boyajan

Source: Adweek

5 Twitter Growth Tools You Should Be Using Now

Are you looking to be the best social media manager / growth hacker you can be? Well today I’ve posted my 5 favorite tools to grow and manage your Twitter accounts. By using these tools correctly, you WILL grow your Twitter account.

  1. ManageFlitter
    If you’re looking to grow your Twitter account, I strongly recommend checking out this tool. ManageFlitter comes with several key features that make it essential for the Twitter growth hacker. To start, it allows you to find all those people who don’t follow you back so you can easily unfollow them. If they are not following you, they are not seeing your tweets anyways. You can also use the Powermode which allows you to create a set of search filters so you can find users that are most likely to follow you back and would be engaged. You can take it a step further and use the Power Post feature to schedule and track tweets so they are sent during times when your audience is most online. Lastly, it comes with analytics so you can track growth. Believe me, if you use it right, you will see growth in your account.

2. SocialBro
SocialBro is a great tool to understand your audience. It provides some great analytics to break down your audience. Aside from that, they also allow you to automate replies so you can automate the introduction if someone were to follow you. It’s called rules, try them out! This is also a great tool to grow you Instagram account as well, but that’s a different story.

3. Twibble.io
A part of growing a Twitter account is the ability to post regular great content. Twibble is a service that automatically posts content from any RSS feed to Twitter. Unlike other RSS to Twitter services, this beautifully designed, posts an image, has analytics, hashtag testing and more. You can also automate posting Instagram images or Pinterest pins if you’re looking to make your Twitter account super visual!

4. Buffer
Similar to Twibble, Buffer allows you to schedule out content. It’s a super powerful tool and should be used by any social media manager. It saves you so much time! It’s also great because it has some analytics features that show you what content that you post did the best, and makes it easy to re-post. Best used with evergreen content!

5. CoSchedule
If you manage a blog, you’ll want to check out CoSchedule. This tool makes it easy to manage an editorial calendar with multiple team members. It should be the first line of attack when posting content from your blog. It will allow you to schedule your social posts ahead of time and also provides insight into what content does the best and allows you to keep sharing easily.

Audi’s #CatchtheUnseen Instagram Campaign Encourages People To Explore and Capture Uncommon Places

Audi wanted to encourage people to explore further than ever before. They saw that people on Instagram keep posting the same old photos of the same old boring destinations. With the help of Swedish agency Åkestam Holst, they created a microsite that showed where the most Instagram photos were being taken in Sweden. They then encouraged Instagram users to explore more of the unknown and capture these amazing places using the #Catchtheunseen hashtag.

By uploading a photo with #CatchTheUnseen and @AudiSweden, the algorithm could find the nearest geotagged photo and reveal the distance to it. The winner was the one with the furthest distance.

The campaign was a huge success as it helped Audi reach more than 500,000 Instagram users. The winner captured an amazing photo where the next nearest photo was over 8 miles away. The winner received a brand new Audi Q7.

 

Credits
Agency: Åkestam Holst | Andreas Ullenius – Creative Director | Michal Sitkiewicz – Art Director | Eva Wallmark – Art Director
Rickard Beskow – Copywriter | Tom Hedström – Business Director | Johan Eklund – Producer | Jennie Strinnhed & Mirja Hjelm – Account Manager
Jerker Winter – Planner | Kalle Peterz – Web Developer | Nisse Axman – Motion Director | Eric Karlsson – Motion Designer | Torbjörn Krantz – Graphic Designer

Production companies
Photo & Film – C2 with photographer Petrus Olsson.
Web production – More