The domino effect
The Domino Effect
Last November, while waiting for a friend I opened her issue of the Writer’s Digest and read an article titled : Confessions of a Tweetaholic, by Jeanne Veillette Bowerman. I had created an account six month before and didn’t quite get what I could do with it, beside sending ‘internet text’ to my friends.
Then came Jeanne and the concept of hashtag entered my life. (well, not only that, but straight to the point for today) Jeanne is a writer who, with fellow writers and/or screenwriters, built a community named #Scriptchat, that offers (script)chat sessions every Sunday…on Twitter. I devoured the article and felt that I should find her on my twitter, check all this…new stuff. Then something happened, my friend came back or I got distracted by food, and I postponed. The information stayed in a corner of my brain, until it almost faded.
Just before the fatal fade out, a week later, I read an article named ‘On Scriptchat and building a Twitter Community’ by Kim Garland via Jon Reiss’ website. I’d like to say that it clicked right away in my brain [scriptchat + scriptchat = scriptchat!], but it didn’t. I reached the end of the article and did what I usually do when I find something interesting and I’m on my computer: I clicked on Kim’s name. That’s when…
Domino #1 fell….
and I made the connection. [youpi] I started following Jeanne, and Kim and the treefort gang and the scriptchat sessions on Twitter, entering this whole new world. I realized that a lot of people I was already following were connected to each other and through them discovered even more people. I also understood what RT were for. [yes, yes. Feel the honesty please.] Everytime someone was sharing a link to an article with a premise that could interest me, I would clik on it and discover a bit more. Which is why
fell on Domino #2 …
on November 17, I clicked on a link put by Kim to an article from the New York Times about Festival in a Box ‘a film festival and an award show in your living-room’. And guess what happened? I googled Festival in a Box and discovered that this new alternative concept of distribution has been created by Scilla Andreen and Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi, the founders of Indie Flix.
that fell on Domino #3…
I spent some time on the Indie Flix website, and decided I should give it a shot. I sent them one of the short I wrote and shot in 2009, My Status.It’s a short that –in a sweet irony- is all about how human relationships have been modified by the new social media.
that fell on Domino #4…
And Indie Flix replied me shortly after, saying that My Status was selected to be launched on their website.
that fell on my head.
As simple as that.
So on December 21st, My Status will be launched on Indie Flix and if you feel like giving it a shot, you’ll have the opportunity to watch it. I feel very lucky to end this year with a little touch of optimism.
And it all started with a friend having the Writer’s Digest paper issue [yes, paper], and letting it on the table.
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