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Hey Team,

It’s been a crazy week to say the least. I’ve put in over 1,000 miles behind the wheel, visited four of California’s five largest cities, bicycled across the Golden Gate Bridge and still managed to find time to fail to win at not one, but TWO huge inaugural award ceremonies.

I blame William Shatner.

The 1st Annual Streamy Awards were this Saturday in Los Angeles.

Streamys

The Streamy Awards is co-hosted by a consortium of leading new media companies — Tilzy.TV, Tubefilter, and NewTeeVee — to recognize outstanding achievement for shows produced originally for broadband distribution.

To understand my thoughts on The Streamys I should probably remind you of how I ended up in this position. Compared to most of the other folks there on Saturday I backed into this field largely by accident. I went on “vacation” and happened to bring along a laptop with some editing software and an eight year old Sony digital8 video camera. After being admonished for several months for not posting videos on the web I finally conceded and tossed a few vids up on the site.

That’s when things took a sharp right hand turn into Crazytown. Suddenly I was on CNN and Good Morning America and a little embarrassed by the quality of videos I was sharing with the world. Fast forward two years and the quality is steadily going up but still nowhere near where I would like to have it. More importantly I’ve come to know a TON of people in the online video world and started to feel like a part of something much bigger.

Photo by George Ruiz

Well, it’s not going to stop getting bigger anytime soon. If the Streamys showed us anything it’s that web video is officially Hollywood jr. and it won’t be much longer before it grows up and takes over a piece of the family business. I was shocked by how few people I recognized out and about on Saturday. The days of someone picking up an aging camera and having a chance to cut through the clutter are slowly coming to an end.

However, this new iteration is kind of exciting. If nothing else this has been an incredibly motivating week. I definitely came home with the feeling that I need to step up my game if I’m going to crush that aging Star Trekker next year. So…

Let the games begin. Amtrekker v. Star Trekker: Round 1.

*ding*

Amtrekker v. Star Trekker

I’m done.

Brett.





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