Last night during San Diego Comic-Con a few hundred creators, fans and supporters gathered at the Bristol Hotel for the Celebrate the Web event to see and experience the latest and greatest content the world wide web has to offer. Those in attendance also got to be involved in panel discussions, moderated by our good pal Sam Proof, with some of the web’s top creators who offered their insight into making content today for the web, the tools of the trade and some of the pitfalls.
In the interest of full disclosure I need to say now that The Flickcast was a proud sponsor of the event along with our partners at Tube Filter and Blip.tv. However, that didn’t stop me from being very impressed with many of the sci-fi, dramatic and comedy programs who’s footage we saw last night.
Some of the creators at the event who showed footage or trailers from their projects included Shawna Trpcic from Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, Melanie Merkosky from Continuum, Kelly Parks from Universal Dead, Christopher Preksta and Curt Wootton from The Mercury Men and The Bui Brothers from Pryce.
In addition, creators such as Paula Rhodes and Craig Frank from A Good Night’s Quest, Matt Sloan and Aaron Yonda from Chad Vader, Rudy Jahchan from A Comicbook Orange, Adam Chambers of I Heart Vampires and David Nett and Stephanie Thorpe of Gold: Night of the Zombie King were also in attendance.
Finally, attendees and those watching the live stream of the event were treated to a surprise look at The Jeff Lewis 5 Minute Comedy Hour with star Lewis — Who you may also know from The Guild — in attendance to introduce the clip.
A vast majority of the programs presented were extremely well done and entertaining, especially considering the minuscule budgets these creators had to work with. Coming from a more traditional production background I’m very impressed with what these creators were able to do.
Now more than ever the importance of the Internet and those who create content for it is coming into its own. As the quality of these shows continues to increase it really is just a matter of time before the web becomes the de facto destination for fans hungry for entertainment.
As premium cable and a large percentage of network TV is now, at some point in the future the emphasis will shift more towards the web and those seeking the highest forms of entertainment will find it there instead of the usual outlets.
Until then, these shows, in addition to being good, in many cases are also a great deal of fun. I, for one, am very optimistic about the future of entertainment and can’t wait to see what the future holds.