The Subjects of persistence, humor and finding an audience

The past year has been primarily devoted to writing and submitting. With the end of Season 3 of Victorian Cut-out Theatre, I wanted a bit of a break from video production and soon saw myself writing for live performance. This was a very positive experience. I wasn’t able to reach a wide audience, but I did get a live one which meant that I could get an instant reaction and know immediately whether or not something was working. It was also important for me to work on something completely different from the very specific style of VCoT. Over the course of the past twelve months, I’ve managed to generate several jokes, sketch ideas, horror scripts, short stories and stageplays. Each of these things have different styles and demands. These changes and limitations helped me learn to think about the work (I’ve come to loathe the term “content”) in different ways and be able to switch between them. It was also important for me to get used to getting negative feedback, no feedback at all and the dreaded waiting for a reply. I think these things have made me a better writer and a more creative person. I am expecting 2018 to be a busy year, several of my submission reply for good or ill this spring and this July I’ll be in Los Angeles for a pitch conference which I am very much looking forward to. What’s more, I haven’t stopped. Accepted or no, the writing just keeps rolling out.

I will say that I do miss making videos for the internet. When I started my first short film in 2003, YouTube didn’t exist and when I posted my first video to YouTube in 2009, a creator could still find and grow an audience for you work. This isn’t really the case anymore going viral is something that is engineered by platforms instead of something that happens organically. Weird independent animation and comedy could find an audience and carve a niche and now...well, you really can’t. I recently read a great article at Splitsider that discusses this very thing and why Cracked and Funny or Die had to lay off a bunch of their staff. You should read it HERE. Talking about this article actually reminds me…

As the Splitsider article points out, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter serve as hubs for what we get exposed to and because of this, we don’t find weird and exciting things on the internet anymore, instead we rely on social media to show us cool things. This takes the discovery out of the equation and it makes our net experience less...meaningful. It also leaves a bunch of cool ideas to die on the vine if people don’t ever see them. To combat this, I’m going to start posting little articles on RobWalkerfilms again. I used to do this before I was hired at Nerd Reactor and my job was to provide three pop articles a week, so things kind of dried up for the regular site and then i became a father...These new things might be short video blogs, they might be articles about things I think are cool, whatever, so please keep checking back.

Take care,