I’m very flattered when people praise the writing I’ve done in reviews, news articles or podcasts. I’ve had plenty of people tell me they love my live streaming channel on Twitch or even this blog… and I’m especially flattered when they ask me to work with them.
Last night I went out to see The Avengers and wrote a review about it where my last two or three paragraphs were about the D-Box motion code (which is the best to date). A kid emailed me and asked me if I wanted to come write for his site. I was flattered that some one would want my work showcased.
So I go to this kid’s site and I look and I’m just not into it. The idea of the site is to review theatrical D-Box movie experiences. The problem is this… D-Box movies only come out once a month. Maybe I should explain D-Box here?
D-Box is a seat that is installed in a movie theater (or at home for quite a lot of cash) that moves in time and with the motions of what’s being acted on the screen. You feel big explosions and shakes, gun fire and action. The seat sways with flying scenes and shifts from side to side during car chases. It really does put you in the movie in that you are literally feeling what everyone on the screen is. It’s rather impressive. Ok back to the story.
This kid Chris wants me to write for his site but he goes about it the wrong way saying that he’s not interested in making money and that he’s not a good writer and believe me it really shows. It’s great to want to have an idea and to try and execute it and when you have an idea but don’t have the talent to execute it you take that idea to people that do and direct them to push your vision into the world. I’ve done that in the past, I’m relying on a lot of people to help me with my documentary project and I understand that it’s part of business… but when you say “I’m not interested in making money” then you lose me. Why should I want to work if this is never going to pay off? Especially when it’s clear that I’ll be doing most of the work.
I laid all of this out on the line very clearly. I stated that I wouldn’t be interested because the site is incredibly rough and I don’t really want to put my name on a site that looks like that. I also stated that I don’t think D-Box is ever the most important part of a D-Box experience. Tackle the movie as a whole first and then talk about how D-Box enhances or detracts from the experience. The film is the heart. If it’s weak D-Box tech can only do so much to bring it to life.
I continued on saying that it’s never good to tell people that you’re not interested in making money, especially when D-Box is such a high cost experience. In order to see a 3D and D-Box feature you’re spending 20 bucks easily on just one seat. That’s quite the investment in time and money. Right away every time I write something for this kid (who didn’t even include his last name or his history of working in journalism, criticism or anything) is expecting me to pay for my movie, drive 30 minutes to see the movie, and then review it for him… and not pay me, not give me money to pay for the ticket… nothing. I’m not hip to that.
But was I mean or was I refocusing this kid? I think I might have been by telling him that the site in general is a bad idea, and it is. Explaining to people why a D-Box movie is or isn’t a good investment is great but the problem is, D-Box movies only come out once a month, so trying to keep people on your site doesn’t do anything. Making a D-Box article a feature of a much larger site on the other hand is smart. It brings them in, they see it, and maybe they find something else that keeps them coming back.
Our podcast for instance is once a week but we want to move to twice a week so people have twice the reason to come to the site. Having one article a month that’s a review of a single movie? Nobody is going to care. They might find your site but they might forget the next day and never come back. You have to have a reason for people to want to be on your site all the time.
Maybe I was just stern… overly so? Maybe. I don’t know. But it’s bothered me all day. Maybe I should really wake up and get some food in me before I respond to emails.