Friday, December 19, 2008

hi everyone.  Lots of people out there haven't seen chicken cowboy yet,  and I've gotten a few requests.  so I decided, what the hey, I'll put it online.

I hope you enjoy it.

On a more theoretical note, the festival system is extremely goofy. I really appreciate film festivals, especially the ones that screen chicken cowboy, but others seem to have very arbitrary methods for selecting shorts and features. I haven't figured out a clear formula for what works and what doesn't. And it all gets in the way of what I like to do--actually make these films. the idea of festivals as a path towards eventual internet or video distribution further complicates things. Perhaps it's just me--I'm pretty impatient, and the process of building a buzz around a short for one to two years during a festival run before the world can see it online or on dvd seems a little anti-climactic, especially if I have a job and am not dependent on Chicken Cowboy for money.

Plus, who cares? I make cartoons.

Anyhow, I decided to put CC on youtube. Just for a bit, maybe longer. Some festivals have a problem with cartoons being available online while they're screening. So I'll see what sort of reaction I get--if anybody has a huge problem, I will take it down.  

I'd also like to make chicken cowboy available on DVD in the next year, along with my previous films shark suit and bigfoot's eulogy.  

you know, something for my parents to buy.

8 comments:

JayDee Amato said...

the world of rights management is a messy and illogical world. I think you should do whatever you think will allow the most amount of people to see it. Also, I am biased because I don't go to many film festivals.

the captcha thing was: ChumPot

Elliot Cowan said...

Stepehen - How did you get your embedded Youtube video to play in high quality?

Terrific film by the way : )

stephen said...

I think you can upload in the 16 x 9 resolution now, for this I did 640 x 320 (to the best of my recollection)

I know you can also upload to vimeo in HD. it looks better than youtube if you've got the time to upload it there as well.

Elliot Cowan said...

Oh sure - I get that, but when you embed the Youtube video on a blog (or wherever) it usually plays in low res, regardless of what res it plays on YT.
I thought maybe you'd done something tricky...

Harold Teitelman said...

the world's people need to see the stephen neary film chicken cowboy. i commend film maker stephen neary for his bravery in this new digital era of film making.

and for pete's sake, can we please re record the line for dvd when chicken gets hit with the badge to say

"ow, my breast!"

JayDee Amato said...

Dear Elliot Cowan, just add &fmt=22 at the end of the URL for the youtube video and it will go to the HD video instead of SD.

you do the same thing for highlighting a time tag in a video by adding #t=XmXXs where the Xs represent the minutes and seconds...

the more you know!

stephen said...

wow. i didn't know that.

Liz T said...

So good. :)