Inside Cowboy Spirit Films: March 25, 2012
CowboySpirit.TV - In this week's edition of Inside Cowboy Spirit Films, I wanted to share with you some of the active pondering we've been doing about how best to roll out our stories to our community of Cowboy Spirit fans.
Just to remind you about how we're structured, Cowboy Spirit Films is our film and video production company. We think we're unique because of our singular focus on producing creative projects in the western genre. Cowboy Spirit TV is the part of our organization which serves as the online distribution platform for those creative projects. Cowboy Spirit TV is the place where our fans can come to find, not only our films, but also to learn and share our love for the Old West, western films, horses, the cowboy life, as well as to find the creations of others that we think our fans will enjoy.
Part of keeping our Cowboy Spirit community vibrant and growing is to engage you along the trail, during our current film production process, as well as with our future project pipeline. Interaction, active and constructive feedback, and a willingness on the part of our fans to be involved in our process will be and are, keys to our success.
So to this end, I'd like to pose a question to you, one that we've been wrestling with ourselves:
Would you enjoy the journey more, and be more likely to share it with your friends, if we were to share our stories with you in serialized and e-Book form along the way and in advance of the creation of our films?
Producing a film is a long and expensive process, whereas sharing the story with you along the way, right here on the Cowboy Spirit platform is cheaper, easier, and perhaps just as engaging, just in a different way. When I look at the success of the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, the Twilight series, and the likely success of The Hunger Games, I ask myself, as I've asked others, why would someone want to watch the movie, if they've read the book and already know the story?
As we all know, a movie that is only 90 or 100 minutes long must, by definition, abbreviate the story being presented. A movie offers the producers' visual and emotional representation of the story, while the depth and richness enabled by the written version is left to be interpreted by the reader. Both forms compliment each other, just as a music video compliments the song it represents, leaving the song itself to be open to the interpretation of the listener.
So please offer your thoughts, either as comments here on the Cowboy Spirit site, or via email at Mike@CowboySpirit.TV.
Thanks and have a great week.