By: Tony

Last week Matt and I went to SXSW (South by SouthWest). For those who don’t know this is a massive conference consisting of people from the music, film/ tv, and innovation industries (don’t ask me to explain the last one it’s sorta like inventions and investments). The goal for Matt and I was to attend panels and listen to speakers who are professionals in the film/ video field. Topics of some of the panels we attended include “how to successfully fund a film”, “different editing workflows for different mediums”, “TV vs Digital in comedy”, and “how to successfully start and continue a podcast.”

The information we gleamed from these panels was somewhat helpful. The problem Matt and I kept seeing was that every panel was more focused on how these topics relate to the major Film and TV industry. There was a lot of great information on how to make your way into the industry and lock down a position but wasn’t what I was really looking for. I wish I’d have gone to this conference long ago before going to a University to study “communications” for 4 years. A full load at this conference along with some basic technical training and I’d have been set.

Truthfully I never wanted to start as a low level intern and climb the ladder. I’ve always wanted to do my own thing. That’s why I’m so in love with what we do now at TSD. Thanks to the internet and social media we can create our own content and put it out there for everyone to see! Even though YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, etc have been around for awhile this concept is still relatively new to a lot of people.

Out of all the hours of video I consume (and trust me it’s a lot) I’d say 30% of it comes from independent creators or small studios who exclusively launch online. Whether through their own site, YouTube, Facebook, or some other platform the only place you can find their work is via the internet. The crazy thing is they have as much if not more of a fanbase than Hollywood movies and “Main Stream Television.”

One reason for their being so many fans is the level of fan engagement. Online you don’t just passively watch a show alone. You can respond directly to the creators and they can respond back. Their struggle to create becomes something you share in and in doing so you become more of a part of what you enjoying watching. As an example let me engage you by asking what other channels or content do you enjoy that can only be found online?

I honestly want to find more great content out there and it’s a vast ocean. I’ll list some of my own long standing favorites below as well because I believe in sharing this idea. The idea that there’s so much more out there than what the Main Stream Industry has to provide and we need to make more people aware of that. No hate on the main stream I love my Netflix and Amazon Prime.

I’ll put my list of favs below. I’m keeping it strictly unique content. I watch a lot of critic based shows but that’s not really what I’m talking about here. Thanks for reading:

* All of these you can find on YouTube


The Guild (Created by Geek and Sundry. One of the first of it’s kind and perfect for anyone who’s ever been sucked into an MMO)

Space Janitors (One of the best Scifi parody shows I’ve seen in a long time.)

RWBY (Created by Rooster Teeth and my favorite current running Western Anime)

TableTop (It’s watching people play board games but NOT boring trust me. In fact I’ve gone out and bought almost every game they’ve showcased)

Miracle of Sound & Peter Hollens (Separate music composers who create some amazing stuff with awesome videos.)

P.S. SXSW is a great conference I hope it didn’t sound like I coming down on it. Matt and I were not upset by the level of discussion. Also they had so many movie screenings. I got to see Ready Player One early and Steven Speilburg was there to introduce it!!!!! Needless to say it was a great time.

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