Strangely enough there is another machinima festival scheduled for the same time as SLACTIONS, which I posted about yesterday. My initial intention was to write a post promoting the event which in turn will help the machinima artists. But I have changed my mind in order to speak about a few other things instead.
If you read the post about SLACTIONS then you will recall that I lamented the fact that they did not give any credit to the actual artists who created the machinima that the event relies on to exist. Just now when I received the press material for MachinimaExpo I saw that they also did not give any recognition to the machinima artists, that I could find anyway. There is credit given to the organizers and keynote speakers as there should be, but none given to the actual artists who make the event happen in the first place.
All that needs to be done is for a separate page to be created on the website which lists the names of the artists involved. It creates an online history for those artists and it is essentially a modern portfolio. It lasts for ages online and can be found when Googled. I had posted here a while back how my work was featured in Vogue Magazine. It sounds nice but it is really quite useless to be in print media now. The record of the article has ceased to exist except with those few who still have the print magazine in their basement somewhere, because they have a hard time throwing anything away. Ok I have it in my basement. Same goes for TV or the newspaper. They are initially effective but quickly fade and cease to exist. A well read blog or website is now superior to print.
So back to the artists. Many are good at creating art but few are also good at marketing their work. So they need help and that responsibility rests with those using their work to build events.
Now this post is not directed specifically at MachinimaExpo and SLACTIONS anymore, I really do believe it was just an oversight and I expect they are all unpaid volunteers rushing around doing their best. But I feel like ranting today and maybe incorporating some swearing into this post. This type of thing has been going on for ages and some of blame rests with the artists as well.
You see, somewhere along the line artists have been convinced that what they are able to do artistically is somehow inferior to other skilled professions. People approach artists and say things like "I don't actually have any money to give you, but it will be great exposure for you if you fill my restaurant with your paintings!" And sadly many artists have such low self esteem that they actually feel honoured to spend six months spending hundreds of dollars on paints and canvas to fill some restaurant with beautiful artwork, allowing them to sell more pasta fagiolis. Have you ever asked the owner of a restaurant if you can buy a painting from their wall? no because you assume the restaurant owns them. "No you can't buy it arsehole! get out of here!" They wouldn't actually say that because if they did sell your painting then they will take a 50% cut. A 50% cut for.....what?
I mean if someone asks you to give free paintings for their restaurant you should really say "No no thanks anyway, but I think you should paint your own artworks and put them on the wall. Yes that's right asshole, lets see your shitty stick-men drawings all over." Would anyone go to a roofer and say "Hey so I have a leak in my roof and its really fucking everything up. I was thinking you could, you know, redo my roof. It would be great exposure for you. I will even put a sticker on my window that says Bob did my roof. And, you know, if you get some business from people seeing my sticker, you know, you should maybe give me like 50%. Hey! why are you punching my face?"
Maybe ask a Lawyer or a mechanic. "So my car doesn't seem to move anymore. How do you feel about spending the day trying to fix it you know? If it starts working again it will be great exposure for you. You know people will, like... you know, see it moving and shit and go "holy fuck look how straight that car is moving!.... I wonder who the mechanic is" And, like, if I hit a red light, and someone knocks on my window and asks why the car is moving I will say it was you."
Ok my blog post has just become me making up silly scenarios that make me laugh. But yes please in the future credit the artists who work so hard creating the content. Credit them where it will last.... webpages. And artists, before we give our stuff away we should ask them how they will promote us. Or pay us... haha just kidding. We have skills that they themselves do not have, and it is every bit as valuable as any other skilled job or trade.
End of rant