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Kevin Smith on piracy


“I try to give away as much as possible. At SModcast.com, we’ve got thousands of hours of my best work, as well as the funniest shit you’ll ever hear: My true life’s work. And we give it away free.”

More over at Techdirt.com.

Fabulously foul-mouthed auteur Kevin Smith’s not wrong – I’m a long-time fan of Smith’s work and I’ve often found episodes of his Smodcast or “Hollywood Babble-On” podcasts far funnier than many a screen comedy that I’ve been expected to pay for (and even Smith’s own work – I couldn’t make it through the ghastly, wholly unfunny section of Cop Out when I rented it).

Hollywood’s preferred model of punishing people who pay to see movies by front-loading movie screenings with adverts, treating regular consumers as potential thieves with anti-piracy ads on DVDs and Blu-Rays and concentrating on reboots, rehashes and tv show adaptations has been biting it in the ass for quite a few years now, so its fun to see that one of its own sons actually gets the fact that changes to the Hollywood model are long overdue and might actually save it from going the same way as the recorded music industry.

The internet isn’t the enemy – it should be a partner or a vital distribution channel, but as long as Hollywood insists on  not doing the work and expecting to reap rewards for its inaction, things are only going to get worse for Big Media…


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An Evening With Kevin Smith

The Man, the myth, the lovely baseball jersey...

The Man, the myth, the lovely Hockey jersey…

Further to Dave’s suggestion, I am more than happy to share my thoughts on Kevin Smith‘s latest visit to these shores.

He was dead funny and really cool.

You require more, perchance?

A view of the IndigO2

A view of the IndigO2

The venue was well chosen, if a little out of the way:  The IndigO2 is a reasonably sized theatre venue which nestles in a corner of the massive O2 complex in Greenwich, London (It’s the former Millennium Dome, if you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting it yet).  It’s reachable by Tube and the Docklands Light Railway, but it’s still something of a trek.  There are plenty of places to eat, but all of them operate what can charitably be described as ‘Capital Pricing’ – just enough to make you complain, but not enough that you consider going without a meal.

We sat towards the rear of the stalls, but still had a great view, room to stretch out and easy access to the bar – and Kevin’s fan base is very conversant with alcohol, if you catch my drift.  Fans were an amiable bunch – an excellently geeky and diverse crowd, with kudos going to eventual star of the evening, Kevin Latter, whose stood in front of us in the queue outside (you’ll see him on stage in the video linked at the end of this post).

The show itself was everything that I hoped it would be – Kevin started off the evening with a truly splendid anecdote about breaking an employee toilet, which embodied the blend of social embarassment, absurdity and vulgar wit which makes his movies and worldview such a joy to embrace.

After the twenty minute mark, Kevin opened up the floor to questions and fans made a beeline for the microphones set up in the stalls and circle.  I had contemplated making just such a run but thought better of it on seeing the queues instantly assemble.

We had a variety of queries, from the usual “Where’s Jason Mewes tonight?” – living his own life and doing his own thing – to questions about his writing (which, as a currently studying screenwriter, particularly caught my attention).  Other bloggers who were there have noted the only shark-jumping moment of the night, which came from an overly earnest and ultimately ill-advised fellow who wanted to discuss the tragic murder of actress/writer/director Adrienne Shelly and made an excruciatingly long five minute sojourn into the hows and wherefores of her death (Kevin has worked with the Foundation set up after her death and offered charity benefit prizes as a result).  Right cause, wrong venue.

When the only criticism you can offer is that the evening went on a little bit too long – we left at 11:30pm in order to catch a train back to the hotel, but many others were leaving much earlier – that really speaks to the enjoyment had by all.  He’s a really engaging storyteller who deserves a larger audience and the very antithesis of the egotistical Hollywood power player (by his own admission, he’s anything but that).

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