Thursday, April 13, 2006

How I Found Revver...What Kept Me There

How I found Revver -- Last year, November issue I believe, PC Magazine had a little filler on Revver. I cut it out, told a couple of my video buddies to check it out (I hadn’t yet) and promptly forgot about it. January comes along and one of those buddies sends me a link to it, which I don’t click on. During these months, I had purchased Sony Vegas Movie Studio and Sony Acid Music Studio and I was finally able to make some little videos, which I thought would be fun to start posting online. Sony’s AcidPlanet didn’t totally impress me (which my software pointed me to). And then, around February, I remembered Revver. So I checked it out.

What’s this messy tags list on the right side? Why is Jarvis a tag? Well, I guess I’ll click on this Hungry Turtle video…

What Kept Me There -- The very first video I clicked on was Nalts’ Hungry Turtle which had Jaw’s music set to his swimming turtle eating something. I thought to myself, hmmm, I could do that (missing the whole point of Nalts’ genius). I clicked around some more and started seeing more of Nalts’ family videos, Evil Hand 1 & 2 and Annoying My Son. From that point on, I was hooked!

In late February, I posted my first video, and started to get hooked on Stat watching. I’ve only posted 6 so far, had one mentioned in the Revver Blog, one on Most Watched and one on Editor’s Picks – it’s all very exciting.

And, then, I followed Nalts’ profile, which led me to Revverberation which has made the experience richer for the information and entertainment and for recognizing that there’s a community out there. It’s also chock full of info on this brand spanking new industry.

Are home-cooked videos just a fad? I don’t know, but I’m glad to be participating in it.

How Did You Find Revver? Anyone else out there want to share how they found Revver? Post a comment…

(guest edited by AquaDad)


At 4/13/2006 3:21 AM, Blogger Marquisdejolie said...

I had made some little videos about the Westside Residence Hall homeless veterans shelter in Inglewood while I was living there (it was either that or hang out down at the loser's bench listening to veterans talking about their postwar crimes).

Some of the felons, fugitives, crackheads and fatherf*ckers there thought my stuff was pretty funny, so I wanted to share the stuff with my non-veteran friends, who were staying as far away from me and my scary-assed shelter as they could.

I sent a few as attachments to email, but my friends complained I was filling up their ISP email storage limits.

I got a homepage from so that my friends could see my movies without having to download them on their harddrives, but my friends are mostly Windows people and didn't want to have to deal with QuickTime.

I vaguely knew that some internet sites converted videos you send them into Windows-easy formats, so--for my friends' sakes--I googled "upload video" and started uploading to all the sites I found.

One of them was Revver.

I had not intended to make any more videos than the ones I had made about Westside. I was just looking for some Windows-Mac compatibility for my Windows friends.

Then I noticed that Revver said I could make money off my videos and that they'd handle the paperwork.

Sheeeeeeeeee********************t! That was 330 some odd videos ago.

At 4/13/2006 10:07 AM, Anonymous Dawn Westlake said...

I had a monthly blog before the word "blog" was invented (yes, back in the 1990s!) and it continued through the end of 2005. About the time that I decided blogs were DEAD (except for posting to other people's!), my husband found an article in PC Magazine about revver. I am a serious filmmaker (I know...I know...what I post on revver doesn't really represent THAT...), but I thought, "Hey! Here's a new 'CB radio' for me, since blogging is dead!" I don't agree that TV is on its last legs (as has been suggested in this fine blog), and I do think this viral video community is temporary (just like every other phase of the internet), but it's darn-tootin' fun and liberating not to have to court financing or distribution, and to just film away without even worrying about story arc! ;-) I think revver is the most democratic, ethical, and supportive of the "artist" amongst the video communities, so may it live long and prosper (and us with it!).

At 4/13/2006 11:50 AM, Blogger Marquisdejolie said...

Story arc!? We don't need no steeeenkin' story arc (Sierra Madre). Forget about foreshadowing, exposition and hypereccrisia. This is a 30-second medium. Or small if you prefer. I'm an extra large myself, and it hurts me to try to fit my gigantic, ego-swollen head into a 320 x 240 thirty-second format, but when in ADD Land, we must do as the ADDers do.

At 4/13/2006 4:08 PM, Blogger Marquisdejolie said...

I am loathe to monopolize all the comment space here, but my income from Revver these last few days has increased more than it had in the last month. My recent view hits seem paltry, so what's going on? (I ain't complaining)

At 4/13/2006 5:34 PM, Anonymous AquaDad said...

Monopolize away! I'm glad you and Dawn are participating.

I would ask Dawn, if she knows if other serious filmmakers have an interest this medium? I would think the freedom it offers would be liberating (is that redundant?).

Dawn, if you were working a film idea out, would you use Revver to test out the ideas or is that giving it all away?

I'm really curious. Thanks, if you get a chance to respond.

At 4/14/2006 10:07 AM, Anonymous Dawn Westlake said...

The guys with whom I frequently collaborate on "serious" film, The Moser Brothers, have a film called "Office Break" up on revver which you should check out, and I have two trailers for films of mine up (MINI DRIVER PROJECT and DOTTIE: THE LITTLE GIRL WITH THE BIG VOICE), but I would be really protective of putting any more out there than a trailer because I do actually have a nice market for my DVD compilations...If people could get my movie for (free) ad clicks, why buy the DVD? Also, my stuff tends to be longer than the 10 min. minimum at revver, and lately it's been in the 16:9 format, so it would look weird in the 4:3 frame on revver. As for sketching out little bits of an idea and releasing on revver...That's a possibility. In fact, I was thinking it would be fun to do some sort of comedy, dramatic, or experimental series with Nalts and Jarvis where we interact (or our multiple characters/personalities) interact...But, then, we'd have to figure out who was cutting the piece that week, whose tag gets put on whose work (and hence who was getting first-hand ad rev and who was getting "affiliate" ad rev), and perhaps we would become petty if Jarvis' piece was more popular/bigger earner, or Nalts' was, or (gasp!) mine was, etc...IT COULD BE A HOLLYWOOD NIGHTMARE! (Exactly what we avoid with revver!) ;-)

At 4/14/2006 2:22 PM, Blogger Marquisdejolie said...


Funny, that's what my last three prospective Bel Air employers said.

I think my "Videoland" video
( )
pretty much sums up what collaboration with me would be like.

But can I plug my blogsite here? Can I? Can I?

At 4/15/2006 12:04 PM, Anonymous Dawn Westlake said...

Excellent! I gave it a "5", AND clicked on the ad! Also, who is the '70s anchorman guy in the front row of that collage (to the far right)? Looks strikingly like the best man at my wedding: Ron Magers (anchorman at WLS-TV, ABC Chicago). I'm not kidding you! Wouldn't THAT be a weird co-inky-dink!?
It would mean that Homer Simpson COULD have read the entire internet. (I love that episode...) ;-)
Keep up the great work, Jarvis!

At 4/15/2006 2:40 PM, Blogger Marquisdejolie said...

Actually, that's a picture I took when I was working for the DoD of the communist party bosses watching a parade at Red Square. Does Ron have any "Traveler" affiliations that we don't know about? I think you just outted him.

Thanks for the good grades and contribution to the tip jar, Dawn. And thanks for the encouragement! I'm still looking for my red bikini.


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