Thursday, December 18, 2008

The THINK PINK Sweepstakes

Watch this short video, then go to the PINK Website and enter for a chance to win a new HD camcorder...



Sweepstakes ends 1.11.09. Winner announced 1.13.09 (the day of the new Season 3 premiere). Tell your friends too!

Good luck!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Vote for YOUR Favorite "Hit"

UPDATE: VOTING IS NOW OVER. "GREATEST HITS" SHOW WILL BE ONLINE SOON. THANK YOU!

Let your voice be heard by helping us create a "Greatest Hits" show! Just watch the episodes below and then vote in the poll on the right side of the page. The Top 3 "hits" will be used to create the new "Greatest Hits" episode as voted on by you.

And check back soon to find out how to enter and win a cool prize during our upcoming "Fan Appreciation" Giveaway.

PINK 1: MUFN Hit

Natalie gets used to prison life and it's unexpected up and downs.

PINK 5: Wedding Hit

Natalie is out of prison and gets her first new assignment from Wilson, but she's got some business to take care of before she can begin.

PINK 7: Bob Hit

Young Nate finds and eliminates her first target using the hunting skills learned from her daddy.

PINK 10: Marko Hit

Natalie has found her target and is ready to take him out, but can she do it? Can she let go of her past to move on with her future?

PINK 14: Dating Hit

Nate remembers Honey's advice on boys, but her first steps back into the dating world prove...explosive.

Voting ends 12/18/08. Thank you!

Friday, November 28, 2008

YouTube Goes Widescreen

If you visit YouTube often you might have noticed something new recently, the most popular video sharing site on the planet has (finally) gone widescreen 16x9 aspect ratio.

As all HD cameras shoot 16x9 this only makes sense. Also, most of the newer sites Out There such as Hulu.com or TheWB.com, etc are widescreen too. And even some of the ones that have been around a while like Blip.TV and Vimeo are widescreen (and this made them more popular with filmmakers and film fans).

YouTube still accepts 4x3 video - it just letterboxes it with side bars. This is what it's doing with all the legacy video on the site as well, including the entire first season of "Pink". Although we shot "Pink" Season 1 the exact same way as Season 2, we uploaded to YouTube and other places in a 4x3 letterboxed file (per their instructions at that time). So all those earlier episodes play back fine, but not full widescreen like the new content.

Here's a link to the most recent episode of "Pink" in widescreen:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdlpeCKmRbk&feature=channel

And here's the embed:



Notice the embeded video is still 4x3 letterboxed. It doesn't appear they allow widescreen embeds yet - or maybe they're using it to drive traffic to their site? A good idea if so.

Another cool thing is you can select the "Watch in High Quality" link on the bottom right below the video box (on YouTube only, not embedded video). It takes a tad bit longer to download, but the resolution looks twice as good. BTW, it is NOT HD though. It is downconverted to an SD resolution, but it still looks very good.

(To see "Pink" in HD the only current way is on Vuze.com. And we are also putting some sample HD episodes on Vimeo as well.)

In a small, weird way this is similar to re-watching your favorite movies in Blu-Ray. We just re-watched "Pink" Season 2 in widescreen (and in High Quality mode) on YouTube and it was a much better viewing experience (one note too: you can also click the "full screen" button and watch that way and it looks pretty darn good).

Sooner than later most online video will be 720p HD, but for now at least YouTube and other sites are taking steps to make the current viewing experience the best it can be.

UPDATE: Since we posted this you can now actually embed the widescreen videos. Here's the same episode above, but in widescreen (although this blog layout is narrow and it crops the right side off):



UPDATE #2: You can now watch select videos on YouTube in HD. Our last two promos we uploaded in 720p HD - and now there's a "Watch In HD" button on the bottom right of videos. So look for it and definitely watch in HD!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

PINK on Vimeo

Filmmakers out there likely know about Vimeo.com, but others may not. It's a really cool video sharing site that allows HD uploads - one of the only ones we know of with this feature (you can also embed the video files on other sites). The viewership on Vimeo seems to mainly be other like-minded filmmakers and artists, etc. - not necessarily "regular video joes", but they have around 1 million registered users we've been told (a fraction compared to YouTube). But nonetheless it is a great place to see creative works and get feeback on your own stuff.

We've held off putting PINK on there since we've been releasing our HD content through Vuze.com. But we've decided to go ahead and put a few episodes on Vimeo as "samples" of the series - and to showcase what can be done with the great filmmaking tools we're using (ie. Canon XH-A1 camera, Canon HV20 camera, Letus Extreme 35mm adapter, etc.).

You can check it out here:
http://vimeo.com/2271692?pg=transcoded_embed&sec=2271692

Or the show is also on the Vimeo HV20 page (thanks Eugenia):
http://vimeo.com/HV20

Again, it is in an HD Flash player, which is very cool. You can play it fullscreen or even embed it on your website, blog, etc. like this:


PINK 2: Daddy's Little Girl from Blake Calhoun on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Holiday Break

The show will be taking a break over the upcoming holiday season (after next episode #20). However, we do have some cool stuff in store while we're "off". New episodes will come back first of the New Year. Thanks for watching the show!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Web Series: Here to Stay?

Are web series here to stay? Or just a passing fad. We're not sure.

Of course the short serialized film format has been around for many years. Back in the 1940s and 50s theaters would show weekly serialized short films before feature films. "Zorro", etc. use to be very popular and get kids back to the theater the next Saturday. And actually, these serials were the inspiration for George Lucas to create "Indiana Jones". So the idea or concept is not really new.

What is "new" is the space they're working in now: the Internet.

Recent polls say people are willing to spend more time watching video online, even feature films now (probably due partly to broadband and higher quality computer screens and mobile devices). This is great, but does that mean they don't want short serialized web content too?

It's been said that watching something 7-minutes long on the web is like reading War and Peace. What do you think?

Of course we are finding that fans of PINK are willing to watch longer episodes or should we say often request longer episodes. In the near future we will release the shows on a DVD (and likely Blu-Ray) and they'll all play back-to-back, which will work well for this style of serialized mythology (should play like a movie).

But in the meantime the webisodes will keep on coming...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Prom Queen Now on DVD

Prom Queen was one of the first dramatic web serials on the Internet and now you can buy it on DVD.


















Get it at Amazon for only $17.99

The guys who produce the show (Big Fantastic) are friends of PINK. We all try and support each other, so if you're a fan of their work please pickup a copy today.

Thanks!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

PINK on IMDb.com!

"PINK" is now (finally) listed on the Internet Movie Database website (IMDb.com).

Here's the link:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1302137/

Been trying since July 2007. They wouldn't accept it since it's a "web series". But now, they changed their tune we're happy to report.

If you're a cast or crew member please add your name. If you're a fan please go to the site and rate the show, and/or start some chatter on the forum. That can definitely help us continue to build the audience.

Thank you!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Web Producers Go Steady

Interesting video here from TV Week about web shows and advertisers (specifically mentions "Pink" and our deal with Vuze.com)...

Web shows and Web sites are starting to go steady. Michael Eisner’s latest Web series Back on Topps runs exclusively on Foxsports.com before other sites get it. The same goes for the popular show Pink, which plays on Vuze.com before it releases to other sites. For more details on why Web producers are going steady, check out this week’s episode of the New Media Minute.

You’ll also learn what new media executive Jordan Levin, the former CEO of the WB, thinks about the advertising investment in online video.




Direct link to story.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

PINK on Times Square Billboard!

Our PR company got PINK on the Reuters digital billboard in Times Square! It was up for about 12 hours on the premiere date 9/16...

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Thanks YouTube (again)!

The good folks at YouTube have featured the new Season 2 of "Pink" and we just want to say THANK YOU!

You can check out the new episode here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

PINK Now on TheWB.com

You wanna watch "Friends", "The O.C.", "Roswell", "PINK"?!?

Very cool news... PINK is now on TheWB.com!

http://www.thewb.com/shows/pink/

Check it out when you can. They even cut a cool promo for the show! It is weird, but great, to see PINK along side these big network shows.

Monday, September 15, 2008

PINK 2.0 PREMIERE!!!

PINK Season 2 premieres TODAY on Vuze.com and tomorrow everywhere else (including YouTube, Myspace, Revver, Blip, Metacafe, etc.). We have a cool agreement with Vuze where they get a 24 hour exclusive window - and there you can see the episodes in HD.

So please check out the first new episode!

Thanks!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Season 2 Promo Now Online!



Season 2 premieres 9/16/08.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

PINK on TheWB.com!

Season 1 of "Pink" will premiere on TheWB.com at the same time Season 2 premieres on YouTube, etc. Then Season 2 will roll out on the site later. If you haven't heard about TheWB.com then check out these videos below and definitely check out their new website. Basically, they're taking the WB TV channel and putting it online. You can watch full episodes of your past and present favorites like FRIENDS, THE OC, SMALLVILLE, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLATER, etc. along with new original web series like "Pink" or our new show "Exposed"...





Check it out TheWB.com.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Countdown to Season Two

We're just a few short weeks from the premiere of Season Two! We're now rolling out some cool behind-the-scenes interviews, a teaser trailer and a teaser scene. Next we'll have a recap of Season One - then the first new episode of Season Two will be online on Tuesday 9/16/08.

Monday, August 11, 2008

PINK Now On Hulu.com

Hulu is owned by FOX and NBC. So we're very happy to have "Pink" on the site. Later in September it will all be in HD too (and will eventually include our new Season 2 episodes).

Check it out:
http://www.hulu.com/pink-the-series

Thanks!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Some Pictures from Comic-Con

We had a Street Team (aka Hot Chicks) at Comic-Con handing out and applying temporary PINK tattoos. They supposedly handed out around 4000 and applied 1000. Hopefully some of you reading this post were there - and now that's why you're here!





Friday, July 25, 2008

Comi-Con Going On Now

If you're at Comic-Con look for some girls handing out and applying PINK temporary tattoos! If you're not at Comic-Con, you can look for these same girls if you like, but they're probably not going to show up. Or maybe they will, who knows? ;)

Countdown to Season 2 premiere has begun! More news soon...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New "Pink" Forum

We're quietly launching our new Forum. We'll be Officially launching it as we get closer to the Season 2 premiere in late August, but we'd love folks to register now and start discussing their favorite episodes and characters.

So if you want to be ahead of the game please join today and help us spread the word!

Thank you!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Comic-Con and "Pink"


Our new BIG NEWS is we will be attending Comic-Con in San Diego the last weekend in July promoting the new season of "Pink". And, we'll have some cool promo stuff to giveaway. In addition we'll be announcing a Contest! Several cast members will be in attendance too. More details to follow soon.

Also, the new season will premiere a few weeks after the event. A firm date will be announced shortly.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Hollywood Reporter Blurb









Hey ANY press is good press! "Pink" got a small mention in the Hollywood Reporter today...

Check it out here.

Didn't realize the series was a "cult hit". :)

Sunday, May 18, 2008

PINK Post-production

We're now deep into post-production on the next 25 episodes. Our new tentative release date is AUGUST. Don't have an exact date yet, but will announce it when we do.

A lot of exciting things happening right now behind-the-scenes. We will have a very cool announcement soon about a big event in July to promote the series.

We will also likely have a new teaser trailer online soon, so please check back in the near future for updates.

Thanks!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Webby Honoree for Best Drama Series

We've been so busy shooting the new season of "Pink" - and trying to get the word out on our Webby Nominee for Best Drama: Individual Episode - that we failed to mention we already won an Honoree Award for Best Drama Series.

Check it out

Okay, okay, so it's not an nomination or a win, but it is a pretty cool deal. With over 10,000 entries they selected the top 15% for the Honoree Award. So we'll take it!

In just three short days on May 6th we'll know if we won the Webby for Episode 7 "Feels Like the First Time", and we'll know about the Webby People's Voice Award.

Last thing on award talk - we've got a chance for an Emmy nomination too. The main awards were announced last week and they'll announce the new media ones very soon. Our collective fingers are definitely crossed. :)

UPDATE 5/18/08: Well, we didn't win the Webby Award - but we are very happy to be nominated and an Honoree. We also didn't get nominated for an Emmy. But just wait until next season! :)

Monday, April 28, 2008

PLEASE VOTE for PINK!

We need your help! PLEASE VOTE for "Pink" at the Webby's "People's Voice Awards"...We've dropped to 3rd Place!!!

http://pv.webbyawards.com/

You have to register but it only takes a few seconds.

Thank you!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

PINK 2.0... First Week of Shooting Done!

Wrapped our first week of shooting for the next round of "Pink" episodes on Saturday. Had a very smooth week. We shot all of the "Adult Nate" scenes with lead Natalie Raitano. Really hope the second week goes as well.

Here are a few pictures from the week...




















Will give a detailed report once we wrap the entire shoot.

And please don't forget to VOTE for "Pink" at the Webbys People's Voice Awards!

Thanks!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

PLEASE VOTE for PINK!!!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

What are you voting for? Well, PINK is up for a "People's Voice Award" at the Webbys too. It's kinda like the People's Choice Awards. The audience votes on it's favorites.

PINK is up for best DRAMA: INDIVIDUAL EPISODE

You vote on the Webby Awards site. You do have to register, but it's quick and painless. Please help us out and go vote!

Thanks!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

"PINK" Nominated for a 2008 Webby Award!

We just found out "PINK" has been nominated for a Webby Award in the category DRAMA: INDIVIDUAL EPISODE. Click here to see all nominees in Video Category. Our listing is about half way down page.

The Webby Awards are the the "Academy Awards" for the Internet, so it's a pretty cool thing!

Awards are June 10th in NYC. So fingers crossed!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Auditions now closed!

Wow, it's been a great three weeks or so doing auditions for the new seasons of "Pink". We did our last ones today and will be making announcements very soon on the final cast.

Shooting for the next round starts in just over two weeks!

Monday, March 10, 2008

PINK on TorrentTV

Check out this interview with show creator Blake Calhoun on TorrentTV. Originally aired on satellite channel G4TechTV.

PINK on TorrentTV



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Thanks!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

PINK Press - Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Etc.

Thought we'd shared some cool press...

"Pink" was recently acquired by Santa Monica-based company Generate, run by former WB Network CEO Jordan Levin. We're now gearing up to produce 25 more episodes to be released over the summer...

Hollywood Reporter:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/business/news/e3ic8069f8098734cd40e0f68323f74fca5

Variety:
http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117981872.html?categoryid=1009&cs=1

NewTeeVee:
http://newteevee.com/2008/03/04/generate/

Broadcasting & Cable Magazine:
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6538138.html?desc=topstory

MediaWeek:
http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/recent_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003719379

TV Week:
http://www.tvweek.com/news/2008/03/generate_lands_6_million_in_fu.php

Best thing about this deal for us is we still control the content of the show and we get the expertise and guidance of veteran Hollywood folks (without being a Hollywood studio deal).

Of course Generate is a "Hollywood" entity run by "Hollywood" execs, but the show will still be produced as an indie (and in reality it is an indie since we're not financed by a large studio). Should be a fun ride!

If you haven't seen "Pink" please check it out. First 10 episodes are online now.

Thanks!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

PINK Casting Notice!

We are casting for Season Two of "Pink" and are primarily looking for "college age" actors and actresses. If you would like to audition and are in the Dallas area please send your headshot/resume to loudpics@yahoo.com.

Thanks!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Generating Buzz

We're now officially partnered with the Santa Monica-based production company Generate to produce the next 25 episodes of "Pink". This is great news for the show and for all our fans.

These next episodes will likely be divided into "3.5 Seasons" (10 episodes each, except the last which will be five episodes). We'll explain this later.

We were always going to continue the show at least 10 more episodes, but producing content at this level is not cheap. So we are thrilled to have a partner on board that can not only bring financial resources, but can also help with marketing, distribution, and of course the creative.

We're working out the shooting plans now and will announce a premiere date for Season Two (and a release schedule) in the near future.

The wait is almost over. :)

Monday, February 4, 2008

Great Podcast Interview with "Pink" Writer Mike Maden

Check out this great podcast (from "On The Page") interview with Mike Maden, the writer of our web series "Pink"...

http://blip.tv/file/635227

Thank you!

Friday, January 25, 2008

TIVO Alert!

The satellite show Torrent TV on G4TEchTV Canada did an interview with Blake Calhoun the creator of "Pink". The show will air on February 13th.

Don't have a time yet, or a channel actually since they vary per satellite service - but we do believe it's carried by DirecTV and possibly DISH Network. We'll find out for sure and let you know.

Thanks!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Show News

A lot going on right now behind-the-scenes with "Pink". We've been meeting with several companies about either buying the show, co-producing the show, or sponsoring the show. We should get it all figured out soon and then very shortly go into production on the next round of episodes.

SPOILER ALERT!
Who was in the helicopter in the final episode?
Did Natalie get shot, is she injured or possibly dead?
Was going back to work for Wilson a bad idea?

FIND OUT SOON WHEN SEASON TWO PREMIERES!

In the meantime, please continue to spread the word about our first season of "Pink".

Thanks!

 
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