One Million Users!
This just in: Over a million pairs of human eyeballs have watched or bought something on VHX. Thank you for supporting great video-makers!
< cues karaoke cassette tape to Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration” >
We are now the proud owners of
1 million 330 VHS tapes.
With which we will make nice things or decorate VHX HQ or…TBD. Maybe just keep building monuments to an ancient beloved media format?
VHX Website Themes in Action
If you want to sell video from your own website but you don’t have a website yet, we’ve got you covered (for free). Our website theme editor has a pile of super-customizable themes, all designed specifically for selling premium video. Look! Here’s one. It’s a free theme called SIMPLE. Let’s see how a couple publishers have made it their own:
As you guessed, this theme keeps your site really simple. UnMosqued makes its illustrated poster the centerpiece, with clear options for playing the trailer and watching the movie. Add a simple description and done.
West Coast Theory adds a little more flair to their site - a black background to highlight their logo and artwork, plus a few more words to describe their documentary. And check out those festival laurels!
Film Festivals: The Next Generation
Film festivals are starting to expand their audiences by offering a digital version of their programming on the Interwebs. Smart, right? We take care of the technical part, so even if they can’t be at the festival in real life, people can attend digitally, in full HD.
For the past two years, we’ve partnered with Kickstarter to make excerpts of their Film Festival available to anyone, for free, all summer. On a smaller scale, we worked with a doc about Roger Ebert called Life, Itself. It premiered at Sundance Film Festival, and simultaneously streamed to Indiegogo backers "live" via VHX.
Another option: Make it ALL available! The DC Shorts Film Festival is a huge short film event taking place this month — they’ve made a special arrangement with the filmmakers to make over 100 of the featured films available online. 100 titles from the festival catalog streaming for $35. It’s awesome for absentee attendees, and for festival ticket holders who want to watch a few selections from the comfort of their own couch.
Hats off to festival organizers and creators with work in the festival circuit for thinking outside the box office. Check out The DC Shorts program here.
How many dogs are YOU today?
We had all the blasts at XOXO Festival this weekend in Portland. Organizers Andy & Andy put a lot of attention and care into making the conference and general atmosphere one that celebrates creators. Not so much in a TED talk “inspire the masses” kind of way, but in that very engaging, personal, hard-to-reproduce, real conversations kind of way.
We sweated, we listened a lot. We showed a sneak peek from a little side project called Star Wars Uncut. We loved:
Check out the XOXO site for the full lineup - so many awesome people to know!
GIANT CREATIVE GROUP HUG