The Hotlist: January 2013
A Guide to the Web’s Most Cutting Edge New Media Content

Compiled by Elliot Feldman 

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The Resistance

The Resistance began as a Web dramatic series. Actually it was created by Adrian Picardi and Eric Ro as online teasers for four episodes aimed to be fully produced on multiple entertainment platforms. It aired as an experimental pilot for The SyFy channel and STARZ. The Resistance became the first Web series to premiere on television and then become available on digital platforms a day later. It is still available on iTunes, Xbox, and PlayStation. High quality production values.

The Onion's Extremely Accurate History of the Internet
The Onion's Extremely Accurate History of the Internet is an online series exclusive to Yahoo! Screen's comedy channel. It is produced by Yahoo! Studios and, of course, The Onion. It can best be described as a mockumentary that chronicles the early days of the World Wide Web.

Escape My Life
Escape My Life is a branded comedy series that consists of eight online episodes, all designed to entertain while showcasing the features of "the all-new 2013 Ford Escape." It stars standup comic Natasha Leggaro. While Escape My Life has its own YouTube channel, the series has also launched on other entertainment platforms such as Hulu, AOL, TUMBLR, and Facebook.


Objectified is a feature-length online documentary by Gary Hustwit. The award-winning documentarian was also a former VP of Objectified explores the relationships of users of "manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them." The film includes interviews with leading product designers from companies that include Apple and BMW.


Trip City describes itself as "a Brooklyn-filtered Literary Arts Salon." The site was developed by four noted artists from different media perspectives. It was spearheaded by award-winning alternative cartoonist Dean Haspiel. The other three artists include photographer Seth Kushner, writer Chris Miskiewicz, and music journalist Jeffrey Burandt. Each has his own multimedia-rich creative area on the site, such as Kushner's hilarious Photocomix.

The Carp and the Seagull is a 3D animated multimedia project that's part of The Creators Project, a partnership between VICE Magazine and Intel. It is an interactive short film with three "chapters", created by animator Evan Boehm from Nexus Interactive Arts studio. The project is best viewed on Google's Chrome Browser. Its unique interactivity allows users to drag and view the 3-D rendered images from different angles. Note that The Carp and the Seagull won the FWA Cutting Edge Award, co-sponsored by Adobe.

Bendito Machine
Bendito Machine is an animated series by Jossie Malis from Zumbakamera, an animation company from Spain. Currently four episodes of this beautiful Asian shadow puppet theater inspired series have been raising funds for a full series via Kick Starter.

Kick Starter describes itself as "a funding platform for creative projects" that offers "everything from films, games, and music to art, design and technology." Simply stated, it offers "all or nothing" Internet project funding for creators from prospective producers. In other words, if your project needs $5000 and you can only raise $1000 via Kick Starter; your project will be cancelled. Conversely, if it gets fully funded at $5000 or more, your project will go into production.


Motionographer describes itself as an information hub site "for filmmakers, animators, and designers." Its purpose: to share "outstanding work from studios, freelancers, and students." Features include production tutorials; professional community forums; job listings; and, above all, work examples submitted by Motionographer site users.

Promo News is a professional information hub geared toward makers of music videos. Features include music video industry news, behind-the-scene looks at video production, tools of the trade advice from pros, as well as previews of new music videos. David Knight created and has been producing Promo News.

"Connect real projects with real talent" is the motto of They promise producers a way to "build and manage your entire crew, or find one or more production specialists for your next project" via their Web site. Producers can post their project requirements, allowing them to be contacted by professionals contact you, or else search their extensive database by category. Conversely, professionals can post their "organized profiles with their reel, resumes, experience, education, peers and producers references, rating and reviews and desired pay range." Producers can also use their "Producer’s Tool Box" to manage projects. They can also and eve use their online "Production Budget Calculator." And they also offer a directory of production resources in many locales.

The WGAW encourages New Media projects to respect content creators through Guild contracts. If you’re working in New Media and would like information on getting your project covered, contact Tamara Krinsky or call (323) 782-4511.

Elliot Feldman's novel, Sitting Shiva, was published in 2003 -- ISBN: 0964374064. And check out his comics at Scene4 Magazine - WARNING: Not for the easily offended.