The Hotspot highlights Web content created by writers working under a WGA contract.
Garfunkel and Oates
Garfunkel and Oates are a funny musical comedy duo consisting of Kate Micucci (Oates) and Riki Lindholme (Garfunkel). Their Web site consists of comedy videos and audio clips of satirical songs that they wrote. In 2013, cable channel IFC picked them up for a series.
My Modern Met
My Modern Met (or My Modern Metropolis) is a creative blog started by Alice Yoo and Eugene Kim. They describe their blog as a place "where art enthusiasts and trendspotters connect over creative ideas." It's a visually attractive blog that presents a wide range of topics that include illustration, fine art, photography, architecture, as well as technological developments within the art world.
terribleminds.com is fantasy author/screenwriter Chuck Wendig's blog. His posts cover a wide range of creative interests including game design, comics, novels, scripts, and short fiction. Wendig also presents himself as an instructor. A key part of his blog includes his column "25 Things You Should Know About Writing."
No Film School
No Film School describes itself as "a resource for all things filmmaking." Founded by writer/director Ryan Koo, this New York-based Webby Award winning site is "by filmmakers for filmmakers." Content includes film industry news, film/video technology tutorials, as well as short film presentations. No Film School particularly offers behind-the-scenes views of film and video production.
Total Film is a UK-based print and online film magazine that's also available in an interactive iPad and iPhone edition. It is also available on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. In 2012, it was named Film Magazine of the Year at the Digital Magazine Awards.
Blank on Blank
Blank on Blank is an animated series from PBS Digital Studios. They have taken an unusual approach to reusing decades of classic PBS interviews by turning them into modern animated versions online. Classic interviews include Allen Ginsberg, Barack Obama, Chris Elliott, Ellen Degeneres, Rodney King, Kurt Cobain, and Martin Scorsese.
Tomato Can Blues
"Tomato Can Blues" is an experimental feature from The New York Times. In a style reminiscent of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Tomato Can Blues is nonfiction fiction about a crime, a gun shop robbery in Michigan. The piece is written by Mary Pilon and the stunning animated illustrations are by Attila Futaki. An audio version of the story, as read by actor Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire), is also available.
Our RoboCop Remake
For those unfamiliar with the term "crowdsourcing," it is defined as input into a specific project by enlisting the services (paid or unpaid) of a group of people typically via the internet. Our RoboCop Remake is a type of crowdsourced project where 50 filmmakers from L.A. and New York "split the original RoboCop into individual pieces" where each filmmaker retells the Paul Verhoeven movie "scene for scene," creating an entire newly realized film. After the Remake was completed, it was presented to fans in a Los Angeles theater. In February 2014, Our RoboCop Remake was released online.
The "wow" in wowOwow stands for The Women on the Web. It is a digital magazine founded by high profile women and offering intelligent conversations about modern life as a woman. Conversation participants include journalists, celebrities, and business movers and shakers such as Joan Ganz Cooney, Lesley Stahl, Liz Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin, and Marlo Thomas. The site also includes their SiriusXM radio station, Wow Radio.
Founded by former Engadget executive editors Joshua Topolsky and Nilay Patel, The Verge is a 2012 Webby Award-winning zine that covers "the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture." Its content focus is on longform articles.
In 2014, former executive editors of Dow Jones' technology site AllThingsD.com, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher launched Re/code, their own technology and media zine. The content focus includes "independent tech news, reviews and analysis."
UK-based Aeon Magazine is another zine that focuses on longform features, in this case with the option of reading later or downloading to Kindle. Its content focus is on progressive political change and science. It was founded by academics Paul and Brigid Hains.