I read over 10 blogs per day on subjects ranging from technology, video games, education and film. The other day I went over to site Racialicious — my new crack, by the way — and I made one of the top 10 discoveries of the year.
I’m a pretty legitimate sci-fi/fantasy fan. I don’t geek out like some of my friends do. I’m more partial to a good yarn about. I’m a big story fiend, and the sci-fi/fantasy genre has a way of taking small ideas and making them profoundly big and majestic.
But, over the years I have yearned to see some movies that have a little something different to say. Simply put, most good television or big budget movie is centered on a white cast, protagonist, world and/or mythology. I still enjoy watching them, sure, but it would be nice to see an Asian superhero, a black cyborg or a Mexican-female savior of a post-apocalyptic world. I’m messing around a bit, but the point I’m trying to make is the country — let alone the world — is filed with people who are not white and male and I just want to watch movies about them from time to time.
With very small audiences interested in this sort of thing and historically big budgets and/or small distribution options getting these films done would be impossible. But, with the decreasing cost of film production equipment and easy distribution channels like Vimeo, Blip.tv and YouTube, apparently there’s this new boom of cool web series that I have since become hooked on.
You can check the article with a, sort of, Top 10 list of cool web series here. I’m pretty excited about them.