I think a few other recorders, including epocadofim, brought this up previously, but I wanted to talk a bit more about credits for productions.
One of the most incredible things about hitrecord is that it is not only an artist community -- a place to experience, remix, and grow -- but also a place to get exposure for your work and to progress in your art field. This is amazing. It is one of the most compelling and unique parts of this particular artist community.
With our new adventure into TV, opportunities have only grown. And I know there are even higher ambitions for future hitrecord productions, including possibly a feature film at some point.
As the productions we do grow in scale, and the exposure of our work goes from hundreds to thousands to now even millions of eyes, I think the issue of credit is important. I'm specifically talking about how artists are named and listed in the official credits for productions.
We're publishing books, doing TV shows -- these are huge opportunities for artists. In fact, these are career-launching opportunities for artists. Being an animator with a short on a TV show, a song writer with material sold on iTunes, an illustrator published by Harper Collins, a writer with a short film shown at Sundance -- these are huge accomplishments and are all things that have actually happened through hitrecord.
In professional productions, credit listings can be a very big deal. In film, for example, it's not uncommon for people to be compensated "with credit". Credit is so valuable it is considered a currency in that industry. But in almost any art field, building a resume and a credited body of work is important.
I'd love to see hitrecord support the burgeoning careers of the artists in this community by allowing crediting by name. If you're trying to grow in your field as an illustrator, editor, musician, photographer, or anything else, it's very hard to put hitrecord productions on your resume, since we go by artist names and not our actual names.
Let me say, I absolutely love that we go by artist names in the community. I really appreciate the spirit of that (and that even Joe goes by his artist name here). But I think it's important to give artists the option to be credited by their real name in paid productions.
There is quite an easy way to do this -- in the "My Payment Information" tab, there could simply be a check box that says:
CREDIT ME BY MY: [ ] ARTIST NAME [ ] FULL NAME
This way, people can choose how they want to be credited. If they prefer their artist name, that's no problem, they can still be credited by that. But they have the option to use their real name. And it shouldn't add too many administrative complications, since we already have to put our first and last names in the Pay Information tab.
I believe this is an important feature to have because the hitrecord Terms of Service restrict you from changing your artist name after you've made an account, so there is no chance to change your artist name to your full name as a quick-fix for this. And also, if you sign up for the site with a silly username (ahem, me, ahem) not really knowing what you're getting into as you toe-dip your way into the community, it's sort of tough to swallow that that username is how you have to be credited forever, ad infinitum, no matter what.
Imagine a day in which hitrecord makes an animated feature film. And imagine that one of the key illustrators on that feature film has to be credited for that career-launching work by wowzawowza3478 because that was their AOL screen name way back when, and they didn't realize when they first signed up how life changing their time with hitrecord would be.
That's really what is at the root of my request. Many of us, as we've become more involved with hitrecord, have discovered ourselves as artists. That is the brilliance and the strength of this community. It allows us to try and do things we've never done before. Hitrecord doesn't just help artists, it makes artists. And I think it would be a wonderful gesture for hitrecord to allow us to choose how to be credited, to help further our careers in the arts.
As i saw these two records one above the other in my dashboard, i thought they could fit nicely together.
Had a night to myself so had a play editing.
Turns out this very talented guy lives not too far from me. Last month, he invited me out to his abode. Here's a little glimpse into his world.
Music by Ben, of course.
The silent film footage is DW Griffith's 'Intolerance' which is in the public domain.
I loved Kubi's "The Incident at Black Lake" fictional film one scene photo so I tried adding sound effects and animating it a little!
Read me backwards
Because you wont find the truth if you
Read me forwards
I love you
I dont mean it when I say
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This project has been on my mind for months. I finally sat down to do it today. This is the first attempt, there might be more, but I gotta say I'm quite sattisfied :D
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HitRECord on TV Season 1 is over, now it’s time to get a little sappy. I just want to say thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, times 1000. I joined hitRECord at a time when I was fe...