This is a follow-up to the basic idea represented in the ATS Teams
thread which was a
response to a similar idea presented in the Think Tank
I basically found both ideas to be problematic. The main reason being that they were somewhat redundant due to the fact that we already have a
which covers both ideas comfortably. And no, it's not the most popular
forum here at ATS, despite numerous attempts to breathe new life in to it. I could go in to the reasons why but I do not want to derail my own thread.
Instead, let me introduce you to my theory...
“The artist’s task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a dithering while Rome burns. If artists cannot find the
way, then the way cannot be found.”
- Terence McKenna
One thing that Mr Mckenna has taught me (amongst the millions of things) is that culture, as it stands today, is not our friend. We need to create our
own culture, our own roadshow. In this spirit here is my recommendation (in brief):
In the Collaborative Writing forum a competition is started whereby the members are tasked to come up with their own film synopsis and opening scene.
The films themes must be centered around the topics of discussion on offer here at ATS.
A prize (perhaps a conspiracy themed book – relevant for writing forum?) will be given to the eventual winner. How that winner will be chosen I do
not know; flags? Pre-picked panel of judges decision? Whatever the consensus – THAT.
Winner is decided, prizes given out and many congratulations are offered.
The end.....well, not quite.
You see, here is where my idea for cross-collaboration comes in to play. We now have a great film idea, lets run with it.
The next competition that will be introduced will be for all of the artists/graphic designers of ATS. So we have a film but now we need an official
film poster. The members taking part in this competition will be tasked with designing a poster for the winning film idea. Artistic license will
obviously be encouraged but it needs to be relevant to what we already know of the film from it’s synopsis/opening scene. Members could even work in
collaboration with the original film idea winner or perhaps even the original winner themselves might want to participate – nobody is excluded.
Again, the winner will be decided by flags or judges.
Once again, winner is decided, relevant prizes given out and many congratulations are offered.
So now we have a film idea and an official poster. Fantastic. But all successful films need to have a trailer.
So, the next competition will be focused upon any Videographers we may have here on ATS. Their task will be to come up with a short trailer for the
original winning film idea using what they have already seen in the other competitions and plenty of their own artistic license. It could be
animation, original footage, stock video/images....hand-drawn stick men for all I care, as long as it is original and in line with the already
presented winning ideas.
You see where I'm going here?
Members with AMAZING talents being given the opportunity to showcase themselves whilst working alongside fellow members - all in an effort to create
something original to ATS. Maybe the winning trailer could grace the ATS Youtube channel (does it even have one?) The winning film poster could become
a backdrop for the ATS Home Screen for a day (don't know how viable that is?)
It's all about lifting spirits that have become epidemically low recently and creating our own roadshow.
I mean, the possibilities are endless.
What about an official ATS newsletter/newspaper? A review of some of the best and brightest threads of that week/month, mixed in with some newsletter
original content, a "Get to know a member..." segment, alternative video/music/art/literature reviews etc...
We need to make ATS more interactive and less one-dimensional. We are jam-packed full of information on EVERY conceivable subject - to the point now
where we are all retreading in our own, and each others, footsteps. In the process people are becoming disillusioned, disheartened and downright
pissed off; for examples, please click on ANY current ATS thread. It's just becoming a vast storage space for information, a gargantuan wall of text
that appears impossible to scale. And more and more that information is becoming mainstream. Mainstream, for Christ sake!
So yeah, there you have it.
I literally sat down with the intention of writing something else, something slightly more negative if I'm honest, related to the situation here at
ATS and have somehow come up with this. Impromptu or not, I genuinely believe I am right about this vision for ATS. You can keep your "lets get
together and do some nice writing" idea, I want to create some kick ass culture!
Deeds, not words.
Have at it