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Merfin_Aurora_Oceania
03-22-2015, 01:08 AM
How about a worldwide videography collaboration of videography from across the globe from different pods, if each pod is able to tape 10 minutes of film and then another pod films 10 minutes and so forth after 10 pods across the globe there will be about 100 minutes of film which is enough for a movie.

If we sell any movies on mernetwork, can we not put the proceeds towards the maintenance cost of running the website?

If we are all given a script in which to follow, I'm not sure how we would integrate all of our different footages together, it could be rather creative.

What do people think?

Mermaid Sirenia
03-22-2015, 09:10 AM
I like the idea, let me know what your plans for it are, the Florida pod will be meeting up in late April :)

Gem Stone
03-22-2015, 09:17 AM
It could be like a bunch of short films linked together. Like each pod has its own little misadventure in a short little skit. I read a book like that, where each chapter was a new story. It was pretty neat. And it wouldn't require this huge confusing script or super long story cause each pod could get together and write their own. Maybe get a list of different 'story plots' each pod can choose from and let them write a story around the basic idea. Then you just travel from pod to pod and watch all these cool mermaid stories

SiaTheMermaid
03-22-2015, 09:35 AM
This is a cool idea! I don't have a tail, but I do like the sound of this. Maybe I can just make one.... hmm..

SummerRogue
03-22-2015, 09:56 AM
Sia I'll have my silicone tail by the end of April , you live in Edinburgh right? I have a fabric tail you could borrow for a Scottish mini-pod video. Is a mini pod even a thing? It should be there are so few Scottish mers.


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SiaTheMermaid
03-22-2015, 10:09 AM
Yeah I'm in Edinburgh. Thank-you Summer, that's really nice of you :) Us Scottish mers are a rarity most likely due to the cold haha!

Merfin_Aurora_Oceania
03-22-2015, 10:13 AM
I'm completely monofinless and tailess at present lol.

It honestly depends on when Raven has an availability and I probably won't see my tail until early next year. I'm still happy to proceed with this even without my presence.

In my opinion there needs to be a common theme that links all the pods together, it could be literally a movement that is happening such as the humans affecting the way mers are living everyday life or noticing changes in behaviours of sea creatures, each pod carries a message regarding their different stories from parts of the world like a message that is being flown on a wing and a prayer so to speak, the information that is passed forwards is to help mer pods.

There could be a messenger mer unrelated to the pod, these messenger mers pass forward messages from other pods especially if it is important and affects the pod and other sea creatures.

The common theme would be that a messenger mer will come into the scene and pass forward the information regarding the pod where that information came from, in turn there will be like 8 different messengers who have supposedly travelled an ocean to pass the message onto the nearest pod until eventually every mer knows.

In turn even though some of the effects are varied from pod to pod however there is a change and the mers are trying to find a way to makes the changes smoother for a better and stable future for the mers.

Thank you for your support :)

SiaTheMermaid
03-22-2015, 10:41 AM
Our section could be against fracking in the UK? It's such a terrible practice, and they have no idea of the repercussions that could come in later years

SummerRogue
03-22-2015, 10:42 AM
Definitely


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MermanOliver
03-22-2015, 03:29 PM
..., if each pod is able to tape 10 minutes of film and then another pod films 10 minutes and so forth after 10 pods across the globe there will be about 100 minutes of film which is enough for a movie.
...?


I like the idea, although even with 100 minutes of raw footage, the final film will still be just 20 minutes or so. You lose a heck of a lot in post production, as not every scene fits into the final concept, or has glitches or whatever.

But nevertheless, that sounds sooo coooool! :) :)

When do we start? ;)

Merfin_Aurora_Oceania
03-22-2015, 10:17 PM
There needs to be at least 5 mers per pod as long as every pod is willing to participate this is definitely doable.

There needs to be a greater interest at the moment, 3 pods won't be enough to get it happening as it will only be like a 10-20min film in my opinion.

Thank you.

Maethor
03-23-2015, 12:05 AM
Ooh to have a message pashed around from one pod to another, we could "call" with shells?

Merfin_Aurora_Oceania
03-23-2015, 12:34 AM
If you want to make it a bit more modern, we could use a 'shellphone' :)

Shimmer Mermaid
03-23-2015, 05:04 PM
I like the idea of message in a bottle? We could do this!

Merfin_Aurora_Oceania
03-23-2015, 07:33 PM
Message in a bottle is great also, I like that :) It could be the movie title Shimmer.

dragondancer2004
03-31-2015, 01:18 AM
I love a message in a bottle theme

mermaids-and-anchors
03-31-2015, 01:46 AM
This sounds really cool, I'd love to do it and I know Seraphina Suds, Mermaid of the Hudson Valley lives only like 20m from me so I know that her and I can easily get together!

Anahita
03-31-2015, 03:36 AM
I'd be down for this, but I think my pod only has three members as of right now, and two tails between us.

I mean, I swim with more people, but I only know two other Iranian girls (which would be what I consider my actual pod, seeing as the Pod of Cali is just absolutely massive to the point where I think it's pretty common for us to separate into smaller sub-pods) that will put on a tail and swim with me, and said tails are my own.

I also like the message in a bottle idea more than the shellphone.... Call me old-fashioned, but I find the message in a bottle more "pretty" in terms of concept.

Fifi Tigg
03-31-2015, 10:47 AM
Busselton Mermaids is in! :D

Gem Stone
03-31-2015, 01:23 PM
Its probably because i can be really dense at times, but what purpose does the message in a bottle serve? as a way of communicating from pod to pod?

Aysun_the_Mermaid
03-31-2015, 01:41 PM
I would think either direct communication or the way a story idea can pass between pods.

Or a lot of bottles going out at the same time from a mystery note writer and each pod finding one...

*rambles*

exdraghunt
03-31-2015, 04:14 PM
Might be able to get some of the North Pacific pod in on this. Sounds like fun!

Winged Mermaid
03-31-2015, 07:12 PM
It's a cute idea, but really would anyone be interested in buying it? Especially if pods talk about what they're going to be doing on the forum.
They would all need to be shot in the same almost the same resolution. 1080 or 720, at least 30 FPS. People would have to use dropbox, or other public cloud services that allow people not registered with that service to download the clips. Even so that might be a challenge as dropbox only allows so many gigs for free.

Also, who is going to volunteer to do the editing? 100 minutes is A LOT of footage, and it would end up being at least twice that amount (if not 5x that) before being edited. It can take me hours to make a 3-6 minute video. So.. :/

There would also need to be release forms to sell something like this. I have no idea what those would even look like, but I've found in the past some people say it's okay to use their stuff then end up changing their mind and at best end up with removed content, at worst end up with a lawsuit.

I think a better idea would be to submit these videos to the admins, with statements from each person saying they give all rights/copyright release to MerNetwork, and for MerNetwork to put a channel up on youtube where we could monotize the views.

Princess Pearl
03-31-2015, 07:36 PM
Iona, that's a great idea! As much as I love mermaids, I don't think I would buy something like this, nor would I watch it all in one go. But I do watch the heck out of YouTube videos!

MermaidCelesteFL
03-31-2015, 07:56 PM
So it would still be one conclusive story, but broken up into several youtube videos on the Mernetwork channel? I'm sure my pod could get behind that. We would need to start working on material NOW, though. We meet in a couple weeks.

Mermaid Sirenia
03-31-2015, 08:12 PM
So it would still be one conclusive story, but broken up into several youtube videos on the Mernetwork channel? I'm sure my pod could get behind that. We would need to start working on material NOW, though. We meet in a couple weeks.
Yeah I agree we need to start working on that immediately and figure everything out

MermaidCelesteFL
03-31-2015, 09:00 PM
So now we need to know quite a few things before we can even get started:

1. What IS the general storyline? How are we dividing it?

2. How many pods are participating, and in what order are their stories going to fall in the general storyline?

3. Is everyone writing their own story, or is everyone contributing to the same story and we're splitting it up?

4. Contingency plans in case a pod drops out from the project

Anything else I'm forgetting?

Winged Mermaid
03-31-2015, 09:37 PM
I have no idea. This was aurora's idea but I don't think she had a story written. I'm no writer either :/ Anyone else up for writing this thing?

Anahita
03-31-2015, 11:56 PM
I can try to write it if someone everyone else can come up with and agree on a theme. Although, while I'm extensively praised for storytelling in Farsi, I'm not sure how good of a writer I am in English..... But I mean, how much harder can it be to tell a story in English than in Farsi? Especially since English stories aren't expected to have a rhythm and rhyming meter, nor are they expected to be told in a semi-musical manner, lol.

Mer-Crazy
04-01-2015, 12:10 AM
I can try to write it if someone everyone else can come up with and agree on a theme. Although, while I'm extensively praised for storytelling in Farsi, I'm not sure how good of a writer I am in English..... But I mean, how much harder can it be to tell a story in English than in Farsi? Especially since English stories aren't expected to have a rhythm and rhyming meter, nor are they expected to be told in a semi-musical manner, lol.
Just for the record though, a rhythm/ rhyming/ semi-musical thing would be awesome... even cooler if I could sing...

Anahita
04-01-2015, 12:15 AM
Just for the record though, a rhythm/ rhyming/ semi-musical thing would be awesome... even cooler if I could sing...

Hahaha, I can work some of that into there if y'all want. :)

SiaTheMermaid
04-01-2015, 08:18 AM
I like the YouTube channel idea, but getting the veiws is so difficult these days.

As for the storyline, i have a small idea. it can be about something environmental In each pod specific area, thus drawing a picture of the worlwide dilemma? Just a thought :)

Mermaid Sirenia
04-01-2015, 08:56 AM
I like the YouTube channel idea, but getting the veiws is so difficult these days.

As for the storyline, i have a small idea. it can be about something environmental In each pod specific area, thus drawing a picture of the worlwide dilemma? Just a thought :)
90% of sea turtles in America nest in florida, so maybe the Florida pod could do something about their safety and the dangers humans cause them

MermaidLilyRose
04-02-2015, 07:33 PM
This sounds totally awesome! Im pretty sure the UK pod would be up for getting involved in this too =D

I think the youtube videos sound like a good idea too =)

SiaTheMermaid
04-02-2015, 08:58 PM
Well two Scotland mermaids are in on this Lily :)

Anahita
04-03-2015, 04:40 AM
If Florida gets in on sea turtles, California needs to get in on ocean pollution and water conservation. We're so f****d right now.... pardon my language.

MermaidCelesteFL
04-03-2015, 02:21 PM
Florida mers could also talk about freshwater spring preservation, since it is still currently being voted on- and is the reason why a lot of springs are closed for swimming.

Mermaid Sirenia
04-03-2015, 03:42 PM
Florida mers could also talk about freshwater spring preservation, since it is still currently being voted on- and is the reason why a lot of springs are closed for swimming.
That's a good one since we will be at the springs for the meet