UPDATE: I suspect Ill be accepting tapes until some time this fall. (September?)
Also, you don't have to PM me to ask permission to submit a tape. I want to see them! Go for it!
Over the course of making this film, I want to talk to as many Newgrounds fans as I can. So far I'm planning on doing this by meeting people at conventions and while I'm traveling around the country. But there are millions of you, and I can't get to you all. Even with this in mind, I'd like to open the interview process up to whomever wants to participate. Basically, I'm going to let you interview yourselves, film it, and send me the tape or DVD. At the bottom of this post there'll be a list of topics I would be asking you about if we meet in person. You can talk about some of them or all of them. (Tell me which ones you're using though.) If you want to give it a shot you can grab a camera and go to town. Can I guarantee that you'll be in the movie? Of course not. That's impossible for a variety of reasons. But I can tell you that you have as good a shot as anyone and will be judged solely on how interesting, insightful and or funny your comments are.
Some pointers and guidelines:
Picture: Try to use the nicest camera you can get a hold of. I won't discriminate on the basis of image quality, but it'd obviously be better if it looked nice.
Framing: Get yourself in a standard head and shoulders close-up if possible. You can either look right into the camera or look at a point slightly off camera to give the impression that you're looking at an interviewer. (Or for that matter, you could sit a friend down there and talk to them.)
Finally, try to sit yourself in front of something that's interesting but not distracting.
See examples below.
Sound: is almost more important than the image. Again, use the nicest mic you can and make sure your levels are good. Get a pop filter if you need to. I can cut away from or cover a bad image, but bad audio is unusable.
Length: Be concise, but natural. Relax. Plan at least a bit of what you want to say beforehand. Take some notes. Do multiple takes if you need to. Tape is cheap.
Try not to ramble. You might have the most delightful Newgrounds anecdote in the world, but if takes you 20 minutes to tell it, it just can't be used.
Release: Along with your tape, you'll have to send in a completed release form giving me permission to use the footage. You can download the release form here.
Where to send it all: Nathan Kuruna - Everything, By Everyone c/o Newgrounds 323 W Glenside Ave, Glenside, PA 19038 "Do I really have to mail in a tape or DVD?" Yes. "Can't I just put it on YouTube or something?" No. I can't use that in the film. I need to capture from a tape or DVD to achieve the necessary level of quality.
That might seem like a lot, but I think you can handle it. I believe in you! I always have!
Anyway. Seriously, I know you guys have a lot of interesting stuff to say and I'm looking forward to it. PM me with any other questions you might have.
Topics to cover:
Introduce yourself (include the spelling of your name)
How you found out about Newgrounds and the first movies/games you saw/played.
Compare and contrast Newgrounds to other content sites and online communities you're aware of or involved with.
Favorite content / artists
How/why Newgrounds and its community keeps your interest and gets you to come back.
Anything you'd like to say about The Behemoth's games (Alien Hominid, Castle Crashers, Dad 'N Me)
Impressions of Tom Fulp / NG Staff (Ever met them?)
Are you an artist or other content creator? Talk about your work.
Collaboration on Newgrounds
How have you seen the internet evolve over your lifetime? How has NG evolved with it?
Where do you get your entertainment media (tv, movies, games, music etc) and how has that changed over the course of your lifetime?
Any delightful anecdotes you might have regarding the site or content?
Crazy rumors and speculation.
The future of Newgrounds and online entertainment
Intellectual property/copyright issues
Freestyle / random comments about NG / say whatever you want to add