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New Vid! An introduction to the OTW (Organization for Transformative Works) 
11th-Apr-2014 12:21 pm
Title: Introduction to the OTW (Organization for Transformative Works)
Editor ash48
Beta: cupidsbow (and many others who offered suggestions and ideas during the project <3)
Producers: The OTW Communications Committee
Music: Various pieces obtained through Dig CCmixster.org (Royalty and copyright free)
Category: Informative
Length: 7 minutes
Summary: The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) is a nonprofit organization run by and for fans to provide access to and preserve the history of fanworks and fan cultures. This is an introduction to their projects: Fanlore, Archive of Our Own (AO3), Open Doors, Transformative Works & Cultures, and legal advocacy.

Other places it appears: OTW website || You Tube || tumblr || Vimeo || Download: Sendspace (135mb),

I need to start this with a big *PHEW*. This has been quite a project. I was approached by the OTW Communications Committee in January 2013 to see if I'd be interested in putting together a video about the OTW. It sounded like an interesting challenge so I said yes. I admit I didn't realise at the time what a "challenge" it would end up being. Let's just say I have learned a HEAP during this process.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everybody who has supported me throughout this project. To those who have held my hand, watched early drafts and given me a shoulder to cry lean on.

This video is a joint effort between Claudia (from the OTW communications committee) and myself. This is really her "baby". We've worked very closely together over the last 15 months to produce this (I'd say over 200 emails have been exchanged between us). It's been a huge amount of work (brainstorming ideas, sourcing works, gathering permissions, creating a multitude of screen caps, etc etc), made a little easier by her constant support, quick responses, help and ideas (*clinks glasses* we did it...).

I'd also like to thank to cupidsbow who assisted in the early drafts, gave me technical feedback and provided support when it was needed most. <3

Thanks to the (over 50!) contributors to this video (and to all those who gave permission to use their work - even if it didn't make the final cut).

And finally, thanks to the OTW Board who gave it the thumbs ups. :)

This is the longest, most complex video I've ever made. Thanks for watching if you choose to do so. :)
11th-Apr-2014 04:44 am (UTC)
OMigosh! YAY! Finally.

Now I'm going to go watch it. I was just so excited to see the post! Be back.
11th-Apr-2014 04:49 am (UTC)
Yes! Finally! I actually never thought this day would arrive (well, not "officially" anyway...).

It's different to anything else I've made so I hope it's enjoyable enough. As it's informative it's not exactly full of action... (or cute boys)

11th-Apr-2014 04:52 am (UTC)
So cool! What a glorious thing you have made!
11th-Apr-2014 07:10 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D
11th-Apr-2014 05:26 am (UTC)
Very cool. I love that they got people involved in fandom to create this (how ridiculously ironic would it be if they didn't).
11th-Apr-2014 07:13 am (UTC)
Hehe...yes. If a non fandom person made this I'm sure they'd be pretty puzzled about all those sites and all the stuff people do for and in fandom...;)

Thanks for watching. :)
11th-Apr-2014 06:28 am (UTC)
I love it!!! I really do. It's so smooth, and so broad, and more importantly so clearly a labor of love from your free time that you did not have to do. Plus, good representation of art styles and fandoms and relationship models.

It also makes me feel kinda... powerful, to be part of something so big and self-sustaining :D :D

Edited at 2014-04-11 06:36 am (UTC)
11th-Apr-2014 07:17 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your lovely comment.

Plus, good representation of art styles and fandoms and relationship models.

Yeah. This was part of the concerns with the vid, so I'm so glad that worked for you.

It also makes me feel kinda... powerful, to be part of something so big and self-sustaining

It's quite remarkable isn't it? Before making this I had no idea there were so many randoms and so many people producing such fabulous works. The fact that AO3 has now well over a million works posted is testament to how big it really is.

Thanks so much for watching and leaving such a positive comment. :))
11th-Apr-2014 08:00 am (UTC)
Absolutely incredible piece of work! Its really a short film, and the complexity of it is just astonishing.

Now go and have a very large glass of wine!
11th-Apr-2014 09:40 am (UTC)
Thank you SO much. That means a lot to me. <3

And yes!! A very large glass of wine is in order! :D
11th-Apr-2014 08:01 am (UTC)
Woohoo! Booya!

My voice is famous now! Haha!
So glad it's finally out there. Gonna pimp it once I have a moment. :D

Mwa! xx
11th-Apr-2014 09:42 am (UTC)

Haha - your voice is now famous!! \o/ I'm so very glad to have been able to use it in the vid. Thanks so much for your work on it (and the those re-records...;D).

*twirls you*
11th-Apr-2014 09:07 am (UTC)
Never thought I'd see this day *tear*
11th-Apr-2014 09:44 am (UTC)
You and me both...*wipes tear*
11th-Apr-2014 10:44 am (UTC)
Congratulations! It's glorious! <333
11th-Apr-2014 01:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks darlin'! <3
11th-Apr-2014 11:20 am (UTC)
Very well done and it was so interesting/informative. Great job!
11th-Apr-2014 01:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you found it interesting as well as informative.
11th-Apr-2014 01:34 pm (UTC)
That was really interesting! I only really knew about AO3 before.

I recognised that weechesters pic at 6.15 but can't remember who the artist was...
11th-Apr-2014 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

That lovely weechester pic is by maichan. I was so happy to be able to use it (especially at that moment in the vid *g*).

Thanks for watching. :))
11th-Apr-2014 04:27 pm (UTC)
You done real good hon - well worth the wait to see the final product and really pleased to see it actually posted and out there and doing it's great job of letting everyone know about the OTW.

Superb work on such a very difficult task - brilliant.

12th-Apr-2014 01:17 am (UTC)
Thank you so much hun. I'm super pleased it finally got done. :))

11th-Apr-2014 04:34 pm (UTC)
You're a total hero - it's awesome! :D
12th-Apr-2014 01:10 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
11th-Apr-2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
All the <3's! Yay!
14th-Apr-2014 01:12 am (UTC)
Yay indeed! :D
11th-Apr-2014 06:30 pm (UTC)
Brava! Brava! Beautifully realized.
14th-Apr-2014 01:13 am (UTC)
Thank you hun! :))
11th-Apr-2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
Awwww, Ash, yaaaaaaay! It's wonderful! :D Congratulations!
14th-Apr-2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Thank youuuuu! :DD
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