Just pay them, like most industries do.
The Sorta Unofficial Film Awards didn't give cash prizes for their awards. Instead award recipients got a cool trophy presented in front of an audience of their peers. And that experience - *sniff* - is something that money can't buy.
I thought it was hilarious that the TVNZ spokeswoman said one of the reason the awards had been cancelled was because “the awards had become a two-horse race between TVNZ and TV3”. O RLY? Because from 1970 to 1989 the New Zealand television awards were a one-horse race, involving only TVNZ. That didn’t stop anyone from having a good time and honouring people working in the biz.
A while ago I updated the Wikipedia page for NZ film and television awards. Using data from the excellent Kiwi TV site, I was surprised to see how much change there was in the world of NZ film and television awards since 1990, after TVNZ lost its monopoly. Seriously, check it out – it’s in a nice table.
Names change, sponsors change, organising bodies change. Sometimes the TV awards team up with the film awards, sometimes there’s TV journalism awards in the mix; some years the awards aren't even held! The fact that ThinkTV is no longer running the television awards isn’t a scandal. It’s just another ordinary chapter in the long, complicated history of television awards in New Zealand.
Some will probably sigh and wish we could have a nice smooth history like the Emmys or the Logies, but no. That’s not how things are done in New Zealand. Here it’s complicated. And that gives me real hope that we won’t see the end of television awards here. Somehow someone is eventually going to come up with some way of honouring the men and women who excel in the world of telly.
I'm really stoked to have discovered the quality Shaz! For the first time I was able to appreciate the power the video had over a generation of NZ teen boys.
By the way, I have an epic blog post about NZ Music ready to publish next week. Keyword: saxophone.
He began his career as an MP by calling for the burqa to be banned and taxi drivers to be armed. Toby Manhire collected a few more of his utterances.
If Prosser has his way, he'll end up getting kicked off a flight for his suspiciously Islamic looking beard, only to find a row of armed Muslim taxi drivers waiting at the airport rank.
I'm always interested that whenever the subject of polygamy pops up, there are plenty of supporters of the concept, but I've never heard from a polyamorous trio who'd love to be legally married (or civil unioned). I'm sure such people exist, but why are they silent?
Holy heck, this turned up. From one of the memorable 1990s backyard gigs at the house we knew as Club Richmond, some friends of mine destroy Dave Dobbyn’s ‘Devil You Know’. The Andy in the post above is on drums …
Some thoughts I had while watching the video:
- Dave Dobbyn writes solid, quality songs that can withstand all manner of extremes.
- When would the neighbours have reached the stage when "Arrrgh! Make it stop!" becomes "You know, this is actually pretty fun. Pass the beers!"?
- Kids of today imagine the '90s was all neon MC Hammer pants, but it was really about loose fitting neutrals.
- This video is more cheering and uplifting than a dozen YouTube lolcat videos.
Hey, let's watch the video for the above mentioned Exponents track "Like She Said"! Directed by Mark Tierney and Paul Casserly (aka Strawpeople), it was filmed at the emptied out Parnell Baths in winter and features a cast of music video weirdos (including a Dalmatian), shot in cool tones.
It's weird looking back at the Word of the Decade list. I've been googling words and restricting results to the last year and it's interesting how many struggle to get even a dozen results.
Not only is fuckeulogy not in common use, but most of the results pages were user names or online slang dictionaries. If it's used in a sentence, its meaning is usually glossed first. Two years ago there was the sudden burst of enthusiasm for twatcock, but online it seems to be partying like it's 2010 (dancing to "Young Blood" while wearing jeggings.) Ditto for roflnui - 10 results in the past year, or nine if you exclude this very page.
I suppose this is all part of the deal. Language is just as susceptible to trends as popular music or clothing. So if we're happy to think of jeggings as a definitive fashion of the past decade, perhaps twatcock is just as suitable.
I’ve been working for Telecom. Well, alright, I’ve been working for Scoop, but that doesn’t make as neat a punch-line.
I had similar issues when I started working for Telecom Xtra. I thought I was totally selling out to the man, but once I started my new job, I realised I was in a workplace full of smart, bright, creative people who were doing cool things. And yeah, dirty old Telecom were paying me, but they weren't telling me how to spend the money.
So yeah, Telecom might be making your paid writing for Scoop possible, but that doesn't make you Telecom's bitch. As I read this post, I saw an ad with Taika Waititi shilling for Steinlager. What do you bet his cheque for the ad is going towards a future creative project?
I feel like this year so many events have had their own hashtag to define them that I'll nominate
Events having hashtags of their own is not new for 2012. Afterall, #eqnz was a nominee in both 2010 and 2011. What is new for 2012 is "hashtag" becoming a word in its own right. People talk about hashtags without needing to gloss what it means. And check out the IRL spoken use of such lol phrases as "hashtag woteva". And then there's the news that a new parent had (maybe) named their child hashtag. Yeah, the word has become its own thing in 2012. #hashtag