Questions and Research…

Today was one of those days where I did a lot of research but didn’t find many definitive answers. Time is getting short before our film shoot on Lesvos, and I’m trying to pull all of the details together. Pulling details together isn’t necessarily my strong suit, but I keep pressing forward. 🙂

How much exactly will our trip cost per team member? Well, it depends on exactly how many people come.

Who is coming? Depends on the day, how their fundraising is going and what role they’re filling on the team.

Who will fill what role? Depends on who is going.

What about plane tickets? It looks like the best option is to fly to Athens and take the ferry to Mytilene. But I need to confirm with someone local who understands the complexities of getting a crew from the Athens airport to Piraeus and what we should expect from the Ferry.

You get the idea. Another day where my to-do list doesn’t get any shorter, but I spent the whole day working. I feel like I have a lot of them.

As you think of our project, please pray for all these pesky details. I’m also working on casting and planning what we’re going to shoot, so… your prayers are appreciated.

VidAngel: Are they not paying these people?!? [UPDATED]

So after the hilarious clip I posted on Thursday, we decided to give Bengt Washburn a go, and we rented his 45-minute comedy show on VidAngel.

For clarity: this was our first experience with VidAngel.

I won’t go into all the hoops I jumped through just trying to get it to stream to my Roku, or my Apple TV, or directly to my smart TV before I gave up and plugged my laptop into the TV and we watched it that way.

He’s pretty funny. We enjoyed the show and weren’t at all sorry to have paid a dollar for it. It’s a steal for that price… But then at the end, we got offered the chance to give him a tip. I’m good with that too until I read this:

In case it’s too small to read on your screen, the bottom of the tip window says (emphasis added):

Give a tip to the creators and we’ll make more content like this! Remember this is the only way they get paid.

Perhaps the grammar here is just funny, or maybe I’m reading it the wrong way, but this sounds to me like none of my rental fee is going to pay the actual comedian. How can that be? If that’s the case then I find this business model to be fairly abhorrent. Granted, he agreed to it, but…

Anyway, I’ve been searching trying to figure out if I’m misunderstanding. They say “remember” like I’ve read it before, but I can’t find anything on their site that answers the question: Are the content creators being paid for their work prior to my giving a tip? Does anyone know?

UPDATE: So Bengt Washburn was good enough to write me back and answer my question. Here’s his reply:

Hello Ted! They paid me a fair fee up front. It should say it’s a way the Comic can get paid more. In any case- thanks for watching the entire thing all the way ay to the end!

I feel better knowing he was well paid, but still feel like there should be some more clear info available on the VidAngel website.