I remember watching something on the TV once, and I think it was an author doing a book signing and fans was trying to hand him bits of there work and such and he said something to the effect of he can't take anything because if anything he does in the future even remotely resembles any elements of that work he will get his ass sued.
I suppose it's a little like that, yes Shane comes across as an "every man" and is very approachable when he is posting on here, but for work related stuff there are proper avenues as Gareth points out.
There was a thread the other day, how can I send Shane my music to use or something... How about post up some links in a thread thats not directed at Shane, there are plenty of film makers on here who would love to use it I'm sure if it's any good, and even if he doesn't reply to the thread Shane might still listen to it. Bill didn't get his Le Donk gig by starting threads say "look at me I'm an animater!", he just caught Shanes eye.
I find this forum amazingly valuable, I came because of Shanes work but hung around so much because of the filmmaking section, theres been great feedback exchanged over the years and some fantastic collaborations, its almost like a little online mini filmschool, I'm in the middle of my second forum collaboration right now, artists are missing out if their only coming to this forum to request opportunities from Shane, I'm always looking for people to collaborate with as are a lot of people
A sticky Questions and Queries thread is probably a good idea.
I suppose what I'm asking is, is it a good idea to have some way of cutting down the number of threads from people who sign up because they have something to 'sell' or want something very specific to them (help with essays/dissertations/promoting their own work), but generally don't contribute anything to the forum and usually don't stick around? I don't contribute to other forums, but I've noticed some do have more formal rules about posting in the interest of keeping a sense of community as the membership expands.
It's never bothered me to be honest. I find the posts quite interesting. The more the merrier. I think sometimes some initiative could be shown by some of the job seekers. I found it hilarious that garethbowler, twice, had to point out the way to find Shane Meadows' agent.
These folks have got to explore every avenue to achieve their dreams. Coz you never know...
Is anyone listed on The Source? www.em-media.org.uk/pages/source EM Media's locations, crew and facilities database. I'm thinking of joining it. That's where the job seekers need to go.
its not so much the posts that get to me, its the fact the people literally make one post and that's it, I mean if they are such huge Shane Meadows fans that they want to work with him then surely they have things to discuss on other parts of the forum and contribute rather than just taking from.
Is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous - anyone agree???!!! Can't wait for the second episode of This is England 86 to see if Combo returns tonight - I was 16 is '86 so the music, fashions and hair styles make me laugh and ponder the thought that I'm now 40 and can remember everything like it was yesterday!! Loving the series and all the films Shane Meadows has made.
I have decided that on reading through the 'Is Shane Gay' thread a number of times and the growing number of 'Read my Script', 'Give me Part', 'Visit my House' threads from people who have never posted before, that I will place an embargo on replying to new members until they have posted a fair few times and proved themselves as worthy and genuine maniac material. There have been a massive number of 'Giz a Job' single posters over the last few months and I understand the longer serving members frustrations as our beloved forum is rapidly turning into a Job Centre.
What do Dave and the crew think would be a good number of posts needed to prove that people aren't just looking for a strip of skin off my back and a date with my Mrs?
Also, 95% of the private messages I receive are of a similar Ilk and I have stopped reading them as I have 300 unanswered messages and it feels like I haven't done my homework. I will still answer/help/update as much as I can through the forums but as the PM function has become a posting board for interview requests, Actor CV's and people looking for work. I am going to have to cut the cord on that batphone, I'm afraid. I understand people need a break, but as the site has grown so much and the number of people looking for interviews, acting work or some kind of break is set to bursting point, I can't keep up and it just isn't fair to help one person and not another.
Can you turn it off Davey Baby?
I love this site and am not gonna stop coming on here, but we do need to make a few subtle changes to ensure we never have another 'Gaygate'.
Loyal members, expect a treat sometime soon. You will be rewarded.....
Thanks you for the post. Hi guys, Im a newbie. Nice to join this forum.
wow.. :-( ..so sorry you've been having all this trouble Shane...... I may not have made many posts but I'm sure not looking for a job however amazing the talented creatures you manage to FIND are.............think you know that!.....I just tend to come on here and read and try to learn more....and realise there is more and more to read....so..... i LOVE this forum..... and will post on the facebook pages the bare bones of your message here as they have already started asking for jobs even on our unofficial TIE pages....... and there have been some really heated arguments......about various things...lots of giz a job things....grrrrr...... but recently borne out of mainly the fact that there is a crowd out there apart from the 'giz a job' lot who all seem to think that EVERYTHING you do HAS TO be about SKinheads ...... er....yeahhhhhhhhhh ....... hmmmmmmmmm...................... so..... have been trying to thin out such narrowmindedness, no matter what a huge part of some of our lives the whole Skinhead scene has been...... soooooooo........ though i may not have posted 50 or 5000 or 1000 times on here..... i sure have on the pages I have mentioned.........CAUSE I REALLY AM A MANIAC!!!!! .. :-) ....anyway....HOPE it all gets MUCH better for you, Shane & family x and the staff of this geat forum.....xxxxxxxxx
I aint looking for the skin off your back or looking to sleep with ya miss's, my lady is one of the finest and one the best your gonna get..
How I pulled that one out the bag I will never know, punching well above my weight old boy, however being the lyrical genius and the silver tongue wizard that I am, I managed to pull it off and she is more than happy!(?) to my face at least..
Where I am, the weather is not so great and I always have a grey cloud above my head, with little sunshine if any! Me being the optimist, I always find something to bring me through my darkest days (normally a bottle of Jameson and some good tunes does the job)
I like your stuff and I find alot of it f*(&ed up but I like it all, you have great ideas, it is totally raw & also touching. It is different to what I have ever seen and I believe that you are gonna be a big big player in your game, if not already..
Where do your ideas come from? are they based on experience? other peoples experience? or on occasions made up?
I got this creative streak that runs through my veins, I have experiences that one would love to share with others, an imagination that goes above and beyond and fly's right out of the window then down the street..
I write lyrics to music at this time, the words come out like stories, positive, negative, funny and crude but all with a little magic that gives you, me or any one else something to think about... I a man about town and have always had plenty to say but I feel that I need to express myself in another way.
You aint no shrink, agony aunt or Russell Grant but what I am looking to find out is - How can a man get himself involved in something creative, writing plays, musicals or films.
What is the best route to take, we have so many people getting on the band wagon, actors singing, singers acting, footballers writing or producing, what's it all about?
Stick to what you know I reckon!
So what do I reckon? Keep smashing the front door in with the rest of the world or find away in through the back door? I aint looking for fame, I am looking for a release and an opportunity to let these demons out that keep scratching at the insides of my neanderthal skull!
My philosophy is that you don't ask you don't get brother bear, god loves a trier and god helps them who helps them selves!
So help me help me, what direction shall this man take? is it one where the streets are crowded? or is it one that is unique and offers a safe path to freedom, releasing me from this monster who is pulling me apart from the inside?