Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Breaking: Myspace propels Philly-area teens to fame and fortune… or lots and lots of juvie?

There are conflicting reports out today on the propensity of Myspace to catapult local youths to success, fame and fortune.
Alex Favin is a filmmaker on the verge. He's now ironing out the final kinks in a deal with a cell phone carrier looking to use his short films featuring skateboarding, breakdancing and parkour…

Favin's also working on his first feature-length film XYZ, which has already generated interest from a private investor based on the quality of his music-video-like shorts.

Favin, 17, is a senior at Germantown Friends School.

Asked about the deal that stands to propel him to a film career, Favin cites one source: MySpace.

Turns out, an independently owned entertainment company was looking for material to use in a series on extreme sports for play on cell phones. A representative of the company stumbled across Favin and his friends' MySpace page, which featured photos of the high schoolers performing various athletic stunts. They contacted him, and the rest is history. Or, more accurately, the future.
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Thanks to MySpace, YouTube and lots of lesser-known new media channels, anyone with an idea now has the ability to communicate it to millions of people around the globe. And as technology improves and the popularity of these new media grows, independent artists and entrepreneurs are increasingly able to make connections with likeminded individuals who can transform their ideas into real-world dollars. The Internet has gone a long way toward leveling the playing field.

Add to that the proliferation of technology like digital video and photography, recording equipment and computer editing software—all of which have made it possible to create a fully realized product for little cash—and you have all the makings of a revolution.

And an increasing number of Philadelphia artists are leading the charge.
A few “artists” from Bensalem got “discovered” as well.
The Bensalem Police Department, along with the Bucks County district attorney's office, were announcing the arrest of 27 individuals -- three adults and 24 juveniles -- who were responsible for more than 1,500 acts of vandalism encompassing 34 different graffiti signatures in which 67 individuals were victimized.

These arrests come from a four-month investigation by the Bensalem Township Police Department, which said that detectives obtained Information after some of the vandals boasted about their acts on the MySpace.com web site.

Undercover detectives posed as a "tagger" on MySpace and befriended those allegedly involved. The investigation led to the arrest of the 27 people and at least 783 counts of criminal mischief -- ranging from felony to summary offenses.
Related:
Undercover cops bust local vandals by using a totally hip (and fake) Myspace profile “Tagger” [KYW]
Teenage creativity/stupidity + Myspace = muchos dólares [PW]

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