So who are these chuckleheads running this show? Well, I'm Alex, and I'm a lifelong movie and television obsessive. Alongside me are the equally obsessive Community Editor Matthew Rorie, and intern extraordinaire Matt Lopez. Here's the thing about us: We aren't jaded film/TV critics with a chip on our shoulder. We do not get our jollies from bagging on bad shows or movies. In fact, we would rather talk about all the great stuff coming out now. We would make the case that we are in a bit of a golden age for TV, movies and Internet-based video content. The problem is that there is so much great content that there needs to be a community like Screened that incessantly discusses and finds the great stuff among the rubbish.
Here's why this will work: We're just enthusiasts like you, the sort of people who watch a great deal of screened entertainment...perhaps more than is healthy, in fact. In our writings, our podcastings, and our videos, first and foremost, we hope our enthusiasm for all things that can be viewed on a screen comes across in a big way, and that you find it infectious.
In terms of coverage, we plan to highlight the things we really, truly dig. At this point, we're writing exclusively about the stuff we WANT to write about. Whether that's blockbusters, indies, or random direct-to-video craziness starring professional wrestlers--whatever the case, if it is great, we'll seek it out.
And then there's the database, our sweet, sweet database, packed to the brim with movies, actors, directors, writers and all the usual stuff you'd expect to find, but also things like movie concepts, locations, characters, objects, cliches and the like. We want you to be able to create and build out the pages for just about any subject you might possibly care about. Just want to make our Die Hard page look a little more awesome? Or maybe you want to go so far as to write a detailed bio for John McClane, and fix up the location page for Nakatomi Plaza. Now you can!
As for the world of television, you'll be seeing TV shows and web video on the site in the coming months. However, we don't like being OK in everything, so we wanted to start with one content type at a time and be great at all of them. We also think that what we think of as "film, TV, web video" will be as antiquated as saying "8-track" or "Long Player" in the not-so-far-off future. We're building Screened for the future, so you'll see us address different content types with that kind of mission in mind.
In the end, what will make or break Screened is you, the reader/viewer/listener/poster/editor (a.k.a. the community). If we know everything about movies and TV, it's because YOU know everything about movies and TV. We hope that the tools we've built and the editorial team we've assembled brings to bear the most engaging, most in-depth, and flat-out most fun film, video and TV community on the web.
Now, go forth and explore, and make sure you check out our debut podcast, as well as our inaugural video features. They're just the first of many to come.