By Lance Weiler, August 9th, 2009

Last weekend over 300 people attended DIY DAYS Philadelphia. The event was our largest to date. Over 40 speakers and 22 sessions provided insight into how those working in film, games, software, music and design can fund, create, distribute and sustain from their creative efforts.

We’re currently looking for suggestions for speakers, subjects, and locations for our next DIY DAYS event targeted for later this fall. Also a special thanks to all our volunteers who help to make DIY DAYS a reality and keep entry to the event FREE. If you’re interested in volunteering please let us know – work [@] workbookproject dot com

Over the next week or so we’ll be releasing all the video that was captured at the event. Feel free to embed and spread it’s all released as open media.

The following are the first two sessions from the day.

DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF – KEYNOTE

The End of the Story: How capitalism killed narrative, and how to grow new ones
The myth of infinite market expansion was supported, at least in part, by a story structure dependent on crisis, climax, and relief. Just as we are now demanding bankers give up their absolute control of our monetary system, must we as storytellers give up control of our narratives? And how can we make a living telling stories in a world where everyone now has a story to tell, and a means of telling it?

For more on Douglas visit www.rushkoff.com

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Lance Weiler is the founder of the WorkBook Project and also a story architect of film, tv and games. He's written and directed two feature films THE LAST BROADCAST and HEAD TRAUMA. He's currently developing a number of transmedia projects.

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By Lance Weiler, August 1st, 2009

Thanks to all the volunteers, speakers and attendees who helped to make DIY DAYS Philadelphia such a success. Close to 300 people attended the day which included 40 speakers and 22 sessions in two different spaces.

The event yesterday showed the power that a community can have as people traveled in from all over the US not only to attend but also to volunteer their time and talents.

Over the coming days we’ll be releasing photos, video and audio from the event. It is all open media and you’re free to embed and spread.

And as we plan additional locations for DIY DAYS we welcome your suggestions. work [@] workbookproject [dot] com

Here’s a sampling of some images from yesterday. Check back for more. If you shot any photos, video or recorded audio please send us a link. We’d love to include it in the overall archive of the day. For those who shot photos feel free to share them via the ‘diydays‘ photo pool on Flickr.

Special thanks to Rich Hoffman, Aaron Matzkin, and Bruce Pinchbeck for snapping photos throughout the day.

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By Lance Weiler, November 17th, 2008

For DIY DAYS NYC we ended up doing a different format then the other events in LA, SF and Boston. The NYC event was a casual dinner gathering and an open discussion. The evening was made possible thanks to Storybids and indieGoGo. It was an evening of good food and conversation. Dinner guests included Ted Hope, Faye Dunaway, Lance Hammer, Susan Buice, Paul Rachman, Lance Weiler, Arin Crumley, Joseph Morin, Slava Rubin, Steven Raphael, and Jennifer Kushell.

The following is the dinner broken into three parts.

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By Lance Weiler, November 9th, 2008

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By Lance Weiler, October 29th, 2008



As the landscape changes new outlets and services are emerging. With so many choices what is a filmmaker to do? But most importantly what are they going to do for you? The system is in flux and there are no rules. This is your chance to let your voice be heard: have a say in how outlets and services think about working with you and for you. Panelists: Scilla Andreen (indieFlix) Alex Afterman (Heretic Films), Sara Pollack (youTube), Tom Hicks (Caachi), Saskia Wilson-Brown (Current TV), Mark Rotblat (TubeMogul) – Discussion Leader: Arin Crumley

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