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    How does abbywinters.com make shoots?

    Hi folks,

    Here's the text from a Press Release we're just about to send out. Let us know what you think!

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    (Amsterdam) Today, abbywinters.com announced the release of their content-making training site, http://learn.abbywinters.com. The site contains around 55 hours of training videos (complete with workbooks, tests and assignments), to support in-house staff and off-site Contract Shooters producing content meeting the site’s requirements.

    Many of the videos were made by CEO Garion Hall, who said, “It’s a risk to ‘open-source’ our methods, as we discuss in detail the ‘secret herbs and spices’ to make an AW shoot… but any astute producer could look at our shoots and work that out anyway. By helping experienced content producers to learn our ‘paradigm’, we make it easy for them to earn money, while improving our content quality”.

    Training shooters is primarily Hall’s responsibility, the old way involving six weeks of intensive 1:1 time. Now, the teaching and learning is time-shifted, Hall can enjoy six months a year travelling, while remotely reviewing shooters’ work!

    But, training staff and contractors is not the end goal: Hall plans to launch a marketplace, using abbywinters.com’s pay-per-scene technology, allowing producers inspired by the abbywinters.com paradigm to release shoots the site does not purchase, but making them available to its’ member-base. The site shares in the revenue with the original producer.

    This provides opportunities for customers to be more engaged, raise revenues, have a larger and more varied content-base, more frequent updates, and increase models’ takings from their work (as they can self-publish on the new platform).

    “It takes around 60 hours to complete ‘the essentials’ course”, Hall said – a huge commitment, “but it rules out the tyre-kickers”. Contract Shooter in training Pax, said, “I have some photography experience, and offered to shoot my girlfriend for the site. They introduced me to the training stuff, and now I am working through it – it’s engaging and interesting, I’m two-thirds complete - I see the 60 hours as an investment and a wonderful opportunity to learn from world-class professionals. I plan to become a full time shooter for the site!”.

    Another shooter in training, Misha, says, “I find the relaxed delivery really easy to listen to. I watch each video twice, so I really absorb it”.

    Hall will be attending some of the European conferences, is happy to talk in more detail about open-sourcing methodologies.

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    wow... this is AbbyWinters.. :-)

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    Very interesting.

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    Me as a shooter, I am definitely interested in checking this out.

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    Nice and I'm sure there will be some insightful tidbits even for us members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garionhall View Post
    Hall plans to launch a marketplace, using abbywinters.com’s pay-per-scene technology, allowing producers inspired by the abbywinters.com paradigm to release shoots the site does not purchase, but making them available to its’ member-base. The site shares in the revenue with the original producer.
    Does it mean that there will be shoots on the aw website which won't be included in the subscription?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlabka View Post
    Does it mean that there will be shoots on the aw website which won't be included in the subscription?!
    I wonder if that it might be the natural progression of the http://www.lesbiankino.com/ website or the like.
    So won't be on the official AW website... But one of the sister companies of AW that exist.

    That is how I read it anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlabka View Post
    Does it mean that there will be shoots on the aw website which won't be included in the subscription?!
    Correct - shoots created by others that are "inspired by" AW, will be made available to AW members and guests at a price the producer sets, not as part of a regular subscription.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrpinkeyes View Post
    I wonder if that it might be the natural progression of the http://www.lesbiankino.com/ website or the like.
    So won't be on the official AW website... But one of the sister companies of AW that exist.
    Pinky, we have a different plan for lesbiankino.com and girlkino.com, where producers we have already partnered with can add their content and link people to the site. We plan on adding the pay-per-scene technology there as well (like we have on abbywinters.com currently).

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    Quote Originally Posted by garionhall View Post
    Correct - shoots created by others that are "inspired by" AW, will be made available to AW members and guests at a price the producer sets, not as part of a regular subscription.
    I kept my subscription (even with the reduced number of updates and the raised price) because I don't want to think if a shoot is worth buying or not. It will be frustrating to see shoots to which I don't have access. So I guess that I will have to switch to pay per shoot instead of subscription.

    Is it your plan to make people switch from subscription to pay per shoot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redlabka View Post
    I kept my subscription (even with the reduced number of updates and the raised price) because I don't want to think if a shoot is worth buying or not. It will be frustrating to see shoots to which I don't have access. So I guess that I will have to switch to pay per shoot instead of subscription.

    Is it your plan to make people switch from subscription to pay per shoot?
    Redlabka, we do not mind if you choose PPS or subscription-based access, I encourage you (and everyoen!), to choose an type that suits their preferences best. As a long-time member, you may not have noticed, that PPS and subs are side-by-side on our join page (www.abbywinters.com/join, you have to be logged out to see).

    As a subscribed who accesses all-3 sites, you also may not be aware that for people who pay to access one site have a user preference to "Don't tease me - only show me what I have paid for", which would apply for subscribers for these "inspired by" shoots.

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