DIY Days NYC 2011Looking back on yesterday’s DIY Days event , it’s hard to say what was the most valuable insight or inspiring takeaway from the sessions. Get a couple hundred media / film-making / storytelling “makers” (I think of my buddy @Frauenfelder of MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire) and cross-media nerds in a room for a day and good ideas are going to flow.

There is something beautiful about media makers wanting to take more control of the process, development and distribution of their own work. But as each formerly mysterious and uncontrollable/rarefied element or tool becomes democratized, storytellers have fewer entities to blame or point fingers at for their inability to (a) Tell a good story, and (b) Get shit done.

I’m looking in the mirror here, too. We are a month late on our own deadline to produce a new trailer for “Get It All Out” – and it is becoming an issue. That said, the DIY ethos – the old punk-rock sensibility of “fuckit – this is going to get done, NOW” is a powerful stimulus – and one that can probably only add more integrity to the final product. Thank you, DIY Days – my move.

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