"I like the concept of previsualization, especially from the director's point of view"
exactly...an online studio has two advantages (1) public feedback, notes, and polishing of basic ideas/scripts, and, (2) creating professional material for use either as previz or in the final film itself (special effects, research, sound design, 3D models, concept art, background mattes, etc.)
top professional talent is required for either to be successful...scripts and ideas must be worth polishing, professional artists must be solicited to help their realization
none of this works if everyone in this crowd is a novice, no matter how many test movies are made, whatever the quantity of notes given, previz scribbled and so on...nothing significant will happen - without talent
once there is talent a virtuous circle will begin: more talent will be attracted, reputations will improve, amateurs will learn, talent will teach, camaraderie will build, projects will improve, amateurs will become professionals, amazon will be a phenomenon
read the posts on donedeal.com...they are qualitatively a different breed...professional, informed, intelligent, positive, helpful, instructive, genuinely useful...the type of people who should be here
So, how to attract talent? First, have smart, tech savvy, hip producers. Amazon has that. Second, show talent projects can be completed quickly, with quality - Amazon is pretty cool, this studio has stumbled in a bold new vision but someone in charge knows to fail often and fast. They are humble and wise enough evolve, and have. That in itself should give us hope.
Third, Amazon needs to pay highend 'news making' rates for talent. The "scamazon" stigma needs to be buried decisively, ended, without question. There are unique ideas, creative visions, which cannot themselves even survive without cash. Talent is attracted by raw cash.
A virtuous circle starts by paying one person a lot of money. That's hard for amateurs and producers to admit, but, to get original unique ideas to begin the whole process, professional WGA compensation needs to be offered to everyone.
Amazon is learning the hard way - but quickly - that "you get what you pay for". We will all benefit when talented writers - who may not yet be WGA members - are offered respectful professional terms for their new, fresh, novel ideas.
Why are there two tracks anyway?? If a person were searching for smart new unique ideas - black swans - wouldn't it be assumed they are not all WGA writers? Couldn't Amazon generate a lot of free cool positive press and reputation by championing non-WGA writers? And thus attract even more talent? For example, wouldn't producers prefer to work with talent smart enough to avoid handing over their tv serials for only 55k and no residuals?? what kind of amateurish dummies do they expect to find with such terms?? wouldn't you, if you were a producer, dread even calling such a desperate hopeless urchin? (LOL...just kidding : )
But really, why not offer WGA minimums to everyone, see what happens? Talent will show up, reputations will shine, news will be made...and it costs nothing. Still just a 10k option, if that. Think of it as a free business experiment.
"and YOU, being the smart writer you are, could push for WGA / "as if" terms"
how would a person "push" for such terms? call the PPC by phone? (what is the point of an agent in such a case? ; )