The 25th Frame is ending at the end of the month. While that may seem like bad news to many of our subscribers and listeners, there are some positives to be found. First off, this was an experiment and we honestly did not know it would work.
When we started this, it was merely an excuse to get all of our friends from this circle of podcasts to collaborate and assist each other. Essentially it was all of our collective shows under one banner and one podcast feed. We also set out to create a community to assist each other. This ranged from helping develop topics, to helping with production tips, or even pooling subscriber donations for equipment. Finally, we promoted each other and it seems that each show grew. It felt like a dream team for niche film podcasts.
As time passed and we became situated, we became attractive to creators. We added a few other shows, although with the strict requirement that they complement our existing library and offer value. We didn’t want to stuff a podcast feed with every show under the sun, and we (politely) rejected roughly three shows for every one we added.
The experiment was an unqualified success. Even towards the end of the year, we had some great ideas and there was potential for further growth. I think that we had a lot of untapped potential. The problem was that this became a labor to a certain degree and less about fun and supporting each other. The friendships exist, but the creative juices were fading. People were moving towards other projects, or they were spending time working or with friends and families –all of which are understandable. In order to succeed and prove this concept further, we needed a full-time administrator. The funds from the Patreon, while gracious, were not enough to pay a salary, and we didn’t have the resources from our creators to keep the momentum growing.
While the experiment is over, the shows will live on. All shows are working on finding new homes and there should be announcements soon. I recommend keeping an eye on the 25th Frame Facebook page or the Criterion Now group. We will share where you can find the other shows.
This website will be shut down by the end of the month, as will the hosting feed. The shows should be moved by then.
Thanks for taking this ride with you. More to come.