Thank you for your interest in EclipseMagazine! The purpose of this document is to provide a basic illustration of our identity, capabilities, and requirements with respect to how to get involved with us (e.g. freelance writing, internships, musical performances).
I. ABOUT US
Daydream Productions, Inc. was founded in 1997 by Michelle Alexandria. Our first project was the launch of EclipseMagazine.com a large scale entertainment website that covers this business called Show. The site produces over 800 original stories a year that cover Movies, DVDs, Videogames and more. In winter 2001, Eclipse launched its first cable program, EclipseMagazine.com – The TV Show (EMTV) which aired weekly in several major markets including DC, NY, Chicago, and others. We have offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA, New York, Canada, London, and Japan. EclipseMagazine.com gets over 1.7 million hits a month.
II. THE ECLIPSEMAGAZINE.COM PHILOSOPHY
Go against the grain with creative, surprising coverage that provides our viewers with alternative, yet equally stimulating perspectives about the entertainment world. For instance, if Julia Roberts debuts in a new film, Eclipse is equally if not more so interested in interviewing the film’s screenwriter, or Ms. Roberts’ co-star. Landing an interview with Julia wouldn't be the priority. After all, the major entertainment publications and programs focus never fail to focus on celebrities such as Ms. Roberts. What is truly exciting are the artists and celebrities that have just begun to demonstrate their potential.
The Oscar Race starts at EclipseMagazine.com, over the past 4 years we have interviewed and discovered over 75 percent of all the Oscar Nominees, everyone from Amy Adams to Terrance Howard to the producers of Penguins.
Over the years, Eclipse has established itself as a respectable website that has an a strong presence within the film industry, as well as solid working relationships with almost every major film and home video studio. While our coverage within the film industry is fairly robust we are now branching into other areas including, but not limited to Video Games, Consumer/Entertainment Technology, and Music.
III. EclipseMagazine.com Goes to Cable
Winter 2001 marked the genesis of EclipseMagazine.com – The TV Show (EMTV), the cable broadcast extension of our long standing website. EMTV features fresh, young, hosts covering the world of show business, features live musical performances from up and coming bands, reviews of the biggest films and DVD releases of the week, behind the scenes reports on upcoming films, celebrity interviews, and weekly previews of the latest Video Games.
Since its creation, the show has become an underground favorite by virtue of its honesty, irreverence, and cutting edge material. Presently, EMTV can be seen in more than three million homes in five major markets, and Eclipse is currently in negotiations to further expand the demographic segments that it reaches.
With respect to development, Eclipse’s latest project is DaydreamTV, an online Social Video Network and broadband channel. Daydream TV will the freshest, hippest new video bloggers on the net. We also have announcements coming about expansion into the IPTV market as well.
IV. Benefits of Contributing
Eclipse is a great market to write for and to develop great clips for your portfolio. Several writers have been able to use their EM experience to get great jobs with companies like USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, The Washington Post, Charlotte Weekly, and other major news organizations. So you'll get out of this, what you put in. If you live in the DC or New York Area and write film reviews we can get you into numerous advanced film screenings for free. We can also set you up with some fantastic interview opportunities.
We do not have any relationships with the studios in other markets, if you track down the regional studio reps in your area, we would be more than happy to help you get on those screening lists. But before we do that, you really have to show us that you are reliable. Our reputation with the studios is very important to us and we will not let just anyone represent us in front of them.
Eclipse’s primarily covers the following areas:
2) DVD Reviews
Secondary areas include:
1) Video Games
2) Entertainment Tech
3) X-Factor topics – if it’s good and we like it, let’s hear it!
Now that we are building a new blog network, we're looking for bloggers in all areas, folks to talk about television specific programs like American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, and more. We want Technology Bloggers who can focus on topics including Gear, Broadband Content, YouTube, Cell Phones, and more specifically we're looking for an Expert on Apple, etc. We especially want video bloggers. You will receive 20 percent of any ad revenue generated from your video blog.
At the moment we can't afford to pay but we are working on implementing new ad-server technology, so once that launches we will work out a advertising share split.
V. WHAT KIND OF WRITING STYLE MOST APPEALS TO ECLIPSE?
We like fun, witty, entertaining, and most of all, passionate writers. We're not looking for dry, excessively analytical interpretations about films or pop culture. The best tools are your first impressions, common sense, and your sense of humor.
VI. STYLISTIC REQUIREMENTS
What we don't want is pretentious, or people trying to be "hip," so no slang words or hipster lingo allowed in your articles. At this time we're looking for bloggers in all areas of Entertainment, Technology and Video Games. We're also looking for people to do feature interviews in these areas as well.
VII. ASSIGNMENT OF STORIES
As is customary with newspapers and media organizations, Eclipse does not normally assign stories. If there is something that you are interested in covering, we expect writers to cover the material and submit it when it is complete. Depending upon the circumstances, we may assist in opening a door for a writing opportunity that was not easily obtainable.
On the most rare of occasions, Eclipse will contact writers in order to see if they will cover a story. This occurs only after you have proven that
you are truly trustworthy and able to represent Eclipse in a professional manner at high-end celebrity events and conferences.
VIII. HOW MANY ARTICLES DO YOU ACCEPT?
We post about 85 – 90 percent of the things that we get. Words to live by: A real writer WRITES. A real reporter REPORTS.
VIV. WRITING GUIDELINES
Our writing guidelines are fairly simple. We basically follow the AP style book.
1) Do not indent the beginning paragraphs just use a simple blank space to signify the start of a new paragraph.
2) This is the web, so please keep all paragraphs short. No more than three sentences per paragraph.
3) Please do not use the word "I" in any of your stories or reviews.
4) When writing, a simple technique that I like to use is never start a paragraph off with the same word; i.e. if you use the word "The" to start a paragraph, the next paragraph needs to have a different word to start. Never start a sentence or paragraph with qualifier – And, But, If, Or, Because, etc…
5) Our minimum length for an article is 500 words. We don't have a set maximum although 1,500 words is a good.
6) Every review (music, movie, game, etc.) HAS TO HAVE a letter grade A – F (anything in between).
7) We use straight "" in all our articles. Please do not use ANY Other Formatting.
8) When doing interviews, we prefer a simple Q and A format, with the name in bold. For example –
Tell us who you are
I'm Julia Roberts….
When your article is done, please email it to email@example.com along with a link to an appropriate image. I do not have time to go hunting for images, and I don't like uploading images to the server, so whenever possible please email me links to the actual image. If you want to you can also include related links at the end of your story. We don't have any guidelines for that so it's purely up to you to include them.
Once you submit three stories, I will grant you access to our news posting area where you can start posting your own articles. In order to post you must be registered on the site. Please use a PROFESSIONAL USER NAME, i.e. your first initial (or full name) and your last name. So with all of that said, welcome aboard and I hope you have fun with this experience!
X. I'VE SUBMITTED MY THREE STORIES, NOW HOW DO I POST MY OWN STUFF?
Ah, now that you are a "regular" writer you can now start posting your own stuff and cut me out of the process. To post, you first must register on the site and have a User Name. Your User Name needs to be professional and should be your first initial and last name. Once you have this, email me and let me know what it is, I will then grant you posting privileges.
XI. IS ECLIPSE VOLUNTARY OR IS COMPENSATION AVAILABLE?
For the foreseeable future, writing and working for EclipseMagazine/Daydream Productions, Inc. is a fully voluntary endeavor. Unfortunately, our limited financial resources prevent us from paying either full time staff or freelance contributors. In the future, we hope to change this by acquiring external investment and support – which we're actively pursuing now.
XI. CONTACT US
With offices in London, Japan, Washington, DC, LA, the Midwest and NY, getting in touch with EM Staff is easy
WEST COAST CONTACT
NEW YORK CONTACT
WASHINGTON DC CONTACT
XI. About Daydream Productions, Inc.
Daydream Productions, Inc. is a C-Corp formed in Delaware and our goal is to use create compelling content that targets the "Entertainment Generation." We are building several new web properties including Hardcorequeen Gaming Community a social Video Network targeting female gamers, DaydreamTV.com a Social Video Network that will target television show producers, Vodcastsearch.com will be the home for the best video bloggers on the web, and several other exciting properties.