Friday, December 24, 2010

Merchandise First?

I've been musing about this for a while now. Before getting the show revived, would it be better to get some merchandise made first? Since studio execs often look at how well a show sells merchandise, then it might be a good idea to try to get some made and sold before relaunching the show.

My main idea is to release the show's soundtrack. It might exist somewhere and it could be something that fans and non-fans can enjoy alike. My original idea went like this; create a limited number of SWAT Kats soundtrack CDs, I say limited because the production cost of the CDs might not match the initial sales, which could hurt the chances of profit. For those who want the soundtrack but couldn't get a CD, it would be possible to download an mp3 of the soundtrack online. But I recently learned about something called manufacture on demand. This means that it might not be necessary to produce a limited number of CDs, just produce one when a person demands one. If you have any ideas on possible merchandise, feel free to talk about them below.

Speaking of merchandise, the SWAT Kats have been released on DVD. For U.S. members they are available at wbshop.com. For people outside the United States, you can order them at oldies.com. Happy watching and happy holidays everyone!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Questions that need Answers.

After having some free time to think things over, I've started developing some questions that could lead to a plan for relaunching the SWAT Kats.

To get the show back on air it would be necessary to get as many people who worked on the original show back into the fold. Unfortunately many of them are probably working on different projects. In addition, we don't know whether or not they would be interested in working on yet another show.

Thus we need to answer some questions. Is it possible for other people to balance their current jobs with another one involving the SWAT Kats? Are any of them reluctant to work on the SWAT Kats again? If so, how can we entice them to come back?

Currently there are no answers to these questions, if they aren't answered then it will be impossible to bring the SWAT Kats back.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

SWAT Kats Reddit?

I've been thinking about this; what if a SWAT Kats page was made on Reddit? I've already seen a Reddit for the tv show Dexter, which implies that Reddits for individual shows aren't frowned upon too much. Plus it might get more people into the know about what we're doing. But I'm not sure how many people on Reddit are SWAT Kats fans or care about what we're doing, so I don't know how productive it would be to create a SWAT Kats Reddit.

Any thoughts or comments?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

SWAT Kats and Video Editing

For those of you who have watched the blog for the past few months you might have noticed that I had made a post that included some information on software called VideoLAN Movie Creator. For those of you who haven't followed, VideoLAN Movie Creator (VLMC for short) is a free video editing application. It's intended to work across multiple operating systems (most free editors are limited to Linux).

And VLMC isn't the only free video editor out there. Of particular interest is one called Lightworks. It was used in multiple professional films and recently a free public beta version has been released for Windows (Mac and Linux versions won't be available until late 2011).

There is a downside to all this. While both VLMC and Lightworks are in development, both are very buggy and are unable to be used for professional purposes. VLMC has a good way to get bug reports, but since the development team consists of three people doing most of the work in their free time, then it will take a long time to get a stable editor out of the VLMC project. Lightworks has the opposite problem; it has a corporation backing it for now, but there's no information on how they plan to receive bug reports. Currently their system is a "pay for instance" customer support system, not very good for getting bug reports.

I think that there are ways to solve these problems. The VLMC people could ask for development help on Craigslist to get faster development. And Editshare (the company currently owning Lightworks) could use their forums to find bugs and help get rid of them. In both cases, development happens much faster and you get software with fewer bugs.

You're probably thinking what this has to do with the SWAT Kats. The answer is money. Currently there are plenty of video editing applications out there for professional use but they are very expensive. Since bringing the SWAT Kats back is going to be expensive on its own, then cutting costs on editing software would make sense. Plus the open-source aspect of the software can help prevent any legal trouble that might arise if closed-source software was used.

All in all, it's probably a good idea to keep an eye on these projects. They could help with bringing the SWAT Kats back.