By Sahil Patel
Interactive video platform TouchCast has announced the four finalists for its “TouchCasting Call” pilot competition. Four creators, listed below, will receive $1,000 each to produce a TouchCast-based interactive video series in one of four categories: How-To, Geek Culture, InstaCast, and Vlogger Rant.
The finalists are:
- How-To: Joshua Newman, ‘How To Weather Your Props’
- Geek Culture: Andy Rocco, ‘Me and Cartoons’
- InstaCast: Cameron Carr, ‘ScubaCast’
- Vlogger Rant: Ashley Del Rosario, ‘N3XT Beyoncé V Kelly’
With the $1,000, the creators will now create five additional episodes for their shows, which would roll out on TouchCast beginning April. The money can go toward any production costs associated with the episodes, including but not limited to various iPads, camera equipment, props, and set-design needs.
Grant winners will also receive training and production support via a “Winners Workshop.”
Once the additional episodes have aired, one grand prize winner will be awarded a $3,000 cash prize.
If you need a refresher on what TouchCast is, the platform allows users to create interactive videos. Features called “vApps” can be used to embed web elements like web-pages, Twitter feeds, and other videos, within the main video. The platform also offers an array of production features, from green-screen support to a scrolling teleprompter.
TouchCasting Call was presented in partnership with the IAWTV and Big Screen Little Screen. Both organizations marketed the competition to each of their members. Judges included Jenni Powell (“The Lizzie Bennet Diaries”), Shira Lazar (“What’s Trending”), YouTuber Liam Dryden, April Grant, Soraya Darabi, and TouchCast co-founder and CEO Edo Segal.