People have more ways to access media than ever before -- computers and the internet have been great equalizers to the entertainment industry. What used to be possible only with a large media conglomerate can now be done by someone with an iPhone. I want to create a platform that offers forms of entertainment that are uniquely suited to the Internet Age. Fiction that can be read on a lunch break. Micro-episodic television. The term "webisode" is somewhat uninspiring, but if we treated this form with the respect and budget of a major network series, it could transcend the constraints of old media and exist in a form that fits with the way people in the 21st Century want to consume their entertainment. The key is to treat this platform not like a social media site, like Youtube or Vimeo, or even Penguin's Book Country, but as a studio, that is highly selective, and develops only superior content.
My own art would be part of this. I want to be a producer as well as a distributor. Support from Upstart would allow me to dedicate the time and energy to my writing, animation, and game design.