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Kieran Madden
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United Kingdom
Oxford-based illustrator and video editor.

Current Residence: Oxford, UK
Favourite genre of music: I likes what I likes...
Favourite style of art: Illustration
Operating System: Mac OS X
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Favourite cartoon character: Beaker... okay, he's a muppet and not a cartoon, but nothing comes close to him!
Personal Quote: "As you go through life, you must be either oh-so smart, or oh-so pleasant. For years, I was smart, but I much prefer pleasant. And you can quote me on that." Elwood P. Dowd - Harvey (1950)

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Is it my imagination, or are these Ultraviolet digital copies you get with DVDs and Blu-rays a bit... well... crap?

I've just encountered them today for the first time and, I've got to say, I miss the good ol' days of 2010 when all I needed to do was open iTunes, enter a voucher code, then Bob's-yer-uncle, the film downloads and you can watch it whenever you like.

But today I had to set up an account with Ultraviolet, then set up another account with Flixster, link those two accounts (they couldn't be linked by default!?), and then jump through a series of hoops just to get access to the films I just purchased.

But, of course, more problems then arise when I tried to redeem the voucher for the 'Dark Knight Trilogy', and it tells me I can't link to my Ultraviolet account because "This UltraViolet user account is currently linked to another Flixster account.
Please create a new UltraViolet user account."

I... WHAT!!?

So I try creating a new Ultraviolet account, and a loading bar appears. I wait ten minutes and nothing's happened. I'm stuck with a loading bar and no knowledge if some technical glitch has just invalidated my redeem code. Lovely. Two hours later, and I still have no access to these digital copies. In that time I could have walked to the shops, picked up the DVDs and been back here with time to spare.

Then I try 'Amazing Spider-Man', and I have to set up *another* account, this time with Sony Pictures, and link *that* to my Ultraviolet account. Does this mean that Sony's going to start bombarding me with spam mail now?

Words just can not express how frustrating this experience is. If anybody from Warner Bros or Sony are out there, reading this, and you genuinely think this is going to stop people from pirating your movies, I've got news for you; it's not going to work.

Online piracy's driving force is as much about convenience as it is about money. By making their customers jump through so many malfunctioning hoops, all the studios are doing is alienating their audience and driving them back to sites like Pirate Bay, where all they need to do is click a button and *boom* the film is downloaded and waiting for them to play.

(I'm not advocating piracy, btw. I don't particularly like it myself, nor have I engaged in it, but that doesn't mean I'm not at least aware of its appeal)

The old iTunes/Windows Media Center form of digital copies worked well because it came across to us as a sign of trust and respect, that the studios didn't just assume we were all out to pirate their movies. Now, with this Ultraviolet system, it feels like the equivalent of asking your surly neighbor if you can have your ball back from his garden; he'll grumble and say no because of "reasons", and you're left with nothing to play with.

This whole issue is really another example of how much certain, somewhat myopic studios just don't "get it".

I just thank god that Disney haven't signed up to this system yet (though, that being said, they have stopped offering digital copies in the UK, but that's another rant for another day), and that Fox and Universal at least give you both options.

(oh yeah, and Studio Canal and Revolution can both go to hell for using proprietorial software on their digital copies that aren't Mac compatible... and not telling us this on the packaging.)

Sorry, rant over...

Just needed to vent.
  • Mood: Frustrated
  • Listening to: 'Babel' by Mumford & Sons
  • Reading: Game of Thrones
  • Watching: Frasier season 2
  • Playing: Super Mario 3D Land
  • Eating: Reggae Reggae Sauce Chicken Pasta
  • Drinking: Pepsi Max



woo! First shout! I have a weird affection for these, and my own is also.....empty...
Tue Mar 23, 2010, 4:42 PM

This April, I'm going to be selling a limited run of prints for some of my movie poster designs ( I'm only going to put up a small selection for sale, which one would you like to see in the store? 

2 deviants said Dredd 3D
1 deviant said Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
No deviants said Doctor Who ('An Adventure Through Time And Space')
No deviants said Mass Effect Trilogy (both individually and together)
No deviants said Three Colours Cornetto Trilogy
No deviants said Skyfall
No deviants said War Horse
No deviants said Iron Man 3 (2nd poster)
No deviants said Batman: Arkham Asylum
No deviants said What about [insert poster title]? (comment below)


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666Darks Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday :D
Deemonef Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:party:I wish you a wonderful and really happy birthday:hug:
Still waiting on those FemShep posters! Please.
Hi there! May I ask if you're taking commissions by any chance?
crov Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx 4 favin.
Kmadden2004 Sep 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No problem.

Thanks for the thanks :)
I'd like to make a request. Could you make a poster for the The Tyranny of King Washington in the same style as your Mass Effect 2 poster, please.
Kmadden2004 Sep 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm... I'll give it a go.:D

I'm a little snowed under with work at the moment, though (plus I still need to actually play the DLC), so I probably won't be able to put anything together for at least a couple of weeks.
No problem & btw The Tyranny of King Washington is, in my opinion, the best AC since AC2.
opeyuvadown May 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your stuff is awesome! If you haven't already, please consider uploading any fan art you may have to our fan art site, Fan Art International: [link]
Could you make a Femshep version of you're Mass Effect posters. PPLLLLEEEEEEEAAAAAAAASSSSSSEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kmadden2004 Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's on the to-do list ;)
Demias123 Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for watch :D
Kmadden2004 Nov 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No problem.

Thank you for the thank you.:D
Demias123 Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, thank you for the thank you of my thank you o.o
OAKANSHIELD Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hey there Kieran.
Thank you for letting me exhibit your work on film reel.
Coconut-CocaCola Aug 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey! Thanks so much for joining! :D
Hey Kieran,

Thanks for adding me to your Watch list.


- Dave
And the Favs!!!

SunlightRose Jul 6, 2012  Student Artist
Made a Tinker Tailor fangroup! Please join!
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