7 Reasons to Create a Web Series

Everybody’s got to start somewhere, and we here at TVWriter™ are very grateful to ScriptMag.Com for posting  very handy guide to web series creation.

via ScriptMag

Don’t Know How to Start a Web Series? Award-winning web series creator, Rebecca Norris, gives her expert advice in our FREE download! Download Your Free Copy of Creating a Web Series 101 Now!

1. Get your TV pilot idea off the ground.

If you have a TV show idea and can’t get noticed by a network, take your TV pilot and break it into mini episodes of two-minute, bite-sized bits. Season one of your web series is your entire pilot episode! Send the series link out with your one sheet when pitching networks to prove your idea has value.

2. The price is right.

Creating a web series is extremely low cost compared to creating a TV series. Crowdfunding is the most popular way to get the funds to produce your web series. Your backers then become your audience and will help spread the word when your webseries launches! Plus creating the campaign pitch video gives people a taste for what your webseries will look like.

3. Build your audience and brand.

Making a web series is a great way to be able to supply a constant stream of storytelling to a huge online audience. In less time than making a pilot, you can create and launch new material that keeps your audience coming back and wanting more. Your fans will keep coming back to support your work, and in turn will look forward to any bigger projects you create, like feature films. Learning how to make a web series is part of establishing your brand as a filmmaker and storyteller.

4. Break the rules.

You are your own boss. No network limitations. Just don’t break the video sharing website’s terms of agreements and you’re set….

Read it all & download Rebecca Norris’s pdf guide at scriptmag.com

How To Turn Your Book Into A Podcast

Makoto Tokudome walks us through a thoroughly modern yet incredibly important set of steps in book marketing. As another TVWriter™ minion said when we talked about this post, “Maybe we should call it, “Podcasting Your Book for Fun and Profit.”

by Makoto Tokudome

Are you a self-published author? Are you looking to get your book into other mediums such as audio?

Do you wish someone would narrate your book? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to turn your book chapters into podcast episodes?

Well, by using some free online tools, now you can!

I’ve put together this comprehensive tutorial to walk you through the process I used to turn the chapters of my book into a podcast. You can check out my example here.

In a nutshell, I used Amazon’s Polly text-to-speech (TTS) service to create MP3’s of my book chapters. And then used Anchor FM to create and publish the audio as podcast episodes.

The idea of creating podcast episodes out of a book was inspired by Mark Coker and his podcast episodes of his Book Marketing Guide book.

*Caveat – Although text-to-speech (TTS) technology is quite impressive, my understanding is that Audible/ACX and other vendors still require audiobooks to be narrated by a human.

So What Can We Do With Our Text-to-Speech Audio Files?

1. You can create a podcast

2. You can use the audio files of your book to be a lead magnet. Give your audio files as a free audiobook download in exchange for email signups.

What is Amazon Polly?

Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that can convert text into audio speech. Text-to-speech technology has been around for some time. You may have even used it on your Mac or Apple device.

But up until recently the technology has usually produced halted, robotic voices. But Amazon Polly is able to create more lifelike speech that is quite impressive.

Amazon Polly currently offers this service in 26 different languages (e.g., English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, etc.).

I chose the male voice “Brian” with British English to narrate my book chapters. (Listen to a sample.) You can sign up for an account here.

Take a look at the pricing. My understanding is that you can request up to 5 million characters (i.e. not words) a month for free, and then $4.00 for each additional million characters….

Read it all at thecreativepenn.com

Bri Castellini: Be Professional – @brisownworld

Professor Castellini!

by Bri Castellini

Since college I’ve had a folder on my laptop called “Be Professional,” where I keep the various versions of my resume, my professional headshots (a thing I never thought I’d need), my business card InDesign file, and my cover letter templates.

Since childhood, I’ve had a pretty clear understanding of what my professional path would be. It was gonna be great- I’d go to a small liberal arts college somewhere in Oregon or Washington, graduate with a creative writing degree, write novels, and work as a barista until I was published.

It’s misleading to say that was always the plan, I guess. I had a brief flirtation with law school after my first year doing speech and debate in high school, and I dabbled with graphic design because I was an early (and young) adopter of Photoshop and rudimentary web design. In both cases the plan was still to be a published novelist (and maybe YouTuber- John Green I’m comin’ for ya), but I knew I needed a survival job that paid well in the meantime.

I didn’t really have ambitions in the film realm, and I certainly never imagined myself working for a series of exciting media start ups where I’d use skills I’ve cultivated as hobbies for literally two decades, but here we are.

In an attempt to explain to my family what exactly the fuck I do for work, and in an attempt to showcase how the strangest things end up being professionally important, I wanted to go through the steps that brought me to where I am now. Unpack my career path as it were….

Read it all at brisownworld.com, Bri’s always informative blog.

LB’S NOTE: Yes, we usually run Bri’s blog posts in their entirety, but this one is, well, pretty darn long. In a nutshell, what’s coming up is Bri’s resume. One that would make TVWriter™ hire her in an instant! I urge everyone interested in an indie film or TV career to click on the link above.

Bri Castellini is an indie filmmaker and Film Community Manager for Seed&Spark, a film crowdfunding platform, as well as an adjunct professor for two MFA programs. Watch the remarkable Ms. Castellini’s award-winning web series, Brains, HERE. See Sam And Pat Are Depressed HERE. This post first appeared on Bri’s wonderfully refreshing blog.

Antoine Fuqua Wants To Help Get Your Film Project Made

by TVWriter™ Press Service

Director Antoine Fuqua, whose films include Training Day, Tears of the Sun, and Olympus has Fallen as well as a ton of very well-done others, is making a new name for himself as an online mentor and teacher.

Fuqua’s website, aptly named antoinefuqafilms.com, shows just three pages in addition to the Home Page.

  • Movie Funding
  • Income Assistance Grant
  • Grant Contest

The Movie Funding page contains instructions for submitting your film proposal for the company to consider.

The Income Assistance Grant page offers “reliable granting services from most government agencies and NGOs,” and assists in the application process for “low and medium income earners.”

The Grant Contest page is all about entering Fuqua’s “Power of Presentation” Film Grant competition.

All of the above appear to be worthwhile, so why not take a few moments to check them out, starting here: https://antoinefuquafilms.com.

As TVWriter™’s lawyers keep pointing out, we aren’t recommending this service, just informing y’all of their existence. So if you do proceed into further stages, please let us know how it goes so we can pass it on to the rest of the TVWriter™ community.

Break a leg!

5 Simple Ways to Become More Productive

Here they are, techniques all writers, regardless of their media, need to know. Especially useful for freelancers. Tada!

by Jill Chafin

Do you feel overwhelmed by your endless to-do list, or lose steam well before the end of your workday? These five simple techniques can give you the boost you need.

Popular with business professionals, students, and busy folks of all types, these five techniques don’t take long to implement—you can get started right away!

The Pomodoro Technique

This popular productivity-boosting technique requires virtually no preparation. All you need is a timer, which you most likely have on your phone.

The basic concept is to break your day into 25-minute blocks, with five-minute breaks between each block. These focused intervals are referred to as “pomodoros.”

Have a timer and some work to do? You have everything you need to try the Pomodoro Technique.

After four or five pomodoro blocks, take a longer, 15- to 20-minute break. On your breaks, stand up, walk around, do a few jumping jacks, have a snack, drink some water—basically, step away from your workstation and “reboot” yourself.

The timer adds a sense of focus, importance, and urgency to your work. You’ll probably be less likely to check Facebook, respond to that texts, or stare blankly out the window if a timer is ticking away.

Also, when you break your day into more manageable chunks, it helps you avoid feeling overwhelmed, even if you have a lot to do. It’s easy to focus on a task for 25 minutes when you know you can take a quick break soon.

If you want to use an official app, you can get Be Focused Pro for iPhone, or ClearFocus for Android.

The Two-Minute Rule

David Allen developed this method and covers it in his book, Getting Things Done. The goal is to accomplish a series of easy, quick tasks first so you can check several items off your to-do list in a short time. You then feel inspired to go on to the more challenging tasks on your list….

Read it all at lifesavvy.com