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.
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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….
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by TVWriter™ News Service
Found on the interwebs by Timothy Muncher
Interpreted and Reported by Emma, TV Writer.Com’s Artificial Intelligence Intern
Bob Tinsley’s excellent Audio News podcast has inspired Team TVWriter™ to have a go at a Web Video version. To get us past the sad fact that we’re total podcasting noobs, we have enlisted Emma, the trusty A.I. who proofreads and condenses and totally rulez our prose to bring you the latest web tv series news as well.
Here’s what’s happening in the world of fiction video series made for the interwebs, and their creators.
I’m Working my ass off, I know I have the talent. What am I Doing Wrong?
by LISA EBERSOLE
“It sucks to be working hard, confident you have the talent, but not have any “proof” to back that up. No sale, no staff job, no feeling of success…. You know you’re working, but you also know what you’re doing is NOT working for you, so you start questioning your talent….”
This article is exactly the pick-me-up so many tired, cranky, and terrified creators need. Positivity = Productivity…of course!
How to Choose the Best Live Streaming Video Platform for Your Website
by ELISE FURON
“Whether for fiction series, education, concerts, news, whatever, choosing the best live streaming video platform for your needs can have a big impact on the viewers you reach. In recent years, technology for video broadcasting has evolved and expanded. The question of how to choose the best streaming service isn’t always straightforward….”
The question of how to choose the best streaming service may not always be straightforward, but this article’s answer is an excellent foundation for the web series creator who wants to be ready to take on the world.
“Creating the next Netflix or Twitch is no easy task, but your own streaming website can still be a lucrative and attractive business proposition if done correctly…. You can even tailor your website to revolve around streaming professional videos on-demand, user-generated content, or live streaming….”
More basic info that will give you the practical knowledge necessary to confidently show off your creative side.
Why Nobody Wants to Watch Your Web Series by ERIK URTZ
“…That brings me to the subject at hand, the most significant reason people will choose to watch or not watch your content, and they are almost all social reasons…When you do everything perfectly, and you have millions of dollars at your disposal you can create a global phenomenon. For those without the millions, well… you can still try and do everything perfectly….”
And with great insight, Mr. Urtz gives us the downlow on the social dynamics of success. Another ultra-helpful primer for interweb video series success.
The French call it; Raison D’être which literally means ‘purpose.’ The phrase is infamous for the associated in philosophical circles with the trial of Socrates, where the question is asked; “Is the life lived sans Raison D’être worth redemption?”
Mr. Jack, a New Media series from writer turned director Mick Lexington takes this age-old question and asks it in the modern-day backdrop of The LES of Manhattan, the last bastion of Bohemianism in New York City, warts and all.
The crowdfunding campaign for Mr. Jack kicked off Friday, August 16. The series is based on Lexington’s novel and follows a young artist returning to New York after a self-imposed exile and his struggle to reconnect with the reality he has detached from.
The project is a collaboration of Lexington, fashion photographer turned cinematographer James M. Graham, and musician Justin Wert who, working outside his jazz roots, will deliver the a-tonal series soundtrack.
The plan is to raise enough to top off the budget to shoot the pilot episode of Mr. Jack and shop it around to raise funding for five more episodes. Says Lexington on the project, “We own the cameras and sound equipment which covers a considerable part of our expense. What we need help with is the day to day operation of shooting onsite in New York City.”
Val, the main character in Mr. Jack is the classic tragic artist archetype. He feels he is not worthy of happiness. He does not recognize that he must take responsibility for his own contentment.
Instead, Val lives vicariously through the character called Mr. Jack, who by claiming credit for other people’s art, sleeping with other men’s wives, and substituting chemicals for his own endorphins, takes a shortcut to happiness.
Mr. Jack is Lexington’s passion project, and he is to seeking independent financing via Indiegogo to make it as a TV series without compromises.
“I had 500K on the table to develop another TV series I created. The catch was I had to work with a producer who wanted to turn to turn my drama into a slapstick action thriller. I walked away from that rather than have the project compromised.”
Lexington turned to crowdfunding because he believes it empowers the full gamut of artistic expression from the artist to the spectator.
“Before crowdfunding,” he says, “the only control the viewer had was the purchase of a ticket. With crowdfunding, it is the collaboration of creator and viewer that shapes the future of communication.”
Lexington believes that in the past entertainment and art were in essence two different things. He sees crowdfunding as facilitating their merger, putting it this way.
What is considered as art today does not challenge the audience or viewer. It anesthetizes it inebriates, but it does not transform. It should be the duty of not only the filmmaker but of every artist, regardless of medium, to pursue the objective of throwing complacency off-kilter.
I don’t believe an artist should put the responsibility for the significance of a work of art on the viewer. The artist cannot create and distribute without some rationale behind their creation. The viewer may have their own interpretation, and there is no right or wrong interpretation; beauty fails any dictate as beauty a cannot be legislated.
To Lexington, the importance of the artist lies in the truth that splendor cannot be ordered from “above.” Art has to emerge from the conjoining of artist and audience, which benefits society by allowing the creation of “entertainment” that “touches our souls, breaks our hearts, causes us to laugh, permits us to cry, and kicks our asses into a higher state being.”
In view of the passion Lexington feels about Mr. Jack, it clearly is his Raison D’être, to do just that.
Mick Lexington was a semi-finalist in the 2013 People’s Pilot, leading to him coming to the attention of the producer he turned later turned down. The Crowdfunding campaign for Mr. Jack kicked off Friday, August 16.
The official title of the following article is “Pre-Launch Checklist For Your Podcast,” but the steps described below apply to any independent series be it audio, video, film, you-name-it. Save yourself from having to learn these lessons the hard way and enjoy the read.
by Robin Kinnie
There are many ways to prepare for the launch of your podcast. After recording numerous episodes, it’s now your time to shine and share it with the world! But, what should you actually do to ensure a successful launch?
Here’s what I recommend any new podcaster do BEFORE hitting the publish button.
? Record 3-5 episodes
I talked about this in a previous post but, it makes a difference. Listeners may need to hear more than one episode before hitting the coveted ‘subscribe’ button. Give them numerous episodes and luckily get them hooked!
? Come up with a signature hashtag
Creating a signature hashtag can help distinguish your podcast and should be aligned with your overall brand. This is true especially if you plan to incorporate social media into your marketing strategy. Something short that people can tag to share their thoughts about your podcast is ideal.
? Create a template for episode graphics (coordinate with cover art design)
If budget allows, work with a graphic designer to create a post template. These templates can be used to announce guests, solicit feedback or share an interesting quote from a recent episode. Having a template cuts down on time to alter the graphic. If hiring a designer is not in your budget, consider programs like Canva to create it yourself.
? Know your audience (and where they interact)
Knowing your audience is very important. They will not only be your core listening audience but also your ambassadors. They will (hopefully) share your content, buy your merchandise and attend your events. But, you must first know WHO they are. Create a profile for your ideal listener (age range, gender, hobbies, education level, etc.) and use that information to research WHERE they congregate. This will give you a head start on marketing your podcast. Instead of throwing out a net in the ocean, you will be throwing a dart at a bulls’ eye….
When is a TV or web series not a TV or web series?
When it’s an audio series. Erm, a podcast, um…how ’bout we just say when it’s something new, unique, and wonderful like the new fictional comedy series podcast I’m Gonna Be Kevin Bacon, in which some old actor name of Kevin Bacon plays – no, not Kevin Bacon but another old actor called “Randy Beslow,” an angry and embittered actor who lost the starring role in Footloose to Bacon and is riding the trail of revenge.
Or, as Kevin Bacon himself put it last week:
Hmm, is that really the famous Kev? Or is the guy above Randy Beslow? Guess we’ll have to listen and see find out.