Leesa Dean: Adventures of a Web Series Newbie

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by Leesa Dean

I live in NYC, and when I launched my first web series on YouTube, one of the first things I did was become a part of the YouTube NYC community. I’ve written a little about it here a while back and it’s great.

They have free classes which have been invaluable. I not only got great tips about branding building online, but production tips. It’s part of the reason I decided to pick up a camera and start exploring film (in addition to animation). They also have facilities for filming (like great green screen rooms) and editing and it’s all free. When I started, the only thing you needed to take advantage of all this great stuff was be a YouTube partner and if you’re releasing videos on a regular basis, you do become one.

One of the reasons YouTube NYC was great was Chris Chan Roberson. He was the studio manager and not only ran things but put together great workshops and was incredibly helpful technically. He really knows his way around cameras, audio equipment and editing software.

I found out this week that he’s leaving. Sigh. He really will be missed and I owe him a lot.

When I took my first film production class, half of what the instructor said sounded familiar. Why? Cause I had taken copious notes during some of Chris’ workshops and while some of the stuff was over my head and geared towards shooters (which I decidedly wasn’t at the time), I knew at some point, the information would come in handy. And boy did it.

I hope whoever they get to take his place is just as good but his shoes are gonna be hard to fill.

This August I’m attending a few workshops there (they haven’t officially opened the new facilities but are having workshops nonetheless) and can’t wait to see who will be running things.

Meanwhile, gearing up for the Directing Motion workshop this Sunday. Can’t wait to take it (it’s gonna be an intense 12 hour day!!!) and tell you guys about it.

See you next week.


Author: ChilltownTV

I'm primarily a writer. Sold a few series to tv networks and production companies but never had anything get on the air. So I taught myself how to animate and completed 3 digital series, launching two. The first, Chilltown has been named one of "Five Web Series That Should Be on Your Radar" by ABCNews/Univision and a "Show to Watch" by Tubefilter. The second, Lele's Ratchet Advice Show, garnered a fanatic cult following. As a result, I now do Lele's 60 Second Wrap Up, a weekly comedic entertainment report (which I write & perform) that airs on urban radio stations Rhythm 105.9fm and the Just Wake Up Morning Show on WWRNfm.

3 thoughts on “Leesa Dean: Adventures of a Web Series Newbie”

  1. No beatin’ NEW YORK! I moved there after serving 4 years in the Navy. Went to the AMERICAN THEATRE WING, and wrote my first script there. ‘SINGLE ROOM FURNISHED’, starring JAYNE MANSFIELD, who was sadly killed the night it wrapped. Still we writers go on. After all, what else we gotta do? Write on! gs

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