Leesa Dean Tells Us About “Setting Web Series Goals”

goalsAdventures in Digital Series Land – Chapter 100
by Leesa Dean

So I’m deep in production on the new series. Last week I recorded and edited all the voiceovers. Actually did ’em twice.  First time around, something just wasn’t clicking. I raised the mike height, which gave me more room to physically act out while I was recording.  It made all the difference in the world.

This week I started lip-syncing. In case you don’t know what that is: it’s the process syncing the lip/head/jaw movements of an animated character so they correspond with a recorded vocal track.  Ever see really cheap Hong Kong movies from the 60’s and 70’s where the voice comes after or before the lip movements?  That’s cause the voiceover track wasn’t synced properly.

It is REALLY tedious and tough work that ultimately is incredibly  rewarding. At the end of the day, you get to see a character come to life. Which is very cool. But mostly, it just takes a long time to do. Yes, I’m back doing 14 hour days. Six days a week.

When I started, I found I didn’t have time to write afterwards which was killing me. After a full day of lip-syncing, I was drained, exhausted, plus it was late. I’m determined to finish a 30 minute spec pilot for a new series and was stressing that I’d have to back-burner it till I finished production (about two months away).

My solution: getting up earlier and writing every morning for 2-3 hours.  I’m not used that rhythm. I normally like to write a little later in the day. But guess what? I not only have I been making progress, but it’s helped me become more specific and goal oriented. With my writing, I mean. And it has given me LIFE!!

Right now, I’m doing the beat sheet (for those who don’t know, it’s a list of plot points). Because I have limited time, I forced myself to set a writing goal each day, which I’ve met. And because I only have a few hours, I literally can’t wait to jump into it the next morning. Every morning, it seems like I’ve been given a new opportunity to attack the script from a fresh perspective. It’s great. Nothing feels tedious anymore.  I just feel like I’m banging stuff out. Which I am.

Tomorrow I’m taking a break and going to the Tribeca Film Festival.  Can’t wait.

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.

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