Recently, as there seems to be almost every week, another conglomerate gets into the game of monetizing or investing in the ability and future reality of content creation. So now Amazon, not so long ago, dumped a bunch of money into the commitment of 6 Comedy Pilot orders. And while this is GREAT news in so many ways it is also causing quite a bit Continue reading
Breaking news…the world’s gone digital and it includes you! To in part quote Francis Ford Coppola, “…digital technology will allow 200 million people to tell their story…but unfortunately we’ll have 200 million bad stories.” Now, that is not a direct quote, but it is the basic point of that quote by Mr. Coppola over a decade ago. The point, for me, about that is that it is true. Some of those stories will be non-union, web series, ULB films, studio films, true indie films, bad TV shows, student films, and shorts. But at the end of the day, the possibility of all those films having some kind of audience, is indeed possible. Continue reading
Videotaping your performance can be helpful for several reasons, and depending on your purpose for taping, there are different factors to consider. Continue reading
The single most effective tool that helped my one-woman show throughout its journey from stage to bigger stage to film, etc. has been Word of Mouth. You can publicize until you’re flat broke, take out ads, mail out a jillion flyers, email the planet, but in my experience nothing worked better than People Other Than Me telling their friends, “Dude, seriously, you gotta see this show.” Continue reading
WARNING! May read this and feel incredibly discouraged about the state of art in this world!
This may be a tough pill to swallow for those of us who put an incredible amount time and energy into making creative quality projects to put out there to the entertainment industry… BUT it IS important to understand what kind of content is being consumed by the general public.
Read on, if you dare.
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1. YouTube (www.youtube.com)
Has anyone heard of this site? Easy to use, upload, navigate. A lot of user features and places to comment. And of course, a lot of traffic… maybe too much. It’s easy to get lost in the loads of kitten home videos. Continue reading
First of all, what is this new word?
A somewhat clever combination of “web” and “episode”, defined on Wikipedia as “a short episode, which airs initially as Internet television”. It did not get inducted into Merriam Webster’s Dictionary until 2009 and my computer still spell checks the damn thing every time I write it.
Okay, so it’s an episode of a web series… an installment of a show on the Internet. What does that entail? Well, it’s a short form serial show of any type and any subject. And when I say “any” subject, I mean ANY. For example, according to the site www.visiblemeasures.com, the # 1 most watched web series in May (with almost 50 million views) was called “The Annoying Orange”, about a talking… orange. A typical web series has between 10-12 episodes a season and runs roughly between 2-7 minutes each. Continue reading