Web series are becoming popular all over the world. From Marseilles to Vancouver to Hollywood, festivals are popping up to celebrate the genre and award exceptional shows.
I just got back from my honeymoon in New Zealand (I’m actually a Kiwi transplant from Christchurch myself), so of course I started asking myself — what’s it like to create web series in NZ?
Sure Aotearoa may have made a name for itself in the film industry as the location of Kiwi Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings series and the shooting location of the next three Avatar movies, but with limited local industry opportunities, few TV channels and film funding available only for approved subject matter, aspiring film makers on this island of 4.4 million are turning their creative energies to the web with increasing enthusiasm.
And the GOVERNMENT is helping fund them — up to NZ $100k per series! Holy cow.
But where can current and future eyeballs go to see all these series? Luckily, award-winning magazine editor and publisher, film maker and entrepreneur Fiona Powell has created a sleek platform for NZ to show off its best and its brightest: Web Series Channel – NZ’s home of indie web TV. Here’s my interview with Fiona about everything going on in digital on the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Looking for inspiration for a web series or short? Hoping to find a topic that gets a very specific and large audience excited about your show? Why not produce your own fan fiction web series or parody?
Tons of fan sites and twitter feeds probably already exist for your show — and if you make your series with respect for the characters, smart references, and make it entertaining to boot – fellow fans will love watching your show as much as you loved making it. Check out parody law
to make sure you’re not breaching copyright. But someone just created a store called DUMB STARBUCKS
, using all Starbuck’s logos… so whatever you wanna parody, there’s probably a way.
In her column Writers on the Web, Rebecca Norris covers everything from how to crowdfund, rewrite, cast, and promote your show as well as features on recommended shows, interviews with creators and festival runners. She’s a wealth of knowledge on stuff I wish I had time to cover here, so I highly recommend you check it out!
To start — The LA WebFest is coming up at the end of March and here’s a link to Norris’s interview with Emmy-Winning Writer/Producer & Founder of LAWEBFEST, Michael Ajakwe.
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Four soccer moms struggle to balance their busy schedules, family lives, and sanity: Their friendship is further tested when it comes time to compete for spots in the school’s gifted program. In the end, the women realize their bond is truly stronger than they ever imagined. Watch “Little Women…” on AOL here…
“Season 2 doubles down on soccer mom cliches and squanders its opportunity“ Read Samara’s full review…
“Brilliantly set up to explore plenty of ripe comedic possibilities…the series middles and falls rather flat.” Read David’s full review…
“This is where corporate sponsorship fails, aiming at bland entertainment peppered with references to AllState Insurance.” Read Jacqui’s full review…
“The show’s lack of edge is counterbalanced by its frothy pleasures, including sharp dialogue and breezy performances.“ Read Abdi’s full review…
Every night in January, Cora in New York City and Patrick in L.A. have gone on a date together via Skype. Their mutual friend, actress Alison Pill (The Newsroom), thought they were perfect for each other and set them up on Jan. 1. Their screens exploded with chemistry from the get-go. How do we know this? Because every night they post their adorable, hilarious, intimate, moving, scary, sad, beautiful, four-minutes-or-less Skype date online as the web series 7p10e. Click HERE to read my full review of 7p10e for the LA Weekly. The show was created by actress Avital Ash and the story developed by writer/director Kyle McCullough as well as Sammi Cohen and co-star Chris Alvarado. Continue on to read my full interview with Ash and McCullough about making the show.
Justin and I roaming the hallways of the Yarrow Hotel
Tangled Web reporter Erin Stegeman got the DL on YouTube at Sundance this year. Check out how the digital entertainment revolution is knocking at the door of the indie film world….
In a digital world of make-up tutorials, cat videos, and canon-ball fails now comes…
an ally in filmmaking???
YouTube joins the Sundance Film Festival’s 30th year with its first ever lounge on Main Street. From a plethora of panels on How to Grow Your Audience to free yoga for those willing to best their hangovers at 7:30am, YouTube has officially invited themselves to the filmmaking party – and they brought the good alcohol.