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Hello everyone. I'd love it if I could get some feedback on my webseries The Cat. We just finished up our first season of 20 episodes and should be coming back with season 2 in a couple of months. It'd be nice to get some feedback as to what we're doing right and what could be improved on before we start up again.
Here is the link to the first episode:
And here is where you can get a copy of the first season on DVD (if you are so inclined):
Congratulations for completing a season!
Episode 1 was a bit slow. It felt more like a bonus footage video than an episode.
Episode 2 had the right movement. It quickly established character dynamics. I would have liked if you included a sound bit of Ms. Majestic's voicemail. Or a shot of just maybe a hand picking up a phone and then placing it back down.
Episode 3 was also funny. Especially the part about cats and helicopters :D!
Episode 4 I liked just as much as episode 3. Reminds me of Space Ghost Coast to Coast a bit. Mantis character is priceless. It seems like by this point in your series you figured out a rhythm that works.
I can't put my finger on exactly what you doing but there seems to be an art to your show. I have to ask where did you originally intended for this to end up? I can't see it morphing into a tv show or a film but I could actually see it in some form of live comedy though its perfect for what it is at the moment in a web series form.
Thank you for checking it out!
I agree that episode one is a little slow, but I think it does a good job of setting up the character, is short and contains a grammar joke so...
In reference to episode 2, we were trying to keep the documentary feel and so showing anything of Miss Majestic wouldn't have made sense since we didn't know before hand that he was going to be calling etc. We've since abandoned the strict documentary thing and have a shown a couple of things that just logically don't make sense, but are funny so we did it.
I'm glad you liked 3. I'm always a little self conscious about that one (I play Guy Harrison) and people seem to think it's funnier than I do.
I think episode 4 is probably one of the best in the season (even though it's the longest one!) followed closely by episode 20 (though I don't recommend watching it without watching the rest of the season, it works best knowing all the characters).
I think what we are doing is all we really want to do with it. I think the idea works best as a series of shorts and I'm not sure I'd want it to be a TV show unless it was on Adult Swim or something like that where it's only 15 minutes long anyway (well 12 with commercials). I don't really think this would work as a live thing just because I know the guys involved. I edit a lot of it out, but The Cat and Mantis especially are really awkward. Awesome guys, but awkward, and I just don't know if they could handle a live audience.
I think right now we are just trying to figure out how to get people to watch (I'm pretty sure we all are, right?). We don't ever expect to make a living off of this or anything, it's just something we enjoy doing, but I think if people would give it a chance, they'd like it.
Sorry for the long replay and thanks again for watching.
Ahhh! This makes sense --->
We don't ever expect to make a living off of this or anything, it's just something we enjoy doing, but I think if people would give it a chance, they'd like it.
Two indirect suggestions for getting people to watch
The reason why the email is so important compared to say facebook likes or youtube subscribers is because you actually own your email list AND even more importantly, the people who sign up for email tend to actually be true fans. Not just passive fans who just like a page on facebook or like a video.
Another reason why email lists are so important - you do not own your facebook likes. You do not own your youtube ratings or comments.
Any of those sites change their policies overnight and your network of fans could be gone or worse - these companies could figure out a way to charge you for them. But if you have the emails of your fans - that direct relationship can't be taken away by the sites. Plus if you know how to use the right software you have access to their analytics wherever they go online.
But reaching that magic 250 # of core fans. Sigh. I'm not going to lie. Its hard and I'm working on it. But if you have it, start capitalizing on it.
Oh how I miss Space Ghost...Just wanted to thank you for the great comments to this series I learned a lot just reading what you had to say. I now need to stop over to your page and see what you are up to.
I only watched the first 2 episodes so far but, I wanted to leave a quick comment anyway. Great job man I really like the show so far. You have made some funny, quirky characters. I will also congratulate you on finishing a season. Looking forward to watching more and seeing where it goes. I will definitely have more to comment on in the future.
I'm fairly new to this world of web series stuff but, I have viewed a good number so far and find a lot more that I dislike or don't find interesting than one's that pull me in. My partner in crime on our amateur attempt to get a web series off the ground has been the one showing me the way. He has been immersed in this stuff for quite some time now. With a series like yours and just the fun I'm having attempting to make one has given me a new hobby to really enjoy. Keep up the good work Cat Man!
I'll be subscribing over on youtube shortly.
Thanks for the kind words. And, at least in my experience, enjoying the experience is the number one thing to making sure you don't burn out. It's easy to have a bunch of plans but much harder to actually get anything done. If you actually enjoy doing it, it'll be that much easier.
I watched the first few episodes and a few random episodes to get a good feel for the show. It has that adult swim vibe. Sometimes it is a good kind of awkward and silly, like Space Ghost. While others it is too much like the Tim and Eric crap that I hate. I don't think I'm the target audience for your show.
The acting seems good and the camera is not too shaky. The jumps cuts get a little annoying at times. After awhile it felt like you had your friends improv most the dialogue and then just tried to cut it down into something cohesive.