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Its kind of a broad question, but when you look at the entire spectrum of web series, what do you feel is missing? What has worked? What has failed miserably?
Thank you Richard. In the end, you take many routes, test many out, some work, some don't, some should, some could but you have to try them all, I'm glad I have 16 years in to understand the dynamics of it all. Aaron had mentioned niche content and made quite a broad statement regarding it, there are tons of lifestyle content out there on many sites from Vodpod to Vimeo, Blip and more, the question is for the producer is what are you in it for? What do you want from it? How will you make people aware of it and then in the end, will they come back for more. As I said, it was a broad statement that isn't necessarily so because there are many of those 'niche' styled lifestyle web series out there. What we have here is unlimited possibilities for anyone to produce, release, distribute and create awareness for anything you want to produce. The trick is to get them to watch it and make it a 'choice' of things to engage amongst the many other things they do when they're online. That's the beauty of having it available anytime, anywhere and constantly exploiting and exploring ways to create awareness for what it is you're doing and in the coming months and years - the products that exist, will be made better and will be created will make it easier to get it in front of people but will also increase the content out there for people to consume which means your content - while having the avenue to be discovered will be fighting for eyeballs and ears in order to be successful - if that's what you're in it for.
Sal, again you make a very good point. Thanks for your contributions to the community!
Kudos @Jason for an awesome/engaging topic. We need more like it!
I read the whole thing and Sal makes so many good points, for me personally I just started doing my webseries for fun, but now its at that stage where itd be cool to make something out of it, Rich you have been awesome with stimulating the community with what you do! I suppose to do it, you've gotta really become business savvy! (which I'm terribly not). I think the webseries community is full of creative new ideas and no money, and Hollywood being sparse of creative new ideas and loads of money, technically it should be a marriage made in heaven? lol if old attitudes can be put aside, which I imagine is not something that will be easy to do. :S
Gotta say I loved reading this thread. Good thoughts all.
I don't know what necessarily "works" or what is "missing" per se... I can only say that if you need revenue sharing, places like blip.tv won't let you have midroll ads unless your episode is long enough because they want the first after 5 minutes and then the next 10 minutes after that, and so on. So like my series, the pilot anyway, is 22 minutes long. There's always the pause button, I say. ;-) But at least I get 2 midrolls!
As far as other stuff... probably has to do with quality (production values) like Rich said earlier, as part and parcel to the whole thing. So yes, unfortunately those with more money can make it look better. But that doesn't necessarily mean anything, although you lose a little credibility if it looks like a home video or something. lol
If you're curious about my project, here it is...