Saturday, 28 November 2009

UK online comedy drama web series?

Got a message from Jon, asking...

> Hi Neil,
> ...And do you know how many online comedy dramas there are in the UK?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Jon


Well... good question.

The only ones I've found are

Chelsea OMG
http://storygas.blogspot.com/2008/10/new-series-chelsey-omg.html

Toyboize
http://storygas.blogspot.com/2008/12/online-comedy-toyboize.html

Peneolope Princess of Pets was made here, or will be made for here,
http://storygas.blogspot.com/2009/01/online-comedy-c4s-pet-project-penelope.html

Tempting fates
http://storygas.blogspot.com/2009/11/uk-online-drama-tempting-fates.html


and just to open it up a little more... from Ireland there's,

Hardy Bucks
http://storygas.blogspot.com/2009/03/rte-storyland-contender-hardy-bucks.html

and FRAN the series
http://storygas.blogspot.com/2009/05/online-comedy-fran-series.html


Have I missed any?

Do you know any better?


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Friday, 27 November 2009

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Thursday, 26 November 2009

UK web docusoap - THE SPECIALS - series set in Brighton, UK

More from my inbox -- leave a comment if you want the world to see your show too!

Got this great message from Katy...

Hi Neil

...wanted to get in touch with you now as my series is finally underway! http://www.the-specials.com




Here's some background:
The Specials is a docusoap series following the lives of 5 friends with learning disabilities who live together in Brighton. It's meant to be funny, touching, honest and definitely not worthy. The guys provide the voiceover for the series so the viewer is seeing the world through their eyes.

...It's been doing pretty well so far - we are up to Episode 8 - and we are getting some great comments on our forum & facebook site.

...do yo think you might be willing to give us a mention on Story Gas even though we are a factual series?
Don't usually link to factual shows, but aww... go on then... as it's a UK based show...

Here's a question before the episode though,

Any ideas how these guys can get an even bigger audience?

Leave a COMMENT on COMMENTS below!



THE SPECIALS SHOW HOME SITE HERE:-
http://www.the-specials.com

THE SPECIALS ON YOUTUBE:
http://www.youtube.com/user/danieljrmay0


The Day Michael Jackson Died - the Specials' Tribute




The Specials watch the final of Britain's Got Talent - learning disability docusoap




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Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Online drama web series - NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Got a great email from these guys...

I'll let it speak for itself!

neighbourhood watch web series
Hi Neil-

...I'm contacting you to let you know that our trailer is live and to introduce you to our show. You may recognize Becki Kregoski from lonelygirl15. The primary goal for "Neighborhood Watch at The Hollywood" is innovation.

For better or worse, it will be different. We'll have 3 alternative endings and interactivity. I also will want to try something a little different with the release schedule and exclusivity of content.

Today I'd like to introduce you to an innovative concept in storytelling called "Forced Perspective." Please take a minute (1:10 to be exact) and check out our trailer.


Neighborhood Watch @TheHollywood Web Series Trailer



Watch Who You Trust

Four single women who reside in the same apartment complex experience life and love in today’s world.

The seemingly perfect living arrangements are anything but as unknown to them, not only is every aspect of their lives being monitored and recorded within the complex but other tenants move out with no explanation.

Friendships will be put to the test and lives forever changed as the truth behind the mystery slowly comes to light.


Watch events unfold through the eyes of the security system's mysterious operator.

“Neighborhood Watch at The Hollywood” incorporates an innovative storytelling device called "Forced Perspective." Forced perspective is essentially first person point of view, which is nothing new, however the difference is that the viewer is forced to see the entire story through a character's perspective.

The powerful aspect of Forced Perspective is that the viewer doesn't get to see what they want to see or even what they are used to seeing. There is no hand holding. There are no zoom shots to direct your attention to where clues might be-you're going to have to find them yourself.


Between the Scenes: Neighborhood Watch @TheHollywood


In “Neighborhood Watch at The Hollywood” the viewer is immediately introduced to the control panel of The Hollywood's state of the art security system and it becomes evident that they are watching someone use it to monitor the tenants.

The console is completely functional and the operator has access to not only security cam footage but also video from cams hidden in apartments as well as mobile cams. Only the security system's operator controls what is seen and when and discovering their identity is central to the plot.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH SHOW HOME SITE HERE:-
http://neighborhoodwatchwebseries.blogspot.com

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH ON TWITTER
http://twitter.com/NWatTHSeries

YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE:
http://www.youtube.com/user/WatchWhoYouTrust


Cast Pictured L-R: Kirsten Scoles, Windham Beacham, Sharon Ingram, Lisa Kowalski, Becki Kregoski and Andrew Lander.
Not Pictured: Dylan Ramsey, Michael Moon, Elizabeth Carlisle, Charlie Heydt, Logan Rapp, Joshua Weiner and Daniel Weiss.


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Tuesday, 24 November 2009

UK Online Drama - TEMPTING FATES

Got a great comment from Hannah on my welcome post: - What Is StoryGas
Check out our new interactive online drama series called Tempting Fates. It's about 3 gorgeous goddesses/fates sent down to a university on earth in England, with the mission of putting the fun back into fatality and the comedy back into the kill.

The official website is www.temptingfates.com

You can view our trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5ux2s2wBtw

Please let us know what you think!!



From Tempting Fates YouTube profile:-
Tempting Fates is a brand new interactive black comedy series.

Since the dawn of time three immortal sisters have controlled the fate of all mankind. Now meet their Apprentices...

Sent to earth to enrol in university, three pampered goddesses are on a mission to learn how to mess with human destiny and bump us off with flair.

If they entertain the gods theyll win power over all mankind. But they risk becoming mortal themselves if they let humans get too close

You see the trouble is, humans are getting too big for their boots.
They're trying to control their own fate, cheat death and divine the mysteries of the universe. Its time to spice things up with a little hand to hand combat -and put the fun back into fatality, the comedy back into the kill.
TEMPTING FATES SHOW HOME SITE HERE:-
http://temptingfates.com

YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE:
http://www.youtube.com/user/temptingfates3


Tempting Fates - Episode 1 Part 1
The first part of Tempting Fates.
Originally launched Monday 19th October 2009.
This is a lower quality version of Episode 1 part 1. For the better quality version or to see the rest of Tempting Fates please go to *** www.temptingfates.com ***
Each 5 min segment is uploaded daily at 3.33pm.




TEMPTING FATES PROMO



TEMPTING FATES ON TWITTER
http://www.twitter.com/temptingfates

TEMPTING FATES ON FACEBOOK
http://www.facebook.com/wall.php?id=2210222141#/group.php?gid=73726092698&ref=ts

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RTE STORYLAND 2 2010 Shortlist Results Announced

Getting one or two hits today from people looking for news on anyone hearing if they have been shortlisted for RTE Storyland 2 for 2010...

Have you had one of the emails?

Any news?

CLICK HERE for a twitter search on Storyland...

Leave a COMMENT by clicking on COMMENTS below and stick your head over the trenches to say hello
- Or to plug your show... Great to see ya...

*** UPDATE ****

THINK THESE ARE THROUGH --

STAR FECK

SILENT WALLS

MARIANA

BUTCHERS

SUB PRIME SIX

FROM THE DARK


thanks to twitter, emails, and awesome thread here
http://www.filmmakersnetwork.ie/forums/showthread.php?p=42377

leave a comment below if you have any more info!

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Monday, 23 November 2009

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links to uk online comedy web series

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RTE STORYLAND 2 ENTRY - My Dublin Style Blog

More from the RTÉ STORYLAND 2010 pitches...

rte stroyland 2 2010 web drama competition

Another entry up on YouTube for Irish broadcaster web series competition RTÉ STORYLAND
- which is great news, - this is how you build an audience from scratch.

Here's MY DUBLIN STYLE BLOG.

my dublin style blog 2
Pitch for Storyland 2/RTE



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RTE STORYLAND 2 ENTRY - LOLcano

More from RTÉ STORYLAND 2010...

rte stroyland 2 2010 web drama competition

Another entry up on YouTube for Irish broadcaster web series competition RTÉ STORYLAND
- which is great news, - this is how you build an audience from scratch.

Here's LOLCANO.

LOLcano
30 second pitch for RTEs storyland 2 competition




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RTE STORYLAND 2 ENTRY - Punchline

More from RTÉ STORYLAND 2010... It's like St. Patrick himself is sat on my blog...

rte stroyland 2 2010 web drama competition

Another entry up on YouTube for Irish broadcaster web series competition RTÉ STORYLAND
- which is great news, - this is how you build an audience from scratch.

Here's PUNCHLINE.

PUNCHLINE - RTE Storyland 2 Pitch
The stand-up comedy scene is thriving in Ireland. But most comedians are not. PUNCHLINE is a drama revolving around the lives of three comedians in varying states of poverty, excess and general self-hate. Comedy is no laughing matter.
*********
PUNCHLINE is one of two submissions we have made for RTE STORYLAND 2 --- a six episode web-only venture --- due for exclusive broadcast on RTE.ie from January 2010 - June 2010.




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RTE STORYLAND 2 ENTRY - The Junior

So, it's turning out to be RTÉ STORYLAND 2010 day on StoryGas today...



Another entry up on YouTube for Irish broadcaster web series competition RTÉ STORYLAND
- which is great news, - this is how you build an audience from scratch.

Here's THE JUNIOR.

The Junior
A submission from Mercuryboy Inc for RTE's Storyland 2010. It's a satirical look at the ad industry through the eyes of a junior copywriter.

Shane and Joel have been in the industry 11 months and are still desperately trying to make a name for themselves before their first year review. Shane, the copywriter and main character, is neurotic and self-loathing and hates his team mate Joel. The show will monitor Shanes consistent self-sabotage and crumbling personal life.




Joel - Inspiration




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RTE STORYLAND 2 ENTRY - Night Shoot

Running into the night with more entries cropping up on YouTube for Irish broadcaster web series competition RTÉ STORYLAND



Here's NIGHT SHOOT.

JEDWARD GET NAKED! - STORYLAND 2 PROMO
Promo for our Storyland 2 proposal - 'Night Shoot'. Believe the hype. Or not. Whatever. It's cool either way.

Oh, and we haven't yet secured the naked Jedward footage but we're in talks with Simon Cowell... Watch this space...





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RTE STORYLAND 2 - Bewildering Life

Okay, there are going to be a few more of these today...

rte storyland 2 web series contest 2010

This one's been on StoryGas before - but all the episodes suddenly disappeared from YouTube... Maybe being entered for Irish broadcaster RTÉ STORYLAND 2 is the reason why...

Here's the link to the original post for BEWILDERING LIFE
http://storygas.blogspot.com/2009/08/online-comedy-bewildering-life.html

And here is the new YouTube video...

Bewildering Life Promo
This is the promo for the Bewildering Life entry to RTE's Storyland 2.
To see the first seven episodes of series one go to :
BEWILDERINGLIFE.COM





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RTE STORYLAND 2 ENTRY - Sorry, I'm Not Interested

rte storyland 2 web series contest 2010

More entries cropping up on YouTube for Irish broadcaster web series competition RTÉ STORYLAND
- which is great news, - this is how you build an audience from scratch.

Here's SORRY, I'M NOT INTERESTED.

Sorry, I'm Not Interested - Storyland 2 pitch
This is our 30 second pitch for RTE's Storyland 2 competition. The series will follow Jack, a recent communications graduate, in his new job as a door-to-door salesman. If we get through, you can expect Jack to have various run-ins with fellow employees and potential customers alike. You can also expect to meet other characters like Conor, the self proclaimed success story, Páidí, the charmer and master salesman and Angry Mike.





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RTE STORYLAND 2 ENTRY - Ed Venture

Thanks to a post on Boards.ie, looks like the RTE STORYLAND 2 shortlist for 2010 will emerge on Tuesday?
"Our producer got an email from Storyland today (as I presume most entrants would have) saying that shortlisted projects would be informed by 24th November."

MORE HERE
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=62967799

So lets see if we can't get any more out on here today:-

rte stroyland 2 2010 web drama competition

More entries cropping up on YouTube for Irish broadcaster web series competition RTÉ STORYLAND
- which is great news, - this is how you build an audience from scratch.

Here's ED VENTURE.
30 second promo for upcoming Storyland hopeful starring Edwin Sammon as unlikely hero Ed Venture and Kevin McGahern as his neurotic cousin Paul. Music: "Sugar Factory" by So Cow

ED VENTURE



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Saturday, 21 November 2009

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Friday, 20 November 2009

The Three Faces of You, Online - HOW TO MAKE A HIT INTERNET SHOW #6

Still trying to reconcile what I do online with the different things I do in work.

And I don't think I am alone in this.

(Alone as you can be with 3 personae).

There's the public you.
The corporate site.
The online CV.
The good photo, the good 'sell'.
This is you if you were PR'd by the Soviet news agency TASS in the good old days. Bold images, positive messages.
The best foot forward, but the dullest stream.

There's the friendly you.
Stuff that's only relevant to mates you know, or material you'd want to share with "those who've been there" with you.

Then there's the controversial you.
The dislikes, the tensions, the struggles.
The stuff that's REALLY interesting.
The stuff that really makes you an individual,
but which you're not sure should be for broadcast.

Hugh MacLeod Hugh McCloud Hugh McLeodFelicia DayStephen Fry


Those who've really been successful online have managed to find a line between all three. Or, even, managed to avoid falling into any one of these three.
All of their work is directed into one 'place' on the web, and has a sense of honesty which does not work against them.
Hats off to them, it's a real achievement.


So here's a question,
- can you, or should you, combine all three faces in your online work?

Will 'Online Celebrity' from now on reward those brave enough to present all three faces in their electronic footprint?


I'm wrestling with this because I'm thinking that properly rounded online characters benefit from a combination of the three in what's presented of them to the audience.

Whether it's Bree's youtube posts in lonelygirl15, KateModern's bebo profiles, or Hardy Bucks tweets.
All this material helps the character become more three dimensional.
And the 'voyeurism' is what brings us back for more.


It's more work to upload this extra material, but it's the kind of development work you do as a writer anyway - might mean it doesn't go to waste, and even helps the audience to directly challenge the character when a web show is 'live'...


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Thursday, 19 November 2009

RTE STORYLAND 2 ENTRY - Star Feck



More entries cropping up on YouTube for Irish broadcaster web series competition RTÉ STORYLAND
- which is great news, - this is how you build an audience from scratch.

Here's STAR FECK.

Star Feck pitch video for Storyland 2 - RTE 2009
Maccana Teoranta's submission video for the Storyland 2 2009 RTE Competition entitled Star Feck.

Feck it into Space.

What is star feck about ?


A Cavan Space crew (one half Monaghan) and a 3 ft alien called Romtox have a cargo to feck into Space...

"Starfeck is the best Sci-fi programme ever! Its like a mixture of Battlestar Galactica and Home and Away!"

Paddy is the hit TV show - Star Feck's biggest fan. He eat, sleeps and Breathes Star feck! Paddy and his mammy moved beside the "star feck spaceship" in Belturbet to help protect against alien invasion.

add us on www.facebook.com/maccana.teoranta

www.twitter.com/maccana





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Wednesday, 18 November 2009

RTE STORYLAND 2 ENTRY - Mariana



More entries cropping up on YouTube for Irish broadcaster web series competition RTÉ STORYLAND
- which is great news, - this is how you build an audience from scratch.

Here's MARIANA.

MARIANA - RTE Storyland 2 Pitch
MARIANA is a happy, outgoing, goal-driven lady from a small village in Transylvania. She has come to Ireland in search of true love. She's also a ruthless, shape-shifting, blood sucking, 400 year old vampire --- but not in a bad way.

*********

MARIANA is one of two submissions we have made for RTE STORYLAND 2 --- a six episode web-only venture --- due for exclusive broadcast on RTE.ie from January 2010 - June 2010.





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Tuesday, 17 November 2009

RTE STORYLAND 2 ENTRY - Devastation



More entries cropping up on YouTube for Irish broadcaster web series competition RTÉ STORYLAND
- which is great news, - this is how you build an audience from scratch.

Here's devastation.

Devastation - Test Scene for RTE Storyland
Check out our Facebook page,
our Twitter
and our website http://www.tripmedia.org

Billy & Paul's lives are turned upside-down after accidently befriending a mysterious stranger, Devon Jason.

We are entering RTE's Storyland2 with our show "Devastation". We are by no means in the competition yet but would love to gather some support. Hopefully you'll see more from us very soon!





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Monday, 16 November 2009

RTE STORYLAND 2 ENTRY - Help Vanted



More entries cropping up on YouTube for Irish broadcaster web series competition RTÉ STORYLAND
- which is great news, - this is how you build an audience from scratch.

Here's HELP VANTED.

Help Vanted Promo - RTE Storyland 2
happenchance films' entry into the 2009 RTE Storyland 2 competition





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Friday, 13 November 2009

Online Pitch Competition - Web Series contest

Just seen this site is linking to here -- hello!



From Online Pitch Competition facebook page:-
Got a great idea for a webseries? We want to hear it!

We want stories that cross platforms, cross borders, cross boundaries but hit home. Write what you know. Write what you want to see. Write something new.

We're putting together a slate of online dramas to pitch to broadcasters, brands and social media networks, and we're opening up the field to students and young storytellers. If you’ve got a great idea for an online series that could play on Myspace, Bebo or Facebook, PITCH IT TO US!

The best entries could be further developed under the auspices of Met Film’s BAFTA-winning Russell Stopford and big-hitting online producer Serena Cullen—executive producer of the first show to cross from digital to TV, Bebo series Sofia’s Diary, which aired on Fiver in the UK.

If your pitch is taken forward and commissioned, you'll get a story credit and a producing, directing or writing role in the production.

Remember: we want episodic narratives that work in the busy busy busy environment of the internet. Focus in on the story you want to tell, and the characters you want to explore. Apart from that, there are no limits. Any genre, any style, any perspective—just keep it original!

• Title
• 300 word Synopsis
• Character Bios
• Summaries of 3 webisodes
• 2 page sample script
• Pictures, Drawings or Mood Reel

by December 1st to be considered for the first round of submissions
MORE HERE:-
http://www.metfilmcreative.co.uk/onlinepitch.aspx


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Thursday, 12 November 2009

Online Comedy - ON THE ROCKS



From On The Rocks YouTube Channel:-
On the Rocks is an independently produced original comedy series that follows the comical exploits of the staff at Smith's Jazz Café.

Watch as the staff somehow manages to keep the restaurant in business in the midst of the absurdly amusing chaos and disorder that occurs at the bar on a daily basis.

From waiting on unbearable customers and serving intoxicating drink concoctions, to haphazardly promoting the bar and training incompetent new employees the staff handles each task in a humorously obnoxious way. After taking a shot of this comedy series, viewers will never look at there bartender, waiter, or waitress the same again and learn to live on the rocks.


ON THE ROCKS SHOW HOME SITE HERE:-
http://www.youtube.com/user/OntheRocksShow


On the Rocks: James




On the Rocks: Brock's Cock




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Wednesday, 11 November 2009

RTE STORYLAND 2 ENTRY - Bugbusters

From a comment on my post "RTE STORYLAND - Online Drama contest entries for 2010":

Here's the preview episode for our storyland 2 entry - Bugbusters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQVLhFsPoXc

Check it out, leave a comment, critique it, rate it, share it, tell your friend to watch it!"





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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Online Comedy - DAVID GARLAND JONES



DAVID GARLAND JONES SHOW HOME SITE HERE:-
http://www.youtube.com/user/DavidGarlandJones

Ep 1. David Garland Jones - 'An Actor Reflects'
First broadcast by classically trained, if unheralded, Welsh actor David Garland Jones - amongst the subjects covered are The Dane, mask work and reading.



David Garland Jones - A Tribute
Stars of stage and screen gather round to pay tribute to the actor David Garland Jones.




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Thursday, 5 November 2009

RE-POST - BIRMINGHAM WEST MIDLANDS WRITER EVENT Hello Digital: 3G-3D Storytelling Saturday 7 November 2009

WRITER?

Looking for something for Saturday?

In Birmingham, West Midlands, UK?



Places still available for a great all day event

3G-3D Storytelling: New Narrative Structures and Writing Opportunities in the Digital Age

on
Saturday 7th November 2009 (10am-5pm)
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Suite
£50 (£40 concessions)

Speakers:
TV/film producer: Claire Ingham
Online Drama writer: (COUGH!) Neil Mossey
Screen & Games writer: Graham Joyce

From the traditionally structured TV and film stories that attempt to appeal to wide audiences (which ITV controller Peter Fincham termed ‘3G’ – three generations watching together), to the 3D structures of games and online drama, this day-long course looks at new opportunities offered to writers by the rise of digital technologies.

Suitable for writers, film-makers and drama practitioners interested in looking at new ways of telling stories across screens of all sizes.



Graham Joyce is the author of fourteen novels and has won numerous awards for his writing, including five British Fantasy Awards and the 2003 World Fantasy Award. He has also written screenplays of his novels and has recently been hired by the creators of Doom 4 to help develop the storyline potential of the computer game.

Neil Mossey worked solely in television and radio before writing on Season 2 of the daily interactive web drama KateModern (storylining over 26 weeks, and scripting 74 webisodes). The series ended in July 2008 clocking up 66 million video views, the largest UK online production to date. As a comedy producer at the BBC he was responsible for developing new formats and drama in the Comedy Entertainment department with writers and performers.



Claire Ingham is a producer and film and television script developer. She works on projects at all stages of development - currently ranging from the adaptation treatment of Eoin Colfer’s bestselling novel The Wishlist to the final draft of Helen Cross’ original feature Stratford Road. Claire has previously worked for a number of film and television companies in development roles. She was Head of Drama Development at Impossible Pictures for four years where she headed a small team, commissioning and developing a range of TV and film projects for all the major broadcasters, including Jed Mercurio’s contemporary retelling of Frankenstein and Michael Chaplin’s family film Pickles.

*Concessionary rate also available to early bird bookings received BEFORE Friday 30th October.




For booking and further information,
www.scriptonline.net/screen.html
Or email catherine.edwards@scriptonline.net

Script is the regional development agency for dramatic writers in the West Midlands, offering advice, training and mentoring via industry-led partnerships.


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Thursday, 29 October 2009

Online Comedy coming soon... - Simply Simon Show



From watchsimplysimon.com:-
“A simple guy living in an un-simple world.”

Simply Simon is a dark comedic look at the struggles of one young man as he attempts to carve out his own path in life while maneuvering through life’s many complications. With an overprotective mother, a non-existent love life, and a job that seems to be going nowhere, how will Simon Arnold seek out that future which eludes him when the world just seems to be one-upping him at every turn?

Simon Arnold is our lovable loser and hero. As a child, Simon was a real go-getter with plans for a bright future. Unfortunately, life in the real world had its own plans for Simon, who soon finds out that life is not nearly as simple as he once thought. Love, loss and misadventure keep Simon in a constant state of bewilderment and uncertainty as both hilarity and coincidence ensue around him.

Each episode of Simply Simon is a new series of events gone awry in Simon’s life in which he must figure out a way to escape unscathed while maintaining his mental, emotional and physical well-being.
MORE HERE:-
http://watchsimplysimon.com/?page_id=2

SIMPLY SIMON SHOW HOME SITE HERE:-
http://watchsimplysimon.com/

SIMPLY SIMON SHOW YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE:
http://www.youtube.com/user/simplysimonshow

Simply Simon - Behind the Scenes #1 - Welcome
Welcome to the first production vlog of the Simply Simon webseries. Come watch as we go about making a webseries from scratch!




SIMPLY SIMON SHOW TWITTER
@simplysimonshow


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Monday, 26 October 2009

Hello Digital Fringe Event: 3G-3D Storytelling in BIRMINGHAM 7 NOV



If you're in the UK... this is a MASSIVE PLUG for a FANTASTIC all day EVENT in two week's time.

I've heard Graham Joyce speak about writing for DOOM, in ways that I can only describe as awesome. And Claire Ingham is hugely on top of her game, with great insight on the current state of the industry .

These kind of events in the UK are rare, so very happy to support

3G-3D Storytelling: New Narrative Structures and Writing Opportunities in the Digital Age

on
Saturday 7th November 2009 (10am-5pm)
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Suite
£50 (£40 concessions)

Speakers:
TV/film producer: Claire Ingham
Online Drama writer: (COUGH!) Neil Mossey
Screen & Games writer: Graham Joyce

From the traditionally structured TV and film stories that attempt to appeal to wide audiences (which ITV controller Peter Fincham termed ‘3G’ – three generations watching together), to the 3D structures of games and online drama, this day-long course looks at new opportunities offered to writers by the rise of digital technologies.

Suitable for writers, film-makers and drama practitioners interested in looking at new ways of telling stories across screens of all sizes.



Graham Joyce is the author of fourteen novels and has won numerous awards for his writing, including five British Fantasy Awards and the 2003 World Fantasy Award. He has also written screenplays of his novels and has recently been hired by the creators of Doom 4 to help develop the storyline potential of the computer game.

Neil Mossey worked solely in television and radio before writing on Season 2 of the daily interactive web drama KateModern (storylining over 26 weeks, and scripting 74 webisodes). The series ended in July 2008 clocking up 66 million video views, the largest UK online production to date. As a comedy producer at the BBC he was responsible for developing new formats and drama in the Comedy Entertainment department with writers and performers.



Claire Ingham is a producer and film and television script developer. She works on projects at all stages of development - currently ranging from the adaptation treatment of Eoin Colfer’s bestselling novel The Wishlist to the final draft of Helen Cross’ original feature Stratford Road. Claire has previously worked for a number of film and television companies in development roles. She was Head of Drama Development at Impossible Pictures for four years where she headed a small team, commissioning and developing a range of TV and film projects for all the major broadcasters, including Jed Mercurio’s contemporary retelling of Frankenstein and Michael Chaplin’s family film Pickles.

*Concessionary rate also available to early bird bookings received BEFORE Friday 30th October.




For booking and further information,
www.scriptonline.net/screen.html
Or email catherine.edwards@scriptonline.net

Script is the regional development agency for dramatic writers in the West Midlands, offering advice, training and mentoring via industry-led partnerships.


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Monday, 19 October 2009

RTE STORYLAND - Online Drama contest entries for 2010

Based in Ireland?



From RTE.ie:-
Would you like to make a web drama series for StoryLand 2?
Closing date is midnight on 1 November 2009.


- A very good idea to appeal to 18+ web audience
- A producer, director and writer attached to the project
- Scripts of the 1st and 2nd episodes
- 200 word synopsis of the rest of the series
- Budget that does not exceed €8,000 per episode
- A marketing plan
- 30” pitch of you or your project on DVD
MORE HERE:-
http://www.rte.ie/storyland/index.html


RTE STORYLAND INFORMATION NIGHT VIDEOS HERE:-



http://www.rte.ie/storyland/finalists/info_evening.html


RTE STORYLAND APPLICATION FORM HERE:
http://www.rte.ie/storyland/rte_storyland2_submission_form.doc



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Friday, 16 October 2009

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Find these links to web shows, creators, producers, industry news and productions useful?



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Thursday, 15 October 2009

Problems for Web Series Creators? - HOW TO MAKE A HIT INTERNET SHOW #5



Attended a forum held at BAFTA organised by NyAC last week, where Producer Phil Parker chaired with a very simple question...


With which key issues do you struggle when creating online interactive narratives?


It's a good question for any web show creators.

Here's my response -- feel free to add your own in COMMENTS below!


DYNAMIC UNIVERSES - the choices made when writing an Online Show?

TALE OF TWO NARRATIVES
- HOLDING THE FAN'S HAND?
Linear roll-out of story/narrative developments, in easily understandable guided sequences
or
- JOY OF DISCOVERY (MYSTERY, BROKEN NARRATIVE)?
Do you put content out there, for fan to engage by pieceing together aspects of story from what they find -- fans help each other out in comments, forums, wikis etc. alongside the creator's stream of content?


TIME, SPACE & DIMENSION
- single closed, completed narrative - using the internet as a TV transmission mast
(e.g. Clark & Michael, We Tell Stories)
or
- "live show" = open,ongoing narrative played out in real time
(e.g. lonelygirl15, katemodern)
or
- Mini closed narratives, with "live" ongoing communities around the writer, or performers
(e.g. The Guild, Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog)


FANS AS AUDIENCE,
or EVERYONE AS FANS?

Technology allows Everyone to comment on Everything.
Is that conversation encouraged by 'the show', or even acknowledged by the characters?


COMMUNITIES
- Controlled mothership ("Protect the brand!", geoblocking),
or
free-for-all?
i.e. 'Do you try to drive everyone to your home site, or do you put everything everywhere'


'HONESTY'
The two extremes:
- Having a backstage area which isn't on view to the public
or
- Putting *everything* out there - storyboards on youtube, works in progress scripts, behind the scenes blogs
= Hugh McLeod wrote his book 'How To Be Creative' on his blog, and it has been freely available for years. It hasn't had a negative impact on sales, if anything, is acting as years and years of pre-publicity.


FUNDING AFFECTING THE CREATOR'S CONTENT
- Sense of Community - paypal tip jar to pay for the next series
- or Micropayments, Advertising/Sponsorship,
- or selling 'containers' - DVD's, Live shows, Live screenings, Music tracks, Books
- or all these options



Leave a COMMENT below!


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Thursday, 1 October 2009

Online Comedy - TWITS

Not strictly narrative, but definitely worth passing on...
was not expecting the Washington Post logo at the end

Twits: Episode 1 - P. Diddy, Lindsay Lohan, Brooke Hogan



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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Online Comedy - HATTY RAINBOW

From HATTY RAINBOW
Hippy commune, virgin, kooky musician- it’s Hatty Rainbow!

From this day on, things are going to change- she’s leaving the commune and going to University and she’s blogging it all- the excitement, the wonder, the fright and the loneliness. She’s out of her comfort zone and she’s desperate for a friend, a companion, anyone!.......will it be you?

Hatty Rainbow’s upbringing wasn’t exactly conventional. Cummune pow-pows, naked dancing and outside toilets. An exciting life for anyone that’s at one with nature but unfortunately for Hatty she hates dirt and the outdoors. Her parents, born and raised in the commune, love her dearly but are difficulties connecting with her. Even more so now that she has decided to go to university and live in a dorm with central heating- their idea of hell!

Hatty arrives to find a city full of happy, excited party-loving students. The only problem is, they don’t seem to notice her. She does her best to fit in but dancing alone at the Students Union isn't that much fun.
"HATTY RAINBOW" SHOW HOME SITE HERE:-
www.youtube.com/hattyrainbow


01 This is me!
"My very first video diary. I've decided to document my journey at university. More videos coming soon. Enjoy!!"



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Monday, 21 September 2009

Dr. Horrible On The Emmys - or, Broadcast Network TV vs. Web Series

I know it's late, and behind similar blog posts, but we're on a bit of a delay here in the UK, and I've only just seen it.

Lots of 'demise of Network Broadcast Television' gags/references on the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards 2009, and this segment cut in,

Dr Horrible on the Emmys



Featuring Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris doubling up as Dr. Horrible from Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog (and Captain Hammer... and Felicia Day).

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Friday, 11 September 2009

Why FREE works? A Case Study - Sita Sings The Blues



Came across this awesome article by Michael Masnick on techdirt:-
"Earlier this year, we wrote about the ridiculous situation that Nina Paley faced in trying to release an amazing film, Sita Sings the Blues.

Basically, some copyright holders of the music used in the film put positively insane terms on the use of their music. This made no sense, considering that the music (from the 1920s) was mostly unlistened to these days -- and the only thing the movie would likely do is increase demand for people to get legitimate versions of the music.

Eventually, Paley worked out a plan to release the film under a Creative Commons license and put in place a business model like the ones we've talked about for years: give away the infinite, sell the scarce.

And apparently, it's working. Pistol points us to a talk that Nina Paley just gave revealing some of the results. You can see the video here (it's a bit over 20 minutes):"
MORE HERE:-
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090824/1723375986.shtml


DIY DAYS PHL NINA PALEY TALK VIDEO HERE



"SITA SINGS THE BLUES Distribution Project Report
If it's free, how do you make money?? 5 months after the Creative Commons Share Alike release of her animated musical feature Sita Sings the Blues, Nina Paley presents the first round of hard data from the project.

Contrary to MPAA propaganda, the more the audience freely shares the film, the more they purchase DVDs, theater admissions, and merchandise; witness the $$ numbers that prove it. Nina Paley is the creator of the animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues, which has screened in over 150 film festivals and won over 30 international awards including the Annecy Grand Crystal, The IFFLA Grand Jury Prize, and a Gotham Award.

Her adventures in our broken copyright system led her to Copyleft her film, and join QuestionCopyright.org as Artist-in-Residence."

"SITA SINGS THE BLUES" SHOW HOME SITE HERE:-
www.sitasingstheblues.com

"SITA SINGS THE BLUES" YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE:
http://www.youtube.com/user/drakar7002


Sita Sings the Blues Part 1 / 10




I think Nina Paley's comments are fascinating.
The content is free.
"Containers are not free... And that's what we're selling."

So they earn money from... Donations, Merchandise, and Broadcasting.

Containers related to the content.
NOT from the content itself.

"The more people who get to see the film... the more they will want to buy the film-related stuff."


(Plus, I have never come across the term "Copyleft" before).


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Wednesday, 9 September 2009

DIGITAL JUNCTION - UK Online Production Live Event -24 Sept



Always keen to promote live events and conferences on Online Writing and Production held here in the UK - but these guys are especially worth supporting.

Worked with EM Media earlier in the year - and Digital Junction looks like a great event.

From EM Media Talent Network:-
EM Media’s Talent Network presents Digital Junction

"This half-day mini conference features a fantastic line-up of regional and UK digital media industry experts exploring the future landscape of content production.

Plus for the region’s writers there is the opportunity to submit story ideas to discover how they could translate across the film, games, TV and interactive sectors.

A panel of producers working across these industries will provide feedback and food for thought in an informal and informative session.

Digital Junction takes place on Thursday 24 September at Antenna, Beck Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EQ between 3pm and 9pm."
MORE HERE:-
http://www.em-media.org.uk/pages/talentnetwork


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for Film and/or Digital Content Producers, Writers, Directors and crew.


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