Thursday, 20 May 2010

Great Video Resource for webseries creators - ZOOBURST 3D Pop Up Books in Augmented Reality

ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that is designed to let anyone easily create their own customized 3D pop-up books. Using ZooBurst, storytellers of any age can create their own rich worlds in which their stories can come to life.
More at the ZOOBURST SITE HERE

Zooburst 3D Pop Up Books in Augmented Reality




Example of an embedded book here
(resizing the embed code to fit on here has made the text REALLY small though...)




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Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Short Form Internet Play - GOODNIGHT PRINCESS



FROM A COMMENT LEFT ON WHAT IS STORYGAS?
Hi Neil,

I've just posted the last episode of my webseries, Goodnight Princess. This Internet play explores love, loss and silly voices in three short acts. Shortform online drama is in seemingly short supply so we have tried to do something different. We have had very positive feedback.
Goodnight Princess Act 1: The Beginning of the End

An Internet Play in three acts exploring love, loss and silly voices. We would love to hear your thoughts on this short form Internet Play
Goodnight Princess Act 2: Middle Eight




Goodnight Princess Act 3: The End of the Beginning

On my YouTube account you will also find my first webseries, The Evil League of Evil Applications Processing Office, based around my interpretation of Bad Horse's administration. I also have interviews with Felicia Day and Sean Becker from The Guild.
GOODNIGHT PRINCESS main page HERE:-

GOODNIGHT PRINCESS AND WORLD OF HIGLET YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE:

WORLDOFHIGLET on twitter

WORLDOFHIGLET blog here

WORLDOFHIGLET on facebook


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Sunday, 16 May 2010

New IRISH comedy webseries - DIRECTOR HECTOR



Via Director Hector home site:-
Hector Grimes is gonna shoot the greatest action film Drogheda has ever seen, one way or another.

DIRECTOR HECTOR follows wannabe movie director Hector Grimes’ chaotic attempts at making an action film in Drogheda town.

Using his mates as a motley cast and crew for his epic ACTION TRACTION and bolstered by extreme delusions of grandeur, what could possibly go wrong for the clamper turned director? If you want to know how NOT to make a film, this is it…

DIRECTOR HECTOR SHOW HOME SITE HERE

DIRECTOR HECTOR on facebook

DIRECTOR HECTOR YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE

Director Hector Episode 1: A New Hope

DIRECTOR HECTOR - a mockumentary following the chaotic attempts of Hector Grimes to make an amateur action film called "Action Traction" in Drogheda, Louth, Ireland. Using his own mates (such as Ug Murphy and Chopper Brady) as a motley cast and crew, what could possibly go wrong...?


Director Hector Episode 2: The A-Team




Director Hector Episode 3: Master and Commander




Director Hector Episode 4: Judgement Day





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Thursday, 6 May 2010

An Awesome Online Picture Editing Site even I could use... - PIXLR



I know there are HUNDREDS of online picture editors out there, but had to tart up the StoryGas banner and used this one thanks the tip from @mrjonmacqueen

http://pixlr.com

It was a dream to use - especially as I have no photoshop skills whatsoever.





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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Three More Places For Webseries Creators to stream live video webcasts

Few more places for web series creators to stream live video webcasts, which I'll add to the first list here...

...thanks to @anthonydelosa for the first two:

Justin.tv

Justin.tv is the easiest way to create live video and show anyone in the world what's happening right now. Using only a laptop, you can share your event, class, party or thoughts, live, to anyone in over 250 countries while they chat in real-time with you and with other viewers. Justin.tv makes it fun, easy and fast to gather and engage with a live audience.



livevideo.com



--brought up a bunch of pop up ads for online casinos which put me off...


But the one I'd most like to try next is...


twitcam.com

Twitcam posts your video description and link to Twitter for all your followers to see.

While broadcasting, chat with your viewers via Twitter right from your broadcast page.

Once you’re done going live, we archive your video and display it on the same page.




Any more suggestions for places to stream live broadcasts?


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Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Places for webseries creators to stream LIVE VIDEO for webcasts and live web events



Web series such as lonelygirl15 and KateModern experimented with using live web events amongst the flow of their narrative.
(Some of the examples are catalogued here on the lgpedia).

EXIT Stage Left even played its entire first series finale out live.

Live webcasts can also be used for 'behind the scenes' announcements, or events such as CELEBRATETHEWEB.

They generate a 'buzz' in the community, and when it comes to being honest and authentic... you can't do something much more stomach churning... or thrilling... than playing it out live.

I think the audience can smell the genuine article - so they're a great tool for a web series.

Here are a few places which host live video streaming...

(- and let me know if you have any preferences, or other places in COMMENTS below, thanks!)


BlogTV

BlogTV is the place where you can show off your talent, build a fan base and share your opinions LIVE! Any person with a lap top or PC and a webcam is only seconds away from having their very own live broadcasts, recorded videos and television style scheduled programming!



Qik.com

live video streaming for webseries creators and producers web event streams
•Share privately
•Access your videos anywhere
•Your friends can watch as it happens
•Post to your favorite social networks
•Share your location




Ustream.tv

Ustream is the leading live interactive broadcast platform that enables anyone with an Internet connection and a camera to engage their audience in a meaningful, immediate way. Unlike previous webcasting technology, Ustream uses a one-to-many model, which means that the user can broadcast to an audience of unlimited size. Ustream's platform has been used to broadcast everything from high school sporting events to Hollywood movie premieres, and people are finding new and innovative uses for it every day.


Here's how one web show uses Ustream for their live web TV shows.




There's also Stickam.

Tried getting some info, but my browser started giving me all kinds of security warnings. If you want to take a look, here's a great How To tutorial...




Justin.tv

Justin.tv is the easiest way to create live video and show anyone in the world what's happening right now. Using only a laptop, you can share your event, class, party or thoughts, live, to anyone in over 250 countries while they chat in real-time with you and with other viewers. Justin.tv makes it fun, easy and fast to gather and engage with a live audience.



livevideo.com



--brought up a bunch of pop up ads for online casinos which put me off...


But the one I'd most like to try next is...


twitcam.com

Twitcam posts your video description and link to Twitter for all your followers to see.

While broadcasting, chat with your viewers via Twitter right from your broadcast page.

Once you’re done going live, we archive your video and display it on the same page.



And you can push things further, by streaming other video sources, like a games console, or a video mixer... here's a tutorial.



... or how to stream your desktop live on Ustream




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Friday, 30 April 2010

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Removed my SiteMeter meter from StoryGas...



My 'Gas meter is gone.

After waiting slowly for my blog here to load, hanging on either this...



or "waiting for dg.specificclick.net "

...enough was enough. I've removed the sitemeter code from this site (which drove the counter at the bottom, causing the blog not to load), and already the page loads SO much faster. Hopefully increasing my page views and time spent on the site.




So on Wednesday, after 16604 site visits, and 27868 page views
- feels a shame to remove something that's been here since the beginning.


I put Google analytics onto Storygas much later.
Which means there is a lower count there.
Just so I can keep tabs on the difference, that's currently running at...



...but I would like to have an counter where everyone can see the traffic to this site...


Any suggestions or recommendations for free website counters???

I'd really appreciate any COMMENTS below - THANKS.

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Thursday, 29 April 2010

FAVOURITE POSTS - UK Comedy Web Series - PENELOPE PRINCESS OF PETS

Still going through favourite old posts picking out and updating the ones I like...

Here's one from January 2009, announcing the development of a web series for the TV Channel 4 in the UK.

The one-off Penelope Princess of Pets went out last week... (and, of course, it hasn't been made available outside the UK).

ORIGINAL PENELOPE PRINCESS OF PETS POST HERE

Penelope Princess of Pets webseriesFrom Chortle.com:-

Quirky American comedian Kristen Schaal's web series Penelope: Princess Of Pets could be made into a pilot for Channel 4.

She and double-act partner Kurt Braunohler made five episodes of the offbeat show for now-defunct website Super Deluxe.

And now Schaal, who plays obsessed fan Mel in the Flight Of The Conchords TV series, says it ‘looks like' they will be developing the offbeat show for Channel 4.

She told US website Punchline: ‘This year, it's going to be me trying to figure out how to make a pilot in London.'

FULL ARTICLE ON CHORTLE HERE...


PENELOPE PRINCESS OF PETS creator Kristen Schaal on twitter


PENELOPE PRINCESS OF PETS youtube channel HERE



Penelope Princess of Pets - Episode 1




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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

vote for UK webseries THE SPECIALS - nominated for 2 webby awards?

Only just seen that UK web series, THE SPECIALS is up for two WEBBY AWARDS.

This is a big achievement for a little show, have a look below, and if you think they deserve the win and want to help out by voting, the TWO category links are here!

http://www.youtube.com/webby?x=documentaryseries

http://www.youtube.com/webby?x=reality



Click on REGISTER TO VOTE to register, then the above links take you directly to the voting!




Vote for The Specials!




ORIGINAL POST ON STORYGAS FROM DECEMBER 2009 HERE:



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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Monday, 26 April 2010

Online Comedy Web Series - PARTY GIRL PLUS ONE

Via "Jen" leaving a comment on the WHAT IS STORYGAS page...

dating web series Party Girl Plus One comedy webseries
Party Girl Plus One began in the Spring of 2006. May, to be exact. I had to start dating again after the finalization of my divorce. That wasn’t so bad, as I like to meet new people and share new experiences.

But as soon as one of my dates decided to stick his tongue down my throat before the appetizers arrived, I knew I needed to write these stories down. Before I knew it, I had quite a collection of stories,and a rude awakening that I had dated a lot of guys. These stories which were recorded in my dating diary have evolved into the episodes you watch in Party Girl Plus One the web series.

The stories are based on actual events, however, all names and likeness has been changed to protect the innocent. (The disclaimer).

Sit back and enjoy the the funny videos and stories; I’m sure you’ve been on a few of these dates yourself. You might even be one of these type of dates.
PARTY GIRL PLUS ONE HOME SITE HERE:-


"PARTY GIRL PLUS ONE" YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE:


Party Girl Plus One-Jen Dawson's Dating Web Series Diary




EP 2: Party Girl Plus One Smell Fetish

Jen's first date out in search of her plus one is with a sommelier (wine guy) who has a bit of a smelling fetish.



EP 3: Party Girl Plus EXtreme Measures

Out of all the guys to date, Jen picks the one guy whose got worse break-up issues that she does. As he cries like a baby, she realizes she's not alone in the business of self flagellation.



EP 6: Party Girl Plus One Big Squeeze

Jen opts in for movie night with Richard, an art gallery owner she bummed $4 to cover her exhibit parking. Turns out that $4 cost her a whole evening and well into the night as Jen realizes Richard is the guy that just wont leave.



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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Audio Hosting Sites for Web Series Producers

places to upload sound uploading audio files like youtube

Reorganising the sidebar of storygas.com to be a bit less cluttered, and a bit more useful...

So, started up a new category - RESOURCES - to put things for anyone trying to start a web series.

Here's a list of a load of places to upload audio - it came from me trying to find a youtube-style place for uploading .mp3 files and other sound files.
And being able to embed those files in web sites.

Currently using entertonement.com, but thinking of trying out soundcloud.

Tried any of these? What do you use for audio or podcasts?
Let me know on COMMENTS below!


Entertonement.com

•Upload and manage your sound bites
•Send ringtones to your phone
•Clip long sound bites to make smaller ones
•Create audio collections and share them


This is what an embedded sound clip looks like.





Soundcloud.com



Video tour:





Audioboo.fm

We’re a small team based in London UK who launched Audioboo in March 2009 as a simple way of recording audio while on the move and adding as much useful data to it as possible, such as photos, tags and location.

We believe spoken word audio has been left behind in the current explosion of online innovation and we’re going to make sure that’s not the case in the future. Enjoy the service – we certainly do.
audio hosting for webseries production uk
"Best way to explain it is by making an audioboo"

Listen!



audioo.com




What do YOU use?! Click on COMMENTS below...



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Monday, 19 April 2010

UK Online Web Series Event - Kidmapper



Thanks to the Cyfle Multiplatform Symposium for putting me onto this...

Great example of how a closed narrative
(R.L. Stevenson's book, Kidnapped!)
can be turned into a live event - streamed on the web.

Tim Wright followed the route covered in the novel, in real time, streaming the journey as he went.
How a book begins
'Kidnapped' is a fantastically exciting book.
The story of David Balfour running for his life across the Highlands, sometimes accompanied by tough and rebellious Alan, sometimes pursued by the English army, seemed so visceral and exciting to me that I wanted to try it for myself.

So that is exactly what (Tim Wright did).
From 30th June to 25th August (2009), (He followed) a route across Scotland from the south western tip of Mull to the outskirts of Edinburgh, as charted in Chapters 14–27 of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Kidnapped’.

KIDMAPPER HOME SITE HERE


KIDMAPPER YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE


TIM WRIGHT ON TWITTER @moongolfer


And this is the first web series I've linked with Google Maps



29th June: Starting On The Beach


This is my first day on the Kidnapped Trail, so here's a basic explanation of what I'm up to.



crossing the Forth with the Limekilns publican


Ian of the Ship Inn in Limekilns has had many people come into his pub and talk a good game about 'Kidnapped', but we are the first people he's been prepared to actually take across the river in his boat.

What a guy! He even cooked us a bowl of white pudding because that's what the 'fine lass' behind the bar does in the book. The rest of you, I'm afraid will have to take the bridge.


Lunacy, lunar landings and a confusion of Armstrongs


It doesnt surprise me at all to find comments on the blog referring to journeys and physical challenges currently in the news that mirror precisely what were doing here in terms of following a prescribed route, using manuals, never stopping despite what is thrown at us and unspooling a compelling narrative for others to enjoy and emulate.

Yes, Im talking about the moon landing of 40 years ago involving Armstrong *N* and the Tour de France involving Armstong *L*. If only an Armstong had won the Open also, we would have had a triumvirate of parallel events.




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Friday, 16 April 2010

CELEBRATE THE WEB live event - honouring web series in 2010



From Via webseriestoday:-
"Let's make lemonade out of lemons," explained Kim Evey as she addressed the crowd of the local L.A. web tv community to explain how she and Jenni Powell were motivated to organize Celebrate the Web.

Jenni revealed that the order of speakers would be determined by random draw. Sandeep Parikh took the stage to open the festivities. More subdued than we've seen him on his blog earlier this week, he set the tone by trumpeting what draws him to creating on the web. The whole show was streamed live and is available to view but there were, in my eyes, some stand out moments.
...
All week the blogs have been alive for calls of a smaller ceremony that was unique to the medium and captured the independent spirit of the people who work in it. I have a feeling many people are going to refer to this as that kind of ceremony.



Me speaking
-- This is that kind of ceremony. StoryGas


CELEBRATE THE WEB HOME SITE HERE


Looking forward to CELEBRATE THE WEB 2011. #celebratetheweb



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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

RTE Storyland 2 - 2010 - Round 4



Forget the UK Elections 2010, Ireland's RTE's Storyland contest hits round 4.

So we're down to 3 remaining shows fighting it out to make it into the final two. Voting opened this morning and the new episodes are online. So much is at stake for the program makers, they know now that the hard bit isn't making the episodes (though it is hard and I should know... I've seen the pics and read the production blogs). The hard work is drumming up interest in their work and getting people to watch it, like it and vote for it.
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To give you a taste, have tried to embed the remaining shows here...

...but could only find episode ones -- so here they are with links to the latest eps below...


WE OWN THE STREETS - EPISODE ONE - DIRECTOR'S COMMENTARY



WE OWN THE STREETS YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE

WE OWN THE STREETS home site here

VOTE for WE OWN THE STREETS at RTE STORYLAND



ZOMBIE BASHERS - EPISODE 1



ZOMBIE BASHERS YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE

ZOMBIE BASHERS home site here

VOTE for ZOMBIE BASHERS at RTE STORYLAND



BUTCHERS - EPISODE 1



BUTCHERS YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE

BUTCHERS on facebook

VOTE for BUTCHERS at RTE STORYLAND



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Friday, 9 April 2010

UK Screenlit Festival - Nottingham 21-29 April 2010



For writers & producers in the UK in a couple of weeks...
2 Heads Are Better Than 1: Sam Bain & Jesse Armstrong
Gala showing of FOUR LIONS
Armando Iannucci
William Ivory
BBC Comedy Commissioning Editor Cheryl Taylor
Rob Brydon
Dave Spikey...
MORE HERE:-
http://screenlit.co.uk/talent


ScreenLit Festival


The ScreenLit festival is Nottingham's premiere film festival - this year we will be welcoming Armando Iannucci, Chris Morris and Rob Brydon

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Friday, 2 April 2010

Ira Glass on Storytelling




Via Sandeep on the POST-NUP WEB SHOW SERIES BLOG:-
If you’re an artist, consider yourself officially out of excuses.

The cost to produce your material, distribute it widely, and reach out to potential fans is no longer a real barrier.

But, that’s probably not what’s really stopping you (or me).

What stops us is fear: that our work will be rejected, that it won’t be as good as what we’ve done before, that we were never good enough to do it in the first place, etc., etc., blah blah blah.

1. Ira Glass on the Taste Gap
Ira Glass is the creator and host of the radio show This American Life.

In an interview with CurrentTV, he tells us that the only way to bridge the gap between the stuff you like (your taste) and what you are capable of (your skill) is to work really hard, for a really long time (inspired yet?).

I really appreciated the end of this segment, where he actually plays some of his earlier radio work, which as he says, is actually kinda crappy.
MORE HERE:-
http://www.postnupshow.com/diy-tv-four-pieces-of-inspiration/#


Ira Glass on Storytelling, part 3 of 4



To paraphrase:
First couple of years... what you're making isn't that great.
But your taste is still killer & your taste is good enough to tell that it's kinda crappy.

People tend not to go past that point.

Everyone I know went through that phase of years... they knew it fell short.
It didn't have that special thing.
You've gotta know it's totally normal.

And the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work.
Volume.
Give yourself a deadline. Best if someone is waiting for your work.

Its only by going through a volume of work that you'll catch up and close that gap - your work is as good as your ambitions.


Want more? Oh, alright then.

Ira Glass on Storytelling, part 1 of 4


Building blocks of storytelling:
Anecdote
(sequence of action, raising questions)
and Moment of Reflection
(here's why you're listening to this story, the bigger something)



Ira Glass on Storytelling, part 2 of 4


On Finding Great Stories.
Anything you put on tape tries to be crap.

You have to prop it up agressively at every stage of the way - cutting the boring parts, getting to the heart - you have to be ruthless.

Anything that's good is from people being tough.

Failure is part of success.


Ira Glass on Storytelling, part 4 of 4


On 2 common pitfalls.
Everything will be more compelling if you talk like a normal human being.
The more you are your own self, the better you are.

If someone's got a good personality, they let other people talk.




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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Online Comedy Web Series - POST NUP



From comment from Natasha left on WHAT IS STORYGAS
We thought that you would find our animated web series interesting :)

Post-Nup is an animated show about marriage. More specifically, it’s a show about that last hour of the day, on a night when it’s pretty apparent (at least to the woman) that there isn’t going to be any sex. Our interracial couple sits in bed, recaps their day, checks email, and reveals comedic insights about their relationship and modern, urban marriage in general.

Post-Nup is a new Web Series and we are actively employing new marketing strategies to create a larger online fan base for the show as we begin the process of streaming at different WebTV sites.

So far, we have secured about 10,000 views/month. As an exclusively online Web Series, we believe in the power of online marketing as a method of increasing the leverage of online video streaming.
POST-NUP SHOW HOME SITE HERE:-
http://www.postnupshow.com

POST-NUP YOUTUBE CHANNEL HERE:
http://www.youtube.com/user/ThePostNupShow


PostNup: Episode 1


In Episode 1, Gaby is giving Omar the silent treatment. Unfortunately for Gaby, Omar discovers that being a cartoon has some amazing perks, such as being able to read your spouses thought bubbles. With access to Gabys brain (which, BTW, is still running Mac OS 9), Omar sees her thoughts, explores her fantasies, and ultimately, decides to use his cartoon power to control her.



Post-Nup: Episode 2




Post-Nup: Episode 3




POST-NUP SHOW on FACEBOOK


POST-NUP also has a great blog about the process of web series production.
http://www.postnupshow.com/blog


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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

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Monday, 29 March 2010

WEBISODE? Is webisode the right term for your episodes? Or does it denigrate your work?

GREAT discussion on twitter over the term "WEBISODE" found via @richardhartley

webisode is it the right term to use for an episode of a web series or webseries

From Eric Mortensen
Bio director of content development @ blip.tv. beginner thereminist. cookie thief.

Please stop using the word #webisode. Is that really the message you want to send? Wannabe TV episode? Don't denigrate your work.



Here's his side of the conversation... (most recent first)


@AnthonyDeLosa Perhaps we'll have this discussion in person someday.

@AnthonyDeLosa So, to bring us back a few steps..does #webisode mean interactive? Does it mean something broader than TV?

@AnthonyDeLosa The web is largely where it's watched for now.Absolutely.But things change fast and thinking only in terms of Web = mistake.

@AnthonyDeLosa There's still a lot of work to do. An INSANE amount of work. But if the next 5 move as quickly as the last 5? BLAMMO!

@AnthonyDeLosa We've been grappling with that for 5 years now. This industry has moved forward at an astonishing rate over that time.

@AnthonyDeLosa We've been delivering web series to Sony TVs for 3 years now. Roku,Tivo,AppleTV, too. Content comes from the web, not to it

@AnthonyDeLosa But "web series" isn't about where it's watched. It's where it comes from. Why would someone make something just for the web?

@AnthonyDeLosa I have issues with "web series" and "indie music", too. But I see the logic there. They serve a purpose for the time being.

@AnthonyDeLosa Web series tells you where content comes from. It's sorta like "indie music". Webisode suggests "not quite a real episode".

@AnthonyDeLosa But who is looking webisodes? Who is looking to be entertained, but *only* by "webisodes"? What viewer even uses that word?

@nicolespag I really don't understand the word's purpose. I wonder who was the first to use it.

Head over to @podictionary for more on the word "episode". http://podictionary.com/?p=170

"Episode" has been used in everything from Greek tragedies to Who Wants To Marry a Millioinaire. It's the right word for your show, too.

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And on the other side of the chat... @anthonydelosa
Anthony DeLosa
Creator: Neighborhood Watch @TheHollywood Web Series

(most recent comments first)

@ericmortensen Thanks for an interesting discussion. One thing I can absolutely agree on, without a doubt there is a lot of work to do.

@ericmortensen experiences and worlds unique to the web not inferior versions of TV shows. I think there will always be a place for that.

@ericmortensen Whenever I look at web shows I ask "why does this exist on the web and not on TV?" I'm interested in creating interactive

@ericmortensen But does the average person view that way? How long before they do? Have to meet the capability of the average user.

@ericmortensen I think web series is where it's watched. If there is interaction and requires use of the keyboard that's where it needs 2 B

@ericmortensen I feel as an industry "WebTV" fails to let the average person know it exists and where to find it.

@ericmortensen Either you go to the audience or you hope the audience somehow finds you. Not just on the show level but on the ind. level.

@ericmortensen I always go back to hulu. They have the most known IP in the world but took to TV to tell people where to find it online.

@ericmortensen I think there will always be content made just 4 the web. That viewers aren't looking 4 is because they don't know about it.

@ericmortensen I can see where using web series and webisiode would be redundant. Fair enough.

@ericmortensen I have no love for the term but "web series episode"-"webisode", "tomatoe"-"tomatoh" IMO

@ericmortensen You could never just use episode by itself. You'd have to preface it with web series anyway which is the same as webisode.

@ericmortensen Where discovery is enemy#1 webisode is necessary. It makes it clear that it is an episode of something made for the web.

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I hate the term 'webisode', but not as much as the term Web TV, which really does feel backward looking, and inaccurate (for failing to distinguish TV episodes merely uploaded from interactive storytelling)...

...but only because the word 'webisode' feels ugly and pretentious. But as Anthony says,
Where discovery is enemy#1 webisode is necessary. It makes it clear that it is an episode of something made for the web.


Someone out there must have a better term?
(we don't call TV programmes "films")
(for our friends in the US: we don't call TV programs "movies")

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Friday, 26 March 2010

10 Steps For A Facebook Fan Page - from the next web



Via @LucFalempin

Great top 10 list by Ayelet Noff on how to create a fan page on facebook.

The tips are written from the angle of social marketing for brands...

but it's a pretty complete checklist for getting your web series onto facebook... and includes...
1) Open Page – I have often seen the mistake of many companies opening a group or a personal profile for a company. Facebook has created Facebook pages for commercial companies to be able to carry on conversations with their consumers. Pages (unlike personal profiles or groups) enable brands to view insights such as fans demographics, number of interactions with fans, etc.

2) Content is king – Add dynamic content such as screenshots of highlighted areas on your site, videos of explaining your service, stuff that people would be able to look at when they make the decision of joining your fan page or not.

3) Networking – After you’ve uploaded enough interesting content, suggest your page to relevant members in your network.

4) Find your target audience - Finding the people within Facebook that will take an interest in your brand and in your campaigns and make sure they know your page exists.

5) Keep the conversation awake – Create live discussions on your page by both utilizing the status feature and also the discussions app.

6) Excite people about your brand again and again - Create frequent contests and special campaigns for fans to take part in and reward them for their participation with either social or monetary incentives that have to do with your brand.

7) Create a Welcome tab

8 ) Bring Value - Create other tabs that are relevant to your brand.

9) Utilize Facebook’s Insights - How many interactions did you have with fans this week? How many people commented on your posts?

10) Increase your exposure - Promote your Facebook page on your email signature, on your homepage, in other social networks that you’re a part of and in all outgoing materials to bloggers and journalists.


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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

KateModern on The Money Programme - Media Revolution




Mentioned this almost exactly a year ago here!http://storygas.blogspot.com/2009/03/katemodern-and-me-on-money-programme.html

Here's an extract.

KateModern Mention on TV




From BBC News Money Programme:-
A decade ago, the UK was a net importer of television programmes. Now we're one of the most powerful players on the international television stage, exporting more than half the world's TV "formats".

Consumers are changing the way in which they watch television
But a transformation in the way viewers consume television is turning the industry's business model on its head and threatening the long-term future of this, one of the UK's most significant creative industries.

'Profound' changes
All the UK's major broadcasters have set up websites to allow viewers to watch their programmes via the computer, while social networking sites such as Bebo are carrying television content and even originating their own shows.

As the lines between television, the internet and social networking sites blur, this presents exciting but controversial new opportunities to bring advertising revenue into programmes.

Experts predict a future in which broadcasters gather substantial amounts of information about viewers and sell this data to advertisers who target their messages much more precisely than at present.

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Monday, 22 March 2010

Net Neutrality



In all of the rows brewing over online content, I’ve only ever seen fears over access and availability and supply of content... not fears of access and availability and supply of the bandwidth itself.

So thanks to this article by Ted Johnson in VARIETY, for the first time, I came across the term
NET NEUTRALITY

A central argument is the worry that Internet service providers, such as Comcast, Verizon, et al., could give speedier delivery to some websites and services than others.

That would drive monthly subscribers to some websites while they eventually shut out the slower ones. And as Hollywood increasingly looks to the Web to deliver entertainment -- via video streaming, downloading and techniques that are still in the formative stage -- billions of dollars annually could be at stake.

The fear is that without the teeth of government restrictions, the Internet will one day resemble cable TV, where consumers are at the mercy of the dealmaking prowess of operators and networks, who decide what viewers can get via bundled tiers of channels.

When someone subscribes to cable, they get certain channels because those companies made a deal to be there, and some Web folk want to ensure that the Internet avoids the more-money/more-access approach.
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Seems its been around for a while -- here's an explanation in video form from December 2006....

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