Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 55: Cutting the Cord and Shopping

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 55: Cutting the Cord and Shopping

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 55: Cutting the Cord and Shopping

Last week, my friend Janet invited me to a networking event on the Lower East Side. Janet’s a journalist who specializes in writing about advertising (patricianly with respect to tv) and an aspiring screenwriter. She’s currently thinking of putting together her first short. She’s looking for a director/crew. I was having a little writer’s block so figured, why not.

The event was put together by…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 54: Dear Hollywood Execs, Just Say No

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 54: Dear Hollywood Execs, Just Say No

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 54: Navigating Hollywood 101 - Just Say No

Last week, a print issue of The Hollywood Reporter showed up in my mailbox. I didn’t subscribe, yet somehow got on the list. That’s right. For FREE!! The comedy gods are either smiling at or mocking me.

The first article I noticed really hit home.  It was about the nearly universal way Hollywood executives reject pitches (or you, for that matter).  Versus saying “no” or the old school standby,…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 53: More on the Tween Front

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 53: More on the Tween Front

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 53:  More on the Tween Front

So I met with Kai yesterday. I’ve been SO busy, working till midnight most nights animating and in post, working on THE TOP SECRET project, but had promised him we’d get together to discuss the project we’re doing.

Before we got into it, we discussed the Disney buying Maker for $500 million news and, on the heels of that, AwesomenessTV buying Big Frame for $15 mil. Big Frame has more than 300…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 52: Miley Cyrus Stomped My Face

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 52: Miley Cyrus Stomped My Face

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 52:  Miley Cyrus Stomped My Face

So first, Kai and I postponed, or rather I did. We were supposed to meet to discuss the networking project but I’ve just been too swamped in post.
And when I say “post” I mean, not only the usual (editing, keying, color correcting, etc) but also animating. Part of the TOP SECRET PROJECT involves not only animation but a little live action footage, integrated in an unusual way and it’s been…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 51: Post Post Post

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 51: Post Post Post

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 51: Post Post Post

Really busy week. My producing partner on the REALLY BIG PROJECT and I had our first post meeting after the Victor shoot and the footage looks great! I’ve been spending the past few days working between three programs to edit, key and start the huge job of compositing.

While I wrote/directed this segment, I’m doing something kind of unusual with it–or, at least, something I’ve never done before…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 50: Take No Prisoners

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 50: Take No Prisoners

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 50: Take No Prisoners

So, after a mini-tumultuous time (one celeb bailing, studio problems) we finally went back into the green screen studio last Tuesday and shot.

It was great.

We used Victor Cruz (not THAT Victor Cruz), who played the lead in Chilltown and is ridiculously talented–not only as an actor but a comedian. He just wrapped The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz and directed by Nick Cassavetes. I actually…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 49: Shooting, Surprise, Shooting

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 49: Shooting, Surprise, Shooting

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 49: Shooting, Surprise, Shooting

So, this week was great. Since I last wrote, my camera production class went to Union Square Park and spent most of the day shooting. The day before I wrote a script in class and my shooting partner Tara and I put together a shot list.

The script was about the Oscars, which were happening the next night. We went up to people, prank style, told them we were from DCTV and ABC was debuting…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 48: Shooting

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 48: Shooting

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 48: Shooting

After last week’s debacle, we picked ourselves up and got an actor/comedian I’ve worked with a lot to fill in. The new shoot’s on Sunday, we’re rehearsing this evening and I’m pretty psyched. He always delivers plus is ultra reliable and a nice guy. That always wins the the race. So, although I’ll be missing part of the red carpet of the Oscars, it’s cool to be actually working towards making my…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 47: The Bough Breaks

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 47: The Bough Breaks

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 47: The Bough Breaks

Argh! So the celeb bailed on us. This past week has been beyond frustrating.

The celeb is a friend of my producing partner who double checked the day before that we were still on for last Sunday’s shoot and even went to the celeb’s house to pick him up an hour before start time (to give a wide window) and…the celeb wasn’t there.

My producing partner called me immediately and I knew something…

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