Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 68: The Directing Workshop

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 68: The Directing Workshop

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Last Sunday I attended an intense twelve hour workshop on directing motion here in NYC. It was a part of a nationwide tour featuring a well-known commercial director, Vincent Laforet, and since I’m gearing up to finally buy a camera in by the end of the year and start shooting I thought it would be be really worthwhile and fun.

It was and, in part, wasn’t. It was a looooonnnggg day. I was up at…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 67 - YouTube NYC

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 67 – YouTube NYC

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I live in NYC and when I launched my first web series on YouTube, one of the first things I did was become a part of the YouTube NYC community.  I’ve written a little about it here a while back and it’s great.

They have free classes which have been invaluable.  I not only got great tips about branding building online, but production tips.  It’s part of the reason I decided to pick up a camera…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 66: Is Crowdsourcing Worth It?

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 66: Is Crowdsourcing Worth It?

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This week’s entry is gonna be short.  I’m actually taking a mini-vac and leaving early today, but wanted to write a bit more about crowdsourcing.  And just how important is it right now if you’re doing a web series.

I’m part of the camp that believes that the primary way videos should be paid for on the web, as annoying as it sometimes is post release, via advertising.  If you’re lucky. Very…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 65: Does Online Popularity Translate in the Real World?

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 65: Does Online Popularity Translate in the Real World?

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 65: Does Online Popularity Translate in the Real World?

Hmmmm. This week a few big YouTube and Vine personalities failed spectacularly as live-streamed red carpet hosts of the Daytime Emmys. I watched videos of it and their “hosting” skills were embarrassing. They made dumb, seriously distasteful racist and rape jokes, admitted on camera that they never heard of any of the people they were interviewing (who were nominated for awards) although they…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 64: Promotion Revisited

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 64: Promotion Revisited

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 64: Promotion Revisited

This week, there was an article in The Wrap, that said more Game of Thrones fans watch fan-genertated videos on youtube than official GoT content. In fact, less than 11% of GoT videos viewed are from the show’s official channel. And the thing I thought was: Instant free promo! Wow. If you’re lucky enough to have that happen.

One of the hardest parts of releasing a web series is promoting it.…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 63- Rollo Returns/MCNs

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 63- Rollo Returns/MCNs

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 63- Rollo Returns/MCNs

Another super busy week with meetings, writing, editing or, as showrunner/creator extraordinaire Shonda Rhimes would say, “doing.” Feels great to be in the midst of all of this with little time for much else.

And right in the middle of it all, Rollo called.

For those who’ve just started following this blog, Rollo is a guy who contacted me right after I launched. A former senior level exec, he’s…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 62: Pitching Tips

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 62: Pitching Tips

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So this week I went back in. Writing, editing, taking meetings, you know, the usual.

Strangely, the little bits of writer’s block I had been struggling with were totally gone. I think taking nearly a week off from writing just made me wanna do it more. Luckily.

Last week and this, my producing partner and I took a few meetings. Both were with people who have tons of production/directing…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 61: Death and Writing

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 61: Death and Writing

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This has been an insane week.

It kicked off with an old friend, one of my Bronx homeboys, suddenly and unexpectedly dying.  Which, aside from the obvious (grief, funeral, reconnecting with people from back in the day), shifted things for me.

I’m normally a total workaholic. But, I wasn’t in much of a work mood. I cancelled my weekly radio show, so both stations played reruns.  I only took a few…

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Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 60 - The Showrunner Roundtable

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 60 – The Showrunner Roundtable

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 60 - The Showrunner Roundtable

This week is gonna be short and sweet. I’m really up to my ears with work, writing, writing, writing, so versus my usual full-length essay/diatribe, just a small observation (and link to an article I feel every tv writer/web series writer/aspiring writer should check out).

Last week The Hollywood Reporter ran their annual Drama Showrunner Roundtablefeaturing showrunners Nic Pizzolatto (True…

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Writing Process Blog Tour

Writing Process Blog Tour

Writing Process Blog Tour

I was asked by my friend (and fellow NYWIFT member) journalist/writer Janet Stilsonto participate in a writer’s process blog tour. Janet regularly writes for Adweek, Variety and other entertainment/media outlets. She’s also writing/producing a movie and writing novel. We’ve been friends for a while and is always engaging, interesting and fun to hang out with her. I was thrilled she asked me to…

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