How much does a good Web series cost? That’s been an evolving but constant question as digital series multiply. Increasingly, Internet-based series aspire to television-level quality, while trying to get by on Web-sized budgets.
While we are still in the early stages of development for web series, it's clear the form is developing pretty quickly. You know things are going to jump ahead some more in light of Bryan Singer's production H+. While a 48 part show with a budget of $2M is pretty economical for TV, it's still huge for the web series space. It is, however, a clear signal of a shift in thinking and doing:
- 48 two-to-seven minute episodes (255 mins in total)
- high production values
- non-linear format (episodes can be viewed out of conventional order) with timeline to help with sensemaking
- flexibility in storyline to transform into a long-form feature or 2-part mini-series (this helps with convincing traditional financing partners)