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a look at the creative and technical worlds of immersive storytelling
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SeriesFest: How To Make an Indie TV Pilot

SeriesFest: How To Make an Indie TV Pilot | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Chris O'Falt and Sarah Colvin:  "IndieWire examines how much money, crew, time and equipment it took to shoot the 34 Competition Pilots that screened in Denver. [....] What we learned was that shooting an indie pilot is not terribly different than shooting the micro-budget features that find their way to film festivals."

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5 Things You Should Do Before You Make a Web Series

5 Things You Should Do Before You Make a Web Series | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Kit Williamson:  "Thinking of making your own web series? Read this first."

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6 Tips for Getting Your Web Series Off the Ground

6 Tips for Getting Your Web Series Off the Ground | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Maddy Kadish:  "So you've got a web series but you're not sure how to launch it into the world and create buzz. Read this."

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6 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Making a Web Series

6 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Making a Web Series | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Elisabeth Gray:  "The Unemployed Roommate genre is so worn out that even your mom may not be persuaded to watch."

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Melanie Hundley's curator insight, August 4, 2015 10:22 AM


Elisabeth Gray:  "The Unemployed Roommate genre is so worn out that even your mom may not be persuaded to watch."

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10 Reasons You Should Make a Web Series (Instead of an Indie Film)

10 Reasons You Should Make a Web Series (Instead of an Indie Film) | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Anna Kerrigan:  "You have the freedom to stick to your pure, unadulterated vision of the project."

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Classic Alice & The Brave New World of Transmedia Storytelling

Classic Alice & The Brave New World of Transmedia Storytelling | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Erik Urtz:  "The Classic Alice and its heavy social media integration are a great example of what storytelling in the twenty first century just might become."

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Michael Kosmides's curator insight, February 21, 2015 6:30 AM

Classic transmedia Alice

James Coombes's curator insight, March 9, 2015 9:18 PM

This is an interesting use of social media, though I would not regard its participatory aspect as any kind of immersion.

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How Vimeo's 'High Maintenance' is Making the Web Series Format Dope as Hell

How Vimeo's 'High Maintenance' is Making the Web Series Format Dope as Hell | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Micah Van Hove:  "It's rare to find a comedy series that has enough realism to keep you engaged with the characters and enough farce to keep you laughing. Enter High Maintenance -- the first-ever Vimeo Original web series."

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Vivalist's curator insight, February 11, 2015 4:29 PM

"Look how Transparent, House of Cards, and Orange is the New Black are being critically lauded and scooping up all kinds of major awards. And rightfully so. It's just a sign of what's happening and what's to come. Vimeo, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu -- those guys -- they're going to continue to function as studios for people making digital content and then there will be all the people making stuff independently. It's going to keep increasing exponentially I think, as people become more and more comfortable viewing content online and as more and more people discover they don't have to wait for a TV executive to give them permission to make a show."

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Five ways a web series can make money

Five ways a web series can make money | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it

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"Kai Ryssdal talks to YouTube lit adaptor Bernie Su about the web-series industry."

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Simon Staffans's curator insight, October 7, 2014 2:21 AM

Of interest to many - and a look at new adaption "Frankenstein, MD"

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4 Pro Tips for Creating Your Own Web Series

4 Pro Tips for Creating Your Own Web Series | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Max Knoblauch:  "Want to finally film that idea you've had bouncing around in your head? Read this before you get started."

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How Does A Web Series Jump to TV?

How Does A Web Series Jump to TV? | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Aymar Jean Christian:  "Five years ago, making a web series to get on traditional television was a fool's game. Now it's becoming a viable way to break into TV -- here's how it's working" ...

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Unfinished Austen Novel Finds New Life Through Collaborative Web Series

Unfinished Austen Novel Finds New Life Through Collaborative Web Series | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Michael Anderson:  "Over the summer, the creators of the Emmy Award-winning web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries launched an experimental follow-up project based on an unfinished Jane Austen novel. In Welcome to Sanditon, audience members were invited to assume roles as Sanditon residents while a modernized interpretation of Austen’s final work unfolded as a web series."

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The WASTELANDER PANDA Saga! Part 1. Development: Creating the Storyworld of Wastelander Panda

The WASTELANDER PANDA Saga! Part 1. Development: Creating the Storyworld of Wastelander Panda | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Kirsty Stark (Producer), Ella Macintyre (PMD) and Victoria Cocks (Writer/Director):  "One of the first questions we’re asked when people hear about Wastelander Panda is “How did you come up with the idea?”  It’s a strange concept – the meshing of two ideas that don’t necessarily fit – but this seemingly incongruous pairing is one reason we believe the project has had so much attention so far" ...


A great article about a great project!

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, August 22, 2013 3:49 AM

Victoria wanted to try to translate the experience of her favourite video games to film – where players don’t just have one pathway to follow, but can go out and explore a vast world.  She came up with the idea of a post-apocalyptic wasteland.  The idea of the protagonist being a panda started as a rhyming joke – Wastelander Panda! – and became more serious over time

David Collet's curator insight, August 22, 2013 10:46 PM

Interesting post on the making of a movie with a limited budget and no apparent experience.

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TV and Film Producers Talk Making the Switch to Web Series: 'It Feels Indie'

TV and Film Producers Talk Making the Switch to Web Series: 'It Feels Indie' | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Alison Willmore:  "A hastily assembled panel this morning of television and film producers now working on digital series turned into one of the most interesting presentations at the TCA press tour so far, one that affirmed that web TV is the closest thing the medium has to an indie scene."

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Lonelygirl15: how one mysterious vlogger changed the internet

Lonelygirl15: how one mysterious vlogger changed the internet | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Elena Cresci:  "Bree was a funny, friendly 16-year-old video blogger with a strange family. But all was not what it seemed. Ten years on, we revisit YouTube’s first viral sensation" ....

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Roxane Lechevalier's curator insight, January 12, 2:13 AM

Une fausse vloggueuse qui s'est servie du format pour montrer la tension entre fiction et réalité

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5 Reasons Every Actor Should Make a Web Series

5 Reasons Every Actor Should Make a Web Series | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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"Kit Williamson, the creator and star of "EastSiders" explains the benefits of making a web series - and how it could be just the break you need."

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Insiders' Advice on How to Make Your Web Series Stand Out

Insiders' Advice on How to Make Your Web Series Stand Out | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Anna Kerrigan:  "Here's what you need to know in order to make your web series go viral (or at least try)."

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How fast, cheap, and online became the new king of comedy

How fast, cheap, and online became the new king of comedy | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Ryan Carey:  "When critics talk about a new golden age of television, they almost always mean drama. Stories with gritty anti-heroes have ruled for a while now, from The Wire and House of Cards to Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones . [...] But comedy is different." ...

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[INTERVIEW] Green Gables Fables: ANDY talks with the creators of the popular transmedia webseries

[INTERVIEW] Green Gables Fables: ANDY talks with the creators of the popular transmedia webseries | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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The Silhouette:  "There are few children’s stories as timeless as Anne of Green Gables. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s stories have been adapted in dozens of different ways, the most recent being Green Gables Fables, a transmedia webseries created by Mandy Harmon, Alicia Whitson, and Marie Trotter."

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Jessica Klein: How to make a successful indie web series with little cash and no built-in fan base?

Jessica Klein: How to make a successful indie web series with little cash and no built-in fan base? | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Jessica Klein:  "What do the words “indie web series” mean to you? You probably think small budget, few actors, and amateurs behind the scenes. With these assumptions, it might surprise you that some of the most unique, polished, talent-filled, and ultimately successful series on the web were created independently. Starting with little cash and virtually no built-in fan base, how did these indie series do it?"

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Brad Tollefson's curator insight, February 20, 2015 6:27 PM

Overall, people watch independent web series like Pretty, Brothers, and Be Here Nowish because, simply put, they’re good. Their success lies in the creators having a solid product from the beginning… but not nearly the kind of “solid,” ratings-guaranteed product that TV networks will sink their money into. Rather, independent web series need to target independent people. These ones all expertly navigated the line between wide appeal and niche audiences, gaining enthusiastic viewers and reviewers. If you want to do the same with your indie series, what you need is first some cash, then a solid pilot episode, an attractive web page, a social media presence, and a crowdfunding link. From there, people will tell you whether you’re good enough to grow or not.

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7 Things to Consider Before Launching Your Web Series

7 Things to Consider Before Launching Your Web Series | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Brian Rodda:  "Here are seven principles to consider before offering up your first video to the Internet Gods."

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The web series is dying – and Netflix and Amazon Prime are responsible

The web series is dying – and Netflix and Amazon Prime are responsible | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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"James Rawson: The fledgling format, which seemed full of potential only a year ago, is in decline, because it cannot compete with the big guns of online television"

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, September 14, 2014 4:18 AM

As brand new shows found audiences online, established web series had already proved the viability of the medium as a career launchpad: Broad City, a New York-based comedy about best friends Ilana and Abbi, was picked up by Comedy Central; Children’s Hospital, a kind of nightmarish Scrubs, is now shown on Adult Swim; and Burning Love, a Ben Stiller spoof of The Bachelor, won an Emmy. They all began as online series, in the wild west web, where anything goes.

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Dr. Pamela Rutledge's curator insight, September 14, 2014 5:27 PM

The emergence of Netflix & Amazon Prime over web series argues that the value proposition for consumers is on control first--the  'delivery on demand' rather than the raw, quirkiness of indy productions.  Now the face-off moves to content.  But can high budget productions keep up with demand for content?  Raises the bar for web series, certainly, and eliminates the novelty effect for early adopters, but good content is good content.  I see adaptation not demise.  

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Jay Bushman: 3 keys to making a successful web series

Jay Bushman: 3 keys to making a successful web series | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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"Essential tips from the transmedia producer [Jay Bushman] of online video phenomenon The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!"

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Dr. Pamela Rutledge's curator insight, March 25, 2014 1:56 PM

Bushman's 3 keys is a great article because there is compelling psychology underlying all of them.  My favorite of Bushman's three keys are 2 and 3.  Key 2 is setting and keeping expectations.  However innovative your project, he speaks to the importance of creating rhythms and patterns so the audience can develop expectations.  From a neuro-cognitive perspective, the brain seeks patterns and derives pleasure and comfort from finding a structure and therefore can anticipate with pleasure new developments rather than feel frustrated.  In Key 3, Bushman says trust your team.  We often see articles about how you can't control your audience, but few about the same for the internal team.  Controlling people takes a lot of effort and at the end, nobody's happy.  Key 3 indicates how well Bushman has inspired his people and established team purpose and affiliation so that they can further the project with autonomy, increasing, no doubt, their own emotional investment it the characters and the project's success.  I would argue that right after having a good story comes having a good leader to achieve success.

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The 10 best web series of 2013

The 10 best web series of 2013 | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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James Rawson:  "From surreal sci-fi invasion comedy The Power Inside to hard-hitting death row documentary One for Ten, it has been an eclectic but wonderful year for web TV series" ...

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, December 28, 2013 6:19 AM

If television is the brash younger sibling of cinema, then online web series are its screaming newborn grandchildren. As it's a medium still very much in its infancy, a whole host of questions remain unanswered. How long should an episode be? How do you keep fickle viewers coming back for more? Will they ever make any money? Until those answers are found, online filmmakers will continue to explore the possibilities of the nascent form, occasionally with wonderful results. Here are the best examples from 2013.

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Web-On!'s curator insight, January 4, 2014 3:13 PM

Las series han dejado de ser parte exclusiva de la televisión. En plena revolución transmedia, conoce cuales han sido las mejores web series en inglés de 2013. [Artículo en inglés]

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Learning From Orson: Understanding "Audiences" in Transmedia & Web Series

Learning From Orson: Understanding "Audiences" in Transmedia & Web Series | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Story Horizon:  "For web series, we can often see the effect of the studio audience in the analytics/statistics on the video itself. Oftentimes, viewers will give a video more of a chance when seeing the high view count or thumbs up, modelling the behaviour of the audience that preceded them and not unlike responding to the canned laughter of the now dead “audience” as Orson so morbidly pointed out in the clip" ....

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Andrea Rossi's curator insight, September 14, 2013 3:16 AM

"Audiences, in the real sense of the word, are disappearing" (Orson Welles, 1979)

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Can Web Series Creators Turn Their Work Into a Career?

Can Web Series Creators Turn Their Work Into a Career? | Transmedia: Storytelling for the Digital Age | Scoop.it
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Aymar Jean Christian:  "The bright young talents working in the indie-friendly format have been largely ignored by Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and the other big networks in their original programming strategies. Undeterred, indie TV creators, armed with critical cachet and devoted fans, are taking on bigger projects"...

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