Webseries Research: Part II

In Webseries Research: Part I, the discussion was about the length of each episode, in Part II its about the various elements between episodes, specifically Intos/Credits/Cliffhangers and overall proper Season Arcs.   Intros/Credits   The Guild is the most popular and well known web-series in existence at this time. And is a good example of what to do for a web-series. The episodes are in that sweet spot of around 5 minutes of story content per episode. However if you look at the overall length of each video its around 6-6.5 minutes as there is the intro (20 seconds) and credits (25 seconds). Which makes up around 11% of the viewing experience. This would seem to be the longest I would suggest (10% viewing) from my experience, if we go back to “The Inspector” for a comparison its 1.75 minutes of intro and credits each episode, and given that the episodes are shorter in season 1, you are talking ~40% of each episode isn’t story content. What ends up happening is you find yourself skipping from episode to episode jumping over the credits cause they take forever… a viewer shouldn’t have to do that, just sit back and relax and watch all the episodes.   Cliffhangers   There are, in my humble opinion, 2 types in webseries; the intentional cliffhanger and the time-forced ones. Both are very similar and found almost at the end of each episode in a web-series, a hook to keep you wanting to come back to […]

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Webseries Research: Part I

In 2014 its our hope that we start a web-series or two; and reduce our short-film productions. The reason behind this is simply, we love making films, and short films are nice when you want to try something out, but they are unfortunately short lived (no pun intended). So to that end I watched several web-series to learn and decompose what makes them good, what makes them bad. Although each had its various charms and quirks one area I noted really defined a web-series was time; the length of each episode.   Original thinking of Web Series timing was based on successful YouTube videos of 3-5 minutes. However its hard to tell a continuation story (series which builds on previous episodes) in only 3-5minutes, so eventually episodes in later seasons got longer and longer. Now a days it seems some episodes in web series go upwards of 45 minutes (a normal TV episode); this I feel is too long to be consider a “web-series” in its pure form.   In the end It was found that most successful webseries tend to end up playing just over 5 minutes of story each episode (story is plot vs intro and outro credits, but more on that later). Reason it seems 5 minutes is the shortest an episode plays is that any shorter and you’re basically splitting the story into too many sub-episodes that end up getting interrupted by “next video” without really moving the plot forward. A GREAT example of this a […]

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Nook – Season 1

Made originally for the SPARTA film challenge this is the first season of NOOK (episodes 1-3) which follows the story of a Young Half-Elf who although banished decides to fight for the Kingdom of Nook against the Three evil Witches.  

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BTS – Nook @ Sparks Street

What’s an Elf, a Witch and HPFP’s camera crew doing on Spark’s Street you ask? Why they are filming Nook a Sparta Short Film/Web-series about an elf who just takes on all the world’s problems… And makes them worse. We were lucky to get Jennifer Stanhope to take some BTS shots of us on our final day of shooting for the Sparta film challenge! Poor Patrick, we worked him so hard he had to take a nap… J/K, but will his Elfish character make it? Join us at the Mayfair August 25th 2013 at 11:30am to find out!

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Late Night Classics Presents – Promo

Most recently, HPFP’s in-house director Graeme Hay has been working on a side project for Belial Productions creating a series of short films called “Late Night Classics Presents” as a runner up for Belial’s first film “Late Night Classics Presents Gorilla”. Here is a promo video we just finished making before the project production was wrapped and went into post. The series is a prequel to Gorilla where we learn about the main characters Rigs and Mimsy Dearden. Enjoy!

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Asset Episode One

So I was able to borrow some fake gun props from Julian’s Photo Illusions for 2 weeks to help with my Truth Serum Short Film, so I had to test them out and decided to make a few “gun clips” for fun.

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