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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