Last year I ran a successful IndieGogo campaign which helped me jump start a documentary series that has become one of the most beautiful projects in my life right now, it’s called “The Perfection Of Giving“, a documentary exploration of generosity and how it affects individuals and societies.
The concept of the documentary almost begged for it to be crowd-funded, and after investing some of my money, a few weeks before the trip to Nepal – where most of the first chapter of this documentary was shot -, I set myself up to raise more money to cover the rest of the trip expenses and get me some extra gear I needed for the production.
I raise $3030 in 21 days. It was a little bit like a part time job!
There were three very important things I learned from those 21 days; two that gave the most results and one that I have come to realized its importance with the months passing. I would like to share them with you here. Continue reading →
When making a Web Series or any kind of Web Show, I see many producers ignoring one of the most important elements in your infrastructure: THE WEBSITE! Without a website, your web series will not really go to far! So here go.
This quick guide will help create and host your own WordPress website and have it up and running in just a few minutes.
Follow the instruction and you will have a nice website to show your web series to the rest of the world.Continue reading →
When we make a web series, we also have also do a lot of graphic work to promote it. And we not always have access to designers, or to Adobe Photoshop or the possibility of investing $699 in software just to make a poster, some postcards and website elements.
To top that, I have been having problem with Photoshop lately, crashing and slowing down the computer more than it usually does. So decided to find a real alternative to photoshop, and I found it!
Let me introduce you to Pixelmator (sorry PC… for Mac only) A super powerful tool! It is easy to use, fun interfase and super awesome icon (hey that in important too!) It does everything I need done in photoshop, without sucking my computer power nor my pocket power. (screenshots in the article) Continue reading →
When making a web series, it is very important, the most important, to get your main characters right! Casting your web series with an actor to embody that character is one of the most important decision as a director or producer and can make the rest of the job easier or harder.
There are different shows that need be casted differently: Variety shows with hosts, reality shows with participants, and fiction web series with actors. In this post we will be focusing the the fictional web series, because I consider it to be the most complex and important. Will touch on the other kind of shows in a later post. Continue reading →
The idea, the spark that makes web series, TV and film so magical, usually starts in one single brain… maybe two in some cases. But also truth, film, video, visual storytelling in general, don’t become a reality without a team of people that work hard to make it happen. That is what this post is about. The team that you will need to bring together as soon as you have your web series screenplay ready.
Making a web series is a long and demanding project. Very similar to a TV Pilot and a feature film. Just like them, the web series starts in development. This series is intended to guide you through the process if you have never done it, and to serve as a reminder if you have done it before.
At first I tried to make this a single post, but I realized it was becoming long and bulky, so I had to break it down into several installments. This will also be the first piece of a new section I will open next week: Web Series 101. Continue reading →
Very few web shows get a large substantial following. Some of them get a great substantial following, and then reach a plato and can’t get more followers. One of my pilots (Carlitos is Pisssed) had 1400+ views in the first episode and around 400 in the second and 300 in the third. I made a clear mistake there, I launched all three episodes in one day, just a few hours apart.
So here are some ideas for not letting your web shows die to soon, or better yet, die at all.
1. Post new content all the time.
Now, new content is not a new episodes every day, because that might not be story of financially possible. Koldcast.tv shows a new episode everyday. That might keep the first kick going but it dries out the content in a week or two!
Last week I announced I was creating a web series from scratch out in the public. Although, not really from scratch because I had already thought of the idea and visited it several times in several forms, I am really starting from scratch on the actual hands on creations.
In that post I told you that Scent is a crime noir with a super hero twist to it. I mentioned that we are telling the story through four different story-lines, base on 4 important character of this universe, each the main character of their own story, although the main story belongs to Danae, who is the main suspect of a murder she did not commit, and it is up to her to find the real killer.
So these last few days I have ben developing Danae, so here is a little of what I know about her.
She is close to 25, very ambitious young woman. Super beautiful, but with certain insecurity issues, the she compensates being very tough on men. She grew up close to Buffalo NY, i a little town called East Aurora, with an older brother. When she was in going to UPenn, her mother was killed, after suffering, she found some peace practicing aikido, a martial art based on relaxation and flow. Her sansei was a jamaican master name Devain, who had being practicing aikido in japan since he was very little.