Hey now! (Sorry, I've been watching Transparent and I've got Jeffrey Tambor on the brain). But say, did you know that web shows have channels just like TV shows? I mean, not ALL of them, but most do, and more are joining them all the time. Sometimes this is as simple as adding multiple shows to a single YouTube account, but monetary considerations cause many shows to seek out other solutions for their hosting needs. These non-YouTube channels assume a much greater financial risk, but are also in line for a much greater (or at least more predictable and consistent) reward if their shows catch on.
Maybe The Most Underrated Show Of All Time
Markets are complex; entertainment markets are doubly so; online entertainment markets are essentially chaos theory in action. There is no perfect hosting solution, and there are strong cases to be made for whichever format shows choose. Over the course of this 2-part issue we'll be dividing our focus between shows that struck out on their own, and shows that went the more "traditional" route (if tradition even exists on the internet). Up first, we look at channels that aren't YouTube. We try to focus on a new genre each day, so check back often!
The WebVee Podcast - Ep. 37 Part 2: Darren Chadwick-Hussein
In Part 2 of their conversation Jeff and Darren discuss TV shows they like, The Bloody Mary Show Season 2, the challenges of promoting and monetizing a web series, and watching shows from the perspective of a creator.
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Contrary to popular belief, you can do science fiction without aliens. You can do it without mutants, without ray guns, without the glowing lights of Neo Tokyo. The only things you really need to do the genre justice are “science” and “fiction.”
He comes to having washed up on shore of the island. Looking about, he can see the devastation of what used to be Hong Kong when he’s attacked by another man dressed in a blue jumpsuit and black Wellies identical to his. He’s not on the mere excursion for female companionship he thought he was.
Chop Socky Boom
I've never gone on a professional audition. I have many fond memories of the theater and film stuff I did in high school and college, but there was always a sense that, while I might not get the lead (usually not, in fact) everybody there who wanted to be involved could be, in some way. I did get paid to act in a webseries once, but I was hired as a writer first and just kind of stumbled into the part (and no, I didn't create the role for myself. Blame Eli David).
On the first season of Manigances aka Shenanigans, Detectives Jonathan Briere (Maxim Martin) and Dan Portal (Jean-Guy Moreau) are called upon to investigate the death of renowned author Michel Galland (Marc Fournier) and discern whether he committed suicide or was murdered by one of the guests at his dinner party. But since their introductory story, Dan has met his demise at the hands of a government conspiracy. Distraught by the death of his partner and disillusioned with police work altogether, Briere quits the force and plunges himself into a haze of booze and women.
If you loved Steve Silverman’s take on toddler beauty pageants in the first three seasons, just wait until you see how he skewers dance moms in the long-awaited fourth season of Pretty!
Old Dogs & New Tricks
There are some things about getting old that, well, suck. Just ask Nathan Adler (Leon Acord). He’s turning 50 and he isn’t overjoyed about the prospect. As his friends try to cheer him up with presents (Viagra and a gift certificate for Botox injections) and tequila shots, Nathan whines about having to shave his balls to hide the gray, and about hair growing in places where he really doesn’t want it. He’s begun to feel out of place as everyone he meets is so much younger than he. It’s not a very happy birthday for Nathan.
When it comes to horror movies, I prefer a relatively bloodless psychological thriller. Too much gore puts me right off my popcorn and raisinettes. Think The Haunting (1963 version) or The Babadook rather than Saw or Hostel. Filip Tegstedt’s Marianne is just the kind of horror movie I look for.
I was recently summoned for jury duty. The jury pool was thoroughly questioned about different things, including occupation. When asked, I replied that I review web series for a site about web series. The judge gave me a look and asked “What is a web series?” After explaining about streaming web content, he nodded his head, but clearly hadn’t a clue what I was talking about. I had a similar experience the other night when out to dinner with friends. One woman, after admitting that she only turned on the television for the early morning weather report and to occasionally watch reruns of NCIS, was a bit astounded to learn that there were shows actually created for digital streaming rather than for television or cable viewing.
The Girls Guide
Why do relationships have to be so complicated? Can’t two people just meet, fall in love, and live happily ever after? Justine Stevens knows that life isn’t that simple. Her series The Girls Guide depicts just how complicated relationships can be.
The Accidental President
There is an old saying about politics in this country that I've heard phrased a handful of different ways throughout my life. It basically goes like this “Anyone willing to go through what it takes to be elected President of the United States is unworthy of the position.” There is some debate about whether this is a scathing indictment of our political process or a depressing summation of human nature. Personally, I like to think it's both.
By Kyle Price-Livingston
The web world is full of people who take matters into their own hands. These are the pioneers of the digital age, the people who are changing the internet to fit their respective visions. When I first spoke with Joe Thomas it was as part of a group interview to discuss the second season of his hit show Johnny Dynamo. Most people who make web series have a sort of vague idea in their heads about what they need to do for their shows to “make it.” Joe, though...Joe has a plan, and we set up another interview to talk about it (and his new series Mr. Frost) in more detail.
WebVee: So let's start with the basics: how did you get started in this business?
Joe Thomas: Well, we made industrial videos for several years, you know, they kind they show at work trainings? I had a couple of projects I've tried to do and failed. It's very hard to be taken seriously in the video world.
WV: Speaking of projects...are you producing two web series at the same time? Most people can just about barely manage one. How do you handle that?
JT: I've actually got three web series, Johnny Dynamo, Mr. Frost, and The Accidental President [which premiered on January 5th], AND a feature film, Justiss, going into production [this month]. (Chuckles) I sleep very little, but I've also got a great team.
WV: That's impressive, and a little insane. Can you talk a little about the team and your infrastructure?
The No-Name Game Show: Episode 2
It's Pairings Vs. Last Fall of Ashes! Who Will Prevail?
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Previously On WebVee Guide
Issue 76: Costume Design
In which we watch shows with neat clothes.
Issue 75: Happy New Year! Here're Some Shows!
In which we watch shows we've been meaning to watch.
Issue 74: The WebVee Holiday Card
In which we relay the best wishes of the web community.
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