Saturday, June 8, 2013
Friday, June 7, 2013
Awhile back I had the opportunity to interview Mark Gantt who is the
executive producer and lead actor of the web series "The Bannen Way".
The Bannen Way killed it at the Streamy Awards
and went on to win four awards, and has attracted over 14 million
views. Mark is now passing down his knowledge of the web series business
as a teacher through his workshop, so if you're looking to learn from one of the best in the web series space be sure to check that out.
Enough of kissing Mark's butt, below is our interview.
1. Did you create your web series workshop to pass on the information and knowledge you gained from creating and producing "The Bannen Way" to other aspiring video creators and filmmakers?
Yes. I have met over thirty people for coffee to discuss my experience with The Bannen Way and have done over twenty panels in the last five months and realized that with the limited time available, there was little 'nuts and bolts' being talked about. One attendee of the NATPE panel I was doing called "Anatomy of a Hit Web Series" was very frustrated afterwards and I overheard her saying, "I still don't know how to make a $#&@ web series!" I heard that, I heard that from several people. In the workshops, or on a panel, or at coffee, I explain that creating a web series isn't brain surgery but it feels like that if you don't have all the tools. You don't need to be able to do everything, you just need to be able to work very hard, research like crazy, and build a team to help you with your vision.
2. Do you expect any of your students to go out and create a hit web series like you did?
Absolutely. I want them to create something that will empower them as artists, and give them a little extra leg up in the industry. It's really about giving people a jumping off point. Enough information to get in trouble as I always say.
3. What's the best book you're read, or video you've watched that inspired you to create entertainment at a high level?
LOL. uh... I'm not really a book guy, everything is from experience. I have just worked on a lot of sets, so if people were doing a project I was there listening and learning... for free.
4. What do you think of web series creators and producers turning to crowdsourcing platforms like KickStarter and IndieGoGo to raise funds for their production projects?
I think it's a HUGE resource. It's an interesting model for a couple reasons. I think it allows the investors (ie: mom, dad, uncles, dentists, viewers, etc.) to feel that their money is actually going into a production, and helps force the filmmaker to FIGURE OUT how they are going to make it. It's a great pressure on you to get things made.
5. What advantages do web series creators have over TV producers?
There are about 30 people that have to approve of you doing a TV series, not including agents, managers, and lawyers. To create and distribute a web series... you can be the boss. We worked with Sony (on The Bannen Way) so it wasn't just us, but it was a lot easier than working with a studio AND a Network.
6. How is collaboration benefiting the new media production landscape?
Filmmaking by definition is a collaborative art. I love that you get a chance to work with a group of people with different talents to complete a common goal. People want to create. A director of photography wants to shoot, actors want to act and with technology improving, you can now actually shoot for very cheap. So instead of talented people without the money to shoot on film, they can now shoot on the Cannon 7D or rent the RED camera and end up with a great looking project in the end.
The explosive trailer for Mark's hit web series, The Bannen Way.
Otessa Ghadar started the show when web series were still a weird thing to do. The show has been around for already 6 seasons, with one more on the way! It's now one of the oldest and longest running teen web series out there. Read the script book and gain another perspective on what went into it's making. And if you like what you read, or want to share your thoughts, we'd love to see them in an Amazon review :) Every comment helps!
You can get your free copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Orange-Juice-Bishops-Garden-ebook/dp/B005JFMX5G/ref=la_B00A4ED2DE_1_1_title_0_main?ie=UTF8&qid=1370620838&sr=1-1
And you can read more of Otessa's books here: www.orangejuiceinbishopsgarden.com/books
Thanks and Happy reading!
<3 the OJBG team
Thursday, June 6, 2013
|At location scouting|
Not a film contest.
Not a tourist trip to Vulcan or Dagobah.
Not a film competition that requires your money for subscription.
Not a romulan elite.
Space-Time Experiment is
Science Fiction, Horror, Comedy, Romance, etc, etc...
Another way of cinema.
It's a Web Movie.
Space-Time Experiment in Facebook
a zombie & my mom.
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We need your help to build up the Web Series Today Community. We want this community to be a place for not just Web series creators, like many of you, but also for the many more people who enjoy what you create. Chances are that if they enjoy one "indie production" they may want to watch others. More importantly everyone in the space needs a voice and everyone needs to participate, be they actors, cast, crew, fans, commenters etc.
To that end we need your help. Simply share this post with one or more of your circles along with a nice note asking them to join. It is that simple, but in doing so you can help take this Community to the next level and that will benefit us all.
Remember, a community is only as strong as its members. We want this to be a community where EVERYONE who participates in Web series has a role. This includes, anywhere from the creation process to the enjoyment/engagement process. That can only happen if you participate.
There is zero point in creators simply posting their content on every possible site and never taking the time to truly engage and have fun. That simply is not working anywhere and it will not work here. So lets turn this World on its head and start by having a conversation about what will work. But to begin that process we need to first bring the entire community in here and extend our reach to everyone interested in Web series.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Adventure Coach Bill Cavalier turns the table this week and answers Dungeon Masters' questions. Beware!
Get a free download of Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden Episode 2.06 “Yes or No” for the epic Sarah and Gwen scene. Just like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and share this photo with a shout out of your OJBG love! We'll send you a code to download the episode for free :)
♥Be sure to tune in to RHeart Radio, the Fan's Voice tonight at 10pm (ET) when I have the pleasure of chatting with creator and star Matt Palazzolo, Executive Producer and star Fernanda Espindola and Producer Wiley Oscar! RHeart Radio
♥Don't miss their #BloomersLive Google chat immediately following RHeart's interview at 11:00pm (ET)! Watch Bloomers
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Remember way back in season 2, the gang's friend Carly? They went to her birthday, and she was at the rave Kris, Slake and Colin went to? Well, why don't you get to know the actress who played her, Cora Boyd.
Telly, LA Web Festival, and Webby honoree award winning teen web series following the lives of 18 kids as they grow up and get down in grunge-era Washington DC.
"The bad things we do. The things we get caught for--and how they are never the same.
The family is to be reviewed by a new Therapist - so Phil concocts a new plan to keep the family together.
“Meet the Mayfarers” is a comedy about an estranged, dysfunctional family who is forced to live together for one year in order to get their grandfather’s massive inheritance.
Monday, June 3, 2013
A few months ago, I posted about the longest shooting day we had on the show. We had unlimited access to a great location....an abandoned hospital and its grounds...for one day. We were planning to utilized the grounds for a couple of scenes, and the interior as well. The weather had been beautiful all week, but as luck would have it, on the day of the shoot, the temperature plummeted into the low 20's with gusting winds. The cast could not be outside for more than a few minutes at a time, and the day seemed to last forever. But they did brave the adverse weather conditions, got the outside shots done, and then moved inside for the interior scenes. It seems like ages ago that we were there, and at the time I knew we would look back on that day and laugh. That day has arrived! The final scene we shot that day aired this week!! And the longest day was well worth it! How often do you get to see a gunfight in a hospital? Definitely something that is generally frowned upon! So we consider ourselves very fortunate to have had the opportunity!
Today, our group meets for the very first time.
“Group” is a web series about a bunch of New Yorkers who land themselves in group therapy. They get there because of some horrible habit, some fatal flaw, some twist of fate. Now, they have to deal with themselves, and each other.