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Saturday, March 16, 2013

What Web Series Do You Watch?

What Web series do you watch on a regular basis? What Web series from the past do you think were memorable or influencial on the space? What Web shows do you find entertaining? What transmedia/ARG projects have you participated in, or are you currently participating in? What community video producers do you think are on the rise? What podcasts help you keep up to date? What Web news shows do you watch to stay up to date with current events?

Think of this as a "discussion thread" where you can talk about what you are watching and why. It is posted under "creating a series" in our Web Series Today Community on Google+ because when making a series it is important to engage with the community and watching the content produced by others is a key component of that dynamic. 

So take a few moments and leave a comment on our Community page letting us know what you think we all should be watching. Note, this is not the time for self promotion.

In this discussion we are interested in the content you watch. 

Please respond in the Web Series Today Community on Google+: http://plus.google.com/101175516092771757092/posts/NW7WkrDApsj

Not by CHOICE: Article Release!

Check out this great article on Not by CHOICE. Thanks to Snobby Robot for covering our web series. We are excited to share with the supporters of the show. We appreciate all of you who have continued to follow the show from the beginning. Major movement taking place. http://snobbyrobot.com/2013/03/11/not-by-choice-an-unemployed-family-man-takes-the-riskiest-job-of-his-life/.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

When technology goes on strike

We are huge advocates of consistency. We have released an episode every Thursday since Thanksgiving. So today has not been fun for us! Today technology rebelled and we kept getting error messages on the converted video. We have some fantastic loyal fans who wait for the show to go live at midnight and by 1am we had gotten several messages asking when the show was going up. We thought it would be a quick fix. It's happened a couple of times before, but was always pretty quickly resolved. But as the night wore on, I would hear Clint say..."ok, 14%....18%...24%....damn!" And back to the drawing board he would go. I had meetings most of the day, but got a steady stream of messages that were pretty much variations on that theme. After going through the episode for what seemed like the thousandth time, he isolated the single corrupted frame in the file, fixed it and got the render completed and the file uploaded. In the meantime, our cast has had a discussion on facebook as to which of our villains is responsible for the corruption so it has been in good fun. So here it is squeaking just under the wire but still technically releasing on Thursday...Episode 12! We are thrilled that our 23 week streak of episodes airing continues!!! And it wouldn't be indie filmmaking if it went smoothly!


GUIDES will screen at LAWEBFEST on March 28 at 3 PM and March 30 at 11 AM. Both screenings will take place in the Santa Barbara Room at the Radisson LAX Hotel at 6225 W. Century Blvd.

For more on the series, watch the latest episode below and go to GUIDES Web Series. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

GOLDENEYE - Video Games in REAL Life

Googly Eyes

Lindsey Stirling and Pentatonix: Radioactive (Cover) by Imagine Dragons

GAMING NEWZ: Dance Wars Have Wii Tropes & Scott's Heart Is In The City

Kids React To Harlem Shake

BlackBoxTV Presents: The Girl In The Basement - Olga Kay, Luke Conard, Travis Betz

Zoochosis: "Case 7: Revenge"

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

TED Talks: Shane Koyczan: "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful

By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it's like to be young and ... different. "To This Day," his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson.

Pink Slip- Part 12 - The Spin

Laps: Video Journal - Almost Michael, Art and Kickstarter

In this video journal we talk with Art Hall and Michael Siegel about the beginning of our Kickstarter.

Visit the Kickstarter.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My Ruined Life: Sales

My Ruined Life: an original, comedy Web series starring Brian Cowden, Nathan Holt, Kristen Egermeier and Greg Bailey. Friends Brian and Nate relax on various city benches after work, discussing theories about their "ruined" lives. Maybe one day they will decide on one of them and move along.

My Ruined Life was recently named BEST WEB SERIES SHOT IN PHILLY & AUDIENCE FAVORITE (WEB SERIES) by FirstGlance Film Festival 2012 (Philadelphia).

Season 1, in its entirety, is available online now. Season 2 recently began and runs throughout this winter/spring with new episodes posted almost every Sunday evening. Follow MY RUINED LIFE on Facebook & Twitter for more laughs as new episodes are released.

My Ruined Life: Life is full of theories and benches. When your life is ruined, you sit on a lot of them.


Meet the Mayfarers: Ep. 2.1 - "Sex on the Rocks"

Nick has a blind date from hell with his dead grandfather’s ex-wife. Also, there’s booze and bondage involved.
“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, March 11, 2013

HOW TO Get More Views For Your Videos

With every video I create and release I’m learning more about what the social web responds to, and what they ignore. While there’s no guarantee you will get a million views if you create a remarkably entertaining video, there are a few activities you can do each time to accumulate more views, love, and attention for your content.

Social Sites
Posting your video link on social sites is a good start. My favorites are: Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Reddit, Delicious, StumbleUpon, Buzzfeed, and if you have a potential viral hit on your hands then submit to Devour. I’ve given up hope on the dying Digg. WTF titles, broad and niche tags, and eye-catching thumbnail images are key.

Timing is also key too, even though there’s no way to know when a digital influencer may see your content and when they won’t. Most of the time they won’t. I have had some modest success stories of getting over 290 saves on Delicious for various videos. My theories as to how I got so many are suspect, but I think what happens is some power user bookmarks my video link, and their thousands of followers see that and do the same. It’s rare but it can happen, and it leads to many more views and higher placement in Google. But the problem unfortunately is that there’s no guarantee, and there’s no secret formula. All you can do is put your best video links forward, and hope for the best.

Leverage the Trends
A good tip for Twitter is that when you are promoting your video link via tweets, be sure to look at what’s trending globally, and if your video is somewhat related to those words, phrases, or hashtags, then use them in your tweets. Never come off too salesy though. Also what I’ve found works is asking people a question, or shocking them with something they aren’t used to. For example: Have you ever ate so much food, that you felt like your stomach was going to explode? Yeah, this guy in pain can relate video link

Keep Your Fingers Crossed
Always be sure to seed your video’s earliest views by sharing your link with your friends, family, and co-workers. Chances are if they like what you’ve created, and are inspired to share your video, then you may be onto something. Produce content that’s emotionally engaging, short, and irresistible not to share, and your video could be joining the “million high club” soon. Easier said then done, in fact most video creators and producers who have hit it big likely never will again. In fact, your chances may be higher of getting struck by lightning then ever seeing one of your videos hit 1,000,000 views.

Invest as much passion, energy, creativeness, and fun into your videos that you can, and see what happens. Just don’t do what many individuals do which is create something, then spend no time marketing it. If you spend 10 hours creating a 2 minute video, then spend at least 1-3 hours promoting it across the social web and your social graph. Don’t just tweet out the link one time, always be looking to promote any of your videos when the timing is right. For example, if you create a Halloween video this October, then why not promote it again in October 2014, October 2015, etc. just as long as its story is evergreen.

And if you are creating quality entertaining videos but are having no luck on YouTube, or on other popular video sites then consider uploading via Spidvid to UnleashVideo where there’s much less noise, and spam trolls. Good luck!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Shotgun Mythos---Something Dark, Something Light

Been another wild and crazy week in Shotgun Mythos world...Spent the early part of the week constructing a jail cell for this weekend's shoot! Ah, the looks we get when people walk by the studio! New episode went live on Thursday. Harris sends Joss and Munn to a creepy warehouse for information, Amadan plans a war and a shopping trip with Summer and Heather goes just about as well as one would expect. Episode 11 And, if you have seen the show, you know that Detective Harris and Gryson are both usually no-nonsense tough guys...turns out though, that they both like Sesame Street! Here is our first outtake clip!

slomozovo: Girls on the Internet - Opinions in Stereo (w/ Emma Blackery)

PressHeartToContinue: GAMING NEWZ: Dead Sims Switch To Playstation

TheWarpZone: I Got A Dollar!

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