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Have you made a web series?

As much as I love making films, I've found the working with my fellow filmmakers to make web series can be a way to make projects more efficiently. I was lucky enough to have the chance to help coordinate the Unofficial Google Plus Film & Web Series Festival last weekend -- and there were some incredible short films and web series. I am sharing the list of web series here to hear what people think about their level of quality compared to short films and features. The Bloody Mary Show is from the UK and the filmmaker tells me that the USA is a bit further ahead in the web series world than the UK -- is this true?! Canada is certainly a leader in the space and I would love to hear about the best web series from the UK - please share. Thanks! Mike

Squattertown –
Created as first Dim Sum Western, Squattertown is a webseries that tells the grim story of a dystopian parallel universe in which Hong Kong’s wealth gap has grown to the point where a vast underclass is forced to live in a parallel city that exists on the rooftops.
Producers: Kee Hung, Marco Sparmberg, Yvonne Young
Writer/Director: Marco Sparmberg
Cast: Henry Fong, Ken Law, Chiu King Wah, Harry Du Young, Johnson Yu
Twitter: @DimSumWesterns

Generic Girl -
Generic Girl is a live action comic series about Gillian Romero, a closet comic book geek, and her superhero roommate Pete Kirby (AKA Captain Freelance) as they battle villains, bureaucrats, and one mysterious machine.
Writers/Producers: Victor Solis, Steven Wasserman
Director: Steven Wasserman
Additional Writer/Director: Aaron Hartley
Cast: Ryan Salazar, Sarah Ho, Mo Marcellus Robbins, Robert Amico, Matthew Bohrer, Mathew Farhat, Kristin McCoy, Laura Meadows, Alexandra Olson
Twitter: @gogenericgirl

Fresh off the Plane –
What happens when you put an American, Brit, Canadian, Russian, and Australian all in the same apartment? A cultural awkward hand-job of sorts.
Producers: Alexandra Harris, Ryan Turner
Writer: Adz Hunter
Director: Ryan Turner
Cast: Sasha Feldman, Choni Francis, Alexandra Harris, Adz Hunter, Brandon Morales, Heather Wilds
Twitter: @FOPwebseries

Verdict is a revolutionary interactive web series that combines Law & Order with a touch of American Idol: YOU, the real audience, is the jury – voting on an accused’s guilt or innocence – and influencing the outcome of every episode.
Producers: Frantic Films, Tactica Interactive
Writers: Alex Levine, Mike McIntyre, Tammy Marlow Johnson
Twitter: @VerdictSeries

Ruby Skye P.I.
“Ruby Skye P.I. is an award-winning kid-driven family-friendly multi-platform detective series.
Creator/Writer/Executive Producer: Jill Golick
Writer/Director/Producer: Kelly Harms
Executive Producer: Steven Golick
Writer: Julie Strassman-Cohn
Twitter: @RubySkyePI

The Bloody Mary Show-
“Say her name three times and she’ll come for you. Kill you? Are you kidding? She’s far too busy to do that.
Director: Victoria Howell
Writer: Darren Chadwick-Hussein
Cast: Hollie Taylor, Craig Daniel Adams, Elizabeth Webster, Thomas Coombes, Tanya Duff, Erica Emm, Richie Hart, David McGillivray, Shinead Byrne, Cristina Lazaro, Robert Fedlman, Antonio Piras, Judith Rosenbauer, Tim Frost
Twitter: @BloodyMaryShow

I Hate Being Single –
Rob a lonely sensitive hipster who hates being single is at his loneliest when he is picked up by a dating guru and initiated into a gang of heartbroken guys.
Creator: Rob Michael Hugel
Twitter: @ihatebeingsingl

Funny Days –
A young, naive Clown stuggles to come into her own without loosing a part of her cultural heritage in a bigoted Los Angeles.
Creator/Director: Zac Eubank
Producers: Adrienne Garcia, Brad Lavery
Cast: Becca Scott, Linnea Sanzaro, Amy Urbina,
Twitter: @FunnyDaysSeries

Hipsterhood is a comedy web series about two hipsters in Silver Lake that keep running into each other around the neighborhood, but can’t get to the next step: talking.
Writer/Producer/Director: Shilpi Roy
Cast: Elizabeth Ferraris, Kit Williamson
Twitter: @hipsterhoodshow

My Gimpy Life –
The awkward adventures of a driven actress trying to navigate her way through Hollywood in a wheelchair.
Creator/Star: Teal Sherer
Writer: Gabe Uhr, Sean Becker
Twitter: @mygimpylife

Where The Bears Are –
“Where the Bears Are,” a comedy mystery web series that follows the exploits of three gay bear roommates living together in Los Angeles, as they attempt to solve the murder of a party guest that turned up dead in their bathroom.
Producers: Rick Copp, Joe Dietl, Ben Zook
Director: Joe Dietl
Writer: Rick Copp
Cast: Rick Copp, Joe Dietl, Ian Parks, George Sebastian, Tuc Watkins, Ben Zook
Twitter: @WhereTheBearsR

Cynthia Watros Gets Lost –
In this series we follow Emmy Winner Cynthia Watros as she tries desperately to reboot a stalled career.
Starring: Cynthia Watros

Verona –
Set in a small college town wherein young men are groomed for corporate success in All-American hyper competitive fashion, Verona presents the fate of star-crossed lovers in a society that condemns the very nature of their love.
Director: Laurie Lynd
Writer: Glenn Ripps
Cast: John Bregar, Brittany Allen, Dean Armstrong, Shannon Kook, Douglas Nyback, Devon Bostick, Salvatore Antonio, Scott Wentworth, Mishael Morgan, Steven Yaffee, Shane Kippel, Cedric Smith, Janet-Laine Green, Marco Grazzini
Twitter: @veronathemovie

Love-Stupid – Love-Stupid is a comedic web series that explores one girl’s misadventures in dating. When Alice suddenly finds herself single and unemployed, she decides to go to therapy to sort out her life. She turns to online dating in a moment of optimism…
Writer/Producer/Creator: Tanya Giang
Director: Nicholas Brandt
Cast: Tanya Giang, Karolin Luna, Scott Antonucci, Tracy Clifton, Jennifer Bobiwash, Ryan P. Shrime, Adam Michael Rose
Twitter: @AmILoveStupid

Stockholm –
“Stockholm is a dark comedy webseries that unvravels the story of a kidnapped woman who discovers something unexpected in the basement of an insane, yet captivating serial killer.
Writer/Director: Scott Brown
Cast: Brittani Noel, Zack Gold
Twitter: @watchstockholm

  • Thanks for this list Michael. Regarding web series, just wondering your opinion - is there any money in making something for the web, or is it mainly a means of getting recognition and a fan base? I love The Guild, How It Should Have Ended, Greatest Rap Battles Of History, I'm A Marvel I'm A DC (okay, not all strictly web series!) but I wonder where they recoup their money from.

    The Guild obviously from DVD and merchandise, HISHE is represented by Star now, but the others? They might get paid by YouTube corresponding to the number of hits they get, but isn't this negligible?

    6 years ago
  • Hi Shai (and thanks to Mike for the original post)
    I'm the creator of The Bloody Mary Show which Mike refers to.

    There are no hard and fast rules about webseries and it is highly unlikely you will ever see a profit. Though never say never and if your show does go viral you could make some cash back, just not enough to buy a solid gold plane.

    If anything, the trick is to make memorable content cheaply, have lots of it and release through every single platform you can (Blip, YouTube, Koldcast or through paysites/VOD like Dystrify). The British Youtube stars tend to make short, self-contained, catchy sketch based shows that are released on a weekly basis. If you want the viewer to follow an ongoing narrative expect to have your audience dwindle. However, that audience will be fanatical and it is through that rewarding interaction that your money could start trickling in. Opportunities for branded content are now opening up too.

    Success stories like All About the McKenzies and Meet the Adebanjos are made for niche markets that have diversified in to other areas/platforms - Adebanjos have done a live stage show for example.

    There are some great British shows out there and there is a small webseries community that you can connect with. A great place to start is, created by Elisar Cabrera, who also runs a monthly meeting of content producers at Raindance. There's also a linkedin group called UK Web TV & Web Series Producers that will provide advice and information.

    So why bother? You are getting your work out there and you never know who might be watching.

    6 years ago
    • Thanks for the advice Darren. Some really useful stuff there!

      6 years ago
  • Me and some friends made a web series called The Anticlimax shorts and put it on youtube (ep 1 is here if anyones interested ). Now, we aren't film makers, not at all, we were just actors experimenting, but most of us ended up getting seen for very good jobs off the back of it, and Channel 4 got in touch, so people are out there watching.

    In ours, we didn't have any idea what we were doing,
    you can see us learning from episode to episode, because cinematically (is that a word?) it improves. So not only did we get seen by top casting directors because of it, but we learnt a bit about the other side of the camera too, and therefore we can be more helpful next time we are on someone else's set because we understand some of the other people's jobs a little better.

    I think it's well worth doing, it doesn't need to cost much at all and at the end of the day, you are creating something, that's the whole point right?

    6 years ago
  • Or, if you're me, you can go completely nuts and produce something that costs a fortune to make and stars ... well there's a coincidence ... Gareth Bennett-Ryan :-)

    We're shooting what is effectively a 1 hour TV single split into 8 episodes. Assuming the crowd-funding delivers the money.

    6 years ago
  • All your projects sound very interesting, Guvnor Media ltd are launching a new channel in their already successful online TV company. The new TV channel will showcase independent filmmakers and films including interviews with key cast ad crew, behind the scenes and showing of the completed film. The finance model allows chosen films to generate revenue from online viewing. If you would like to get your film seen by a growing online audience then please send details of yourself, film and IMDB (if you have it) to:

    Kind regards,

    Rebecca Richardson

    4 years ago
  • FYI Raindance Web Fest takes place 27-28 Sept 2014 with two days of web series screenings and industry panels. Http:// they also run with Dailymotion a web series pilot competition where the winner gets £2500 towards making their series.

    4 years ago
  • Hey - I made a web-series called 'Sally the Life Coach'. It's a 4 part comedy starring Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street, Strictly Come Dancing) - we got covered in the Daily Star, Now Magazine and the Daily Mail gave us 4/5 stars.

    Have a look!

    I'm mega proud of it but, as is often the way, we struggled to really find an audience. But those who saw it seemed to dig it :)


    4 years ago
  • Hey, this all sounds positive. I'm a producer and in the process of developing a narrative web series. I'd welcome connecting with anyone who has experience or knowledge and willing to consult or collaborate.

    Bad Eden Entertainment

    4 years ago