There's this struggle on youtube it seems to produce scripted content. That is content that has a scripted story with actors and a shot list, lit, edited, soundtrack added, etc., etc. versus backyard video of cats and dogs wearing funny hats.
I like Julia Styles. I think she's a good actor (aren't you supposed to use actor for male and female instead of actress?).
But I think it's kinda swimming upstream to push scripted content on youtube. You can do it, but it ain't easy. People are looking for unscripted content on youtube. Wedding party footage where people fall down, animal footage, vlogs by 16 year old girls (it's like being a peeping Tom legally), and stuff like that. That stuff gets millions of hits, and the most popular scripted stuff generally struggles.
I think this will change somewhat when we move more internet youtube content to the TV. Right now people still watch most TV shows in a Television, and youtube on the computer. But it is starting to merge with people watching more TV on the computer, and some internet on their TVs.
When it's all one, I think we'll see more acceptance of the youtube scripted content, especially if youtube were to make a separate channel just for that instead of sifting through cats wearing funny hats to get to it.
There are successes, have been for quite sometime. Things like Felicia Day's series The Guild, but often times these things are game related since there's a lot of gamers on the Computer.
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06-28-2012 06:05 AM
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06-28-2012 11:45 AM
Strange title to attract people to your post.
I decided to give it a shot. The first one had her prancing around in lingerie for no reason other than to grab the viewers attention, and this was obvious as it's the first thing you see. The rest of it was really awful, and just turned into a good feel light drama. I couldn't watch it all and gave up because I was just bored. This seems like a time tested aweful cliche for drama. I've seen it before, the sympathetic call girl that has a family is a 'real' person. Not sure who the audience is. Plus that kid was weird, and his writing was mediocre."Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms." - Alfred Hitchcock
06-28-2012 12:11 PM
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I felt the same way you did. I couldn't make it through the entire video. I watched 30 seconds, went forward a few minutes to see if it was any better, it wasn't so I was done with it.
However, I'm not the audience for this sort of programming. This is fare for the Lifestyle network or something like that which I dont' watch. But, a lot of people do. I like sci fi and a lot of people don't watch that.
The big point is main stream actors and production companies trying to find their way on the net, mostly youtube, for scripted material.
Everyone feels like there must be a market for it, but it's hard to find that market and hard to monetize it.
I think that's because youtube isn't really the outlet for scripted material. People are looking for scripted material on netflix, hulu TV, and places like that.
On youtube they are looking for Haul videos, Thinspo, and other unscripted niche stuff. A lot of the popular scripted stuff on youtube is video game inspired and machinema.
06-28-2012 01:13 PM
The problem with the internet is that it seems like a dump site for TV. Recently there was to be a 2 hour premiere for a new Battlestar Galactica series called Blood and Chrome. After it was filming, while in post, the producers weren't 'feeling' it. So they decided that it may be a web only product. While I'm glad for more BSG, it just seems like they turn to the web when they have only mediocre products.
Same goes for people trying to pitch to TV. Seems like a common thing now for TV producers to say, "let's see if it works as a web series first." Or people try a web series as a pitch for a TV show.
This attitude is understandable, but I feel like it creates this endless loop, where you find only mediocre web series online, and therefore only mediocre work goes there.
A few exceptions, especially with comedy (and gaming). As you mentioned The Guild is an example of this, as is the most recent Video Game High School. They look at the internet not as a stepping stone, but as the main source of broadcast.
There are sights out there for web series, however they're not well known, nor do they do well, because web series are rarely seeked out, as they usually aren't very good. That's why I think youtube is the best place for them, untill mentalities change about web series and the internet. Oh, and money, yeah, but that's advertising."Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms." - Alfred Hitchcock