The rise of the Web Series

Tomorrow night I attend the screening of Episodes 1 and 2 of the new web series called Relativity.

The concept of Relativity comes from Jonathan Adams at Progressive Pictures. Jonathan was the DOP on my short film I directed The Postcard.

With a fresh, young cast and innovative storylines, Relativity combines action, drama, comedy and science in a thrilling and unforgettable adventure across time.

The story follows four teenagers from different eras brought together by a scientist from the future. As they journey from the age of dinosaurs to the unimaginably distant future, they must work together to solve a mystery that could that could spell doom for the future of mankind.

Relativity is produced by <strong>Feverpitch Entertainment, run by Steve Fanale, who also helped produce The Postcard. I have a small Featured Extra role in Episode two which was a lot of fun.

Watch episode one here:

Web series have been in the press a lot recently.
The sad demise of Hungry Beast was offset with the news that three Hungry Beasties, (Marc Fennell, Nick Hayden and Nicholas McDougall) are launching Coming Sooner, a web series which explores what makes a movie trailer “bad, brilliant or abominable”. Pedestrian TV suggest you watch the trio’s autopsy of the new Twilight trailer below then read on as they discuss the best, worst and most misleading trailers of 2011
http://www.pedestrian.tv/entertainment/features/hungry-beast-alum-critique-movie-trailers-in-new-w/46239.htm

Both Jonathan Adams and Hungry Beast, have decided that if they cant get funding, they might as well keep produing content to show thier skills and talent.
To me the web series is the evolution of the TV pilot. It offers the opportunity to provide a consistent format at regular intervals, whilst you attract the fanbase, social networking and interactivity. Of course the key words being ‘consistently’ and ‘regular’ as to do a web series requires persistence, budget and discipline.

At the other end of the scale, today I read in Mediawave TV Cat Deeley has launched her own Web TV series called In the Dressing Room.
Each installment of In the Dressing Room features Deeley delivering fashion, beauty tips, and English-accented adjectives to describe her wardrobe, makeup, and hair, as well as an inside look at the process of how she decides what to wear and how to look.
For up and coming producers, the web series.

This show however spins off the successful So You Think You Can Dance show

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