I am currently editing a TV miniseries pilot (I co-created and co-wrote it too) as my graduate film for university, and I was wondering if people wouldn't mind sharing thoughts on watching a series on the internet.
As the series is primarily targeted at TV, the pilot will go for approx 25minutes, and is about an assassin.
The show was filmed on the Canon 7D and is in HD.
Obviously although developed for TV, we all understand that it might not go that far, and our fallback for getting it out there would be to upload it to the internet.
I was just wondering if anyone could offer some information on whether you watch many webseries, how long you would sit in front of your screen for to watch a single episode, and where you usually find out about these sorts of things.
What would attract you to a webseries?
Anything else you think I might find useful would be highly welcomed as well.
Your best bet would be to separete the episode into four 6 minute long segments or story arcs since so far 6 minutes is the threshold shown attention-wise by most people that I asked your question.
Since you're developing this first as a TV series and then as "maybe" on the web the 6 minute segments can be put together into two 12 minute segments so you can have a break for commercial after segment 2 on TV. Pacing is important and that's what might be a problem if you've already shot the pilot..
Yeah, I was thinking that 5 to 10 minutes would be the maximum. What it's likely to end up being I guess, is just to cut the episode in thirds, as you suggested, essentially where the ads would be.
We might actually upload it in different ways, for different people.
For instance, since downloading TV via bittorrent is so popular these days, we may end up uploading the entire episode in the same format as regular TV shows are, and those who want to watch it as if it were an actual TV show could.
We would then also upload segments onto services like YouTube, for instance, and people could watch it that way if they are so inclined.
Any advice on the best places/ways to advertise?
Advertise so people know about the show or advertise for revenue?
mainly just for awareness...
Well, that would depend on what the show is about, but making a post about it on the forum of every videogame blog out there could get the word out quicKly.
I think forum posts, and possibly getting some of the movie news sites (like JoBlo, AintItCool) to advertise it a bit might be our current tactic.
Thanks for your help Eden!