Do’s and Don’ts of Creating Your First Web Series

Do’s and Don’ts of Creating Your First Web Series

Written by: Catherine Satcher

Creating a web series can be quite the challenge. From penning the script to funding your project, the overall process can lead you down the road of doubt. Fret not! We’ve compiled some great advice from multiple web series gurus regarding the do’s and don’ts of creating your first web series.

DO:

Focus on the Story

 

“So what I would tell to people who are interested in making web-series, or are making them and trying to get them out there, is focus on the story. We were talking about the success of ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,’ I think the most important thing about the success of ‘The Lizzie Bennet Diaries’ is not the social media stuff, is not the trans-media stuff, it’s just the storytelling. It’s the same thing that we’ve been doing for thousands of years. Storytelling hasn’t really changed that much. So I think that’s the most important thing.”

-Daniel Vincent Gordh who plays William Darcy in the The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. The series is a modern retelling of “Pride and Prejudice” with 25+ million views on Youtube and was awarded Best Interactive Program Best Writing in the Comedy category in the 3rd annual Streamy Awards.

Know Your Audience

“If you can’t sit down and easily identify what kind of person will like your show and name 5 places that person might go to on the internet, you will have a hard time getting the word out, no matter how good it is.”

-Felicia Day, writer and star of The Guild

 Check out her blog for more tips “Web Series: Four Thing To Ask Yourself Before Starting

Be Up Close and Personal with Your Work

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“Make something deeply personal to you.  Audiences, producers, directors, and agents aren’t going to seek you out if it’s something anyone could have made.  The closer you are to the material, the more specific it will be and therefore the most interesting.”

-Amit Samuel, talent manager and producer

DON’TS:

Don’t Lose Patience

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“Filmmaking is problem solving. Like pretty much any production, there will be roadblocks that will make you want to run and hide. Perseverance and patience are key to seeing it through. A supportive team will help, as will loads of preparation in advance of production.”

-Scott Staven, creator of Hitman 101 web series 

Don’t Worry About The Money

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“I’m a believer that if you do good work consistently, the money will come.  Whether somebody wants to buy your web series or buy you and have you put the same effort into a television show or a film. Don’t limit yourself to being a web-series producer—you’re a creator. Period.”

-Mike Ajakwe Jr., writer, director and LAWEBFEST Founder

Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes

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“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes because mistakes are how you grow, and to keep learning. Just keep doing work. The more you do work, the more your takes are going to develop and the more you’re going to grow as an artist.”

- Daniel Vincent Gordh, actor, producer, writer