Byte Sized Television : Create Your Own TV Series for the Internet

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  • Copyright: 2/1/2011
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There's a new Wild West out there... and it's called Byte Sized TV. Create your own TV series on the Internet! Based on the author's groundbreaking courses at one of America's top film schools, this entertaining, step-by-step guide takes the aspiring videomaker through the entire creative process of writing and producing his own short-form Internet TV series. Internet video is an explosive growth industry with hundreds of thousands of original videos posted daily. Unfortunately, most of these videos are dreadful and unwatchable. In an era where young filmmakers see creating their own web series as a passport to Hollywood, this book helps the aspiring creator develop a well-crafted, entertaining, and marketable web series. This book will help you create a TV series that will cut through the noise and find acclaim. Author Ross Brown has a proven track record of professional success, both as a creator and as a teacher. His students regularly win awards at prestigious competitions and festivals and go on to become film and TV professionals. Now his insight and knowledge are available to you in book form. Top rated webisodes on the internet: bull; www.watchtheguild.com bull; Easy to Assemble on www.damnchannel.com bull; The Annoying Orange on www.youtube.com

Author Biography

Ross Brown has written for and produced some of the most successful TV series of all time, including The Cosby Show, Who's the Boss?, and Step By Step. He has created primetime series for ABC, CBS, and the WB. Ross teaches at Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, one of the top film school in the country, where he created the groundbreaking 'Byte-Sized Television' courses.

Table of Contents

Preface: What's This Book About And Who Is It For?p. xi
What Is A Webisode?p. 1
A brief history of short episodic video on the Webp. 2
What's out there already - amateur and professionalp. 8
Why create for the Internet?p. 13
For teachersp. 16
The Series Conceptp. 17
What is a series as opposed to a stand-alone short film?p. 17
Fatally flawed series conceptsp. 18
Be bold, fresh and originalp. 21
So where's the drama?p. 26
You need a killer titlep. 27
For teachersp. 28
Creating Compelling Charactersp. 29
Character essentialsp. 32
Characterizationp. 36
Your overall character landscapep. 38
Leading characters vs. supporting charactersp. 39
Drawing on real lifep. 40
Growing your charactersp. 42
For teachersp. 44
Creating The World Of Your Seriesp. 45
Laying out the rulesp. 45
Reality vs. believabilityp. 47
Building on the reality you createp. 49
For teachersp. 50
The Pilot - Storyp. 52
Creating a story that tells and sellsp. 53
Premise pilot vs. ˘Episode 10÷ pilotp. 53
You've only got a few minutes, so be economicalp. 55
Creating memorable character introductionsp. 57
Story structure: Beginning-Middle-Endp. 58
Putting it on paper - creating an outlinep. 62
Pitch it out loud to a friend or threep. 64
For teachersp. 65
The Pilot - Scriptp. 67
Building your script, scene by scenep. 69
Deviating from the outlinep. 72
What makes good dialogue - the ˘4 Cs÷p. 74
Making your script read visuallyp. 79
You've got a first draft - time to get to work againp. 82
When is it ready to be shot?p. 84
For teachersp. 84
Choosing A Visual Stylep. 86
The marriage of style and contentp. 88
Beginnings, endings and transitionsp. 89
For teachersp. 91
Practical Concerns - Equipment And Budgetp. 92
Equipment: from the bargain basement to the penthousep. 93
Cameras and camera accessoriesp. 95
Sound - mikes, booms, recorders, etc.p. 97
Lightsp. 100
Editing software - fancier stuffp. 100
Learning more about all this equipment and how to use itp. 101
For teachersp. 102
The Pilot - Preproductionp. 103
Casting: finding talented actors when you have no budgetp. 104
Locations: imagination meets realityp. 106
Permitsp. 107
Developing a shooting schedulep. 108
Revising the script to fit the logisticsp. 110
Making a shot listp. 112
Props and wardrobep. 116
Situations that require special preproductionp. 116
For teachersp. 117
The Pilot - Productionp. 119
Dealing with the unexpectedp. 120
Be quick, but don't hurryp. 121
Getting enough takes and coveragep. 122
You aren't the only genius on the setp. 124
Actors aren't puppetsp. 125
Crewmembers aren't slavesp. 126
The world is not a setp. 127
For teachersp. 129
The Pilot - Postproductionp. 131
The rough cut - putting it togetherp. 132
The rough cut - assessing what you havep. 134
Refining the cutp. 135
Postproduction soundp. 137
Adding musicp. 138
Creating a main titlep. 140
For teachersp. 143
Building On The Pilot - Coming Up With Episode Ideasp. 144
Growing your seriesp. 146
Growing your charactersp. 150
Learning from each episode you shootp. 151
How many episodes do I need before I can post my series?p. 153
For teachersp. 154
Posting Your Show On The Internetp. 156
YouTubep. 157
Beyond YouTubep. 159
Publicizing and marketing your seriesp. 160
Festivals and contestsp. 162
Should you create your own website?p. 163
For teachersp. 164
Interviews With Creatorsp. 165
Comedy pro returns to his rootsp. 166
Child actor all grown up and producing now, toop. 171
From network TV to the Internetp. 176
A way to break inp. 181
Internet 90210p. 187
Mobile media masterp. 192
Epilogue: You're Ready! Honest! So Go Do It!p. 198
Screenplay format tutorialp. 200
Recommended reading for more detailed discussions of the craftsp. 208
Syllabi and course outlines for teachersp. 210
About the Authorp. 218
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