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How To: Web Series

September 29, 2009

Building a season and character arcs

September 27, 2009

An attempt at a reenactment of what I said in my head when I was thinking to myself about building the season and character arcs.  In my head.  To myself:

Junior and Tommy work as plumbers.  So, their day – and the show – revolves around their job.  And they get lots of crazy calls, which can set up an episodic structure for the show.  Kind of like the cop crew in Comedy Central’s “Reno: 911!”

On a more personal level, Junior wants to get his father’s approval.  That’s his driving motivation.  So, his arc will revolve around that.  By the end of the season, he gets it or he doesn’t.  Tommy wants to make it big as an actor.  So that’s what he’s pushing for.  Ditto for Tommy’s arc and season finale.

Whatever happens, whether they succeed or they don’t, it can’t be easy for them.

Huh.  Okay.

But, I want there to be a girl.  There’s got to be a girl, right?  She’s the new dispatcher at the company office.  Linda.  And I’m pretty sure both brothers are going to fall for her.

That’s a nice twist and opportunity for complications – on paper, at least.

We need more complications, though.  Always more complications.  So let’s add rival plumbers.  And make them brothers – just like Junior and Tommy.  But, different.  Like evil doppelgangers.  Sweet.

After that, all we need to do is put our guys in some crazy situations, throw in a few more colorful characters, and keep up with the shit jokes, and we should be good to go.


This thing is going to be huge!  A million hits!  Calling card!  Megan Fox is so hot.  I’m going to google her right now.  With safesearch off.

-end reenactment

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Living the dream

September 26, 2009

A hard-hitting no-holds-barred investigative behind-the-scenes look at the sordid underground world of web series production from those who have gone before us.

Funny, because it’s true.

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Nachos or Quesadilla?

September 26, 2009

So, we’ve got a good script for the first episode of “Porter’s Potties.”  But, it’s long.  Almost 13 pages.  And, on the surface, that’s bad.  Because web videos are supposed to be short, right?  They say that nobody will watch anything longer than five minutes.  They say that, in a world of youtube, people’s attention spans have shrunk to the size of fruit fly bladders.  Maybe that’s true.  I don’t know.  But,  if everything is bite-size, like little nachos, where you only get one chip at a time, don’t you limit your ability to really develop a story and characters?  Don’t you sometimes just want a big old cheesy quesadilla, instead?

That’s my first question: how long per episode?  Porter’s is a comedy.  But, it’s got heart, damn it!  And I don’t want to shackle the story and character development by making nachos.  But, I also don’t want to lose viewers by making quesadillas they can’t finish.

It seems that most successful web series have episodes lasting between 5 and 8 minutes.  What do you think is ideal?  What’s too long for you?  What would keep you watching?

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Porter’s Potties – the sell

September 26, 2009

Two Jersey brothers, one family business, and a whole lot of crap.  “Porter’s Potties” is a web series that follows the misadventures of inept plumbers Junior and Tommy Porter as they toil away for a hard-ass boss: their dad.  Junior dreams of earning the old man’s approval while little brother Tommy dreams of Hollywood stardom as a leading man.  But it’s clear that neither are happening anytime soon.  So until then, Tommy and Junior will put up with a bunch of BS – from each other, from their competition, and from their customers – all the colorful characters making up the New Jersey plumbing world.  “Porter’s Potties:” it’s the shit.


What do you guys think?

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