It has long since been established that I am working on a web series, which is what this little Episode series is all about.
It is still in the pre-production stages. So far out of twelve episodes, I have written five with skeletal drafts of three.
There are things to consider when writing a web series and that is why it is so hard.
First, you don’t have money. Not yet, anyway. And being someone with no money, you have to write according to the no money you have. What locations can you use? What costume leeway do you have? Who is willing to act for free? Who is willing to help you produce for free? You have to take this kind of knowledge to paper and really use it to think about what kind of web series you can produce.
Second, in an episodic writing project, fluidity is everything. My project is a mini-sitcom and most of the episodes have no connection. However, once someone has done something, you gotta take notes and make sure they don’t undo that action in a later episode. It’s the whole suspension of disbelief thing. People will lose interest quickly.
Third, you have to tell a full story within each 6-10 minute episode, which is also a challenge. I’ve already mentioned the method I use in different post but basically: Problem, Complication, Resolution. Look it up. I find that it has been extremely helpful in structuring my episodes. You start with a problem, then there’s a complication, and it ends with some sort of resolution. Story.
So I am working at it but writing is a struggle. Plus, if you have been an avid follower of mine, you know that I have creative ADD. It is pretty terrible.
Main point: I am still doing what I set out to do but there is so much work involved. Anyone out there writing a web series and want to offer some knowledge? Or does literally anyone want to give their two cents? Please feel free to comment below.