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The Rise of the Premium Web Series

Analyzing the paradigm shift created by the new studios (Netflix, Amazon, HBO) and how they’ve given courage to a new breed of content creators (YouTube Red, AwesomenessTV, Vimeo Originals). What is the result? The emergence of Netflix-worthy shows on a whole new array of platforms, and a race for other media companies to become "content creators."

  • Nate, I think this would be an awesome piece for someone to research and write up an article. It is definitely relevant and becomes more and more relevant each day. I, personally, have never took a look at AwesomenessTV and other similar platforms, but I am very impressed with the contents Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc. produce. Rob – rdannunzio 7 years ago

The static format and single location filming of web series

With web series like Carmilla and the Lizzie Bennet Diaries both being very successful, what does it say about how these shows are visually created? These stories are usually told from one room, looking into a camera. By directly addressing the audience and only being able to retell events occurring outside of the room does it enhance the story telling or hinder it? How does it shape how the stories are told? Why are they so popular?

  • This is a great question as it focuses on how much money is spent on glitz and glamour in media. It shows how a read and authentic narrative trumps all that because these web series stars are connecting with people. – Munjeera 8 years ago
  • I think there's a lot to work with here. From a filmmaking perspective, you get to compare and contrast the multi-camera and multi-location format with the fixed camera format of web series. I think that this form of storytelling has a lot in common with radio plays, which are making a comeback thanks to the popularity of podcasts and a comparison of those styles might help as well, though it's possible that would bloat the article. Obviously you'd want to reach out to the creator of a web series but it might also be good to talk to a film studies professor. – CoreyB 8 years ago