Research into ‘show’
I did a lot of research into the different ways that performers and
producers of work and shows can ‘show’ their work to audiences.
I also research this to find out why specific types of
performances suit specific types of ‘showing’ methods. I found
out information about the different types of show; live
performance (music gigs, stand-up comedy, theatre, street
performances.), broadcasted shows (TV, online)
Street performers; Street performances offer a wide range of
things that can be done, as it is not confined to once select place
and the performer can perform freely, to anyone, and street
performing often appeals to performers who’s acts are ‘abnormal’
and would not be seen other than on the street, e.g. human
Theatre and Live venues; Although are not as free as other
forms of performing such as street performing, as they are
usually confined to one stage. They are a good way to have a
controlled performance such as the scenery and back-drop
according to the show. Also depending on the size of the venue,
theatres can hold quite large audiences.
Art exhibitions; Art exhibitions give the audience an opportunity
to see the work on a very personal level as unlike other forms of
show, the audience can view the art up-close and sometimes
alone. There also aren’t many other ways to ‘show’ art other than
Research into ‘show’
TV; Other than live performances there are many of
ways of ‘showing’ work, a popular way of show is TV.
It is not as personal as live performances but it
allows a lot wider and larger audiences than live
performances. Although it is still not completely wider
range as a lot of TV shows and channel are
restricted to a country or national basis.
Internet; Internet is probably the most popular way of
‘showing’ work to audiences now-a-days as it is easy
and has a wider range of audiences. Unlike live
performances or TV the internet has little restrictions
on global distribution, TV is mainly limited to a
country or nation, and live performance is limited to a
specific city or even venue. Although viewing things
on the internet may not be on a such a personal level
as types such as live performance but it does allow
anyone from across the world to view it, and it does
allow the audience to easily leave feedback through
the use of comments.
Research into Webshows
I did research into a lot of different webshows, and learnt a
lot from this research;
Showing online is also a good way of gaining popularity as it
can be broadcasted to anyone, anywhere which is perfect for
unheard of or new people/shows. Show like this are better
suited for online broadcasting because unlike TV or live
venue, there are no restriction to watch the show can be
about or contain.
For online series it is also good that audiences can post
feedback and comments which allow the makers of the show
to keep in line with what the audience wants from the show.
Online webshows are also a better way to gain interest from
specific target audiences, such as teenagers, teenagers are
probably a lot more interested in watching things online than
they are in watching a live performance or TV.
Keeping a blog
During this project was
very benefical keeping a
blog, the mains reasons
being that it is easy to
keep it updated and post
It is also an advantage
having a blog for a project
such as this as the project
was about online ‘show’
and a blog is the best form
of keeping record of things
when all the work is being
distributed online. It is
easy to post pictures and
video links on the blog;
which is what most of the
work from this project
was, online content.
Jobs & teams
At the beginning of the project we began
working as one big group but we
discovered that it would probably work
better if we were spilt into two separate
groups, each group would produce a
In our groups we work on separate task
but kept updated and communicated
with others through group meetings.
In the group we each had a specific role
which we would do all of our tasks, the
jobs were; director, writer, editor, sound,
camera & marketing.
I was part of the marketing team in our group which
meant that my specific jobs in the making of our
Mainly online marketing such as promoting the
show to audiences using online social networking
sites; facebook, twitter and myspace. I would post
regular information about the shows progress and
links so that the audience would know where to view
I had the job of finding a song to be used as the
opening title sequence music, I did this by posting
messages on all the social networking sites asking
for unsigned band, I found a good song and then
was involved with email corrispondence to the band
about getting permission to use the song.
I also kept the show’s Flickr account updated with
images of the process of making the show, so that
audiences could see how we make the show.
I also created the storyboards for the three episodes
and an animatic to show the moment of the shots.
There was a lot of planning involved during the process of making
our ‘show’. Each section of the group did different types of
The contents of the show were planned by the director, camera
person, sound and writer. They planned what would happen in
each show, what the shots would be and what music and sound
effects would be used.
The marketing was planned by the marketing team, including
me, where we planned how to get audiences interested, this
involved planning ways to advertise the ‘show’ e.g. social
networking and website, merchandise ideas and posters.
The editors and director were involved in the planning of the
distribution of the show, as they were the ones to upload the
videos to video sharing sites and the website, but the marketing
team also worked on this as we decided it would be good to
distribute the video of social networking as it would probably bring
in a wider audience.
I worked with Matt L, the editor to create the storyboards for
planning of shooting the first episode.
The first episode of our show ‘Lines’ began with
the basic idea of teenagers that are in detention.
Once we had the basic idea of the fact that it
was set in detention, we developed a group of
characters that woul be the cast that are in
We had a good variety of characters in the
show, which would help draw the attention of the
audience which is important as it is the first
I think the first episode was good as it worked as
a way of getting the attention of the audience, as
it contained basic information about all the
characters and basic storylines. As it is any
ongoing series, the first episode ended in way
that would keep the audience interested and
want to watch more
The first episode was based around one
character’s life outside of detention.
Response - episode one
Our group recieved quite a lot of feedback and response for the
first episode of our show, we has some feedback from the other
group in the class and also some feedback online.
The online response was very positive, the audience seem to
enjoy the show and posted responses saying that they will
definitely watch any future episodes. The only piece of negative
feedback we received online was that some of the acting
The response and feedback that we received from the rest of
the class was quite positive, but had a lot more constructive
criticism than the online feedback.
All of these responses were very useful as it helped us develop
things and change things in the future episodes according to
what the audiences wanted.
On the show’s Youtube channel, there is the opption for
audiences to ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ videos - our first episode has
currently got 12 likes & 2 dislikes.
Episode one was the only episode to have views from outside
Episode two & tHREE
Episode two and three gave the audience more
information about the characters and featured new
storylines, as episode did not give a lot of
information about the characters - it was just to
get the audiences attention.
We created storylines of different characters than
just the character that was focus on in the first
episode, this is how we gave the audience more
information about the characters, by having the
storyline based around their life outside of the
With the second and third episodes I think that we
fixed a lot of the things that the audience felt need
to be changed, such as we made extra rehearsal
time for the cast to improving the acting quality.
We also changed technical features that the
audience wanted to be different, like we changed
the sound levels because the audience said that
they went up and down to much.
Response - Episode one &
Compared to the first episode we did not receive as
much response and feedback from the audience on
the second and third episodes.
The second episode, although it got 0 dislikes on the
youtube video, it only got 4 likes, which is a lot less
than the first episode. The third episode also has 0
dislikes and only 1 likes.
This shows that that as the show progresses less
people are taking an interest in watching it, even
though we continued to post links and information on
the social networking sites.
I think were we to have continued making the show
then our developed of plots and characters may have
gained some of the audience interest back, because
if we had more episode we would have had more
chance to get want the audience wanted in the show.
27 users of the social networking site Facebook are
still on the ‘event’ for episodes 2 & 3 of ‘Lines’
Reflection on learning
Throughout this project I have learnt a lot about what goes into making an online series and
how it differs from other shows, there are many differences between shows that are based
online and show that are on TV or in a theatre. A main difference is the was in which the
shows are view all three of the these show types are viewed by audiences in different ways.
When creating marketing strategies and ideas, the where a lot of possibilities, throughout the
project our main source of marketing was the internet, using social networking sites, such as
facebook, myspace, twitter, flickr and youtube. This generates a lot more audience interest
than conventional strategies such as posters, as poster can only be seen by a limited
audience of only people that will be in the area of the poster.
I have learnt a lot about working in a team, when everybody has a specific role and I learnt
from unsuccessfully working as a whole class group, why it is very important that team
members communicate with each other.
I have also learnt how important audience feedback is, without the feedback from the
audience we would not have known which parts of the show needed changing or improving
and the audience do not want to watch a show they do not like, so audience feedback helps
with keeping an audience.