Very excited to announce that we're going to be having a "Home at Last" launch party this Sunday, Nov. 20th at Far Bar in downtown LA. (347 E. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012). We're gonna be giving free drinks to the first 50 people that show up, so that should be reason enough for at least 50 people to attend... We hope. We're teaming up with another great web series, "Self Storage," for this event, and it shoudl be a lot of fun. It's happening from 5-8 PM. If you're reading this, YOU SHOULD COME!
Oh, and the best part is that this party is going to double as a food drive for Food Bank LA. Both of our shows have homeless themes, I guess you would say, so it only felt right to make this event a food drive as well. We just got our big official "Food Bank LA" boxes in the mail last week, and that felt pretty cool for some reason.
In other news, we've now released two episodes of the show and everything is going pretty well. We're letting each episode stay up featured on our website for two weeks before releasing the subsequent installment, and the first episode got around 6,000 views in those first two weeks.
Definitely happy about that. And episode #2 is on track to pretty much match that. Half an hour ago marked 7 full days, and I think it was at about 2,900 views.
We're going to be showing three episodes at Far Bar this weekend - - just need to decide which three. I have to say, right now I'm probably leaning towards.... I don't know. Definitely 2 and 6 I think. Then the only question that remains is should we show episode 1? I think we can jump right in at episode 2 and it shouldn't be an issue.
Either way - there will definitely be some exclusive, as yet unseen content shown, so there's another reason to come this weekend! Check out the Facebook invite and reply HERE
Alright, so that was just a quick update. Oh! We just released a new promotional video at minute - - another ridiculous entry in the 'something wild happens to Pete' saga - so check it out!
One of the funnest parts of releasing a series online is getting to interact with the audience. It's exciting to be able to have that 2 way communication. To see their immediate reaction to the videos release, whether those reactions are really, really good or really, really bad.
So, in honor of that, here's a totally random sampling of the comments so far...
1) dude in green looks like Zuckerberg. lol. - Koky5150
2) Why was I spammed with yet another sad excuse for a trailer yet again. - LaTinctoire
3) american comedy sucks since 20 years ago - SkyLitDriveFan123
4) This looks great, I would love to see this as a full half hour or hour show - SkyLitDriveFan123
5) YEAH! YE-YEAH!Alan Matthews from Boy Meets World, a few people from The Guild, good shit! - RockMeChunsaDeus
The comments posted here are from the video above! Watch it now!
Obviously, comments can be good or bad. But it's important for content creators to look at every comment as a positive thing. First, no such thing as bad publicity etc. etc. But second, and more importantly, everyone that leaves a comment is a potential fan. You just need to engage with them, respond to the comment, and they might keep coming back.
That's why we're trying to respond to every comment left on our youtube videos. If they commented in the first place, yes they could just be trolling, but they probably just need a friend.
Let your show be that friend!
Funny babies are all the rage on the internet. They're right up there with cats. In my opinion, they're actually much cuter and more entertaining to watch. They rip paper, they babble, and they giggle. God damn, do those babies giggle.
But what about these ridiculous tiny diaper people attracts viewers and how can that be applied to a successful web series?
The most obvious answer is that babies are cute, so people watch them. But there has to be something more to it... Right? Thus, in pursuit of the almighty funny baby truth, we watched the top 10 funny baby videos on youtube.
We then gathered the information on the following four aspects of the videos/their channels: views, length, subscriber base and theme. Yes, theme. This post is going to be just like that paper on 18th Century Women's Literature you wrote in college. Except it's going to be less sexist, and we're not going to buy it online.
So, without any further preamble
whatsoever, here are the illustrious and the magnificent, the babytastic and the diaper clad, the terrific goo goo ga ga celebrities of the online internet online tv wacky video viral cuteness world, the... Oh... There are actual people reading this?
Here are the ten videos we gathered, along with their stats:
1) Funny Babies 2
- 15.9 Million Views - 1min17sec - 813 Subs - Theme: Humiliating Babies
2) Top 10 Funny Baby Videos!
- 2.9 Million Views - 3:14 - 272 Subs - Theme: Babies Laughing
3) 2 Funny Babies Laughing
- 18.6 Million Views - 1min29sec - 992 subs - Theme: Babies Laughing
4) Funny Babies
- 1 Million Views - 3min22sec - 664 subs - Theme: Exploiting Innocent Babies
5) Funny Baby Accidents
- 3.5 Million Views - 1min25sec - 261 subs - Theme: Humiliating Babies
6) Funny Baby Clip
- 8.9 Million Views - 2min6sec - 405 subs - Theme: Exploiting Tired Baby
7) Funny Baby
- 4.6 Million Views - 1min41sec - 1,180 subs - Theme: Laughing Babies
8) Funny Baby Makes a Speech
- 7.1 Million Views - 1min29sec - 924 subs - Theme: Babies Are People Too
9) Laughing Baby Ripping Paper
- 42 Million views - 1min41sec - 4,597 subs - Theme: Babies Are Uplifting
10) The Funniest Baby Sloth Video Ever!!!
- 3.5 Million Views - 3min01sec - 222 Subs - Theme: Odd Fascination
Okay. That was a huge pain in the ass, and I never want to see another baby video again. Here's what we noticed in all of these videos... Youtube View Counts:
Obviously they are huge. That's why we included them here. Yeah. It's crazy. Let's move on, and see how we can apply the wisdom of the baby video to web series...Youtube Video Length
: They're all very, very short. Like lawn gnome short. In fact, the longest video is 3:22 seconds. Now, I don't think that means web series creators need to be exclusively releasing uber short material, but I do think it's an indication that audiences like videos on the shorter side. Under 6 minutes is probably good at first. But that's common knowledge. The real underlying message here, is that although the common wisdom of 'keep your videos shortish' prevails, the real wisdom is this: Also include super short videos on your channel!
Try to produce short teasers, trailers and promo videos as supplemental content. If you want to succeed on youtube, it seems shorter videos are good at drawing people in. Hook them with the short extras. Then if just a few people stay for the main attraction, you've earned some real fans.
Subscriber Base: I wasn't too surprised to see that most of these videos did not translate into subscribers for their channels, but I was kind of taken aback by how universally true that seems. Even "Laughing Baby Ripping Paper," which has 42 million views, didn't attract even 5,000 subscribers.
That reinforces what we've said on here before: Don't worry about 'going viral.' One viral video, in and of itself, will not lead you to the pot of gold at the end of the youtube rainbow (the gold is actually piles and piles of iPads. The rainbow is a real live rainbow).
That said, we all kind of secretly hope our video will catch virtual fire. If there's anything these toddler videos teach is that you need to be prepared for virality to happen to you. That means always have a 'subscribe now' button on your videos. And always be building your channel! Have more videos for people to watch, loop your videos together, and you'll have way better luck converting casual viewers to subs.
Theme: For the most part, these videos, deep down, are about grown ups mocking babies. I understand that may be a pessimistic point of view, but I stand by it. A common thread in all of these videos is that the grown ups are the ones holding the camera. And we, the audience, see the baby from their perspective. Face it. We're laughing at these kids, not with them. They are chubby, stinky little monsters that are only there for us to mock with our laughter.
And this thread holds true across lots of different youtube 'genres'. People like to watch other people get humiliated. There are ball kicking videos. Face smacking videos. Auto accident videos. Clumsy fat people videos. The list goes on... These videos are king on youtube.
So jump on board the embarassing train! This means BLOOPERS. Film everything that happens on set. Stage accidents. Make your lead actors look stupid. Or better yet, throw them under the bus. Literally. Or set them up to fall in love and wait for the babies to pop out.
Then you're set.
This is a promotional video for "Home at Last." The series premieres on October 25, 2011. The character, Pete, is portrayed both in the series and in the above video by Eric Rubin.
This is the first in a series of videos we are using to promote the show. The director of the show, Steve Sprinkles, is a VFX pro. That is why we are able to do ridiculous stuff like this. As you can see, Steve rocks at VFX (in addition to editing and directing). We're lucky to have him on board for this project.
Steve came up with the concept for this video, and Chelsea and I loved it. It's basically a take-off on a Kobe Bryant car jumping video that came out in 2007/2008. In that video, Kobe successfully jumps a car. In this video... Things don't quite work out as well.
Chelsea and I are very excited, because I think we are going to end up with a total of seven or eight "Epic Fail Pete" videos, and each is going to be more ridiculous than the last.
As for these videos and their relationship to the series, that is something we gave a lot of consideration to before we decided to go ahead and shoot them. At first we were concerned - are theses videos pertinent to the series? Are they in line with the 'story world' we're trying to create with Home at Last?
Obviously, we decided that the answer to both questions is yes. These Pete videos are just that: Videos about Pete. They are almost more about the character than they are about the VFX surprise at the end, because Pete's easily distracted douch baggyness is pretty much why he fails to avoid disaster.
Yes - there is a ridiculous element and a suspension of disbelief here that is not present in our actual show, but I think that's okay. Lots of my favorite promos are totally absurd. They're just fun, short videos that get you interested in the show itself.
So far, this video has only been up a couple of hours on YouTube, but it's already picking up steam more quickly than the two trailers we released earlier this month. That's kind of the idea. With these videos, we wanted to release something a bit more 'internet friendly.' Something good for a 30 second laugh, that might point some new fans and viewers our way.
I'm very interested to see how these videos fare online. There is certainly a bit more of a 'viral' component to them, but, as we've said before
, we don't really have an interest in 'going viral.' Yes, the more people that watch the better, but we want a real, committed fan base. This is just one tool to get the word out there.
We'll certainly update this post if this video (or any of the other supplmentary vids we release) gains any traction online. We'll track how this video influences our subscriber numbers and view counts on other videos, and whether or not this 'viral' angle helps us develop an audience long term.
We've got a ton more footage already shot for more epic fail videos, and we've also shot an entire vlog style mini-series, focused on "Pizza Boy" (played by Jacob Grodnik).
We're really excited for these videos too. Jake worked as a PA on set, in addition to playing this part. In the actual series, it's a small part, but he really shines when he's on screen, and these vlogs are shaping up to be pretty entertaining as well.
Alright, awesome. "Home at Last" is a comedy web series directed by Steve Sprinkles. The show stars William Russ (Boy Meets World) and features Jeff Lewis (The Guild). The first episode airs Oct. 25, 2011. Like us on Facebook! Subscribe on YouTube!
Burbank, CA - With hundreds of view count checks in the first 48 hours after uploading their most recent video, web series creators Matt Giegerich and Chelsea Mize have proven to critics that they can not only create a web series, but they can obsess over every detail.
"A big question as Home at Last premiered its second trailer was whether the creators had the pathetic devotion and pointer finger strength necessary to visit their various pages over and over again," said pop culture guru Ryan Sniffen, a former critic of the pair, who now hold the record for most Facebook refreshes in an hour.
"They're showing a lot of poise out there - after checking YouTube view counts 200 times the first day after uploading, Giegerich and Mize went on to refresh 224 times the following day. People are already saying these two might be the most copious clickers the online entertainment industry has ever seen." Experts agree that what makes Mize and Giegerich a true threat is their ability to click a lot plus their ability to expect illogical jumps in view count, despite steady and predictable growth."
"I can't help it," said Mize of her pointless clicking, "It gives me something to do in between furious bouts of Farmville."
The pair, who are by most accounts biologically human and not mindless robots , unflinchingly committed to meaningless, ill-defined metrics on third party web sites, publicly admitted that the thrill of hitting a new fan or subscriber plateau excites them so much that they check their 'numbers' every night right before bed, and again first thing in the morning. In addition, without smirking, grinning, or emitting even the smallest ironic chuckle, the 24 year old Duke University graduates said that as little as a 10% dip in view counts is enough to prompt them to re-think their entire career path.
"After view counts go down, you think that maybe the show isn't good at all," Giegerich said, blind to the dark realities of his unhealthy habit. "Every 'dislike' and negative comment replays over in your mind. They are brutally honest indicators of your show's inane, worthless content and the fact that you're going to die alone"
Giegerich also confessed to staying extremely close to his lap top at all times. He has not defecated without his lap top in six days. His over-worked computer now gets so hot that it has caused three 1/2 degree burns and one 3/4 degree burn on his left thigh.
According to sources, Giegerich and Mize are not the only web series creators with an unholy anxiety circling their Facebook, YouTube and Twitter popularity. Across LA county and the world, there are hundreds of others just like them, checking their insights, re-tweets and comments with manic glints in their eyes.
"I haven't checked my view counts in two days," one web series creator said. "I put a YouTube block on my computer and cell phone. My mom emails me updates three times daily."
"I'm really worried about my son," said this pathetic creator's harried mother, who could very well be describing a junkie's dependency on crack cocaine. "We were excited he finally produced something he wrote, but ever since the first video came out he never leaves the house. His girlfriend left him and we're frankly very worried about the dog."
These creators, like Giegerich and Mize, have extremely unrealistic expectations for their shows as well as for their careers as a whole. When shown other series and internet TV shows, Giegerich and Mize insist their show is "...much better than that crap." Caught in their numbers obsessed stupor, they do not realize they are viewing clips from their own show.
"Home at Last" is a comedy web series directed by Steve Sprinkles. The show stars William Russ (Boy Meets World) and features Jeff Lewis (The Guild). The first episode airs Oct. 25, 2011. Like us on Facebook! Subscribe on YouTube! You know we'll be checking!
Set design is too often overlooked by web series creators and indie film makers in general, but it's one of the easiest things you can do to bolster your production quality without spending too much money. That said, if you're not a designer, it can be hard to think creatively about set design..
With so many creators filming in their own homes, it really can be hard to imagine the space in a new way, or in a way that helps tell your story. The walls are white. So what? That's how they came. No coffee table? That's fine. I don't like coffee. Walls completely bare? Uh... You mean earthquake safe?
That's where Chelsea and I were at about a week before we were set to begin shooting "Home at Last." But we were lucky. Mike Bash (co-producer and one of our four main actors) knew a talented set designer that was generous to lend us some wisdom. Here's the top five set design tips we got out of that meeting:
1) Get into your character's minds when you are designing the space. If this is their home, make it reflect their personalities. For our show, we took a few details we knew about Kim (the main female character in the story), and expanded upon them in our decoration.
In another draft of the script, we reference that Kim is a philosophy student. So we populated the room with 'philosophyish' decorations and nic-nacs. The whole place took on a 'buddhist on a budget' feel, and it worked really well. Just look at that elephant! It was $1.
2) Paint your walls a strong, neutralish color. Gray, beige, darker blue. Dark colors are nice and warm and read well on camera. On our first try, Chelsea and I went with taupe. Then the taupe came out white. So we painted the apartment a second time. Gray and dark blue this time. And it looks great.
It was also helpful to choose a color pallette to work off of as we painted and decorated. We used the greens, blues and grays from the tile art pictured here as our guide. First, we like the colors and are happy to live with them for the rest of our stay in this apartment. Second, it was immensely helpful to have parameters to go by.
3) Wall decorations - Make sure there's something on your wall pretty much every where you look. If it feels unnaturally cluttered, that's probably good. Hang this items up at about head level, that way they'll show up on camera.
Tag sales and thrift stores are a great place to get stuff for your walls. All of the photographs on the walls in "Home at Last" were taken by my little sister, Emily. She takes great pictures and they look bad ass in the show. Plus, FREEEEEEEE! We also borrowed the art work you see in the show from our DP, who is an artist, and director, who has artist friends.
<--------- A wall of empty picture frames is a great way to fill lots of space for cheap!
3) Curtains! If you're like us, you live in a mediocre apartment with ugly venetian blinds. These blinds are crappy and cheap, and they look crappy and cheap on camera. BUT most apartment complexes don't allow you to take them down.
We devised a work around for this. Just buy a long dowel from Lowe's that is a couple of inches longer than your window. Then thread the curtains through the dowels. Then fix the dowels to the existing Venetian blind rods and voila! You've got curtains. They don't stand up to any real scrutiny, but they look great on camera. The picture on to the right of this paragraph should explain the process better than I just did.4) Design Blogs! You're not a designer. Neither are we. That's why, when prompted, we were happy to turn to design blogs for inspiration. Check this one out to get started.5)
Lights! Talk to your DP and director about how much light should be 'practical', i.e. how much should come from the actual lights you're using as part of the set, and how much is he going to pump in artificially. A few well placed lights can work wonders for lighting, while also helping define the space you're shooting in.If they fit in with your story, Christmas lights pretty much always look great on camera.
Finally... Get creative and don't be afraid to do the work! I think the reason our apartment was so poorly decorated in the first place, is because we just thought "We don't have a ton of money... Why bother?" But if you get creative, money really isn't a huge issue. We transformed our entire place
for under three hundred dollars. That's painting the living room (2x). Painting the kitchen. 6 picture frames. At least a dozen nic-nacs. 5 walls worth of wall decorations. The list goes on. We even covered all of our white cabinets with beige and green construction paper. It looks better than it sounds.
Watch our Youtube Videos
to get a better sense of how all of this works on camera!
"Home at Last" is a comedy web series directed by Steve Sprinkles. The show stars William Russ (Boy Meets World) and features Jeff Lewis (The Guild). The first episode airs Oct. 25, 2011. Like us on Facebook! Subscribe on YouTube! If you don't do it now you'll be jinxed all day!
Although internet TV is still in its relative infancy, tons of scripted online content is created and uploaded each day. Hours upon hours of creative, original material is out there, just looking for an audience. Unfortunately, right now it is very difficult for content creators to reach that audience, because they do not know that internet TV, or web series, even exists.
One of our main purposes with this blog is going to be to expose our visitors, who are likely unfamiliar with the concept of original scripted online content, with the vast entertainment world that exists beyond online sketch comedy, vlogs, and viral videos. You'll get one new article every week.
Like this: Watch TV Online
And this: Viral Videos
And this too: Funniest VIdeos
We are going to highlight lots of our favorite web series on this page, and we are going to post as often as we can when we discover a new show that we really enjoy.
Web video is getting longer and longer. Everyday it is further interwoven into the fabric of our entertainment lives. We hope that this blog can be a starter guide for the uninitiated, and a place you come to check out the best new content around.
Another big part of what we're going to do here is share the tips and techniques that we have learned throughout the creation of "Home at Last." Lots of our website visitors are aspiring internet TV creators themselves. We're planning posts on every aspect of web series production, from marketing, to set design, and so on and so forth. We've gotten the opportunity to work with quite a few talented people on "Home at Last" and we're excited to share the lessons they've taught us with you.
It's no uncertain fact that we still have a lot to learn here at "Home at Last," and for that reason, we eagerly anticipate your feedback on the articles that we post.