In association with Digital Creators UK. Too many online series struggle to rise above the constant flow of new content released every minute of every hour, flailing for views in an over-saturated market. How can writers, directors and performers best utilise the space to create memorable content that rewards the viewer and makes them come back for more? How do you make web series that work?
Moderated by: Phillip Whiteman (Digital Creators UK)
With: Darren Chadwick-Hussein (Digital Creators UK); Crystal Chappell (Open Book Productions); Victoria Howell (Frostbite UK); Lydia Schoenberger (International Academy of Web Television)
Darren has over twenty years in filmmaking, production, distribution and festival programming. In 2007 he returned to college to complete an MA in Screenwriting at the University of Arts London. After graduation he found most TV opportunities filled by more established writers displaced by the recession. Instead, he began creating content online, culminating in the multiple award-winning webseries The Bloody Mary Show. Since then he has written for radio, stage and cinema, as well as continuing with his online work. He has also spoken about creating successful web narratives in both the US and Hong Kong.
Crystal Chappell won an Emmy in 2002 for Outstanding Supporting Actress as Olivia on CBS-TV’s “Guiding Light” as well as a 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Short Format and the 2014 Emmy for Outstanding Drama New Approaches for her web-series “Venice,” which she wrote, produced and created. In 2009 Crystal founded Open Book Productions, a successful digital media company. Recognizing that media was moving in a new direction she developed and executed an in-house subscription-based business model to monetize the web. Using motion picture production techniques, Emmy winning talent and state of the art technology she created and stars in the award winning Venice the Series, the digital pilot The Grove, and most recently she partnered with Bella Productions to produce Beacon Hill, in which she also stars.
After originally training as an actor, Vicky soon graduated to writing, writing on films such as AMOCand Invalid Debris as well as stage musicals such asRequiem for Tomorrow and Flamingo Blues. In 2009 she founded Systir productions with her sister and writing partner Amy and produced short films and webseries including web series The Syndicate which went on to win several awards at international festivals. The Syndicate is now in development as a feature film. Her short film 616 has recently been developed into a web series. Outside of Systir Vicky has directed web series The Bloody Mary Show as well as other short films. In 2012 Amy and Vicky set up Frostbite UK in collaboration with Canada’s Frostbite Pictures to develop high quality web series.
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Phillip trained as a professional actor in America and has a variety of credits to his name ranging from work with The Royal Court Theatre, Secret Cinema, BSkyB, NBC, The BBC and New Line Cinema. His theatre company has won multiple awards for productions and he is an award winning playwright. He went on to set-up Fyrian Films – with Chloe Seddon – after winning The Raindance Webseries Pilot competition for ‘The Vessel’ which is now a successful show available online. He has produced/written and directed a few short films which have also garnered notices from The Guardian, Sci-Fi London and various film festivals around the globe.