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Find Out What Goes into Making a Web Series with the Creators of 'Glitch'

08.26.12 @ 4:30PM Tags : , , , ,

If you’ve been wanting make your own web series, you no doubt have been wondering about production logistics, storytelling, and crowdfunding, among other things. Luckily, Seattle-based filmmakers Tyler Hill and Brendan Davis have just been through this process in completing the first season of their web series Glitch. I sat down with them to discuss what roles they took on during production of the series, how they ran their Kickstarter campaign, various aspects of storytelling, and more (Full Disclosure: I’m friends with writer/producer Brendan Davis).

(NOTE: Contains some NSFW for language)


To me, Glitch is a great example of the principles laid out in the NoFilmSchool Manifesto, in that they set off to make a web series that’s genuine, original, and of high quality. And they started off as novices, but through their own hard work and willingness to learn from mistakes –to do it themselves– they made a great looking pilot, which in turn they were able to use to help obtain funding for the rest of the first season.

I also have to tip my hat to them on their writing, not just because they provide the right mixture of comedic and serious moments in the pilot, but because as they mention in the video, their main character (and ostensibly the other characters as well) is going to be developing during the course of the series. The lack of character development in sitcoms has been a big pet peeve of mine over the years. A bunch of wacky things happen to a group of characters and at the end of each scenario, they’re still largely the same static people. Instead of treading down this same path, they disregarded established formulas and wrote the show the way they wanted, and as Tyler said, “let the show dictate its own rhythm”; good advice for anyone writing episodic content.

Brendan and Tyler have just started to release the first season of Glitch. You can check out their first episode here:

Link: Glitch – The Webseries

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  • I really like the topic and wanted to watch it but the constant music playing in the backround is very annoying… can you upload a version without the music?

  • Anyone who is not British and likes geek comedy should check out the UK Channel 4 Series The IT Crowd – you would seriously love it. You can watch it on Channel 4OD WEbsite.

    Have spare trousers when you view.You will wet yourself. Trust me.

  • Kudos to the makers for getting their show done. It’s a ton of work and they saw it through. Production value seems pretty good but they need to show a lot more economy in their storytelling. The show doesn’t justify 10 min. + episodes and it ran way too slow.

    Cut it tight and trim the fat folks. That goes for webseries, TV shows and features.

  • Daniel Austin on 08.27.12 @ 2:44PM

    This was very helpful thank you very much.

  • I did all this and more with my show, but crowdfunding failed for us, so I paid the rest out of my pocket to complete the season, and it’s paying off — our pilot has won 3 film festival awards so far this year in the TV pilot and web episode categories. :) Episode 6 is titled “Dementia” and is coming out this Wednesday, August 29 (I star in it and it’s dedicated to my dad who passed away recently). We have a good story and each episode fits the half hour slot on TV (atypical of webseries), and like Neil said here, don’t make it run slow if you can help it. It needs action, folks, or at least tense moments throughout with good music. Also, uncommon to many web shows, Day Zero (dayzerotv.com) is a sci-fi drama.

  • Neil – Actually I sort of disagree that it’s slow. Maybe if you don’t get all the references. But it’s not an action show at all. I’m a big nerd so I got all the jokes, and I was chuckling pretty much through the whole thing. I think they did what they did pretty intentionally. I like that it’s not incredibly short actually, it felt like a real show. I saw they have short little clips if you like shorter stuff, those are mostly funny too. The earlier ones have kinda bad production quality but they get better in that regard.

    So I would actually say I really enjoyed the pacing, length and rhythm of the show – my question is, is the premise sustainable? I get the first episode, but it seems like that’s the entire thing. Is he going to keep getting stuck in walls?

    Cal – What festivals did your web series enter in? I’m kinda new to this (market or genre?) myself so I didn’t even know there were web series categories at festivals.

  • The acting in this is painful to watch but it’s not worst than the writing. Just don’t!

  • Hi Arghatron — sorry, I hadn’t been on this in awhile… there’s no notification for these forums. lol

    Anyway, yes, there are web series categories, but it really depends. I submitted for the TV pilots category for our first two wins — California Film Awards and Las Vegas Film Festival. The 3rd one was an official selection as a winner in the web episode competition at the 16th Indie Gathering Film Fest. But don’t submit to the TV pilots competitions unless it is up to par, not just length-wise.

    I chose drama in a sci-fi background because I believe people take you more seriously that way. :) Hope that helps!

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