Celebrate the Web: Creating a Pilot in Seven Days
I spent the past week working on a project for the Celebrate the Web (CTW) pilot contest. Teams in the contest have seven days to write, shoot, edit, and publish a web series pilot based on several elements provided by CTW.
Most of you know that I love the web, and have some experience creating series for YouTube. Most of my online work has been very simple, sketch comedy based, though... so creating a full pilot was a pretty foreign task! I was really thrilled for the opportunity to work on this, knowing that it would force me to pull something together quickly with no excuses for putting it off.
Many of the teams for CTW had quite a few people, cast and crew... even writing teams! We would have loved to expand our group, but it was such a last-minute decision to join the contest that our team ended up being made of just two people. Neither of us went to film school, and acting is our primary career path... but we had a blast trying to pull this together. From the get-go we made a decision that we would stay positive, not focus on our lack of equipment or assistance, and not beat ourselves up if things didn't come out 100% perfectly. We really just wanted to put something out there.
We wrote for one day, shot for two days, and edited for another two. Audiosocket even very generously gave CTW team members access to their entire music library, which made our pilot eons better than it would have been otherwise.
It certainly isn't a perfect pilot, there are lots of things that I would change, but I'm really thrilled that we were able to pull something together on absolutely no budget (this was made for $0), with no fancy eqiupment (I wish we had had something for sound... but we didn't!), and with just two people. A huge thank you to Celebrate the Web for holding this contest, it is such a great way to get content created. I've had a blast watching the other pilots and tweeting back-and-forth with a new community of web creators.
You can watch our pilot--under[cover]employed--below, and vote in the contest here. You'll also be able to check out all of the other wonderful pilots at that link! Voting is once per day, now until May 31st. Thank you for your support!