Over the last year or so I have noticed a lack of VS shows not only on my VBCtv but also at MZP and other networks. So I want to get everyone's opinion on this one. We live in the digital age and we can buy a video camera for around $100-$200. I mean is Video WebSeries the new way? Over the last year, VBCtv made a switch to Web Entertainment which includes VS and Video WebSeries. But our Video WebSeries out-number our VS 3-1. Starting in the Fall 2011 we will only carry 4 or 5 VS series and no new ones because of the lack of demand and lack of pilots. I've even noticed that on MZP that the amount of pitches is going down and are becoming few and far between.
I really would like to get some opinion's on this. The reason we made the change was to be different than MZP and launch a new concept. It worked and we are a well known Video WebSeries network now that also carries VS. Hence Web Entertainment. Can we somehow bring back everyone's interest in VS? I feel this is an important topic and something we all need to show interest in...
I don't really see VS and filming as the same thing. In VS, you can do so much more and add special effects, etc. but with filming yourself you have it very limitited (plus, you can't really film establishing aerial shots without falling to a certain death).
I see only one solution to this... PITCH! PITCH! WRITE! WRITE!
I particularly don't believe VS is dying. On this site, for example, we're picking up fewer shows only to ensure that the few we do decide to pick up are truly ready. "Quality over Quantity."
We've seen our share of shows that started up, but didn't really take off the way the writer had planned, then they were gone. I've made a few of those myself, which is why we've decreased the number of VS on the network and made it a bit more difficult for a pilot to get the green light. MZP is like this as well, even more so than we are. They have values on the network. They really bust the pitchers balls (for lack of a better phrase), which is why they are so successful.
Now, on to the point of Video WebSeries becoming the "new way" among web entertainment... People tend to be attracted to videos and things they can actually visualizes in reality, not just in their imagination. It's always been that way. They may find a few great webseries around, because I'm sure there lots of them. But Video Webseries & VS are two different fields of entertainment, each having their own pros and cons when it comes to quality.
Video Webseries' lets the viewer sit back and relax while they actually watch the story unfold. Which I admit, could be very useful when people don't feel up to reading.
But VS', well I won't say "makes the reader think", but it opens up the imagination more than a video webseries would. But that is only my opinion, because I believe reading a script or novel is much more fulfilling than watching a film.
All in all, I believe VS' on all networks, will lose some readership from time to time, but what they lose, always comes back. Which is why VS will never die, as long as people hold an interest in television, films, etc.
I agree totally. I think the audience has got very lazy. But not so much also. I feel VS does give the greater opening as far as imagination goes and direction, but if you got a good crew & cast Video does the same. With VBCtv for example some of our VS get higher ratings than the Video WebSeries. I'm not one for busting balls. I believe in fair chance. That's what we have cancellations and ratings for. I give everyone a chance and sometimes it turns out good. For example 'Lone Wolves', 'Hawkins & Dover', 'The World Power'. I posted this same topic at MZP and it became the international bash me and VBCtv fest. So thanks for an actual opinion. I definitely give all my support to VPN. This is where I want to see the great VS's at. VBCtv will continue both VS and Video as we are Web Entertainment. We want that brand of all entertainment from the web. I'm okay with Video outdoing VS as far as how many there are. There are more Video out there.