Okay, I'm looking for a format that while I'm not entirely sure what I want, I know the basics, and I can't seem to even describe those to Google.
I was watching Star Trek, thinking about how they have a rather broad range of tone and can do some really deep drama one week and something lighter but not broad comedy the next, and got the idea to do some sort of web-oriented drama series in short episodes.
How short? Under fifteen minutes, preferably under ten. My gut says seven minutes is a nice length for story telling, but I have no idea how accurate that is. The next step is to watch some series with that basic format to get an idea of what kind of rhythm such a story has.
Now, half-hour dramas are rare enough on television, and I could probably find anthologies or serials (chockablock with cliffhangers) out there, but I'm sure somewhere out there someone's doing a super-short drama on the web. However, when I take the idea to Google, the best I can do are searches like "drama series under ten minutes", and it gives me a puzzled look and starts offering me "Ten minute stage dramas" and "Six Feet Under (TV Series)".
Beyond the basic idea of "webisode drama", I don't think I have many definite ideas of what I want, but I have some ideas of what I don't want. I'm not specifically out for anything as specific as "sci-fi", or "crime drama", but I want an overall tone similar to Star Trek: TNG or Castle. The closest thing I can think of to what I'm looking for is Childrens Hospital
, but that's not a drama, it's a spoof of medical soap opera. Even if you dump the comedy, it's too melodramatic for what I'm looking for. Also the only serious web dramas I can think of aren't so much drama as horror.
I may be getting too picky about this, since I ought to be able to extract a plot rhythm from just about anything that tells an ongoing but episodic story in the time frame I'm looking for. So it shouldn't matter that if I were to move on to creating my own series in this format, it'd probably be either Magical Realism
or the sci-fi equivalent, or just pure realism.
Any ideas in the world of the web? I crossposted a whole lot, but then decided to just leave this one and General Recs.
edited 28th Dec '13 11:26:28 PM by TParadox