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Television on the Wild Wild Web: And How to Blaze Your Own Trail Paperback – October 1, 2014
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Marx H. Pyle is a graduate of Vancouver Film School and also holds degrees in psychology and computer science. He has worked on dozens of films and various reality TV shows over the years. Between co-hosting the popular interview podcast GenreTaiment and writing for entertainment news websites like SciFiPulse, Marx has interviewed hundreds of web series creators, directors, producers, actors, and authors. His web series experience includes being the executive producer/director/co-writer of Reality on Demand, co-producer and director/director of photography of four episodes of Book of Dallas (which has over 2 million views), director of photography for two episodes of Star Trek: Phase II (a Hugo-nominated series and TV Guide winner), stunt coordinator/camera operator for the award-winning sci-fi series Aidan 5, and more. He is a member of the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV), was a judge for the 2014 IAWTV Awards, and a judge for the 2013 Geekie Awards.
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Because of my friendship with Jeff Burns & Marx Pyle, I have gotten to know quite a few independent film creators through the years and have even helped many of them with my own Facebook group called Web Series Friends where I help people with independent films & projects find the resources and connections that they may need.
On that note, here's what I have to say about Marx book "Television on the World Wide Web". As the title of this review says, it is "Very informative and jammed pack of useful info for indie film makers and web series creators."
Marx has done a tremendous and wonderful job of putting all the information that anyone wanting to make & produce a web series(or any other film for that matter) in a logical, and descriptive manner. He goes over topics of: Web hosting, how to get funds for your project, how to find cast & crew, distribution, and even different film festivals that are available.
On a side note, there are a few references that out of date because a podcast called the Surfing Alien isn't being made any more & Stickam(an old video chat site) isn't around anymore.
Other than the one or two references that are out of date, it is still very reliable and viable in the information provided.
I recommend this to anyone who is thinking of writing their own material to be seen on the Internet or to anyone who is making or has made content already.
With that in mind, I really loved the opening. All that history. It showed Pyle either watched it happen or did some really good research or both. There's some really good advice in this book, probably nothing too different from what you'd find in a book on television production aside from very specific pieces of structural and web-specific advice and as with many books like this, it's inspirational.
All and all this is a great book on producing web serials and it gets off to a great start building on a rich historical foundation then breaking down all the moving parts to building a web series.
He gives several examples of web series and those who have created them that have been very successful. Not only does he give examples, however; this book is all about how to create your web series. From concept to finding talent to filming, this book is a guidebook for creating television for the web. Everyone knows that to create anything of value takes money, and Pyle's book has some helpful information on crowdfunding.
Now is a great time to create stories for the web, and Pyle's book will give you all the information you'll need to increase your opportunity for success.
Review copy provided by Michael Wiese Productions