How to Make a Web Series: a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ Case Study
This article originally appeared in The Daily Dot
By Rae Votta
Just before Halloween, when the world is at its peak saturation of all things ghastly and ghostly, a 77-second teaser for a zombie-themed web series dropped on YouTube. It packs a punch of high production values and a slate of recognizable names, but it was missing a key element: a release date. That’s because the fate of “Zombie Basement” is still undetermined.
The shifting attention of Hollywood to the digital space has inspired many to enter the web world for creative endeavors, with more and more critical attention being placed on web over traditional media. However, that doesn’t mean big budgets have always followed, and the nature of the medium leaves a lot of ideas fighting for far less cash than is available for even a subpar Hollywood film. It’s in that cutthroat environment that the creative forces behind “Zombie Basement” find themselves — on the hunt for the perfect way to fund their creativity.
“A couple years into it, you start feeling very hamstrung by the network and by the rules and regulations of what you can do,” explained Schneiderman. “It became for me a little bit like I couldn’t express myself all the way. So every Christmas I go to my in-laws house and I try to write something while I am there. I’d had this idea. I’m just going to write this little thing, and I think I was really just trying to fall in love with writing and creating again. The basic idea was “Wayne’s World” during a zombie apocalypse.”
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