Social Networking – The Wild West
features a diverse group of independent and web-based filmmakers: Anish Saviani (Wendy & Lucy, Alexander The Last
), Edward Seaton (recurvemedia.com
), Mike Michaud (channelawesome.com
) and host Steve Weiss. In this season, the Fellas boldly challenge the gold standard of “Hollywood” filmmaking and the traditional channels of a theatrical distribution. The round table discussions lead to a passionate debate on the acceptance of on-line video as a true medium, self-distribution and how a new genre of webisodic programming will eventually compete with network television.
The season wraps up with finding creative ways to grow an audience with personal-branding & community building, the emergence of online video networks (Hulu
), monetizing video content and how engaging with fans directly is essential for the success of web based films.