How to Create your Own Web Series - [and be the next big thing] Premium class

Otessa Marie Ghadar, Filmmaker, Digital Storyteller, & DIY Enthusiast

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14 Videos (48m)
    • Welcome to Class!

      2:35
    • Intro to Pre-Production [stuff you need to do before you start filming]

      0:16
    • Decide on Your Story

      6:58
    • Equipment

      3:03
    • Budget & Crowdfunding

      2:41
    • Hiring Cast & Crew

      4:50
    • Intro to Production [stuff you need to know about filming]

      0:20
    • Ready Set Shoot 1/2

      8:07
    • Ready Set Shoot 2/2

      2:45
    • Intro to Post Production [stuff you do after you finish filming]

      0:15
    • Editing & Music

      4:29
    • Marketing Promoting Your Web Series 1/2

      5:16
    • Marketing Promoting Your Web Series 2/2

      5:39
    • Course Conclusion

      1:05

About This Class

Waiting for someone to read your script? Take control instead. In this class you will learn to create, edit, shoot, and market your own web series.

Learn step by step how to come up with an idea for your series, write a script, hire cast and crew, direction, shoot your episode, edit your episode and add music. Finally, you will learn how to promote and distribute your series once it is completed. This course is based on Otessa Ghadar’s book The Wild West of Filmmaking and a Master’s Class on New Media & Web Series she taught at American University.

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I have taken an online course, but THIS one had so much helpful, "been there, done that" advice I'd never heard. I loved it. Thank you.
GREAT INFO I GIVE IT A EXHALE BECAUSE KNOWING NOW I DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A BIG BUDGET TO START MY SHOW
awesome course!!! would recommend for anybody who is interested in starting his/her own show or for that matter any video production. first hand experience delivered in very friendly and understandable way!

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Otessa Marie Ghadar

Filmmaker, Digital Storyteller, & DIY Enthusiast

As one of the web series medium’s earliest adopters, Otessa Ghadar is a true forerunner of digital media.  Since 2007, she has been pioneering the web series format and establishing new ground in the wild west of the web, particularly through her globally viral show “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden,” know affectionately as "OJBG".  

Otessa Ghadar started “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden” as her MFA thesis at Columbia University’s film school. Now in its 7th season, "OJBG" is the longest continually running show online. The show has an international following in 145+ countries and has been recognized by industry heavy hitters, such as the Telly Awards, the Webby Awards, LA Web Fest, among others.  Diving into web series production when the idea was still in its infancy, Otessa had to learn and adapt to new changing forms of new media as they were being defined.

From this experience, Otessa wrote and published the industry’s first textbook last year: "The Wild West of Film."  Using material published in the book, Otessa currently lectures to top-tier corporations and academic institutions on the state of communication and creation in the digital age.  

Otessa is also the founder of the DC Web & Digital Festival and the president of DC-based digital media company 20/20 Productions. With its content, the company has become a destination for non-geoblocked, globally available programming.

Whether in film or fiction, at her core, Otessa is a storyteller. Returning to her DC roots, OJBG is an example of “writing what you know.” It’s part recollection, part urban legend, part pure fiction, and completely inspired by her own memories of growing up on the cusp of the internet era. Her stories embody the rebelliousness of the ‘90s grunge era while tackling social issues that surround youth. All seasons of OJBG are also available in book form — whether in paperback, ebooks, or as a special edition series of  “Director’s Notebooks."  

Up next, Otessa has a Sci Fi show in the works and will soon be releasing a collection of short stories.