- would you recommend trying to sell your show to a network/YouTube channel, or distribute it yourself? if the latter, how have you marketed?
Since Bri mentioned me here, I want to say that I have no clue what I’m doing.
My animated short/pilot isn’t free and online mostly because I’m hoping to find funding or distribution through the festival circuit. That may well prove to be a spectacular mistake.
It IS available for pre-order on Vimeo On Demand: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/multiplex10 (it comes out on January 29th)
After roughly six months (less if the sales or film festival run goes poorly), I’ll probably move it to Amazon Video Direct and other subscription-based places. And after that, it’ll go ad-supported online.
I think my situation is a little different than most people’s, though, because Multiplex 10 is based on a comic strip I did for 12 years — so I (or the comic, really) have an existing fanbase. But we’re also planning a series of much shorter, simpler “webisodes” that will complement the short/pilot AND help promote it over the next several months. Hopefully.
All that said: if you don’t have a large enough audience to fund and sustain your series, or amazing technical chops and an awesome premise that will make total strangers throw money at you through crowdfunding, you should probably just release it free and build an audience that way?