You’ve got amazing advice here, and thanks very much for sharing it. A lot of it is stuff I wish I could have done when I made the first season of my web series The Late, Late News.
Since it’s a topical news show, it’s really hard to write scripts based on news stories that can be old news in a short period of time.
That’s why I had trouble figuring out what stories to do, and that’s why it took me months to get episodes written, produced and completed.
Looking back on it, I should have had a more consistent production and release schedule for the show. It took months in between episode releases on YouTube, which slowed the momentum IMO.
I should have also had a firm list of stories ready to go for that season, though the first episode I did attempted to focus on the net neutrality issue in 2014.
I also feel I should have made the style of comedy less reliant on specific news stories and more on parody/satire of the news media itself. That’s something I’m trying to do in season 2.
Above all that, I seriously wish I could have focused on the writing aspect of the show, while entrusting the production to people who had more experience in that sector than I did.
As you all know, handling both duties can be very overwhelming, and I definitely want to focus on writing for the next project I do.
Production is something I’d want to outsource to people who know that field, and I have tried to find a showrunner/line producer for The Late, Late News.
All that said, I’m very happy and proud of the work that’s been done by my cast, crew and myself on this show. I’m honored to work with talented people, and to give them the best atmosphere to succeed in their efforts.
I’m still learning, and I have made mistakes along the way, but I learn from those mistakes and see how I can work better with people in filmmaking.
Seeing something I wrote being transformed by great people is an incredible feeling, and I look forward to it every time I work on The Late, Late News.