How To Create A Webseries on a Shoestring Budget

Tips From a Webseries Creator Who Has Spent Only $500 Per Episode!
Hosted by Keith Powell

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Keith Powell

Webinar hosted by: Keith Powell

Star of NBC's '30 Rock,' Actor, Director and Creator of the microbudget webseries 'Keith Broke His Leg'

Keith Powell was a series regular on NBC’s Emmy-winning sitcom 30 Rock for seven seasons, where he received the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for Comedy Ensemble. He has had recurring roles on About A Boy and The Newsroom as well as appearances on Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, the ABC pilot Judy's Got A Gun, Reno 911!, and NCIS: Los Angeles. Feature films include The Way We Weren't, Syrup, and Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian as well as extensive work in the theater as both an actor and director. In addition, he is the writer/producer/director of the animated pilot Nate & Abe (starring Rachel Dratch, David Wain, Alyssa Milano, and Robert Ben Garant), writer/director/star of the short film People We Meet (co-starring Frederick Weller and Scott Adsit), and recently produced/co-wrote/starred in the feature film My Name Is David (co-starring Judy Reyes and Adepero Oduye). About Keith's Webseries Keith Broke His Leg: Keith Broke His Leg is a semi-autobiographical comedy about 30 Rock star Keith Powell's self discovery when he is suddenly stripped of his ability to be mobile. After an accident, Keith is forced to see the world in a new way when his wife, his friends, and especially his agent don’t make life easy for the incapacitated. What results is a series of visits with the floura and fauna of the the Hollywood comedy world, with most of the actors playing parodies of themselves. The show features Keith’s off-kilter brand of wit, coupled with some genuinely thoughtful moments. Contemplating race, sex, friendship, marriage, and stereotypes, Keith Broke His Leg is "Louie" with a Los Angeles sensibility; "Curb Your Enthusiasm" with humanity, and “Inside Amy Schumer” with a black dude. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Stage 32 Next Level Education is honored to bring in Keith Powell, well known for his role as “Twofer” on NBC’s 30 Rock, and his role as “Wyatt” on HBO’s The Newsroom as one of our acclaimed instructors.

Most recently Keith has written, directed and produced his own semi-biographical webseries Keith Broke His Leg for only $500 per episode! Even better – he is bringing all of the knowledge he’s learned developing this series exclusively to the Stage 32 community!

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, you will learn the building blocks to create an artistically successful series without stretching your budget. This means that you will walk away with all the tools necessary to help you during pre-production, production, post-production and even distribution. You will even learn how - with the glut of webseries available on the market - you can make a product that stands out above the noise (and there definitely is noise!)

Your instructor, Keith Powell, has taken everything he’s learned on high-budget episodic productions (such as 30 Rock and The Newsroom), modified it, and applied it to creating a successful micro-budget web-series without breaking the bank (all while keeping his sanity…well, kind of). Best of all, he’s going to share ALL of his knowledge with you!

What You'll Learn

PRE-PRODUCTION:

  • Budgets
    • How much do you really need? / Staying realistic
  • Schedules
    • Calendars / Software / Juggling schedules / Script breakdown
  • Locations
    • Adapting / Permits
  • Casting
    • “To ask a friend, or to not ask a friend?”, that is the question.
  • Storyboarding
    • Plotting production / Shot list
  • Pre-meetings
    • Meeting with all department heads (Challenges, disagreements, artistic intent)

PRODUCTION:

  • Dealing with crew
    • Trust & Craft services
  • Process of shooting
    • Coverage / One Special Shot a Day / KEEP MOVING
  • Wearing Multiple Hats
    • How to juggle / When to choose your battles
  • Sound
    • Room tone / Get more than you need / Get it "clean"
  • Lighting for the shot
    • Be patient / Stay on schedule / Adjust if necessary
  • Making your day
    • Problem Solving / Don't obsess over takes / Keep moving / Rescheduling
  • Working with actors
    • Don't abuse their time / Giving them a take with freedom

POST PRODUCTION:

  • Editing
    • Building the story / Open to Changes / Talking the cuts through / Picture lock
  • Reshoots
  • Sound
    • Recording elements / Foley
  • Color Correction
    • Research / Inform the story / Colorist Relationship
  • Visual Effects
  • Test-audience
    • Showing to friends / Criticism
  • Marketing, web site, research pre-launch
    • Finding your audience / Website / Release Platforms / Schedule

Plus, a recorded Q&A with Keith throughout that can only be seen here at Stage 32!

About Your Instructor

Keith Powell was a series regular on NBC’s Emmy-winning sitcom 30 Rock for seven seasons, where he received the 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award for Comedy Ensemble.

He has had recurring roles on About A Boy and The Newsroom as well as appearances on Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, the ABC pilot Judy's Got A Gun, Reno 911!, and NCIS: Los Angeles.

Feature films include The Way We Weren't, Syrup, and Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian as well as extensive work in the theater as both an actor and director.

In addition, he is the writer/producer/director of the animated pilot Nate & Abe (starring Rachel Dratch, David Wain, Alyssa Milano, and Robert Ben Garant), writer/director/star of the short film People We Meet (co-starring Frederick Weller and Scott Adsit), and recently produced/co-wrote/starred in the feature film My Name Is David (co-starring Judy Reyes and Adepero Oduye).

About Keith's Webseries Keith Broke His Leg:

Keith Broke His Leg is a semi-autobiographical comedy about 30 Rock star Keith Powell's self discovery when he is suddenly stripped of his ability to be mobile.

After an accident, Keith is forced to see the world in a new way when his wife, his friends, and especially his agent don’t make life easy for the incapacitated. What results is a series of visits with the floura and fauna of the the Hollywood comedy world, with most of the actors playing parodies of themselves.

The show features Keith’s off-kilter brand of wit, coupled with some genuinely thoughtful moments. Contemplating race, sex, friendship, marriage, and stereotypes, Keith Broke His Leg is "Louie" with a Los Angeles sensibility; "Curb Your Enthusiasm" with humanity, and “Inside Amy Schumer” with a black dude.

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A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar.

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A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. 

Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year! 

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Keith's no-nonsense approach (i.e. to the point, quick and efficient) provides a great overview of not only the things to consider when putting together a web series but also ensures he covered a lot of ground. Thanks Keith! We're putting together a web series right now and some of your tips will save us ten-fold on the cost of this webinar!
  • It was concise, to the point and gives you confidence to move forward on your own project.
  • Some very useful tips, but didn't cover specific departments such as design and wardrobe. The emphasis, it seemed, on actors and feeding crew. Although, there were some interesting pointers.
  • Good info... Entertaining.
  • Very informative and detailed!

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