I’m really getting excited about online-video “serialized storytelling,” but still experimenting with the content and delivery mechanism. By this I mean fewer one-hit wonders like Blackberry Crackberry, and more narratives in 1-3 minute “chunks.” The goal is to keep people in suspense and coming back. Of course it doesn’t happen easily unless you have loyal subscribers on YouTube and/or RSS my videos, or visitors to your own site — like LonelyGirl15.com.
GooTube Conspiracy was an initial experiment with participative storytelling (see this trailer assembled by a NYC filmmaker based on footage). It’s continuing later this month. But over the past few days I tried a new one where I basically replaced my family with other actors and actresses (played by unwitting New Years house guests).
Here’s the story in 4 videos:
- The talent agent that manages the actors and actresses playing my wife and kids wants more money in 2007. I refuse and he decides to expose me as fraud by putting this footage online (see on Revver; see on YouTube)
- Since I’m not making much money on the characters, I resort to open auditions. I find a substitute wife and kids who aren’t quite the match (see on Revver; see on YouTube).
- I take the new family out for football and rocket shooting. It’s downright awkward, and I run into the talent agent who says he’s getting the old family on Nickelodien (see on Revver; see on YouTube).
- Finally I’m reunited with the old family when the agent is drove to near insanity representing my kids. (see on Revver; see on YouTube) .
I was planning to play this out a bit longer, but I had a few people really disturbed that I’d switched families. And at least a couple that thought I was serious. This would have been painful to watch in one sitting, but I think it works better in 4 clips.
Can I be the next LonelyGirl15? Doubt it. But I’m learning a lot about what people want and don’t want, and entertaining myself. Which is half the point, isn’t it?