The Age of The Webseries – Part I: Outside the UK

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With more and more film and television creatives turning to the internet to get their work out there, it’s important to discover the big, diverse work of webseries out there already available on YouTube and beyond.

Making a web-series is a fantastic way to collaborate with new people, or old friends, networking and coming together and be creative. To start off with that first initial great concept, producing it and then releasing it out into the world. Of course, then you need people to actually watch it – obviously!

So here at the Scottish Geek Network we’re going to spend some time focussing on some fantastic webseries’ out there (I need to figure what the plural for webseries is, leave the answer in the comments!).

This particular batch of webseries came to us after our own show, “Cops and Monsters” was tagged by The Pantheon Webseries, which you can find out more about on their twitter here.

I’ll start by saying that this isn’t a review! This is just a chance to spread the word of some brilliant people who are out there making it happen. It’s not my job to judge their work!

Ready? Here we go…

1. HUMAN TELEGRAPHS

What a wonderful, quirky idea! Three woman sharing an apartment are down on their luck, unable to find work and make rent, so they decide to start their own human telegraph company. It’s a nice little twist and the pilot is fun and fluffy, with some genuinely sad moments. The team are crowdfunding at the moment to make the rest of their series happen. To find out more visit their site and be sure to add them on Twitter!

2. PETROL (THE SERIES)

The Fast and the Furious of the webseries world. Initially this didn’t work for me trying to watch it on my phone, but it’s working on my desktop.

It’s described as an intense, action packed series about 5 reckless drivers hired by a mysterious employer. Based on the pilot, it’s definitely living up to that description. Be sure to follow them on Twitter and check out their series on YouTube.

3. SIBS WEBSERIES

I’ve only watched the pilot but this is fun. A nice natural chemistry between the leads, with genuinely funny moments. The episodes are short, so easily digestible for sure. It’s a bit of a mock vlog between a brother and a sister and the crazy adventures they take part in. Head over to Twitter, say hello and check out their show!

4. RILEY The Series

Sadly Riley only has 3 episodes so far, and I’m not sure what’s going on with the show. The concept sounds good – a former teen pop star now struggling in her thirties. Good cast and a nice plot makes for a good webseries. Click on the video above to watch the pilot and head over to the official Twitter and send Riley some love.

5. 20 Seconds To Live

20 Seconds to Live is an anthology webseries with a dark tone! The pilot focuses on a couple celebrating their anniversary, unaware that someone is watching them… creepy, right? They’ve got an entire first series and a 2nd in the works. With individual stories for each episode this should be a fun “Tales from the Crypt” type series. Check out the first episode above and follow them on Twitter!

6. My Roommate’s An Escort

Described on their YouTube channel as the misadventures of Heather, a non-confrontational, small town girl from Sault Ste. Marie, as she tries to figure out whether her new roommate Kesha is an escort. There’s room for lots of comical misunderstandings, and the episodes are bite-size, so should be easy to binge! Check out their pilot and don’t forget to hit them up on Twitter!

7. CONfessionals

CONfessionals is a fun webseries about famous voice-over actors who just happen to hate each other, as they appear at the same comic conventions together! This looks slickly produced and again, following the rule of bite-size content, will be easy to watch. They’re moving their episodes to Anime Unlocked which you can find out more about at this link! Follow them on Twitter to find out more.

8. The Pantheon

And finally, The Pantheon – who put us onto the rest of the webseries on this list. This is a fun mockumentary about ancient Greek gods who start up their own tech company. The guys have only got one episode up so far, so be sure to follow them on Twitter to find out when they’ve got some new content!

9. BONUS WEBSERIES – COPS AND MONSTERS

This is a cheeky one, as it’s created by the people who run the Scottish Geek Network. “Cops and Monsters” is an on-going supernatural police thriller following the Paranormal Investigation Team Scotland (PITS) as they protect and investigate the supernatural community in a near-future Scotland. 7 episodes are available so far with the series finale dropping in August. Head over to the Twitter and say hello.

And that’s it for part 1! We’ll be back next time with a look at some web-series from the UK (that isn’t Cops and Monsters). Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for some more geeky content! 

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