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Three-phase short-form series development program
3 short-form series projects working in a group, each project’s development is overseen by experienced tutors, as well as ongoing peer-feedback by fellow participants.
All participantsOnline pre-trainingSeptember 4-5, 2023 | Online
Aimed as an introductory meeting of selected creators of short-form series (up to 20 mins per episode) with a background in the audiovisual industry that want to shift to short-form series development.LecturesHistory of Web SeriesMonday, September 4, 2023, 11:00 - 12:30 CET | Online
Streaming video became possible in the late 1990s and, almost instantly, creators started experimenting with new ways of telling stories online. From the original boom of the do-it-yourself webseries, to Hollywood companies investing in the millions, online short-form series have made the most of their creative freedom and the possibility to connect directly with their audience.
They have proven to be a unique opportunity for creators to curate their own voice and gave birth to a young, innovative and vibrant generation of news talents.Finding the Right Partners - A Guide to Financing and Distribution for Web SeriesMonday, September 4, 2023, 13:30-14:30 CET | Online
Web series offer great opportunities for storytelling. But how to bring those projects to life? This lecture will give an overview on financing and distribution models for web series, look at potential partners, platforms and networking opportunities and get you into the mindset for defining the potential of your project, identifying target audiences and developing a strategy to find the right partners.
All participantsWorkshopSeptember 18-24, 2023 | Brno, Czech republic
The workshop will help the participants define their series concept, outline their pilot script and season, and will train and explain the specifics of short-form series and the difference between long-form series in storytelling. Each project will receive a tutor´s in-depth guidance as well as peer assessment from fellow participants.
Smash Cut uses lectures, group work, and individual consultations as its methodological tools. The participants will also be actively writing during the workshop working days, under the supervision of the tutors.
The program is conducted in English.LecturesWeb Series - An Exercise in Narrative EfficiencyTuesday, September 19, 2023, 17:00-18:30 CET | Brno, Czech Republic
The episodic length of web series has tended to grown in recent years. Still, most web episodes fall between 5 and 20+ minutes. Their core audience watches them mostly on phone and computer screens, sometimes on the go.
For those reasons, web series need to catch the attention of the audience quickly – there are always millions more YouTube video waiting to be seen. Web series must deliver as much emotions, drama, comedy and thrills than TV episodes two or three times longer. They require an intense narrative efficiency : the shorter the set-up, the longer the engaging pay-off can be!10 Lessons Everyone Should Learn from Short Form StorytellingWednesday, September 20, 2023, 09:00-10:00 CET | Brno, Czech Republic
From a very early stage on, short form series were the sandbox for creative talent and platform for topics that dared to be different. Following and understanding the logic of engagement and attention far before streamers and broadcasters entered the digital fray, short form series harnessed the democratizing power of the internet and its communities. What was 15 years ago called “web series” evolved into a wide field where short form storytelling, social media, experimental sensibilities, marginalized voices and big budget investments intersect to from an exciting melting pot of formats, ideas and forms of expression.
The keynote will spotlight the evolvement of short form series and which factors are currently molding the medium before diving in some of the current questions: What did big streamers and broadcasters learn from web series and how did they integrate it into their strategies? How does the market for short form content look like globally? What big trends will form the future of short form content? And how can clever writers, film-makers and producers profit from anticipating these trends?The New Generation of Central and Eastern European Series CreatorsWednesday, September 20, 2023, 16:10-16:50 CET | Brno, Czech Republic
After his comedy web series Sexfluencing successfully traveled across the festival orbit, Matus Krajnak (Slovakia, UK) will reveal the process behind its creation. In his case study, he will focus on both, the joyful and the not-so-joyful aspects of low-budget independent series-making.
The panel will be followed by a discussion with other two up-and-coming series creators from the CEE region - Vivian Sade (Kalamaja Blues / EST, FN) and Sara Zeithammerova (TBH, Five Years / CZ) who will join the stage to share their series-making experience.How to engage the audience in advanceThursday, September 21, 2023, 09:00-10:00 CET | Brno, Czech Republic
YLE has been successful in creating short form dramas for teens and young adults. Two case studies will depict how Yle Drama is engaging young adults on Instagram, starting with the script all the way to the release of the series and beyond. Executive producer Hyppe Salmi is opening the strategy of an Instagram account @areena.stories as a tool to research, pilot and find new talents.
All participantsOnline ConsultationsDecember 12, 2023 | Online
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What is a short-form series?
In the olden golden world, you might've known these formats as "web series". The world is changing, though, and to reflect that it is the length of an episode that matters, not the channel it is delivered on (television or streaming), these are now called "short-form series".
What is the length of a short-form series episode?
A few years back, these were ranging up to 10 minutes. There is a general tendency for the episodes to grow in length, that's why we are accepting anything up to 20 minutes.
I'm developing a 10-minute per episode online show. Am I eligible?
You are our dream applicant! Smash Cut is designed specifically for short-form series. So hurry up with that application.
I have an idea of a series but it's still early development. Can I apply anyway?
Absolutely! The sooner in the development process you apply, the better. Smash Cut will help you create your show from scratch.
Can I apply with an animation or documentary series project?
Sadly, Smash Cut does not work with animation or documentary projects, as these require a different set of skills and address a different market.
Does MIDPOINT offer scholarships?
Sadly, not for this particular program. We HIGHLY recommend to submit an application to a national organization (fund, institute, ministry) at the same time you're applying to MIDPOINT Institute. You can always withdraw your application if not selected, but as the processing time of this support can be rather long, it might be quite late to do this once we confirm you're in.
What exactly is a "series pitch" or "statement of purpose"?
You can find a detailed description on all the requested submission materials on the first page of your submission form. You can access the form once you've created a profile at the MIDPOINT Visitor Page (see intructions in the "Application" folder). No worries! You can save the form anytime you like and come back to it later, and you can also save or submit any number of applications you like!
I'm a writer. Can I apply myself?
Sure. That said, we generally support and recommend arriving in a team – either of writers, or a writer and producer. It simply makes the brainstorming and creative process easier and more effective, particularly when it comes to series. But you're most welcome to apply as a single writer as well.
Can I apply with more than one project?
Of course – but we'll only choose one. :)