Web shows have been around for a long time, BUT they have ALWAYS been 1-5 minute shorts, most of which have no real plot or characterization, and only exist to "be funny". But now some web shows are starting to have longer episodes, and there are even some 22-minute shows that are being released on the internet. However, these are all low-budget productions; only a very small percentage of entertainment distributed exclusively on the web is of true professional production quality.
I want to direct my own animated series with as much creative freedom as possible. I am most passionate about creating high-quality shows with half-hour-long episodes. Even today, the only way to make that possible is to work my way up in the TV industry. Believe me, I've done my research and I've talked to a lot of people in the industry. The TV (and especially animation) industry is rarely the big, super fun, rainbows-and-unicorns workplace that I always thought it was. You often have to sacrifice your creative freedom because of TV executives, among other things I won't go too far into.
Also, at least on TV it's easier for people to find your show. You have a higher chance of creating a popular TV series than creating a popular web series, because TV is considered a more recognizable and "legitimate" form of entertainment. On the internet it's not about quality, or networking, or any of that - it really is just happenstance; nearly everything popular on the internet became popular by coincidence (this is why a lot of the most popular content online is just memes and cat videos). This makes it really hard to make a living by making web content. Look, I love making art and animation, so money isn't that important to me. But damn, I don't want to be one of those sad "artists" who can only work at Starbucks because they can't make a living off their creative projects.
Now, I see more and more people saying that they "don't watch TV". However, most of these people do watch TV shows on sites like Hulu and Netflix. They're not watching web shows, they're just watching entertainment made for TV that can also be watched online. I've heard of a few half-hour web shows that are released exclusively on sites like Hulu, but they just don't have the same outreach that actual TV shows have.
This article explains that nothing will ever replace TV, but this article says that the Internet will eventually supersede television. I'm not sure which one to believe. This is especially considering my own arguments that no matter what, budgets, good production teams and making a living are hard to pull off when it comes to entertainment made for the web. Even with sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, it's really hard to make it happen. I'll be out of college in like 3 years; I highly doubt the entertainment industry will switch to the Internet in that amount of time. So, I'm not sure if I should pursue TV or web entertainment, and I'm starting to feel lost.
But I'm just rambling. So anyway... Will the TV Series ever be replaced by the Web Series? How will this transition even happen? TV is a HUGE industry that won't go down without a fight. Meanwhile, the internet is NOT a huge business when it comes to the web series (especially web shows with half-hour long episodes, which are rarely as popular as their 3-minute long counterparts).
Edited by Username, 01 March 2013 - 01:15 AM.