6 Things You Can Learn From Our Web Series Winner, Hug-O-Gram

Written by TELUS on Sunday May 3, 2015

STORYHIVE’s Web Series Edition recently wrapped, and we were excited to announce four series winners: Coded (Vancouver), Night Owl High (Vancouver), Hug-O-Gram (Calgary) and Straight to Video: The B-movie Odyssey (Edmonton).

We recently sat down with each of the winning teams to find a bit more about each of them and give you the inside scoop on some of their tips and tricks.

This is the fourth in a four-part series with our Web Series winners, featuring Hug-O-Gram:

Q. How did you get started in film?

Hug-O-Gram (Todd Kipp): In 2003, I went to Los Angeles to attend a screenwriters convention and carried on working in the industry, and made my first short film in 2004.

Q. What was the inspiration behind your web series?

Hug-O-Gram: Hug-O-Gram started as a short film script that evolved into a web series pilot. It’s the only project I’ve ever written that could easily be turned into an episodic series, due to the characters and their world.

Q. What did you learn through STORYHIVE?

Hug-O-Gram: Structuring a web series was a new learning experience, and it’s a challenge crafting web/television compared with films. Social media is also a powerful tool that helps build an audience.

Q. What was the most memorable moment working on this project?

Hug-O-Gram: The opportunity TELUS gave local filmmakers to achieve their goals, and then seeing the characters come to life. The pilot was an excellent test to see what works, what doesn’t work, and how to better approach the full series in order to get it right.

Q. What’s the one thing you think people applying to STORYHIVE should know?

Hug-O-Gram: Be well organized, well prepared with a strong project and work, work, work.

Q. What’s your top tip for someone looking to get into the web series world?

Hug-O-Gram: Research what’s out there and map out your objectives for what you want to achieve.

Q. What’s next for you?

Hug-O-Gram: A feature documentary called Some Other Guys, The Story of The Big Three, The Liverpool Band That Refused to Sell Out. It’s about Beatles’ rivals The Big Three and the early days in Liverpool and Hamburg.

Want to hear more from our winners? Check out our interviews with Coded, Straight to Video: The B-movie Odyssey and Night Owl High.

STORYHIVE is a Kickstarter-inspired online platform where local content creators can pitch their video project ideas for a chance at grant funding from TELUS.

Submissions for the Music Video Edition, open to residents of B.C. and Alberta, closed on April 26 and voting will begin May 4. Check out the trailer here to see what it’s all about, and be sure to follow STORYHIVE to vote for who you think should win $10,000 to produce a music video and distribution through TELUS Optik TV on demand!

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