6 Things You Can Learn From Our Web Series Winner, Straight to Video: The B-movie Odyssey

Written by TELUS on Friday May 1, 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 third in a four-part series with our Web Series winners, featuring Straight to Video: The B-movie Odyssey:

Q. How did you get started in film?

Straight to Video: The B-movie Odyssey (Cody Kennedy): Ever since I got a hold of my Grandma’s newly purchased VHS home camera. I haven’t stopped since then. It’s been pure DIY the whole journey.

Q. What was the inspiration behind your web series?

Straight to Video: Kevin Martin and his video store, and all the B-movies. We wanted to make our own homages and parodies too.

Q. What did you learn through STORYHIVE?

Straight to Video: I learned the importance of being extremely diligent and organized with peoples’ time.

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

Straight to Video: Using a leaf blower to shoot air at Kevin’s face as he flailed and screamed. We put him through a lot of physical torture. He loved it.

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

Straight to Video: You need to spend just as much time marketing and giving your project a slick package as the actually project itself. It doesn’t stop at finishing your video. You should be pumping out content in any form to keep people excited about the project.

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

Straight to Video: Draw inspiration from things around you. Watch what you think are successful web series and see how they engage their audience.

Q. What’s next for you?

Straight to Video: Deliver an awesome season of Straight to Video. Maybe make a season two if we are lucky, and continue to build the brand.

Want to hear more from our winners? Check out our interviews with Coded 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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