17 years ago, when I attended a video production course at an NGO called Community Video Educational Trust (CVET) we were encouraged to use video to tell our own stories. Keep in mind that we just saw the end of apartheid and their version of what happened on our own streets via the SABC propaganda machines. In 1996, if we produced video stories that none of the South African TV stations wanted to broadcast, then the only other option was to set up screenings in our different community centres.
Today’s video producers have many more options with the Internet as the easiest option if none of the broadcasters want to screen your work. Also keep in mind how some people have also become world famous, being discovered on YouTube.
Therefore, I am baffled that with all the different video and film schools or training institutions like AFDA and Boston City Campus etc. one would expect to see a large amount of locally produced web video content, like documentaries, dramas and entertainment shows, etc. but there are none.
I know personally about the different financial challenges of producing such online video content, when I was the Multimedia Manager of Avusa Media Live (Times Media) and the South Africa Press Association (SAPA).
I would have thought that people attempting to get into our local TV and film industry would use the Internet to get their skills and creativity out there.
Below is a example of a web drama series produced in the USA. Let’s hope some of you reading this blog post will be inspired to produce your own content.
Almost Home follows Lisa and DeJuan as they leave Chicago, after the death of their mother and head to Southern California. After getting settled, the two become immersed in LA’s music and Fashion scenes. Lots of great original music is featured on the show. While starting a new, the two have to make major life changes and we soon find out that their mother’s death, wasn’t their only reason for leaving.
Almost Home, Episode 1, Finding Home
Almost Home, Episode 2, Queen’s World