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Web Series 101

Starts June 5

2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, June 5-6, 9am-12pm

The growing popularity of original web content has led to a modern filmmaking revolution with award-winning writer/director Matthew G. Anderson, creator of the hit web comedy Theater People, leading the way. From dramas to comedies to documentaries, the web series landscape is the most exciting place to be for storytellers of any experience level or budget size. This workshop provides an overview of web series from creation and production to marketing and distribution, placing filmmakers in a position to deliver their own shows to audiences around the world.

Via discussion and screenings of selected web episodes, the class covers topics such as getting your idea web-ready, deciding on a format, shooting for the web, finding a home for your show, and building an audience. Whether you’re looking to generate a new idea, develop an idea you already have, or just explore the possibilities, you’ll walk away with all the information you need to create your own successful original series.

NOTE: Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom cloud-based video conferencing service. For optimal performance it is recommended that you install Zoom on your computer rather than running it from a web browser. We’ll e-mail you a course reminder and Zoom link a few days prior to the first session. Click here for a Zoom tutorial.

Tuition: $105 / $80 low-income

Matthew G. Anderson is a screenwriter and filmmaker whose work has included spec scripts for Hollywood producers, no-budget independent short films, and most things in between. He is probably best known for creating Theater People, one of the most acclaimed and longest running independent web series in the country. An Official Selection at more than two dozen international film festivals, Theater People has received numerous awards including, most recently, Best Screenplay at Russia’s Realist Web Fest. Matthew is the director of former FilmNorth Web 101 student Alan W. Porter’s web series Fallin’ Off, which has been selected for numerous festivals from New Jersey to New Zealand. He is currently in post-production on the pilot for a fifth season of Theater People.  

Class Registration Guidelines & Cancellation Policy

  • Space is assigned on a first-come basis. Registrations must include payment in full. Registrations are accepted after registration deadlines if space is available.
  • If minimum enrollment has not been reached by 7 days prior to the start date of a class, FilmNorth may cancel it, in which case registrants will immediately be notified and receive a full refund within 2 business days. A check will be issued for registrations that were paid in cash. In lieu of a refund, students have the option of applying their tuition to another class scheduled in the same calendar year.
  • For those wishing to cancel a registration prior to the class registration deadline, 100% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. For registration cancellations received after the registration deadline but prior to the first class session, 50% of the tuition will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. As of 5:00 pm the day prior to a class start date, no refunds or credits/exchanges will be given (Friday at 5:00 pm for Sunday classes). 
  • Tuition is not prorated for missed class sessions.




June 5 @ 9:00 am
June 6 @ 12:00 pm
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2 sessions: Saturday-Sunday, June 5-6, 9am-12pm