I’ve got a new addiction and it comes in the form of made-for-Web shows. The last one Screen Rant brought to you was Broken Toy by Forewarned Films and before that we introduced you to Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Now we want to introduce you to a great 6-episode crime-thriller from writer James Moran.
A lot of you may not have heard of James Moran but you may have seen his work on shows like Doctor Who, Torchwood, Crusoe and the great under-rated horror/comedy/thriller, Severance. Moran has now moved from writing scripts to directing short films and started with the enjoyably creepy Girl Number 9. Each episode is about 5 minutes, but the script and acting feel like a 45-minute network show. It leaves you wanting to watch the next, wanting to see how it ends and asking the question “Can You Save Her?”
Low-budget webisodes are the quickly becoming better to watch than most big-budget network TV. Sure there are few good shows on TV – Lost, Stargate Universe, Psych, Criminal Minds (sorry Defying Gravity fans but the show was cancelled) – but if you were to evaluate all of the scripted shows on network and cable TV right now, there would only be about 10% worth watching. When a good show does come out and viewers start to really get interested in it (Firefly, Journeyman, Life on Mars) the network yanks them from the lineup and audiences are left hanging in the lurch.
That’s why I think webisodes are the future of small-screen storytelling. The stories are kept short and divided into 5 to 10 minute segments, allowing the writers to keep out the fluff that sometimes fills a 45 minute show. Webisodes also are available to everyone across the planet (except parts of China) at any time. People love to watch a quick video thanks to free WiFi just about everywhere, and thanks to smart phones like the iPhone and Android they can do just that.
We included the trailer and all 6 episodes of Girl Number 9 below but you better watch them quick! The videos will be available for free until the end of November and then you’ll have to buy the DVD to watch them. Enjoy!
What did you think about Girl Number 9 and are there any webisodes that you would like to share with us?
Source: Shock Till You Drop