*blank* may be inadvertently profound, then. its hard to pick a starting point. I think in past discussions we've established that pre-high-speed-internet stuff like "The Spot" was more multimedia than video, part of the first wave of what might be called "webseries" though little resembling what came after youtube came around. essentially they were the first attempts to tell stories online using video as a *component* of the communication.
but it took the widespread availability of high-speed internet and a low-cost video platform (youtube) to let true video-only storytelling to sprout, right? otherwise, lonelygirl15 would have happened in 1996 instead of 2006.
with 7 years since lg15 started now behind us, i think its fair to say lg15 was a monumental but under-recognized influence.
yet even today its technology driving the medium, not the lack or surplus of creativity. terry cited some statistics showing that internet-to-TV access is much lower than i thought, but it is still growing. I suspect that the way that VHS seemed to hold its own for awhile and then flash-out rapidly in favor of DVDs, internet-on-TV viewing will grow. already i ask myself, why isn't every movie ever made available to me on-demand for purchase? i couldn't have conceived of that being possible in 2006.
The first webseries that I know of that fits within 'the definition' of a webseries (episodic video created for the web) is Goodnight Burbank, a show created by Hayden Black in March 2006; although, way back then they were called video podcasts and shown on iTunes.
Realistically, it was the creation of YouTube that made webseries possible and YouTube didn't open to the public until November 2005. In fact, one could easily argue that lg15 helped put YouTube on the map as much as YouTube helped it. (A fact which Miles I bet wishes more people would acknowledge. )
Going to go all proto-internet here for a second - and talk about the birth of UGC video. (Btw, mathieas is your supply an scantily-clad taryn southern gifs never-ending?)
anyway, waaaaaaayyy back in 1986, madonna released the song "True Blue" as a single, and there was a "Make My Video" contest on MTV -- people made their own videos and sent them into MTV, who played all of them back-to-back for something like 24 hours straight ("Blue Thursday"). a winner was selected. i have a very vague memory of watching this as a youngster, many of the videos were really quite bad, but the ability to even HAVE such a contest was dictated by technology -- proliferation of VHS home video cameras (with sound!) to any extent was quite recent in 1986. i remember one of the videos was filled with pumpkins, and they smash one or more of them at the end by dropping it off a building -- i was completely perplexed by this total failure to make a real video - why would someone do this? the internet had not yet ruined civilization, the concept of trolling was actually not common. 20 years later, crap like this would be the fodder for what we now call "Viral videos"!
Wikipedia has a good summary of the contest: link (see "Make My Video" contest section)
The winning video:
random entries online (its a shame I can find only Two?!?!)
MTV clip about the contest:
Apparently MTV expected a few dozen entries but instead were "swamped" - and got over 800 at least.
Last Edit: Nov 20, 2013 8:53:59 GMT -5 by Milowent
Milowent The wikipedia page for web series needs some work. It doesn't even mention LG15. I also googled 'first web series' and not much came up. The wiki page mentions 'The Spot' but as we all know "The Spot" wasn't really a web series. It might make an interesting book (e-book more of a pamphlet really) chronicling the early days of webseries, the Golden Age as it were, from 2006 to 2009.