Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Riese: Kingdom Falling - Stage and Studio: Ryan Copple Audio Interview

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STAGE AND STUDIO: Riese: Kingdom Falling - Future of Web Series: Ryan Copple Audio Interview

Dmae Roberts explores the growing landscape of the web series via an actor, director and producer working on three different projects. Actor Harold Philips and Director Micki Selvitella, both theatre artists, will tell us what it’s like to work on web series in Portland. Then Ryan Copple, co-creator of’s Riese: Kingdom Falling will share his experiences working on one of the most successful web series that received 1.2 million streams in two months.

... Ryan Copple is a Vancouver, BC writer, editor and co-creator (with Kaleena Kiff) of the award-winning steam-punk digital series Riese narrated by Sanctuary and Stargate SG1 star Amanda Tapping.The series began as an indie online series and then was picked up for season 2 by the SyFy Channel to run online last fall. The series featured actors from many well-known television series. Riese was so successful that SyFy ordered an online web series from another indie producer called Mercury Men.


Highlights from the show:

- It is now easier than ever before for artists to distribute their work. Anyone can upload videos to sites like YouTube or Vimeo.

- Web series are shot with small screens in mind. But that doesn’t mean skimping on quality. Ryan Copple and the rest of the team behind Riese say: “We never wanted to be good enough for the web. We just wanted to be good.”

- Artists need to get creative about funding, whether it’s through product placement or using a site like, which allows artists to crowd-fund their projects.

- New media is interactive and multi-platformed. Before Riese was launched, the creators released an alternate-reality game that set up the story.

- One of the best things about the future of the web series: creative freedom. “Don’t be afraid to get your story out there,” Copple says, “That’s the beauty of the web, is you can just tell whatever you want to tell.”

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