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Web Series

Just as the World Wide Web has opened up opportunities for independent musicians, journalists and writers, the same holds true for wannabe television creators as well. Known as webseries, Pittsburgh has been at the forefront of this online video medium since the very beginning. In 2003, for instance, local filmmaker Justin Kownacki created Something to Be Desired, the Internet’s first serial web series. Kownacki eventually developed a spin-off series, The Baristas, which took place in the now closed Affogato coffee shop in Belleview. Then there’s Christopher Preksta, who turned an early film project into the web series Captain Blasto, created his second web series, The Mercury Men, for the SyFy Channel and then developed a third using the video camera on his iPhone—the local phenomenon known as Pittsburgh Dad. As much as any other city, the road to web series success indeed runs through Pittsburgh.

 

The Web Series Medium and Pittsburgh

The Early Days of the Web Series Medium Online video pioneer and Pittsburgh native Justin Kownacki shares his thoughts on launching a web series in 2003, as well as the first spin-off series in 2011.

Felicia Day: The Pittsburgh Connections Comic book artist Jim Rugg and Pittsburgh Dad co-creator Christopher Preksta each played significant roles in the Los Angeles-based actress’ web series The Guild.

Jack & Emma: The Miniseries A series of eleven short videos introduces the characters of the Jack & Emma web series while serving as a marketing tool for the show’s fundraising efforts on Indiegogo.

The Mercury Men and Flash Gordon Exploration of the Pittsburgh-based sci-fi web series The Mercury Men and how it relates to the Flash Gordon trilogy of Saturday movie matinee serials from the 1930s.

 

Reviews of Pittsburgh-Based Webseries

The Baristas Review of the Justin Kownacki-created comedy web series about a Pittsburgh coffee shop and its small group of employees and customers that shares similarities with the NBC sitcom Cheers.

Captain Blasto Review of the comic book-inspired web series about an alienated high school student who decides to stage fake crimes in order to become a superhero, created by Christopher Preksta.

The Mercury Men Review of the web series about a plot by invaders from the planet Mercury bent on destroying Earth and the unlikely duo tasked with stopping them that pays homage to sci-fi of the past.

Pittsburgh Dad Review of the Christopher Preksta web series featuring a Pittsburgh father’s rants about his kids and neighbors that is filled with childhood nostalgia and humorous snippets about life in general.

 

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