Forget The Box

By Stareable Film School

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The ultimate web series podcast, talking with experts to teach you how to best make, market, and monetize your digital independent series. Hosted by Stareable, the largest community of web series creators, each episode will focus on a different aspect of the production process, covering everything from the idea, to fundraising, to editing, to film festivals, and beyond. Topics will also include: Brainstorming | Screenwriting | Crowdfunding | Pre-Production | Contracts | Casting| Marketing | Film sets | Getting an agent | Social Media | Post-Production | Sponsorships | Branding | Brand deals | Directing | Producing | Acting | Cinematography | Pitching your web series | Distribution | Networking

Episode Date
Marketing Your Web Series Before You Release With Tom R. Pike

No episodes? No problem! There’s still plenty you can do to promote your upcoming work, according to Personal Space co-creator Tom R. Pike. He talks cheap and easy ways to create content before you have any money, how to communicate with your fans during an extended post production period, and the practical ways you can start building your audience as soon as possible.

Aug 14, 2018
Web series editing, according MTV Movie Award Winner Joshua Caldwell

Set yourself up for success. Director, writer, and producer Joshua Caldwell (NEGATIVE, LAYOVER) details how your post-production process starts with every directing choice you make, how much “fixing it in post” can actually fix, and more.

Aug 07, 2018
Directing tips from Yulin Kuang (I Ship It on CW Seed)

Be the best boss. Writer/director Yulin Kuang walks you through how to mitigate on set fighting with grace, how to communicate with actors rather than talking at them, and how to circumvent all the most common production problems you’re likely to run into.

Jul 31, 2018
Shipwrecked Comedy On All Things Pre-Production

After earning $66k on Kickstarter, their hard work was just beginning. Mary Kate Wiles, Sinead Persaud, Sean Persaud, and Sarah Grace Hart of Shipwrecked Comedy walk us through every step of pre-production, from location scouting to location losing to the absolute terror and excitement that is planning a web series.

Jul 24, 2018
Breaking into the mainstream with Alex LeMay (YouTube Red, Go90, Disney)

Is $250k a year as a filmmaker possible? Alex LeMay, showrunner and director for YouTube Red, Go90, Disney, and more, thinks it is. Not just possible- he thinks with a little blood, sweat, and tears, it’s totally accessible for every filmmaker out there.

Jul 17, 2018
How to be a no-budget professional with Kate Hackett

Be a professional. We talked with award-winning actress and filmmaker Kate Hackett about what contracts you need, why you need them, and how to work with friends and still take your project seriously.

Jul 10, 2018
Hire the best crew for your web series with advice from Emmy-Nominated producer Allison Vanore

Build your web series dream team! Allison Vanore is the Emmy-nominated producer of the web series Vanity, starring Denise Richards, and the Head of Production at Canvas Media Studios, and she’s here to tell you how. Allison also talks how to work with friends, how to fire friends, how to multitask on set, and more.

Jul 03, 2018
Auditioning and casting best practices with Ashley Clements of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Nudity comes with a huge pay bump. We sat down with Ashley Clements, the star of the Emmy Award-winning Lizzie Bennet Diaries (among many other digital credits) to talk how to run your casting process from a creator AND an actor perspective, what to focus on during a self-tape audition, and what your headshot should look like.

Jun 26, 2018
Crowdfunding simplified with Seed&Spark’s Director of Crowdfunding, Christina Raia

You can fundraise without losing friends- it’s true! Christina Raia, award-winning independent filmmaker, 4-time crowdfunding success story, and Seed&Spark’s Director of Crowdfunding, talks with Forget The Box about how you can reach beyond your friends and family to reach your crowdfunding goal, how to build your audience with a long-term relationship in mind, and how to build financial independence as a filmmaker.

Jun 19, 2018
Web series creator Katie Tibaldi (Seeking Sublet) helps develop and choose your next indie TV project

TruTV associate producer talks development. Katie Tibaldi, creator/director of the unreleased yet already award-winning web series Seeking Sublet as well as an Associate Producer on TruTV's At Home with Amy Sedaris sits down with Forget The Box to answer the age-old indie film question... can you actually pull this off? (The answer is yes. Yes you can.)

Jun 12, 2018
Bernie Su, an Emmy Award-winning web series creator talks starting from the beginning

An Emmy-winning idea can come from anyone and anywhere. On this inaugural episode of Forget The Box, we start from the beginning, talking brainstorming, how reality can help shape your creativity, exotic dancer/welder vampire roommates, and more with Lizzie Bennet Diaries creator Bernie Su. If you review Forget The Box on iTunes and send a screenshot to, you could be entered to win tons of awesome prizes! Plus, email with any questions for guests of future episodes.

Jun 12, 2018
Forget The Box | A new web series podcast by Stareable

Stareable is dedicated to helping creators make, market, and monetize amazing web series and independent television. But while we have historically done that through our blog and our creator forum, we’ve realized that we have so much more to offer.

That’s why we’re launching our new podcast, Forget the Box. Each episode will feature an interview with a web series creator or industry expert who has successfully mastered a different aspect of the art, skill and, and tenacity that goes into making great TV.

In honor of our new podcast, we’re running a CONTEST! If you review our podcast on iTunes and send us a screenshot to, we’ll enter you into a drawing to win a bunch of amazing prizes, including a free ticket to Stareable Fest, a free “Forget the Box” t-shirt, and a $250 Amazon gift card. So start downloading immediately!

Jun 06, 2018