I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking at Film to TV adaptations over the past few weeks in preparation for my final research project and I thought I would share one I found that relates to our recent conversations about TV content on the internet. While researching the crossover between film and television, I came across an award-winning indie film that is currently being released as a web series. The film, “Hand of Glory,” won awards at multiple festivals and has been nominated for many more. Rather than releasing their film in DVD format, the filmmakers have chosen to release it in the form of a web series throughout the month of December. The filmmakers claim that the film was originally planned as a web series and was later spliced together into a film. As a result it follows the form of a web series very closely including distinguishable “episodes.” While it is obviously a web series at heart, the film has made a great showing at film festivals, winning awards for it’s special effects, directing, and acting. In one case it was even considered for a Best Feature award, which indicates its success as a cohesive unit despite its original intent as a web series.
Here is a link to the film/web series Facebook page if any of you want to check it out:
I can’t say I like the film/series but I find it interesting that the filmmakers think that the most effective way to distribute their film to the public is through a web series. Also, the fact that the web series form did well under the label of “film” really blurs the line between the two mediums and raises the question of whether there is a line at all? I will be curious to see if the film is as successful in webisode form or is entered in any web series festivals.