The total views of PUSA are substantially smaller this episode then the pilot episode. On the first episode, we had over 100 views on the second day alone. On the second episode we haven’t hit 100 after five days.
I think the causes of this are varied:
- Not as many people are telling their friends about PUSA this time.
- There is no way for me to contact those first episode viewers to let them know the second episode is available.
- I know that many people watched the second episode as part of a group, so the individual views that would have been counted only count as one.
- People may just not like the second episode as much as the first.
- “Sequelitis” – maybe people were intrigued by the pilot episode because the characters and situation were new, but this subsequent episode doesn’t offer as much new information.
I was hoping that a LOT more people would sign up to be Sonlight Pictures Angels for a few important reasons. It allows me to contact them and let them know of the next episode’s release. As a matter of fact, SLP Angels were able to go in early and watch the second episode prior to the official release date. Second, since we ask for their zip code, I had hoped we could find out where people are located and work on scheduling some sort of event with the cast and fans.
But, since the number of people who’ve signed up to be SLP Angels is far less than a LOT, my goal for using that communication method as a way to inform people of upcoming episode releases is not being met.
Perhaps it’s the fact that we’re releasing these once a month… maybe it’s out of sight and out of mind. People just haven’t thought about checking back to see what’s what.
My overall hope and goal was that each episode would build one upon the other. This would provide us with enough real data to determine how many more episodes we should plan on creating.
We already have plans on shooting episode five in November, but if viewership does not increase dramatically, I doubt there will be many more made. The amount of work is pretty massive and if we end up only making these for family and friends, well, that wasn’t the intent of the scope of the project.
All in all, it’s just an experiment. We’ll learn and grow and move on. I’ve grown impatient at times, but the Lord keeps telling me to wait before changing course… so I wait.