If you’ve ever struggled to binge-watch through an entire season’s worth of a particular television show, Shield 5 is your solution. The cleverly written crime series debuted on Instagram on February 1 (profile name: shieldfive) with a new way of telling scripted stories: via 28 15-second episodes running throughout the month. The Instagram series follows a security guard who goes on the run after being framed for both a diamond heist and the murder of a colleague
Each 15-second episode is accompanied by a photograph that also will be an intrinsic part of the story. Each episode and subsequent photograph is being released once a day, every day in February at 5pm GMT. The new form of content is being labeled as “social cinema.” The Shield 5 diamond heist social cinema/web series has attracted about 40,000 followers. Using Instagram as a platform for a short story is not an entirely new idea; however, the Shield 5 production clearly has more funding than traditional web series and includes recognizable British actors, special effects, and high production value.
Wasting your life watching hour upon hour of TV? This 15-second Instagram murder mystery may be just what you need.
- Simply put – is this new platform of telling stories sustainable and marketable?
- Will high profile actors/actresses, directors, and producers in Hollywood follow suit?