Beckinfield: The Mass Participation Web Series That Anyone Can Act In

If you dream of acting in a web series it’s easier than you may think. Forget the auditions—there’s a web series out there that anyone can be in. It’s called Beckinfield and it describes itself as Mass Participation TV (MPTV)—a web television series where anyone can create a character.

If you dream of acting in a web series it’s easier than you may think.  Forget the auditions—there’s a web series out there that anyone can be in.  It’s called Beckinfield and it describes itself as Mass Participation TV (MPTV)—a web television series where anyone can create a character.

How does it work?  Jut head over to Beckinfield.com and sign up.  It costs $12 per month to become an actor.  As an actor you get to create your own character and become a part of the show.  Actors find out what’s going on in Beckinfield, the town where the show takes place, and they post videos reacting to the news, telling their character’s own story.

Not only is Beckinfield a cool way for actors to promote themselves and be a part of something, but it’s also educational.  Beckinfield offers professional level training and tools, helping participants create compelling characters and teaching them how to turn their ideas into engaging stories that will keep audiences coming back.  Find out more in the video below.

What exactly goes on in Beckinfield?  The back-story is described on the Beckinfield website as follows:

“It began as a simple class project.  The students of Beckinfield High School asked citizens to record video diaries.  Their goal was to share small-town life through the eyes of its residents.  The townsfolk took to this right away, uploading self-recorded video glimpses into their very private lives.

“It quickly became clear that life in Beckinfield was far from ordinary.  The quirky residents (one of whom can be you!) are constantly suspicious of the local government’s denials of the town’s oddities…snooping scientists, alleged UFOs, a seemingly haunted library, an earthquake that ‘caused no damage’…even the mysterious origins of the town itself.

“Long ago, the Primbobi Indians called this land home, but they were wiped out trying to protect its secret.  Town founder Bradford Beckin knew the secret, but took it to his grave after a freak lightning strike.

“How do these secrets affect residents today?  It’s Mass Participation TV—you tell us.”

Check out the first episode of Beckinfield below, plus a more recent episode in which Beckinfield residents are losing sleep because of weird things happening in the town.  What do you think about the Mass Participation TV concept?  Would you consider taking part in Beckinfield or a similar project?

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.