In May of this year the Zombie Orpheus team came to our part of the world to film a pair of companion pieces for the third season of their successful series Gamers, and they brought their friends and partners. Partners like Standard Action‘s Joanna Gaskell.
It was interesting timing for Joanna since she ended up being on set for the last couple of days of the Kickstarter campaign for season 3 of Standard Action. Maybe that helped her keep cool and relax and let nature take it’s course. Nature was already on her side anyhow since they had achieved their initial goal and were well into their stretch goals by then. And rejoice! The fans have demanded a musical episode.
We talk to her about the nature of crowdfunding, who should or shouldn’t be asking fans for money, and how to run a successful campaign. Spoiler alert, it ain’t easy!
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That’s right, we finally get on board the Lizzie train. In a way I think I was putting it off because I’m nothing, if not a hipster who hates anything popular.
Okay, I’m not really a hipster, and I don’t automatically hate something if it’s popular, but I do feel like a big part of what we do is to help people find new, good and hard-to-find webseries to watch. And let’s be realistic, EVERY-ONE, has heard of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. But we did it, and we have no regrets!
We begin, however, with a confusing conversation that means nothing to you, dear listener, about our episode numbering system. But if you do pay attention, you will hear us ask you to help us name our series on making webseries. So far we’ve covered Visual Effects, Writing and Music Composing. Find us a name for this series.
And on to the shows. We begin with a conversation about Kickstarter, since the creators of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries have raised over $400,000 to do something. Which it turns out is another Austen adaptation of the unfinished novel Sanditon. We are looking forward to a new experiment in storytelling across a number of networks. Maybe this new show will also include Instagram and Pinterest…
The next show we covered we found via our other new favourite experiment in storytelling, Super Mashed Up. As mentioned previously, Super Mashed Up is by the creators of Super Geeked Up and Clutch The Series and brings 7 different webseries worlds in clashing chaos together. The Bloody Mary Show was mashed up with Clutch in this episode
The Bloody Mary Show is a strange little story of a number of paranormal beings, sans vampire, werewolf, or zombies, who hang out at their local and live out their sordid lives while the rest of the bunch meddle in their shit. Enjoy!
Every series starts the same way: with a pilot. Whether it be simply the first test scene you shoot, a trailer to show proof-of-concept, or a full on episode.
We’ve got our eyes on a few web series we’d like to share with you. Watch for them as they develop.
With Pretty In Geek having finished its release of all 8 episodes, show creator Elize Morgan has definitely not slowed down. She keeps her plate full at all times! The pilot episode for a series called The Society first popped up a few years ago and is now resurfacing in the next round of IPF applications. Young adolescents in a world of espionage and mystery.
End of the World, a strange combination of first-person gameplay and zombie horror, just released a trailer showing some behind-the-scenes interviews of the crew explaining their take on the genre. With the trailer release comes promise that more announcements will soon follow. Here’s to interesting web series genre experiments! With Joanna Jang involved (producer/filmmaker extraordinaire, founded Override Productions, director of the award-winning Hostage), you know it’s going to be exciting to watch. If you haven’t heard of Joanna, just look at everything that she’s up to right now.
We recently reviewed Out of Time in Episode the Forty-Fourth, and now their Kickstarter campaign appears to be coming to a close (6 days remaining with just over $1,000 of their $40,000 goal raised) so we may not see the series happen anytime soon. But who knows! In the meantime, you can see a 5-minute preview and other glimpses of the show they hope to create on the Out of Time channel. And if you want to show your support for this ballsy, time-travelling series then head over to their Kickstarter channel and look at the perks they’re offering…at least for the next week. Then who knows where it will be.
Finally, one of our favourite and most-talked-about folk on LR has been up to something…something goooood. Robb Padgett (recently scored The Inn, which we also happened to review last episode) is an actor/director/composer/ninja/Jedi Warrior. He does it all. Now he’s directed/written the quirky-looking, rom-com short Forcing Fate. For now you can watch the trailer but if you want to see the film you can attend the First Glance Film Festival ’13 (sounds like a military zone, don’t it?) where it will be premiering.
EDIT: And a last minute entry to this category, some of our Clutch friends have been developing another project in secret. The pilot for Asset has just been released in time for IPF season. Appears to be the story of an unlikely spy recruited by the government to infiltrate the seedy underbelly of international criminal organizations (kind of like the next “XXX 3: This Time With Jack Black”). Matthew Carvery and Jeff Sinasac from Clutch are recognizable. Yet I do have to admit that for those official government boardroom scenes in web series and low-budget films, they do tend to be rife with tired clichéd performances. Kind of like little children putting on their parents clothing and pretending they’re adults. Having said that, this has to be one of the rare times when I actually believed Jeff Sinasac and his co-stars in the boardroom were government officials. You be the judge.
That’s it for now. Check back later and will help you with your web series fix.