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A Web Series Mash-Up!

Gotta love people who can get things done! Especially when they seem like the busiest people on the internet. Another new series coming from Jeff Burns, the creator of Super Knocked-Up and the weekly Google Hangout Super Geeked-Up comes Super Mashed-Up.

What a great idea! We definitely love when actors cross-over from show to show… it builds that family feeling that I’m sure the people working in the industry of webseries love as well. So, of course we are going to enjoy it even more when not only the actors are moving from show to show, but their characters are too.

The full news release is below, but in case you don’t want to read it all – Jeff Burns filmed 8 crossover episodes involving 7 different web series just last month when they all came together at the LA WebFest. The first episode was launched today and runs weekly for the next two months. Looking forward to the Clutch crossover episode.

For Immediate Release

Super Mashed Up! Seven Web Series Team Up for Super Crossover Series.
April 16, 2013. Los Angeles, CA – Seven web series. Eight episodes. One crossover

The creators and stars of web series from around the globe have teamed up for a fun
mash-up of stories and characters from each of the series’ worlds. What would happen if
super-villain Darkstar from Super Knocked Up met geeky cook Alan from Pairings who
just happened to be a huge fan of hers? Or if the dysfunctional contract killers Matt and
Lex from Clutch met Abdabs the Grim Reaper from The Bloody Mary show?

Those are the questions the Super Mashed Up series has a lot of fun answering beginning
Tuesday, April 16. Jeff Burns, creator of action/comedy series Super Knocked Up,
conceived the idea when planning to go to LA Web Fest last month.

“I’m always trying to think of fun ways to not only promote Super Knocked Up but also
all the other amazing web series out there,” says Burns. “LA Web Fest was going to be
one of the few times we were all going to be together in one place, so I thought it was the
perfect time to team up and shoot videos incorporating characters from a bunch of
different series.”

So in the midst of going to screenings, panels, and networking events, the creators and
stars of seven web series ran around LA Web Fest shooting crossover videos.
“It was mad ninja fun!” says Darlene Sellers, co-creator of comedy series Chop Socky
Boom. “And it really made us feel like part of a web series family. Or dojo, as the case
may be.”

Darren Chadwick-Hussein, creator of The Bloody Mary Show pipes in, “The crossovers
were a phenomenal opportunity to unite likeminded people from both coasts, as well as
Canada and the UK. The Americans showed us a great time and we showed them what
universal healthcare looks like.”

Jonathan Robbins, creator of femme fatale action series Clutch, spearheaded the initiative
with Burns. Both creators contacted other web series to see who would be interested in
making crossover videos.

“I was thrilled to see everyone we contacted was totally down with the idea and really
excited about it,” says Burns. “But that doesn’t surprise me since the web series
community is by far the most supportive and collaborative community I’ve seen out of all
the different areas of filmmaking I’ve been a part of.”

Robbins adds, “Putting characters from popular web series together on screen is exactly
the kind of thing that separates what we’re doing on the web from what can be done on
television. It was great to see that web series creators and performers alike were not
afraid to just play.”

And playing is exactly what everyone did. While a couple of the crossover episodes were
scripted or storied out in advance, many were spur of the moment creations with the
creators and stars of the different series taking a few minutes to brainstorm ideas and then
shooting the episode.

As Vanessa Verduga, creator and star of Justice Woman, puts it: “I think it shows the
deep level of respect we have for each other’s creativity and work ethic.”

The seven series taking part in the crossover videos are: Super Knocked Up, Clutch,
Pairings, The Bloody Mary Show, Reality on Demand, Justice Woman, and Chop Socky

Jodie Younse, director and producer of Parings, notes how enjoyable the mash-ups were:
“Not only did we enjoy collaborating with other content creators but being able to create
these crossover videos is a perfect example of how these shows are ideal for the web. We
were able to have two worlds intermix in short vignettes that will hopefully inspire fans
of one show to watch the other’s.”

“Fans of our show will find it fun,” adds Marx Hernandez Pyle, creator of Reality On
Demand, “and enjoy being introduced to other series with different genres and tones, but
the same creative heart.”

Burns hopes to “increase the fan base and views for all our series and for web series in
general. That would be awesome because web series rock!”

Verduga totally agrees: “I guess what truly distinguishes them is the camaraderie between
the people making these videos. It’s like working with a friend – there was nothing weird
about it – it just felt comfortable and it was a ton of fun.”

The Super Mashed Up series starts Tuesday, April 16 with new episodes coming every
Tuesday after that.

Episode the Fifty-Fourth: Reviews of Super Knock Up and Out of Time

It’s award season! We’ve been through the IAWTV awards, the Streamys and the

Indie Soap Awards. We’ve talked a bit about a them in the last few episodes and really spend some time talking about right off the top of this one. We celebrate Out With Dad and Husbands Indie Soap Award wins and also chat about whether the awards are being given to the most deserving, or the most popular. And does that really matter.

Read this Tumblr post defending The Streamys, while still being upset at their lack of representation.

What do you think? Should independent (i.e. non industry members) be judged against series with funding from major studios? Should webseries be given their own category in a larger awards ceremony like they are for the Canadian Screen Awards (being given out on Sunday BTW). Let us know your thoughts.


And, on to the reviews! First we watched Super Knocked Up, Nick’s favourite pick from the Make My Series competition from a few episodes ago. We watched the entire first season, reviewed their show and then watched the season 2 premiere the very next day. Did we time that perfectly, or just exactly wrongly?

They had to make a pretty big cast change between seasons 1 and 2, but have been doing lots of outreach with their new leading lady and they’ve won us over. And be sure to catch their weekly live Google+ Hangout show, Super Geeked Up on Wednesday nights.

Next up we review the pilot episode of Out Of Time.  We met lots of great people at the most recent Toronto Webseries Community Meetup, including Rodney V. Smith, the director/producer. He made a great case as to why we should watch and review his unavailable to the public series.

Sure, this one breaks a few of our rules as there are only 3 episodes currently, making up one 30 minute long pilot story, and it is not finished or released yet! But Rodney was pretty convincing. Especially their model for delivery of this show. Right now they are running an IndieGoGo campaign  to raise $40,000. And once they have that done they will be taking their 30 minute pilot episode on the road and do theatre showings in cities with the most interest, using Tugg.com

Go, watch some behind the scenes stuff from their production diaries, drop a few bucks on them and get some goodies.

And then go, listen to our episode, join us on the social medias – Twitter, Facebook, Google+, iTunes and write something to us at backtalk@limitedreleasepodcast.ca!

By the way, we had an amazing response from John Cabrera, writer of H+ The Digital Series on our Google+ page. You should go read it, especially if our review of the show turned you off watching their series.