Web Series: ‘The Nonsense Box’

For those who miss Monty Python.

Student’s hand shoots upward: “Teacher! Teacher! Isn’t that everybody?”

Teacher nods sadly, wipes a tear from her eye.

In other words, have a look at this, the first episode of a web series that we’ve enjoyed more than anything else we’ve seen…well, since John Cleese was funny:

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: Andrew Pagana

Starring:
Andrew Pagana
Rose Whitman
Scott Long
Mike Pagana (My Dad, in his reluctant cameo as the guy who can’t eat soup)
Paul Milne
and
Michael Chuney

Music by Andrew Pagana
With some help from Rich O’Brien

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A New Look at Web Comics

If you can’t please the market, create a new market, dammit!

For example:

We all have the power to create something new, so…what’s stopping you?

These videos are by Jason Brubaker. Check him out:

Join my Patreon: http://patreon.com/jasonbrubaker
Ayal Pinkus Website: http://ayalpinkus.nl/
One Fantastic Week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKloP…

Web Series: ‘ Candice: the Series’

What can we say? Candice had us at “vaseline abusers,” as in:

Join Candice, Deborah, and Stephen as they explore love, ambition, and turtles in a chaotic world of vaseline abusers and terrifying magicians.

Admittedly, most of us at TVWriter™ love anything that uses “terrifying magicians,” so we’re recommending this marvelously professional little indie series without qualification because, hey, it has our wishlist covered.

Try Episode 1

More about Candice:

Must Love Turtles Productions’ new series, “Candice,” is now available in its entirety on YouTube. This six-episode original series is a quirky, non-sequitur comedy in the same vein as The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and has already been embraced by fans online.

“Candice” features an ensemble cast of actor-producers, starring Sarah Levin (A Good Catch) as Candice: the turtle-loving pharmacist who is rightfully afraid of magic, Rayshell Curtiss (Best Fake Friends) as Deborah: a type-A matchmaker who may or may not have a rage problem, and Paul Todd (Classic Alice) as Stephen: the Australian catalog model with a pose for everything… as long as his Mum approves.

Although the core cast is an ensemble, the supporting players also shine with Elena Campbell Martinez (Vida, Big Bang Theory) playing the powerful catalog model agent, Melanie Hernandez, who is not only the most ruthless agent in all of Fort Wayne, Indiana, but the perfect mentor for Deborah.

Though dealing with themes of dating and romance, Candice is rife with social commentary and the same kind of quick-witted, warm-hearted comedy that is currently popular on cable and streaming networks.

See all of Season 1 now at http://www.youtube.com/CandiceSeries

Why Making a Sci-Fi Film Inspired Me to Fight Destiny and Sexism

Are destiny and gender forever interwoven? Here’s the story of a woman who refuses to accept such a fate:

5th Passenger, the wonderful film that gave a push to Morgan’s epiphany

by Morgan Lariah

“Anatomy is destiny, and you, Morgan, are going to have a very hard time.”

I was freshly 18 and a new student at Hollywood’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts when that statement was directed at me. My acting class instructor’s words didn’t really sink in until years later, when I could fully understand their meaning.

Once I started auditioning, his words rang true like the sound of a slap in the face. There were very few roles for which my body seemed to be suited, and by extension, auditions that I could access.

If anatomy was indeed destiny, then whose destiny did I want to emulate? As a tall brunette, Sigourney Weaver seemed the obvious choice for me—and not just for her look, but also for her work. Diversity had been my draw toward sci-fi in the first place, this mystical genre where I saw intelligent, strong, and capable female characters. Women who were sexual but not sexualized. It was as if these characters could only live in a made-up world even though these characters, in reality, mirrored the strong women I’d known throughout my entire life — though generally with less gun-wielding. They stood proudly in stark contrast to the female characters that amounted to little more than the female arm-candy I saw represented in the media.

Sci-fi’s boundless worlds offer creativity that can’t be found anywhere else, and within those spaces anything is possible, for anyone. And after all, isn’t Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” considered the first sci-fi novel? Women have been pioneers of the fantastic since long before Sigourney’s first callback.

When I was approached with the premise for what would become the sci-fi thriller “5th Passenger,” I saw the movie in my mind immediately. I thought, “This is a film I can create.” After years of working on the script with my co-creator, we got the amazing opportunity to repurpose an existing sci-fi set for our film. We were fortunate, and our crowdfunding campaign’s success had catapulted us into production.

Soon, deals were struck—yet, strangely without anyone consulting me, the co-creator. A team materialized in what seemed like no time at all. Even though I was still relatively green, something about the process felt amiss. But the dream was coming true and I wanted to make movies, not waves. I was — and continue to be to this day — so appreciative for the opportunity, and didn’t want to seem ungrateful.

During our pre-production meetings, I was the only woman in a room of men. We had filled most crew positions without a hitch, but still needed a director of photography. We began brainstorming—and by we, I mean they.

“I know a guy….”

“I remember a guy who…”

“Well, I know this guy…”

“I just worked with a guy who…”

Then something sparked inside of me. I felt it move through me. A voice spoke.

“Don’t you know any women? Are there any women we could interview for the position? You must know some women, or have worked with some women in the past….”

Read it all at WomenandHollywood.Com

Have You Checked Out ‘StoryShifter?’

by TVWriter™ News Service

We’ve just discovered a new organization that’s not only worth talking about and even visiting, it’s also a primo place to totally hang out.

It’s called Storyshifter and here’s its very impressive mission statement:

Are you a radical artist or storyteller who disrupts harmful narratives we see in the media by producing creative content that portrays people, places and events in a new light?  Does your work address racial or gender equality, access to health and education or protecting our planet?

?We are currently seeking films, PSAs, songs, music videos, poetry clips – you name it – about pressing world issues to be part of our Beta launch.

The founder of StoryShifter is Lisa Russell, and her story goes like this:

With a diverse portfolio of creative work that spans the arts, social justice and global development, Lisa is on a mission to revolutionize storytelling for the social good. As Founder and CEO of StoryShifter, Lisa is launching a new entertainment portal for the social good, powered by machine learning and data analytics. Her goal is to grow the world’s largest roster of international artists, storytellers, and innovators who are committed to using their talents to address racial and gender inequalities, promote health and education, and protect the planet.

Oh, and it sounds like this:

More about what Lisa and StoryShifter are up to here:

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