Web Series: ‘The Most Interesting Man in Studio City’

Nobody at TVWriter™ knows exactly what to say about Douglas Olsson’s new series, The Most Interesting Man in Studio City. Is it a success? A failure? Something in between?

The problem boils down to this: When you create something that’s all about mediocrity and disguise that mediocrity by calling it success, how do you know if it works?

Mediocrity, almost by definition, is uninteresting, yeah? But The Most Interesting Man in Studio City isn’t uninteresting. In fact, there are times that it’s very interesting indeed. Hmm, wouldn’t that mean it was failing?

In other words, man, are we ever confused. So we’re copping out and throwing this one to our visitors. Here’s the trailer. Hit? Miss? Somewhere in between? Take a look and tell us what you think:

EDITED TO ADD:  Looks like somebody has a lot of confidence in this project because from what we can see, all the episodes of TMIMSC have been monetized. You can buy ’em. You can rent ’em. But you can’t watch ’em for free.

Hmm…now that really is interesting.

Web Series: See Episode 2 of ‘My Death Co.’

Last March, we saw the first episode of My Death Co and called it “Possibly the best directed and shot live action web episode we’ve ever seen…and the script ain’t too shabby either.

Last week, the long-awaited (by all of us DeathCo fans at TVWriter™) Episode 2 dropped on the interwebs. It’s every bit as good as the first, and we really think you’ll enjoy what you see:

Pretty tasty, yeah? Now if only creators Shawn McDaniel and Ben Hammond would let these eps out of their clutches a little more quickly, we’d be very happy reapers ourselves.

THIS JUST IN:

We just got an update on the My Death Co release schedule. Here’s what Ben Hammond has to say:

The release of episode two will be followed by episodes three and four in October. Matt McCarthy (Conan, Louie, The Angry Birds Movie) joins the cast for episode three.

McDaniel and Hammond plan to have the first season completed and released by the end of the year and will take it on a larger festival run in 2019. On the future of the series, Hammond notes, “We’ve got our sights set on bringing this thing to a major streaming platform like Netflix or Amazon as a half hour show. We love the compact, more intimate, moments we bring to viewers in a five minute episode, but can’t wait to expand on not only Sam’s character, but the entire world that My Death Co. exists in.”

Glad to hear this, Ben. Really looking forward to more! More! MORE!

My Death Co. on Patreon

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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

FIND ME ON:
Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/andypagana/
Twitter |https://twitter.com/andypagana
Facebook |https://www.facebook.com/AndrewPagana/

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

Bri Castellini: How To Make Your Film With Friends & Keep Them – @brisownworld

by Bri Castellini

Calling in favors is the true currency of indie filmmaking, and often the form of these favors is enlisting friends to be a part of your cast or crew. Perhaps you’re all equals, having gone into the project together to make something you’re all proud of. Perhaps one person created something cool and everyone else swarmed to support. In any case, though, mixing business with friendship and not having any money is bound to get complicated. Here are 6 tips I’ve learned or gleaned from fellow filmmakers on how to work with friends and actually stay friends with them.

1. Decide on a leader

From my How To Not Fight On Set article:

As early as humanly possible, you need to decide who’s in charge; if the command structure is weak or fragmented, you will fight more because everyone is vying for control. Even if the same person isn’t in charge on and off set, make sure everyone is aware of the food chain no matter where they are. For example, in my projects so far I’ve been a writer/actor/producer and am in charge of most things off set, but as soon as I put my costume on, my director is the point person. If I disagree with the director on set, the solution is either for me to back down or for them to try both because the director is in charge and I have to respect that.

This is even more important when you’re among friends, and it’s going to be uncomfortable at first, but you’re going to have to get over that. You have to take your work seriously, otherwise no one else will. Keep the lines clear and you should be able to skirt the muddier parts of collaborating with friends. For more advice on the leader/friend balance, check out Kyla Dowling’s article all about it!

2. Get it in writing

See here and here for some guidance, but all that considered, it doesn’t have to be a crazy 18-pager in full legal jargon. A contract in this case is largely to indicate, in writing, that all parties take this work seriously and that they have agreed upon terms and responsibilities for said work….

Read it all at Stareable


Bri Castellini is an indie filmmaker and Community Director at Stareable, our favorite web series hub. Watch the remarkable Ms. Castellini’s award-winning web series, Brains, HERE. See Sam And Pat Are Depressed HERE. This post first appeared on Stareable’s Blog.