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.
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.
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….
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.
Remember a couple of years back when we were lovin’ on a quaint little series called You’re the Worst? Well, since then You’re the Worst has, in our opinion, kind of spun off in the worst direction possible…as in continued doing what it was doing until becoming just another same old, same old TV series.
But happy days for discerning video nerds who believe in truth, justice, and new weirdness whenever possible are now here, in another little show (as in teeny budget) with big smarts (as in terrific writing, acting, even premising.)
Okay, so maybe “premising” isn’t a word. But it should be.
What we’re trying to tell you is that you’d be making a mistake if you didn’t immediately go to your favorite TV watching media (ours is our iPhone) and watch You’re The Pest. We guarantee it’ll heal that aching in your heart for the experience of seeing something boldly going where humor so often fears to tread.
Or, better yet, this:
You’re the Pest is merrily ensconced on the interwebs in the following places:
You’re The Pest is a comedic webseries about two estranged childhood friends, Alex and Marissa, who are thrown back into each others’ lives when they inherit their families’ extermination company in Queens after their fathers die in a freak skydiving accident. Between Alex’s recent expulsion from the police academy, and Marissa’s desperate attempt to hold onto her pageant glory, their lives are taking an unexpected turn.
Created and Written by Taylor Coriell and Jasmine Romero
Developed by Taylor Coriell and Chris Beier
Series Directed by Adrienne Lovette
Series Regulars Marissa- Adriana DeGirolami Alex- Taylor Coriell Max- Jeremy C. Fernandez Rye- Chantal Maurice Derek- Kevin Sebastian Stuart- Aaron Gold
EDITOR’S NOTE: Dead Men does some amazing things. It began as the most intense web series we at TVWriter™ had ever seen. And now it’s a film. As they used to say back in the ’30s, when westerns were considered “easy” to shoot – now they’re anything but – “Read all about it!”
Better yet, watch this trailer, and then start reading:
Dead Men Tell Tales by Henry C. Parke
Walmart shoppers grabbing a DVD of the new Vision Films Western Dead Men, directed by Royston Innes, starring Ric Maddox and cowritten by the pair, might be surprised to learn that the three-hour drama first rolled camera more than six years ago.
“The flashbacks work so well because Ric and the others look so much younger,” Innes says. “It had literally been a couple of years, and the age shows.”
“A couple of Hollywood years,” adds Maddox, with
a chuckle. “You know, a Hollywood year is like five years on a Texas ranch.”
Which is where Maddox grew up. Innes left Australia when he was 19, “and lived on several continents,” before he arrived at Playhouse West in Los Angeles, California. Maddox, fresh from the Iraq War and from New York’s Stella Adler Conservatory, met Innes doing a play. Each was impressed with the other’s intensity and commitment.
To make their Western, they drew their inspiration from nearly the same source. “My favorite movie is Lonesome Dove; his favorite book is Lonesome Dove. I keep threatening to read the book,” Maddox says.
But Dead Men didn’t begin its life as a movie. “Our focus was to get a Western in the hands of a younger generation, 18 to 35, people who normally had little interest in the [genre],” Innes says. “We did it as a web series, to bring in the younger crowd.”
Although their project first screened on the Internet, the format, in many ways, is an update of the Republic-style serial, telling brief chapters of a dramatic story, often with a cliffhanger ending.
“It was to be a celebration of a certain type of man,” Innes explains. “The type of spirit that we wanted to bring back; that grit, that feeling of anything is possible.
“And we’re living examples of this. Our grit, and the fact that anything is possible, is the only reason this thing got made.”
Working with boundless enthusiasm and precious little money, the first season was posted in 10 eight-to-10-minute chapters. Shot in Western movie towns and rugged locations all over Arizona, the story is about Jesse Struthers (Maddox), who barely escapes when his father is murdered by a hired gun (Craig Hensley) for his gold mine claim. When Jesse, his father’s close friend (Brent Rock) and Jesse’s ne’er-do-well brother Jake (Aaron Marciniak) try to go up against claim jumper and would-be politician Cole Roberts (Richard O. Ryan), blood spills. Jesse nearly dies, only to be rescued by an Apache warrior (Sam Bearpaw)….