Everything You Should Know About ‘Sam and Pat are Depressed’

A wonderful article on the latest web series created, written by, starring, et al, TVWriter™ frequent contributor Bri Castellini and her partner Chris Cherry. This TVWriter™ minion’s favorite read of the week:

SAM AND PAT ARE DEPRESSED, SEASON 2: GETTING THROUGH LIFE’S DIFFICULTIES WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR
via Snobby Robot

Many people view depression and other mental health issues in negative terms, no thanks to the typical tropes that have been attached to mental illness in mainstream media. In reality, daily life can be quite mundane for people who deal with various mental health issues; problems that are actually more annoying than life-altering.

However, getting through those problems with a sense of humor can make a remarkable difference in the lives of those who suffer from depression. When dealing with life’s highs and lows, it’s true that laughter is the best medicine, and the acclaimed comedy web series SAM AND PAT ARE DEPRESSED is perfect evidence of that credo.

Co-executive produced and co-written by Bri Castellini and Chris Cherry (who play, respectively, Sam and Pat), this comedic yet relatable look at living with mental health returns for its second season March 25th on Stareable and Seeka TV. Season 1 of SAM AND PAT can also be seen on both platforms.

Complimenting each episode of SAM AND PAT is season 1 of the podcast BRI AND CHRIS ARE DEPRESSED, which can be heard on several audio platforms including iTunes and Spotify. Co-hosted by Castellini and Cherry, the podcast covers many of the mental health issues portrayed in SAM AND PAT. In addition, listeners can contact Castellini and Cherry on Twitter (@_UndeadBurrito_) with their questions for season 2 of the podcast…

While the visual look and feel of SAM AND PAT ARE DEPRESSED has improved in season 2, the show is still focused on two people who try their hardest to deal with the complexities of their mental health. While Castellini and Cherry continue to live prosperous lives in spite of their struggles with depression, they hope that their series and podcast can help viewers achieve that same existence for themselves.

Based on Castellini and Cherry’s own experiences with depression and therapy, season 2 of SAM AND PAT humorously addresses many topics similar to those explored in its first season. Yet, both of them note that SAM AND PAT’s second season will also explore a topic that many people still find difficult to discuss: antidepressants….

Read it all at SNOBBYROBOT.COM

Indie Video: Robin Nystrom has Polished his Art to a High Sheen in New Series, ‘Tracy Buckles’

In a world where spells and potions are commonplace, a young woman named Tracy Buckles is struck by a despicable curse that prevents other people from hearing her voice.

She joins forces with a nameless drifter and a bumbling wizard in order to break free from the evil sorcery. With a dynamic female lead, plenty of irreverent humor and a sprinkle of magic, TRACY BUCKLES tells an epic story across six fast-paced episodes.

Robin Nystrom, the multitalented writer/director/producer of one of our favorite web series, NicoLife, has a new show for us all to see – and it’s even better than what came before.

Taking advantage of Robin’s varied skills, we asked him to tell us all about Tracy Buckles. Specifically, we were interested in what he, as the creator, wants the show to accomplish, artistically, personally, and professionally. Here’s what he had to say:


by Robin Nystrom

When I wrote and directed Tracy Buckles, I set out to accomplish three things.

First, I wanted to craft a comedy web series with fantastical storytelling elements.

At the age of seven, I discovered a paperback copy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring in my elementary school library. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked on the fantasy genre. I was dying to create a world of my own where spells, potions and curses can be as commonplace as toasters and televisions are in our own reality.

Second, I wanted to devise a story with a dynamic, kick-ass female lead.

The qualities I hope our audience will recognize in Tracy is that she is brave and headstrong and impulsive. Those are some of the characteristics that I’ve often found in the women I look up to in my life.

Third, I wanted to tell a complete narrative with strong thematic resonance over six fast-paced episodes.

In Chapter 2, our protagonist Tracy meets a nameless drifter called No One who is plagued by a curse of invisibility. Tracy and No One form an immediate friendship, because they both understand the pain of not being seen or heard.

I think we’ve all felt that struggle in one way or another — the pain of not being listened to or of being misunderstood. I know I have. I hope that people find that theme to be strong enough to carry our web series through to the end.

I intend to use this web series as a springboard for my future endeavors as a filmmaker. I hope we can spread the show far and wide and that we can connect with viewers who like the kind of stories that I love to tell.

In late 2018, we brought Tracy Buckles to ten film festivals all over the world, and I’ve already had the chance to meet other filmmakers and hear their feedback on the project. I hope that dialogue will continue as our audience grows.

Looking ahead, beyond this particular project, I am also hard at work with a feature length screenplay. My dream future would be that I could go full-time with writing and directing my own screenplays.


Watch Tracy Buckles:

On Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/album/5807934

On the official Tracy Buckles website: https://www.tracybuckles.com

See the 30-second trailer: http://vimeo.com/tracybuckles/trailer

Awards:

TRACY BUCKLES has been screened in 10 film festivals, including LA Film Festival, iTVFest, NYC WebFest and Dances with Films.

During its festival run, the show won three awards:

Best Produced Series,

Best Young Adult Series, and

Best Actress in a Web Series.

The show was nominated for ten awards, including:

Best Series Director,

Best Sci-Fi Fantasy,

Best Representation of Women,

Best Comedic Performance, and

Best Overall Web Series.

Oh, and you can read about Robin’s earlier series, NicoLife, here: https://tvwriter.com/?p=31326

And here: https://tvwriter.com/inside-nicolife-the-web-series-lb-luvs/

Not bad, yeah?

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

mydeathco@gmail.com

www.mydeathco.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mydeathco

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/mydeathco

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/my_death_co

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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