Leesa Dean: Adventures of a Web Series Newbie – Chapter 12

Adventures of a Web Series Newbie - Chapter 12:  Busy!

by Leesa Dean

Another really exciting week. Working simultaneously on four different shows (will be able to write more about some of them soon) plus continuing with Chilltown and theLele show. Thought I was busy before, but man….Sometimes I feel so stretched out I don’t know how I’m gonna come up with new ideas, but luckily, I haven’t had writer’s block.  Yet. I know a few people going through it right now and it ain’t pretty!  So some odds and ends:

First, HNS Mag, which caters to up-and-coming hip-hop artists, loves both Chilltown and Lele’s Ratchet Advice Show. They did article about the shows, thought it would be a cool idea to have Lele pose, pin-up style and asked if I’d be into putting something together. I’m very protective about my brand and didn’t want to do something that was really salacious–Lele’s just not that type of girl. I mean, literally. Her character would never pose naked in Playboy or do something really vulgar. The premise of her show is to make fun of stuff like that.

Ended up doing a draft of her posing a la Marilyn Monroe, wearing a halter top and cut-offs. They loved it! And they’re putting it on the COVER (will post when it’s out!!) Needless to say, very excited about it. They have a fair-sized circulation and I’m hoping it brings more brand awareness.

Also, just launched Chilltown Episode 7 and getting a great response! A number of people have told me they think the series just keeps getting better, which is really wonderful to hear.  The episode features the little Pimp Head in a Box that everybody likes so much. It’s our version of Halloween, and in true Chilltown style, I wouldn’t think of releasing it anytime near Halloween. Actually, the truth is, I originally had hoped to release it around Halloween, but it took me a lot longer to finish animating everything than anticipated, so Halloween in May it is.  Also, episode factoid:  A number of people have commented on YouTube and twitter that the episode reminds them of Tarantino (“First, I’mma finish these potato chips. Then, I’mma do this poem. And then, I’mma ice y’all!” )  The truth? It really was more a PMS-inspired moment for me.  If you haven’t yet seen it, please watch!

Meanwhile, working with my friend Marquis Smalls on Game of Bros., the Game of Thrones parody. He wrote/directed/produced the trailer and first few episodes. I’m coming in to write (and possibly help produce) more episodes. It is so. much. FUN!! Had our first sit-down meeting and luckily, we work in similar ways and just had a great time. Can’t wait to really dig into the script. Confession: I hadn’t seen Game of Thrones before signing up to do this. I got involved based on the Game of Bros. pilot alone. Just really really loved it. Well, I bought Season 1 of Game of Thrones for research and I am officially hooked! I’m normally not a huge fantasy fan, but the series is so brilliantly written and executed. Game of Bros. officially launches sometime in June.

Finally, Adult Swim renewed the Eric Andre Show for a second year! Eric is a really funny comedian and is starring in the third series I’m doing, The Danger Squad (launch date, hopefully, early 2014.)

Next week, the Rollo saga continues.