Monday, November 24, 2008

Looking For Grace

Found it through a 'sponsored link' on google: search 'web series.'

So far I like a lot about it. The trailer doesn't tell you much, but has a good style. Like "Natural Born Killers" with a twist. But the cool web site explains the plot and invites you to explore. You can move all the clippings on it around, trying to discover if there's something underneath or some sort of encoded message (there better be).

They should also provide link photos so others can link to them.
They're currently looking for Sponsorship.
They're using vimeo as their video source for the site, but are also available on Youtube.

link to site

Thursday, August 7, 2008

60 frames: Blood Cell


Directed by Eduardo Rodriguez.

Description sounds like a horror version of Cavite.

From which looks like an online studio. I have to get around to exploring them more. Their other shows include The Kids In the Hall (haven't seen it yet) and The Carpet Brothers (big stars like David Spade, no laughs).

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Gemini Division

Stars Rosario Dawson.
Starts August 18th online.

NBC picked it up. But is leaving it online for fear of ending up with another Quarterlife (bombed on TV).

The trailer includes 39 seconds of title cards (shudder) and it looks like the show is a lot of poorly-blended, un-corrected greenscreen. Poor Rosario.

This seems to be the new series business plan (for industry insiders). Create a web series and as you're shooting it, sell it to a network.

It worked for Leverage.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Italian Spiderman

This is probably the most consistently funny thing on the web. I'd pay to see this.

Well-defined characters, a believable cinematic world, short bursts of hilarity. This is internet movie-making at it's best.

Here is the trailer:

A bunch of episodes are available on YouTube.

I wish the story thread were a bit stronger and the cliffhangers didn't all consist of Italian Spiderman being knocked out, but it's hilarious.

There's also a beautifully written companion blog with behind the scenes info at The Mantis' Quill.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Goodie Bag

I've been emailed a few of his pieces independently by different people. Trajan is the Movie Font, Protecting and Maintaining Your Heterosexual House of Cards, Thank You for All the Butt Cracks.

By the third link you don't regret having clicked on, you start paying attention to this guy. Pop-ethnography as comedy. Good work Kirby!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Short Film of the Week

Not quite a serial. But still, points to some good short films.


Here's an interesting (and predicted by some) result of the Writers Guild WGA strike:
Quaterlife which has been playing on will be airing on NBC. (source Variety)

Old media is looking to new media for its content. The producers of Quarterlife were already well connected (they produced Thirty-something, but it's the beginning of the future: Test your series on the internet before greenlighting it. Or better yet, pick your series from already successful internet shows. The internet is an online contest.

Yes it's not the first new media to old media transition, but it's the first (that I know of) where they're using the same footage. Previous risers I can think of: Undercover Brother (online comic -> feature film) and Adam Sandberg (SNL) was an internet discovery.

Also, yes, this post makes the assumption that old media is better than new media... well, let's just say it pays better for now.

OOOps. It was an ABC pilot that got demoted to internet serial and then reinstated as a tv series at NBC.