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After failed starter marriages, Nic and Chris struggle to connect between their day jobs and night lives. When Nic’s ex-husband, Mike, appears to rekindle their college band, Chris wrestles to give his wife the space to be a “true” artist, without letting her get away from the plans he’s set for their future. Watch Young Couple here…
“Unbelievable, undirected, and over-saturated with non-plot, this series is either so genius it’s over my head or just a total egocentric jack-off. ” Read Erin’s full review…
“There is a lack of confidence in the relationship dynamic that permeates the series and leaves the episodes unbalanced and inauthentic. ” Read Jacqui’s full review…
“The show falters when it enters overly dramatic territory, veering too close to melodrama in the season finale. The creative team is daringly going for both your heart and your funny bone, but they ultimately have trouble balancing the two.” Read Abdi’s full review…
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A found footage comedy in which an expectant father records life lessons for his unborn son as his marriage collapses around him. Watch Dear Son here…
“Sarah is written as unapologetically slutty and mean, and we can only assume that our anti-hero is dumb or delusional to have been with her so long.” Read Anne’s full review…
“Berson proves to have absolutely no shame but even this feels put on and not quite scratching past the surface. The awkward pacing doesn’t help either and the moments that are actually supposed to be unbearable become boring instead.” Read Danielle’s full review…
“While his stage of life makes him an empathetic character (who doesn’t feel sorry for the average joe getting screwed over by the hot slutty girl, right?). His behavior unfortunately makes him less likable.” Read Lorelei’s full review…
Shakespeare turns 450 this year and YouTube turns 9. What’s YouTuber Brendan Bradley (Squatters, #WalkofShame) doing about it? Doing what YouTubers do best: Digital Creation and Collaboration!
Brendan’s gift to the bard and the YouTube community is bringing to life 450 of Shakespeare’s best speeches and sonnets collectively upload on The Digital Stage before April 23rd — Shakespeare’s birthday. This will create the LARGEST ONLINE ARCHIVE of performed classical speeches in history!
What an awesome gift! And you can be part of it. SHOW THE YOUTUBE COMMUNITY YOUR WILLIE [SHAKESPEARE]! Join the #Shakes450 collaboration by uploading your own monologue at: http://www.TheDigitalStage.org or by emailing Shakes450 a video at email@example.com
The Digital Stage is a collaborative channel dedicated to exploring & experimenting with live performance art in the digital space. Check out The Digital Stage on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.
What the heck is this project?
Shakes450 is a collaborative transmedia project to collect 450 Shakespeare monologues for his upcoming “birthday”April 23rd. So far I’ve captured almost 100 monologues from actors I’ve worked with online and now it’s up to the audience to send in their own so we can get the rest. My hope is people from all over the world will continue to contribute monologues throughout the year! If we succeed, it will be the largest online compilation of Shakespeare performances on YouTube!
What inspired you to create Shakes450?
I got my start performing and producing in the New York theater scene. After the past few years of producing Webseries, I was itching to get back to my roots and get back on stage. But I wanted to find a way to integrate digital media into live performance. When I was studying in London, for Shakespeare’s birthday, The Globe theater opened their doors and allowed anyone to perform a monologue on stage. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life, performing for three tiers of screaming Brits. So I thought it’d be fun to invite some of the greatest web creators to give it a go and show a side of their work that the YouTube audience rarely gets to see.
As the final credits on the fictional reality show Lonny roll, the doe-eyed, mild-mannered protagonist waxes poetic about his hopes for his bowl-ing-alley date with Bethany. Then comes the teaser for the next episode: Lonny and Bethany’s date is interrupted by a spaceship that bombs New York City! Lonny is enslaved by a desperate race of blue aliens and must work in the salt mines until the aliens are defeated by their nemesis, the Bardox.
Who wouldn’t want to tune in for that? Well, you can’t. But each quick episode of Next Time on Lonny dishes up an equally hilarious, riveting, genre-bending take on where Lonny’s life will go next. Check out my full article on Next Time on Lonny in the LA Weekly HERE and my interview with writer/star Alex Anfanger and writer/director Dan Schimpf about how they made the show below.
How did the idea for Next Time on Lonny come about?
We were originally working on a different script for a television pilot that featured insane and totally unrelated “Next Time On” segments. However, rather than shoot an entire television pilot (which we really couldn’t afford), we decided to pursue a more manageable web-series that focused solely on those segments. As we started to discuss that concept, we thought it would be funny to pair really extreme circumstances with a mindless and pointless reality TV show. It also seemed like such a great platform to showcase different genres and styles for us — Alex as an actor, and Dan as a director.
Jim Meskimen and Ross Marquand have successful careers as celebrity impressionists. Their Walt and Jesse from Breaking Bad will blow your mind. But along with dexterous vocal cords, they share the frequent desire to drop their lucrative party tricks and perform as themselves. Or, rather, as fictional versions of themselves.
The duo’s real-life struggle to be recognized as dramatic actors is the subject of writer-director Ben Shelton’s scripted, TV-length, online comedy series The Impression Guys for Rainn Wilson’s YouTube channel, Soul Pancake. Check out the first episode above and click on one of the pics below to see my full interview with writer/director Ben Shelton or the impression guys themselves, Jim and Ross. You can read my full review of the show for LA Weekly HERE.
Interview with Jim Meskimen and Ross Marquand
Interview with Ben Shelton – Writer/Director
The 4th Tuesday of every month (Yep, including tomorrow) the Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica hosts The Web Show Show.
They screen episodes of six different series on their HD projector for a panel of industry pro judges, who offer FEEDBACK. For example, TOMORROW’S show judges are: Jermaine Johnson from 3 Arts Entertainment, Kristin Gerhart from Cutters LA, and Patrick Raymond from LD Entertainment
Following the pattern of Channel 101, the audience will vote on which creator gets to show another episode at the next screening and they a gift card for something yummy.
It’s FREE to submit your series — none of this festival entry fee crap. And it’s $5.00 to attend. Bring all your friends and show off your show! Obviously… that would be stacking the votes, but hey, friends are fans too right?
If you’re creating a series, or thinking about creating a series, here’s a great place to go watch and learn how different types of shows play for an audience – what works, what doesn’t, why? You could meet some cool people whose work you really like! You could get a boost of confidence about your own work! HERE’S where you buy tix.
Check out The Web Show Show’s facebook page for more info.
And thanks to Ted Evans of the web series Funemployed for bringing The Web Show to TW’s attention.
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Gringolandia is a bi-lingual comedy web series about a Chilean in New York, living with his girlfriend and trying to ‘make it’ in the big city. Watch Gringolandia here…
“Ross’ directorial debut hints at a bright future. He catches all the chemistry and heart of his ensemble amongst the broad humor of their eccentricities and cultural misconceptions. ” Read Steph’ full review…
“It is refreshing how completely the actors throw themselves into the outlandish, one-sided characters that they play.” Read Anne’s full review…
“Peter (Koke Santa Ana) and his American sweetheart Stacey (Schenider) have a playful chemistry and their lost in translation moments are adorable.” Read Danielle’s full review…
“Though its humor mostly aims for slapstick, Gringolandia doesn’t seem completely unaware of its potential for serrated-edged satire” Read Lorelei’s full review…