This week in my column for the LA Weekly, I featured Canadian web series. InSAYSHAble created by and starring Amy Matysio. InSAYSHAble, winner of Best Comedy at the Hollyweb web series festival follows Saysha Grabinski, a hot-headed, horny nutjob willing to throw all social norms to the wind in pursuit of a job for a day and a cock for a night. She’s a wacky antihero: Sarah Silverman meets Ace Ventura. Read my full review of InSAYSHAble HERE. Watch InSAYSHAble on HERE. And below you’ll find my full interview with Amy about creating for the web.
I can assure you that Saysha is not autobiographical! That is one of the first questions people ask, or should I say fear. Saysha is a character that was born from a few different places. I had started working on her and wasn’t sure what to do with it. I did a short film a few years ago called the Callbacks and it was sort of the Saysha coming out party. The character has grown since then, but her core traits are still very present. She is sort of a culmination of a few different women I had met, a character I had started to play on stage in improv and a role I knew would be fun to flesh out and write for.
It was a combination of calling in favors (many favors!), working with a production company (Minds Eye) and taking the time to put together a small but dedicated team. Mark Montague, my co-producer and I had a strong vision for what we wanted to create and who we wanted to work with. We shot the series in Regina, Saskatchewan and pulled our crew from a community of highly skilled filmmakers who were excited by the project, and were willing to jump on board.
I think there were times that pitching the show using the web content was tricky. I created inSAYSHAble specifically for the web. Bit sized encounters of this women with a big personality. The comedy is bold and bright and easy to get into as online content. There is no real commitment required in trying to figure out why we like or don’t like Saysha and what would keep us coming back – it just works! Saysha is a nut and we love it. It’s original, precise, funny, the cast is awesome and it looks amazing – everything that has garnered the acclaim it’s receiving.