H+: The Digital Series, Warner Premiere Digital’s apocalyptic tale of computer implants in the human mind, is my recommendation this Thursday in the LA Weekly for the Best of the Web. You can read my article on the LA WEEKLY website HERE or check it out in the print edition in the FILM section.
The innovative storytelling of first-time creators John Cabrera and Cosimo De Tommaso as well as the insightful direction by Stewart Hendler on what a studio would call a shoe-string budget, was one of the main reasons I wanted to feature this piece. Cabrera and Tommaso created the world of the show back in 2006 and pursued it’s creation through years of setbacks. I think their story is inspirational for writers and exciting for those interested in creating new forms of storytelling specifically for the web. Here is my entire interview with Cosimo and John that I used as research for my LA Weekly piece.
“Big Country Blues” Trailer from Brian A Ross on Vimeo.
Give yourself the gift this Thanksgiving weekend of doing something you have NEVER done before: Watch a 10 minute episode of a dramatic web series. I know, I know, the cat littler needs changing and there’s a funny SNL sketch on Hulu you want to show to your uncle Mick from Chicago who sells chairs out of a back of a van, but seriously. Grab someone you love and physically force them to watch one episode of the award winning web series Big Country Blues with you. I promise you’ll be begging everyone else around to open their laptops and catch up with you, so you can all watch episode two together.
If I’ve featured a show on this site anywhere, it’s because I think it’s pretty darn good. This page is where you’ll find my totally subjective and biased recommendations for shows I think are awesomeas I find them.
I’ve been enjoying YouTube speed-rap sensation George Watsky’s series: Watsky’s Making an Album. Produced by TV/digital production company Electus and the uber talented and versatile production company Kids At Play (who also worked on Game Shop), the episodic show follows Watsky as he tries to make an album to take advantage of a very sketchy record deal. I like the fact that Watsky has a season long mission to create the album, which keeps you tuning in, but each episode is it’s own self-contained adventure.
This is the first stand-alone web series from NBC Digital Studios. It’s a serialized comedy following office worker Stuart Grundy (Tony Hale) and his magical keyboard that allows him to control the world around him through computer functions. It’s actually based on a short film that was at Sundance called Ctrl Z and was developed and produced as a web series by SXM Entertainment. You can view it on Hulu.