Web series are at their best when they use their brevity and repetitive nature to become a meditation on a theme and mine the smaller moments of our lives for the profound or absurd. Chapman film students Almog Avidan Antonir and Tom Assam-Miller’s series Long Story Short does just that. Read my full LA Weekly review of the show HERE and check out my full interview with Antonir and Assam-Miller below.
Season two of of writer/actress Amani Starnes web series The United Colors of Amani premieres today and we’re excited! Check out the first episode of the season above. Some of the best indie content on the web comes from mining your own experiences. Azie Mira Dungee made Ask A Slave about her time working as a reenactor at Mt. Vernon. Real couple Allyn Rachel and Patrick Carlyle made Couple Time about the weird moments and conversations long-time couples have together. If your own experiences seem confusing and don’t fit into any box, make a show about that. Amani did, with great results. Check out our interview below on how she made the show and watch all of Season One HERE.
Love is absurd. The nonsensical capriciousness of the heart deserves a web series of equally absurd proportions, and UCB alums Nicole Byer (Girl Code) and Sasheer Zamata (the actress Saturday Night Live picked after its controversial auditions for a black female cast member) are here to provide.Read my full LA Weekly review of Byer and Zamata’s series Pursuit of Sexiness HERE and check out my interview with Byer below about how they made the show. Be sure to check out Zamata on SNL this coming season as well.
Every night in January, Cora in New York City and Patrick in L.A. have gone on a date together via Skype. Their mutual friend, actress Alison Pill (The Newsroom), thought they were perfect for each other and set them up on Jan. 1. Their screens exploded with chemistry from the get-go. How do we know this? Because every night they post their adorable, hilarious, intimate, moving, scary, sad, beautiful, four-minutes-or-less Skype date online as the web series 7p10e. Click HERE to read my full review of 7p10e for the LA Weekly. The show was created by actress Avital Ash and the story developed by writer/director Kyle McCullough as well as Sammi Cohen and co-star Chris Alvarado. Continue on to read my full interview with Ash and McCullough about making the show.
Want to hear “Weird Al” Yankovic describe the ’80s in gasps and animal noises? Ever wonder if Sarah Silverman would grow out her pubic hair — if the love of her life asked her to?
So does comedian Natasha Leggero, and she’s not afraid to ask. On her new web faux talk show, Tubbin’ With Tash, Legerro’s gold-spangled, coke-snorting alter ego interviews comedy celebs about whatever the hell she feels like … in a hot tub. Read my full review of Tubbin’ with Tash for the LA Weekly in the print edition this week. (link up monday). And below, check out my full interview with the always hilarious Natasha.
Why a tub?
It has always been my dream to host America’s first water based talk show.
How did you come to collaborate with Jash for the show and did you develop it with anyone there or come to them with the concept?
I believe I came up with the concept when I realized that if I did a show from my tub I could legally expense the entire price of the tub.
What do you love about having a digital show? What do you hate about it?
I love the lawless nature of youtube being able to say whatever you want and also getting naked if I feel like it.
If you could go tubbing with anyone raised from the dead, who would it be?
How did you come up with the character of Pig Bottom? In your imagination, how did Pig Bottom and the Natasha of the show meet?
My husband died and with the four thousand dollars I got from his death I went to the “We be Tubbin” Superstore in Pecoima and Pig Bottom (aka Paul Bottoms) sold me the tub and we had such an instant connection that he decided to leave his wife and kids and move to Hollywood and become my slave.
Speaking of the Natasha of the show… how is she like you and how is she different?
The Natasha of the show definitely wears more jewels in the hot tub. Also she does a lot of cocaine.
Any advice for aspiring digital series creators?
Start an interview show- if you can’t get a hold of a hot tub I would suggest a pond, a slip and slide, or perhaps the LA river.
If you enjoyed this interview, check out Steph’s conversation with comedians Jeremy Luke and Joey Russo about creating their hilarious scripted series about being Jersey actors in Hollywood: Turbo and Joey.
(Cate Freedman) The Katydids came together when founding member, Caitlin Barlow wanted to silence the voice within that kept saying to her “there’s something about a girl named Kate.” Caitlin knew so many Katies in the improv community who she liked a great deal and wanted to just have a fun one-off show to improvise with a group who all shared the same name.
Many parents have found themselves struggling to explain to their child why he has to wear pants in public or why she cannot have another cookie. But only one man made a web series about it.
In May, Canadian filmmaker Matthew Clarke and director Darshan Rickhi launched their web series, Conversations With My 2-Year-Old, with the hilarious conceit that in each true-to-life episode, Clarke’s daughter, Coco, is played by a grown man. Read more of my LA Weekly article on Conversations with my Two Year old HERE, and check out her full interview with Clarke below.
How did the idea for the series come about and especially the idea for it to be a WEB SERIES as opposed to sharing the stories in a different form?
I think anyone who spends a significant amount of time around kids experiences these crazy interactions. I remember one day I sort of stepped back from one of these conversations and I thought, “This is insane. If she were an adult she’d be escorted out of the building right now, but because she’s 3 feet tall and adorable, nobody blinks an eye.” I just felt there was something really funny in that, and so I started writing down these conversations after they would happen and before long I had a collection of these “scripts.” I’ve worked in the film industry for a while now and the idea just seemed perfectly suited to a web-series. They were these short little vignettes that I felt we could execute really effectively. Also, doing a web-series is really attainable. You don’t need anyone’s permission. You just shoot it and put it up. That was really appealing to me.
Half of the word “typecast” is “cast.” Versatility may be prized at Juilliard, but selling your brand is the real key to Hollywood success. Case in point: Fast-talking, tanned and toned Staten Island natives Jeremy Luke and Joey Russo began filming short videos based on their lives as struggling actors in L.A. and discovered the brand that would launch their Hollywood careers. Read more of my LA Weekly review HERE, and check out my full interview with Jeremy Luke and Joey Russo below.
How did you two first meet?
Joey: It’s actually a funny story, I was dating this girl and winded up being introduced to Jeremy through mutual friends. After talking to Jeremy, I found out that had dated the same girl a couple years before. Apparently she likes tall guys from Nebraska.
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.