LA Weekly Web Series Pick of the Week: 52 Ways To Break Up – Interview w/Creator Megan Rosati

In the age of ‘right swiping’, dick pics, student loan debt and egg freezing, the etiquette of dating has become blurrier than ever. In her thoughtful, beautifully shot and soundscaped web series 52 Ways to Break-Up, actress/writer/producer Megan Rosati explores the many ways a romantic connection might explode or sputter and die in 2014. Check out Steph’s full article on 52 Ways for the LA Weekly HERE and continue reading for her full interview with Rosati about creating the show.

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A Web Series about a “Hip” Youth Pastor with Awesome T-Shirts -YOUTH PASTOR KEVIN!

Husband and wife film making team Kerri Fernsworth and Jeff Feazell have had a roller-coaster ride relationship with religion. Jeff grew up in an extremely religious household, Kerri chose to become an evangelical Christian at 13. The two met at Christian college and undertook a huge upheaval of belief and world perspective together. Now they’re looking back at their experiences through a VERY humorous and perceptive lens… their very funny web series, Youth Pastor Kevin!

YPK is directed by Fernsworth and stars Jeff as “hip” and VERY devout YPK.  Jeff also runs The Web Show Show – an amazing venue to screen your comedy videos or web series episodes in front of a panel of internet professionals and gain both exposure and advice. Submit your vid HERE!

I got to speak to Kerri and Jeff about how they met and made the show. They also have kick ass T-shirts for sale that are featured in the series that might just make it onto your Christmas list this year. Enjoy!

When did the idea of the character for YPK surface and why did you decide to make it a web series?
Jeff: I went to a bunch of churches in high school, and all the youth leaders were like that. But there was this one guy, the RD in my freshman dorm at Christian college, who was REALLY like that. The lame bro-drawl and all that. I used to imitate him a lot, so one day I was thinking about how funny it was and I just sat down and wrote the script for “White Problems”.

Kerri: Yep, Jeff invented the character. And from that central figure, it was pretty easy to determine the other types of people he needed to interact with and what they should be like–his different youth group kids, his controlling but technically submissive wife, a senior pastor who is way more chill than YPK. We wanted to make a web series because that seemed like something doable to try it out as short character-based sketches of awkward moments we were both familiar with.

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UCB’s Gary Saves the Graveyard – Interview w/Creator Todd Bieber

The Upright Citizens Brigade has produced digital series with IFC, Above Average and Nerdist, but its hilarious, heartfelt and gorgeously ghoulish Gary Saves the Graveyard is by far its most ambitious and compelling.

Gary (Jim Santangeli) missed one minor detail when he got his new job as graveyard caretaker. Due to a backlogged “portal” to the afterlife, he’s now responsible for keeping 235 living corpses, including his childhood best friend, in the yard as they wait in line for eternal peace. Stakes are high. For every corpse who’s not present on the day of reckoning, a living soul will be taken. Check out my full review for the LA Weekly HERE or continue reading below for my interview with creator Todd Bieber about creating the show.

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LA Weekly Pick of the Week: Eat Our Feelings – Creator Interview

Ever feel like you should teach yourself how to cook an adult person meal but you’d rather just chill out and watch comedy YouTube videos? Now you can do both!

In their hybrid sitcom/cooking show Eat Our Feelings, Brooklyn based writer/actor/server Sasha Winters and writer/vegan-chef Emma Jane Gonzalez serve up sassy, gourmet how-to cooking vids sandwiched between comedic scripted situations that lead the girls to whip up the dish in question. Check out my full LA Weekly review of Eat Our Feelings HERE. Continue reading below for Steph’s interview with creators Winters and Gonzalez below.

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How to build a MASSIVE audience before your show even premieres!

Some of you may remember when I featured Cristobal Ross and Nicolas Balbontin’s hilarious bilingual web series Gringolandia in the LA Weekly last year. They were very savvy about the way they promoted and funded season one. They released a TEASER VIDEO about what Americans think of Chile that went VIRAL with their intended audience for the series and got them 20k subscribers and backing by a brand before they even premiered the series! Since they just released SEASON 2 (see vid above) I figured I’d share the show again and my interview with Ross about his process so that new readers could enjoy and learn too.  You can watch Gringolandia and Subscribe HERE! Here’s my LA WEEKLY article about the show as well.  Happy Tuesday!

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LA Weekly Web Series Pick of the Week: Backseat Bitches

Plenty of shows explore the drama going down at Hollywood’s hottest parties. But what about the drama going down in the backseats of Uber cars on the way to those Hollywood parties, between passengers who have no hope of getting in?

Backseat Bitches is the latest web series from Above Average, the digital arm of Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels’ production company, Broadway Video. It follows two hashtagging, instagramming, flask-sipping, leopard-clad BFFs, Jinny and Mimi, as they zip around L.A. to Macaulay Culkin’s birthday party and other events to which they are not invited.

To read the rest of Steph’s LA Weekly review of Backseat Bitches click HERE. To read Steph’s full interview with Jessica and Melissa, continue reading below.

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Steph’s L.A. Weekly Web Series Pick of the Week: Oh, You Pretty Things

Young aspiring artists and the growing pains of youth are hardly fresh territory for filmmakers. But Oh, You Pretty Things, the first dramatic scripted series from multi-channel YouTube network Maker Studios, in partnership with fashion/lifestyle brand Nylon, is worth a binge-watch marathon.

Director Rico Martinez’s voyeuristic cinematography beautifully captures the L.A. indie art and music scene through the lives of lifestyle blogger Olivia Jones (Francesca Eastwood) and a group of 20-something creatives stumbling their way to success via downtown loft parties, practice sessions and the Echo.

Read my full review of Oh, You Pretty Things for the L.A. Weekly HERE, or keep reading for my interview with Sarah Malkin, Vice President and General Manager, Life + Style for Maker Studios and OYPT Executive Producer Jessica Gelt about creating the show.

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