So you’ve got an idea — but is it a web series or a short film or a TV show or a movie? There’s so many options! Here’s my conversation with writer/actor/filmmaker Noah Nuer about his experience creating the award winning short film Turn Right and then adapting it for the web. Check out Noah’s other work HERE. Noah is also the awesome DP behind Hollyweb, the French series about digital hollywood that I am the host of. Check it out for lots of great fast, fun interviews with series creators and behind the scenes footage of web series.
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.
Tangled Web reporter Erin Stegeman got the DL on YouTube at Sundance this year. Check out how the digital entertainment revolution is knocking at the door of the indie film world….
In a digital world of make-up tutorials, cat videos, and canon-ball fails now comes…
an ally in filmmaking???
Heather Olt and Dellany Peace not only made a ten episode web series about two wacky wonderful spinsters taking on the world like Thelma and Louise and redefining the independent woman, they also created a massive amount of minisodes and extra content so their series could continue to draw constantly consuming eyeballs on a multitude of platforms. I spoke with Heather and Dellany about their process and what they learned. Check out the series HERE on there well-executed website packed with content: 2HopefulSpinsters.com
How did you two come up with the idea for the series?
One day we were meeting for coffee at Cahuenga De Sol. Dellany had just completed extra work for Roscoes Chicken & Waffles and Heather had just been cast as a “hopeful spinster” on the NBC comedy Up All Night. Looking at her frumpy wardrobe description, Heather exclaimed, “am I REALLY a Spinster?” Dellany replied, “I dunno. Let’s look it up.” She quickly Googled it and happily said, “I’m a spinster TOO!” It was then we discovered the actual definition of a spinster: an unmarried woman beyond the average marrying age (which is currently 27 in U.S.A.). At that moment the lightbulb went on:
INT: COOL HIP COFFEE SHOP WITH REALLY BAD PARKING.
Two extremely good looking women in their 30′s sip coffee; one ravishing redhead, the other a buxom brunette
This would be a great idea for a show! if we’re –
Spinsters…there are millions just like us. Let’s make a—
HEATHER & DELLANY
show about redefining the word “SPINSTER” in the 21st Century!!!
The spinsters excitedly scream…and are soon asked to leave the premises.
Little horribles include: the moment you realize your junk food binge from the mini bar on your family’s vacation cost them over a hundred dollars. The moment it dawns on you that not offering to switch seats on an airplane made you an enormous asshole. The moment someone catches you masturbating in L.A. traffic…ok, maybe that one only happens to Amy.
Mix the self-referential loathing of Louie with the satirical self-involvement of Girls and you’ve got indie web series Little Horribles, created by and starring L.A. comedian Amy York Rubin.
Read my full review of Little Horribles for the LA Weekly HERE. Or click one of the pictures below to read my full interviews with writer/director/producer/star Amy York Rubin (left) and executive producer Issa Rae (Awkward Black Girl) about creating 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.
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.
Producer Antoine Disle of the Marseille Web Fest and French bank BNPP have decided to bring the best of the web to FRANCE! They produce the series HOLLYWEB (I’m the host!) and each week we go behind the scenes of a different Digital show shooting in Hollywood. This week, the hilarious show Gigi: Almost American starring Josh Gad, produced by The BBC, My Damn Channel and comedy troupe: The Lost Nomads.
Learn more about Gigi: Almost American HERE!
Somewhere between the three mile line to meet Shane Dawson and the Make-Your-Own-Mustache-Everything Booth, was the smiling, crowd-hustling team from the comedic web series Versus Valerie. Episodics were largely underrepresented this year at VidCon in Anaheim,CA, so it was a breath of fresh air (or necessary gasp of oxygen) to be able to sit down and chat with the cheerful and calm “Valerie” herself, actress Hannah Spear. Largely aware that I was one of ten people here over the age of 22, I needed to have what she and her team were having STAT. Turns out they’re just Canadian.
Walk me through the casting process for Versus Valerie. Did you know anyone from the project or was this something you got from your agent?
I think I’d lived in Toronto for two months, I didn’t even have an agent, when Stephanie Kaliner (the head writer of both Sexy Nerd Girl and Versus Valerie) saw me do an improv set at a bar and thought I might be great for the role of Valerie. She mentioned my name to Simon Fraser (Co-creator and director) and they brought me in for a screen test. I think I was the only one they auditioned, the character just stuck.