No One Really Has It Together. Interview with LIFE COACH series creators Bayne Gibby & Kal Bennett

LIFE COACH episode 1 from Full Belly Films on Vimeo.

Some people have life all figured out, hell some of them are so confident about their fabulous life choices, they charge other people money in exchange for guiding them only the right path.

In truth, we’re all just big bags of bones, flesh, insecurity and insanity. OK maybe that’s too harsh. We’ve all got our own issues and challenges, but maybe each of us has also figured a few things out for ourselves. The new web series LIFE COACH, created by Bayne Gibby (The Comeback, Enlightened) and Kal Bennett (The Mentalist, How to Get Away with Murder) and starring Gibby, Bennett and Emily Bicks (Castle, Step Up) explores how a troubled woman, a life coach and her teenage daughter end up helping each other get through life just a bit better.

Gibby and Bennett took the time to answer a few questions about how they tackled the world of indie filmmaking in order to produce this awkwardly funny, honest and charming series.

A note from the creators regarding their answers to my questions: “Bayne Gibby and Kal Bennett took their rambling answers and compiled them into cohesive paragraphs. But, if you’d like to, please imagine that we talk like this– in unison and never once saying “like” as a useless filler.)

How did you two meet and why do you think you make good creative partners?

The two of us met in Shari Shaw’s acting class about 6 years ago. We cracked each other up. In 2011, we made a very low-key short film together called I’M OPEN, where one friend gives the other relationship advice and it goes horribly awry. We shot it in 3 takes in front of Bayne’s apartment. Bayne’s mailman literally interrupted one take to hand her some mail. (He was a natural, but Bayne panicked and ruined the take. Kal was disappointed in her.) People really responded to the short and we realized the dynamic we had on screen was funny and interesting. We began brainstorming what else we could make together.

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Steph’s L.A. Weekly Valentines Day Series of the Week: Online Daters & Swipe Click Bang

After roommates, dating is probably the second most saturated subject matter in digital video, but these two series manage to stand out from the horde. Read my full review of both series for the LA Weekly HERE or in the paper this week.

Click on the PHOTO for my interview with the creators of each featured series. Click the NAME of the series to watch it online.

Online Daters

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Swipe, Click Bang


LA Weekly Web Series Pick: The Smalls Family

David Catalano’s web series The Smalls Family, features a sit-com-esque suburban clan with one twist: their dialog is a word-for-word transcription of songs by platinum record-selling hip-hop artist, Notorious B.I.G.

“Some people wanna stick me like fly paper, neighbor!” fumes teen Katie Smalls to her parents over a pizza dinner in their upper-middle class home. A jealous friend just texted her at “5:46 in the evening” and now she’s steamin’, “Why they wanna stick me for my cream?” Check out Steph’s full review of The Smalls Family for the L.A. Weekly HERE and continue reading for her full interview with creator David Catalano.

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Steph’s L.A. Weekly Web Series of the Week: Jeff 1000 – Full Interview with Wired’s Rachel Samuels and Creator Michael Karnow

There are countless web series about actors in L.A., but very few in which the actor is a ten-foot tall, alien robot. Enter hot hunk… of metal Jeff, the well-meaning, socially awkward robot hero of Wired and Condé Nast Entertainment’s new mockumentary web series, Jeff 1000. Check out my review of Jeff 1000 for the L.A. Weekly HERE and continue reading for my full interview with creator Michael Karnow and Wired’s Head of Digital Content, Rachel Samuels.

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A Web Series Experiment! Your Click = Cash Money!

Last year, I shot a pilot episode and trailer for a quirky little travel web series with my fellow comedian and adventurer, Robert Boesel: #LAblocks. We wanted to explore LA like no one else had — BLOCK BY BLOCK.  We wanted to pinpoint the most interesting INTERSECTIONS of Los Angeles, in order to help visitors and locals alike get the most bang for their buck and SATISFACTION for their STEP.

How awesome would it be to know EXACTLY where to go to spend a whole afternoon or day in one awesome neighborhood of LA, no driving around necessary? But as LA enthusiasts, even WE were shocked at the incredible amount of art, architecture, events, history, people, stores and stories we discovered at each block.

We shot a trailer and a pilot episode and did our best to find a brand to sponsor our incredibly well shot, reasonably priced show. And… no takers. We tried for almost a year! But we LOVE this show and we care about it SO MUCH that we weren’t gonna see it die.

We decided to RELEASE the Trailer yesterday and ask friends and fans to SPREAD THE WORD and help us build our subscriber base to show the world — and brands with the same adventurous, travel/culture conscious spirit as we have — that the world wants this show!

When we get to 1,000 subscribers, we’ll release our FIRST EPISODE: 5th & Spring. Hopefully, at 1,000 subscribers, brands will already start to take notice. If we can sign on a backer for our first episode, we will! Otherwise, we’ll release it and keep building our audience and investing our OWN money — if this is the show you want to see!  Help us with this experiment! Let’s see how many subscribers and views it takes for a like-minded brand to help us make this show a reality.

We’re in a world where the AUDIENCE gets to dictate to the ADVERTISERS what they want. If homegrown, exceptionally executed, funny, truthful, educational, fast and short travel info is what you want, let us know with your click! And help us spread the word.


Steph & the LAblocks team.

#LAblocks, a new kind of travel show, exploring LA block by block!

#LAblocks, a new kind of travel show, exploring LA block by block!

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Steph’s LA Weekly Web Series of the Week: Crack Duck – Full Interview with Creator Danny Lacy

Crack Duck has a lot on his plate. As apartment manager of Grungetown Towers, he has to muster the courage to interact socially with his tenants, deal with discord – like when diaper-clad Thievy Tim steals the Sun from Zqiygyxz, the all-knowing dog who has reached nirvana, all while coping with the crippling pain of existence. Crack Duck is the surreal, disturbing and oddly heart-warming brainchild of writer/actor Danny Lacy, who also lends his voice to his woebegone web-footed hero.

Check out Steph’s review of Crack Duck for the L.A. Weekly HERE and check out her full interview with creator Danny Lacy below.

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