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The Calm Before the Storm

by on Nov.30, 2009, under Creators Blog

I wanted to get one more quick blog out there, because I probably won’t be able to post for a while.

Today is our launch day and from an independent creator’s prospective there is nothing like it.  Everything you’ve worked for is leading up to this day. I’m ecstatic for the amount of enthusiasm that our series has gotten. The web community has been so supportive of us and we hope to to not disappoint.

We’ve got a pretty full event at our premiere  tonight. The Web Files, Girl Gamer, Dailymotion, will all play big parts tonight.  Between the panels, the press, the livestream interviews, and the community, I’m pretty sure everyone will have a great time.

I really can’t tell you how excited, scared, nervous, and thrilled I am at this moment. It’s gonna be quite a personal experience for me. I hope you all enjoy the series. I know the expectations are high, especially for independent web content but I honestly don’t know if the general audience will love it or not. Our show is dark, intense, and gritty. Though I can say this… our show is definitely something else.

Thanks and I hope to see many of you tonight!

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The Working Holiday

by on Nov.26, 2009, under Creators Blog

This is gonna be a short one.

Bernie Su poses after winning the Turkey at Damian Pellicone's New Media Vault - Turkey was donated to the Homeless Shelter

Bernie Su (right) poses after winning the Turkey at Damian Pelliccione's New Media Vault last night. Turkey was donated to the L.A. Homeless Shelter.

When you and your team are totally committed to a project, Holidays tend to get abbreviated. It’s the home stretch for us, 3 days before the launch party, 4 days before the public launch, and there’s still work to be done. You tend to realize that there is ALWAYS work to be done, from opening titles, to credits, to music, to sound, to marketing.  There is always something that needs attending to. I’m not going into the details of putting everything together, cause really I want to take as much of the Holiday as I can. But I can tell you that several members of our team are all doing significant work related to the project today. We’re just trying to finish it up as soon as possible to have somewhat of a Thanksgiving.

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Casting a Sadist

by on Nov.25, 2009, under Creators Blog

This is the only role I’m going to address before the launch because this is the only role I feel can be blogged about without ruining a large part of the story.

Going into casting, we all knew that the three leads would be a challenge to find ideal actors for. We knew that Mark Sandler (The Sadist) would be especially important and vital because the character is so dynamic, and that a high percentage of the story revolves around him.

Craig Frank rests in between takes in Compulsions.

Craig Frank rests in between takes in Compulsions.

When you approach casting a role like Mark, you tend to get sucked in to the darkness of the torture scenes. Thus, it was important to us that we look for actors who effectively play both sides of the character. Mark isn’t a sadist 100% of the time, you need to make sure that the actor can address the human side of the character. Bring in some sympathy, and of course very importantly, make the audience root for him. This isn’t unlike manyof our modern day leading men in episodic content. Jack Bauer (24), Dr. House (House), Vic Mackey (The Shield), and Tony Soprano (The Sopranos) are all great examples of leading men who are in reality bad people, yet we as an audience will root for them. (continue reading…)

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