Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hey, you! Relax!

Narrative anarchy is here!

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The first episode of my much-anticipated (by me) web series, the not-very-relaxing Danger! Relax, Please! is now up online! And with it, its own website!

Jenny Hou is patiently ludicrous as the lead, Boa Simon brought his considerable lighting and camera talent way down to my level for it, and Brian Andrews supplied the rowdy music, channeling god only knows what Saturday morning cartoons.

I have to say, this is one of my favorite projects I've ever done. After sweating and toiling through formal narrative for so long, trying to develop a storytelling voice while still maintaining a basic level of classic filmmaking language, it's incredibly liberating to just cut loose and do whatever the hell I want.

Although there is a certain frantic rhythm to it.

Episode 2 is on the way. It's been shot (see previous post) and is in the cutting room now. Episodes 3 and 4 have been written and cast. What eye-popping zaniness will Angry J get herself into? What will she get angry at? What comical cartoonish sound effects will garnish it?

Stay tuned.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Why So Series?

Recently, due to the unforeseen popularity of a very silly short I made, Water Worries, I've decided to embark on a new project: a web series.

It'll be truly unlike any web series out there - I only label it such because it exists on the web, though I hesitate to call it a "series," lest it imply some kind of consistency. Unless inconsistency is consistency enough.

All of this smoke and mirrors will become clear enough very soon - for now, dwell on this image.

Cartoonish faces courtesy of Scott Sullivan.
Meanwhile, Cut to Black is going well. We had our third or fourth script meeting today, and we're making sure all the elements will come together in a quality way. I've designed a kind of teaser site, which you can visit here.