Posts tagged web series
As the exclusive online media partner for the Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards we will be featuring each of the nominees in the lead up to the awards ceremony on 17th December. The event, which is in conjunction with Vox Africa (Sky218) and sponsored by Google and Afrinolly, will celebrate the best online content produced by black British and international digital media creatives across short film, web series, music promos, blogs, magazines, social networks and more. To grab one of the limited tickets to the event, click here.
BREACH has been nominated for the Favourite Web Series Ensemble Award. We caught up with the writer and director of the project Christine Rugurika and the producer Serena Nalty to see what inspired them to embark on a digital journey.
CR: "I had the script in my drawers and was not quite sure what to do with it. In the first instance it was a story board magazine, distributed in some London shops, hairdressers etc. to see if people would like it. I had really good reviews on it and some readers contacted me saying it should be a TV drama. After a while, I started thinking "should I, or not?" and finally got into it. I contacted Serena, as I remembered how serious she was in one of my previous projects and I explained the vision to her. She totally liked the idea and then we embarked on the project together to turn BREACH into a TV series. We shot the pilot in 2009 and as I was researching black series in UK and US, I realised that more productions were going online and we decided "let's post it online and see where it will take us"."
SN:" I had worked with Christine on another play she had written and had the opportunity to act, dance and choreograph for the show. Christine is a good writer and brings the stories to life with ease. I was able to see how we could work together to make the series a reality. I love organising and project management and the producer role goes hand in hand. I'm also fortunate to be working with someone who shares the same values as me, we get on well and can agree to disagree. We also value each other’s opinions and know each other’s strengths."
Sounds like a partnership made in heaven right? As we’ve come to see in the features on the nominees, there are always useful learnings to take away and pass on to others keen to produce and distribute their own content.
Reposted from Digital Spy
Hollyoaks bosses are bringing back Sonny Valentine with a new actor in the part. Aaron Fontaine, who starred in the web series Venus vs Mars, has been cast in the role of Sonny and has already started filming with the Channel 4 soap. Viewers will see Sonny arrive back in the village in January, shaking up life for the McQueen family. Long-time fans will know that Sonny is the brother of Carmel's late husband Calvin Valentine. As Calvin was killed by Theresa McQueen (Jorgie Porter) in 2010, the return of Sonny could bring back bad memories for all concerned. Show chiefs have a dramatic storyline on the way for Sonny, but full details of what's in store are being kept under wraps.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Fontaine commented: "Joining Hollyoaks has been a great experience. There are lovely people here and everyone has been really welcoming."
Hollyoaks is Fontaine's first TV job but he has previously worked in a number of theatre and short film projects.
Sonny was previously played by Devon Anderson between 2006 and 2007, who then on went on to play Billy Jackson in EastEnders.
Congrats and good luck to Aaron!
SceneProfiles| Claudius Peters, Creator of Redemptions End – Screen Nation Digital-iS Media Awards Favourite Web Series Nominee0
Redemptions End is a four part web series created and executive produced by Claudius Peters and written and directed by Daniel Rusteau. The unusual storyline definitely grabs your attention – it follows a group of friends, desperate for money, who steal dead bodies to sell on the black market. Things then take a turn for the worse.
It’s always refreshing to see new and unique stories being told and this is one of the reasons why Redemptions End came about. Claudius said:
I felt that there was a slight lack of original content coming out from the diaspora. On one hand, I understood that people were tired of seeing ‘negative stereotypes’ on screen but I didn't feel the ONLY answer to that was to make super safe content. I still wanted to see OUR Don Draper (MadMen) , Walter White (Breaking Bad), or even comedic ones like Andy Bernard (The Office USA) – multi layered characters and original stories that demanded a little bit more from our audiences. So once I had a concept, a plot and a little bit of money saved (lol) I decided to get to work and create one.
I remember telling a couple friends about the idea for a show but at that point it was just a story in my head. When we finally shot it I must say there was a small sense of pride.
Written by Annika Allen, Ben Peters and Marc Senior
Starring: Danny ‘Slim’ Gray, Kat B, Mighty Moe, Axel Comedian, Linden Walcott-Burton Leonie Elliot, Paris Robin, Lenéa Herew, Ava Charles, Monique Fontaine, Michael Moulton, Johnathan Ukeuku and Wakjira Feyesa
Ones n Twos is a unique online comedy series that follows the lives of an eclectic bunch of DJs that broadcast live on pirate radio station OnesNTwos FM – the biggest little station in London. In each episode the DJs broadcast from the stations custom built studio in the station manager’s girlfriends flat. With clashing personalities, secret crushes and power struggles life is never simple for the team at OnesnTwos FM.
This 12 x 10 min series takes the classic sitcom format placing it online for a great mix of humour, drama, comedy and entertainment.
Ones N Twos will be released on YouTube OnesNTwosTV - watch every Thursday at 7pm from 14 November 2013
Check out Ep 1 above and let @Scene_TV know what you think!
Check out episode 3 of the second series of Brothers With No Game. In this episode Darren and Simone give their sides to the story about their 'relationship' and Marcus' first date with Sinitta is erm…eventful.
Following a storming opening episode, which attracted over 10,000 views in a week, the Brothers With No Game are back with episode 2 of the new series. Titled The Other Side of the Rope, in this hilarious instalment Junior and Dorian come to terms with 'moving on', while the return of Darren turns everyone's fortunes for the better…
Check out the episode above and keep updated with all things BWNG at @TheBWNG
Raindance Film Festival is pleased to announce the UK’s first independent web film festival. The festival will take place 28th and 29th September during the Raindance Film Festival at the Apollo Cinema in London’s Piccadilly Circus.
The internet has created so many new opportunities for independent filmmakers, and web series have become the new short form content that creatives and studio executives have started looking at in order to find the next generation of filmmakers.
Writers, directors, producers and actors are all making their own web series and on the way learning the essential skills of cultivating a loyal audience for their shows.
Raindance is looking for some of the best independent web series from around the world for our inaugural London Web Fest. The weekend will feature screenings of web series episodes as well as some educational and informative panels which when alongside the Raindance’s feature film and shorts programmes means London will be the place to be in September.
To find out more and submit your web series, click here.
Check out the first episode of new UK-based web series Unfamous. Based on the popular Unfamous books by Scotty Unfamous and sponsored by Defenders Ent 'This Is UK Rap Vol. 1', the series follows Rio Greene a first year university student. Tired of being overlooked by her peers, Rio devises a plan to make herself popular, ‘bait’ or as she likes to call it ‘Unfamous’. However, along the way her past catches up with her and drives her to do things she never would have considered doing in order to make it in ‘their’ world.
Will you be adding this to your web series hit list? Let us know what you think over at Twitter @Scene_TV
Here is another homegrown web series to feast your eyes on. Dear Jesus, by Wonderlondon Films and written by Danielle Scott-Haughton is a five part web-series centred on a young lady called Mercedes as she juggles and deals with all the obstacles life is throwing at her. Asking Jesus for guidance, the season sees her deal with managing a business while her mum is sick, the return of her straight-talking sister and betrayal by the people closest to her. Watch how the drama unfolds in episodes posted below.
We enjoyed watching the series. Even though we hadn't seen season 1, from the viewer comments it sounds like the quality has gone up a notch this time around. The acting in places was a little stilted but Linda Adey, who plays the lead, shines. Her sister Alexis, played by Samantha Earle, is a great addition - I'm sure many will relate to having someone like her in their lives. As with most serials that are independently produced, progression is key so we look forward to seeing what season 3 brings.
Let us know what you think about the series either in the comments below or on Twitter @SceneTV. Watch the rest of the episodes under the cut. For more info and behind the scenes footage, head over to DearJesusTV.
Time for a little catch up! Watch episodes 4 and 5 of music based drama Steffi below. In ep 4 Steffi gives it her all at the casting in the TV Studios and is spotted by publicit Quentin James, but are his motives 100% pure. In ep 5, while Steffi chases her dream, Pete parties hard at the squat and Lara moves in for the kill.
To watch ep 1 and 2, click here.
To watch ep 3, click here.