Megan and I have been writing and producing a web series called “WhatItIs.” If you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend watching it…it is getting ridiculous and the story keeps getting wilder and more extreme. We are planning for a 6-8 episode series. The story follows an aspiring young actor living in Los Angeles who meets his gay, crack addicted future self. Now everything he does to try to ensure his future doesn’t end up this way ultimately drives him closer to it. Will he defeat his destiny? Or is fate written in stone? You’ll find out by the end of the series, I assure you. Here is episode three:
The idea came to me originally as a skit idea. I was nervous to pitch it to Megan (my fiancee) because of the subject matter, but luckily she is amazing and supports my creativity regardless of how…interesting…it can get. We filmed the first episode by ourselves on a rinky dinky handycam just for the hell of it. However after I watched the first episode, I realized that this story could easily continue, and continue it has. We are writing our fourth episode now and plan on filming a new one every two weeks until we finish our story. Trust me, there will be a lot more twists and turns as each episode is posted.
The great thing about a project like “WhatItIs” for someone like Megan and I is that it is relatively simple and fun to film but it also opens us up to meet new creative minds in this city. For instance, we met Stephen Camargo (who directed Episode 3) through an ad posted seeking help on the project. He was a terrific guy to work with and I now can add a new awesome director/camera guy to my growing list of contacts in Los Angeles. Each episode will get bigger and bigger thus requiring more crew, talent and creative minds to help get each produced. It’s been a great little experiment that is very fun to pull off. And if you are revolted and don’t like it at all, well, too bad. It is what it is.
In some unrelated news, I have worked on two sets in the last week with terrific results. I was 1st AD on a web series pilot called “All Washed Up,” written and directed by actor Max Faugno. It was a blast to work with him and his team in creating a hilarious and heart warming show. He was kind enough to invite me back to the next two episodes that will be filming in the next month or so so I can’t wait to get it off the ground. I have no doubt that the show will be terrific and can’t wait to work with these awesome dudes/dudettes again. I will obviously post the episode here when it is completed.
I was also fortunate enough to have an audition with writer/director/producer Damion Black for his new web series “VampZ.” He liked my audition and invited me to shoot a test run of one of the scenes with one of his actresses. Damion is a very cool and confident fellow and I sincerely hope that I get to work with him more, I love the energy he exudes and he seems very focused on his work. More on “VampZ” and upcoming Damion Black projects soon.
Much love world, we’ll be in touch soon.