Saturday 20th January 2018,
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Crowdfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘The Variants’

Crowdfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘The Variants’

I was going to write about this awhile ago, but my schedule is all out of sorts! Still, it’s never too late to spotlight an indie web series trying to get produced. This edition of “Crowdfunding of Campaigns to Watch” features The Variants, a cult web series about the behind-the-scenes zaniness of an actual Texas [...]

May 4, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight Comments Off on Crowdfunding Campaigns to Watch: ‘The Variants’

Crowdfunding Campaigns To Watch: ‘Drifter’ and ‘East WillyB’

Crowdfunding Campaigns To Watch: ‘Drifter’ and ‘East WillyB’

I’ve had an informal policy on this blog of not featuring projects in the middle of crowdfunding campaigns, the idea being the show might not air. I also get a lot of emails from producers pitching such projects, and I’ve been afraid of favoring one over another. Well, no longer! There’s been a steady stream [...]

April 19, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 2

Web Series (Heart) New York Boroughs: A Playlist

Web Series (Heart) New York Boroughs: A Playlist

Most filmmakers can’t afford Manhattan — correction: most human beings can’t — so it’s no wonder many web series take place in, or are filmed in, the outer boroughs. After I Hate Being Single and Lena Dunham got press for representing Brooklyn, I decided to cobble together a list of scripted web shows set or filmed in Brooklyn, [...]

April 10, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 2

Nerd Girls Rule In ‘Squaresville’

Nerd Girls Rule In ‘Squaresville’

School dances are not fun for everyone. If we’ve learned anything from countless teen movies and TV shows, it’s that. Squaresville opens with our heroines going to a dance, but they’ve sidestepped the whole dancing thing. Instead they show up to do some gardening — guerilla-style — and not very well either. “The only statement we’re making [...]

April 4, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 4

In ‘The Professionals,’ Tech Guys Strike Back

In ‘The Professionals,’ Tech Guys Strike Back

I’ve written before about the (increasingly irrelevant) divide between producers of scripted programming and YouTube, a remnant of when YouTube was an “amateur” space. Keith Battista, creator of The Professionals, a sitcom about a team of assassins working under the auspices of an IT company called The Nerd Unit, is a great example of how YouTube [...]

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‘Jack in a Box’ Creator On His WGA Nomination and Writing Jack “Happy”

‘Jack in a Box’ Creator On His WGA Nomination and Writing Jack “Happy”

Originally posted at Tubefilter In last week’s 30 Rock sixth season premiere, Liz “Cranky Sue” Lemon was, all of a sudden, happy! Fans saw her skipping with animated birds and smooching on a mystery man (James Marsden). It was about time. Sitcoms about cranks have two options: cling relentlessly to the joke or allow characters to [...]

January 18, 2012 Aymar Jean Christian Spotlight 1