― Thomas M. Cirignano, The Constant Outsider
We’ve just posted the pilot episode of Startups, which is the first episode of a web series (or webcom*) we began working on last year. Watch it and let us know if you’d be interested in seeing more content like this.
We started writing almost a year ago, and were thinking of shooting all 4 episodes before we decided we still didn’t know enough to pull off a whole series. So, we scaled things back to just the pilot.
Scaling back may mean we don’t ever get to see who wins $10,000 from the investors (spoiler: the scripts are all posted under the “Why Did You Make It” tab on the Startups page) but it allowed us to focus on the writing, acting, production, and editing in more detail. Our goal is to keep learning as we make things, so we can get to a place where we can rip off a whole web series in one shot, or something even bigger, and not worry about everything being out of focus.
Lessons we learned and even more fun after the jump! Continue reading
We had an absolute blast shooting Startups over a weekend in January. And we were lucky to land a veritable who’s who of Edmonton to trap in an elevator as our investors. Working on Startups was a breeze with all of these great people involved. They were professional, passionate, and hilarious.
Give them a follow on Twitter so you too can be exposed to their wit, humour, good ideas, and photos of food. Continue reading
Many, many years ago, when I was young and relevant, I attended a real, actual film school, where I did real actual things like shoot on film, edit on the professional equivalent of two VCRs daisy-chained together, and use this to generate credits. The year was 1997, Third Eye Blind was on the radio, and I wanted desperately to be a filmmaker, so I did the obvious thing and went to film school. The world was different then – it made sense to follow the appropriate career path – go to school, work as a PA, get into a union, pick your department of choice, get promoted, etc. Continue reading
Here’s what could be a routine post for us, because we love to share and we have an actual jar full of our ideas. The jar:
Whenever we think of a new idea for a show or a sketch or even something funny or weird that we could use later we write it down and stick it in the jar. Often we will say out loud “Put it in the jar!” The jar is pretty full, so we thought it would be fun to post ideas here. You are encouraged to take one and run with it.
Our first idea from the jar is:
A sketch troupe called the “M. Night Shyamalans.”
The group would always end their sketches with a twist. We thought the pressure to come up with so many twists for all those sketches would certainly cause the troupe’s members stress.
Do with that what you will. And let us know if it gets your creativity flowing.
This is old news, but still worth sharing: Graham Linehan: Funny Business, the 2008 one-hour doc on the man behind The IT Crowd, Black Books, Father Ted and more (and who is, arguably, the best comedy writer in the world), is available on YouTube. Watch it at your desk to create the illusion of working.