The Underdogs of Comedy

After happening into The Underdog and The Empress for their comedy nights, we were amazed at the indie comedy talent in this city. So, along with laughing uproariously at the many great comedians we saw, we got to plotting about somehow capturing even a glimpse of this great scene.

We decided a web series would the quickest way to get some of these funny people in front of an audience who hasn’t yet been out to one of the bars and venues hosting both regular and pop-up shows. Today we’re releasing six episodes featuring live sets from some of the comedians. More on what we learned making the series after the jump.  Continue reading

It’s Alive!

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So, I’m pretty jazzed to announce the Beta launch (translation: soft launch, a.k.a., “it’s brand new so expect a lot of bugs” launch) of the #YegFilm directory app.

This is a project that I’ve had a frustrating, up-and-down relationship with; I finally resigned myself to failure last year, but apparently stubbornness + a brief stint working for WordPress led me to the idea of abandoning the Ruby on Rails version of the app I had built and leveraging WordPress instead.

Yes, now it’s a thing, out there in the internet, and I hope you will give it a try and email me both bugs and feature requests at sally[at]theedmontonianmediaco.com. Obviously I will avoid them at first, complaining that it’s your fault because you used it wrong, but eventually, I really will fix and update the functionality.

1) go to yegfilm.theedmontonianmediaco.com

You’ll be greeted by this login window. Click the teeny-tiny Register link in the lower left.

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2) You’ll be prompted to choose a username and input your email.

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3) After you submit your info, check your email. You should (SHOULD, remember, this is a BETA version so your computer might also just burst into flames) receive an email containing your login information.

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4) Now you can click the link in the email, login, and click the “edit my profile” link in the upper-right to put in your information.

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5) Now, just fill out the fields. Leave anything you don’t have blank. It’s easy to overlook some of the fields, so make sure you complete everything, all the way to the bottom of the page.

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6) Now, if I’ve done my job correctly (and let’s be honest, there’s at least a 40% chance that I have not), you should be able to go to the front page of the site and filter all members based on whether they are available for projects, and which skill sets they possess.

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Obstacles

Obstacles - house shootAfter producing a couple of our own things, we wanted to try our hand at producing someone else’s project. Lucky for us, we met a lovely lady by the name of Geeta Sehgal at Yegfilm and it just so happened she was writing a short about an anxious woman who had to confront one of her fears by crossing a bridge high above an Edmonton ravine to support her friend’s exhibit opening.

Geeta’s script arrived soon after we mentioned our interest in producing and we were off and running. Of course, this meant trying to standardize the process and forms we had begun crafting and putting to use on our pilot episode of Startups. Our challenge was to make sure the things we were doing as a duo would make sense to someone else working on the project and help us all accomplish the goal of bringing Geeta’s idea to screens.

More about what we learned, and the movie itself, after the jump.

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Startups

The Startups table read in June 2012. Lots of fun, lots of tea.

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

Sick Day

When we decided to make the jump into scripted comedy last year, we hit that roadblock a lot of other people hit: we got scared. We didn’t know what to do, how to do it, or if any of it would even work. So, in our own small way of encouraging you to push through your own roadblocks we present our first short – “Sick Day” – which is not all that great, but helped us kickstart a new path and hopefully shows you that the first time out just has to get you started. If you’re hesitating because you don’t think you’ll be good enough or you don’t know what to do, let this movie’s shortcomings be an example of how the first thing you make might not be great but you can get better really quickly, and we’ve all got your back.

So get out there and make the things you’re scared of making!

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