Last year I was fortunate to direct one episode of the upcoming hilarious web series, WRNG in Studio City, written and produced by my good friend Greg Machlin. It's about a group of website reporters who discover their entire budget's been embezzled by the CFO and spent on a massive hookers and cocaine binge, so they band together & decide to make up news stories & pass them off as true… and almost immediately run into trouble from two menacing corporate "ax people." Can they save the station? Can they save their jobs? Check out our trailer:
It's kinda ridiculous, and I mean that in the most awesome way possible.
This project was superfun to be involved with, and a really educational experience. I was so impressed by how all these wonderfully talented people came together to make it happen, all inspired by my friend Greg. WRNG in Studio City premieres on YouTube Tuesday August 27th with episodes 1-3, and eps 4-6 release that Friday, August 30th. The episode I directed, "Pine Barrens," is episode 6. Sounds like an episode of The Sopranos? Hm...
WRNG in Studio City is co-created and written by Greg Machlin and David Butler, and produced by Greg Machlin and Joe Luis Cedillo. Read more about our show, cast and crew on the WRNG in Studio City website, and if you've got a minute, please:
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WRNG in Studio City is coming! Hooray!
With WRNG in Studio City releasing and Zero Sight: Bad Call out in the webiverse, what's a broke director to do next? A new "no budget" web series, of course! And lucky me, the writer of Zero Sight: Bad Call (and unproduced web series Zero Sight), Michael Patrick Sullivan, has written a brilliant new spy-thriller web series that I am in love with called Tradecraft.
Tradecraft is designed to be brilliant, exciting... and cheap. Last month I had an amazing pow wow with the beginnings of a core team - the people coming together for this project already blow me away - and right now Michael is writing all the episodes. Well, right now he's waiting for some notes from me on the first pass on the first 10, but usually he's writing all the episodes.
For Tradecraft, I'll be doing the primary editing and then my normal editor, Randall Waldrop, will kindly do me a polish. To this end, I've been upgrading my laptop, which by some miracle meets the minimum requirements for Final Cut 10. I'm now only one 3-paycheck month away from having my editing laptop up and running. And soon I'll be looking for two more core members of the team.
Not sure yet if we're going to start shooting in the fall or push to January, but I'm very confident that Tradecraft will hit the web in 2014, and I'm VERY excited about all the elements we'll be bringing together, including some very cool transmedia goodness. (Hat tip to Zero Sight: Bad Call producer Paige Barnett for the term "transmedia.") More to come on Tradecraft and the awesome people involved in the upcoming months for sure.
I wouldn't be so confidently embarking on our Tradecraft adventure if not for the example set by writer/producer Greg Machlin on WRNG in Studio City. It was very cool to be part of such a great team and to see how he pulled it all together, inspired us all, and continues to work so hard on our social media presence and series launch. So BIG thank you, Greg. I've got all my fingers and toes crossed for a season 2 of WRNG in Studio City, because I can't wait to see what you've got in store for us.
Webby goodness, people! Feel the love.