Webseries Review: Through the Door

In August I was contacted by Andy Kushnir writer for the webseries “Through the Door.” Andy is located in Chicago and all the actors are from the local comedy/improv schools. How could I not be interested in a series that stars people from Second City. I still remember with great fondness my own time spent there.

“Through the Door” is a series about “those foot-in-mouth moments that take place in every relationship. Each episode highlights a different couple who get into an argument resulting in one of them locking themselves in the bathroom. The meat of the episode takes place as the two work through their problem, Through the Door.”

I thought this was a clever concept. Each scene takes place in an apartment building and all they really needed for the sets were a bathroom and a hallway. Can I just take a minute here to say how much I really really miss Chicago apartments. They are full of crannies, weird entry ways, real wood floors, and steam heaters. I miss my Chicago apartment on a daily basis. It had FRENCH DOORS! Texas is full of high ceilings, laminate floors, and carpet. So much carpet. Besides the nostalgia, I thought the apartment sets were a great idea, it meant having only six homes to film in. The shots taken in the bathrooms were cleverly done and interesting, I was afraid a shot of a person in a bathroom would get old, but it did not. The light and sound production was very good, to the extent I didn’t really notice it except to note I should make a point of saying so in my review.

But the best part was each and every couple and their dilemma. The writing was excellent, the acting really great, and I laughed every single episode. Such mundane little moments that show how people use laughter in their relationships to get over those bumps in the road. My favorite episodes were four and six and not just because they were LGBTQ inclusive. Dance recitals are the worst, though admittedly not as bad as Sound of Music remakes. Snide comments at parties are hard to take back and can be demoralizing and don’t help with anti-social tendencies.

If you want a laugh, check out “Through the Door.” With each episode lasting only about five minutes it wont take you long to get through all six . You can watch the first episode below and all of them here.

Wings – Episode One from Andy Kushnir on Vimeo.

 

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Webseries Review: i can’t even

In August I received an email from Wendy, publicist for the “i can’t even” webseries about  “[o]ne apartment, two friends, and an exponential number of fandoms to argue about.”

Um, yes, please.

From the first this series made me laugh.  Louise Cox and Tiana Hogben, who star in the series, have great comedic timing. Every singe episode had me chuckling to myself until their were tears in my eyes.

“I’ve seen you talking to your Benedict poster.”

Their friendship is awesome and that they can live together and still be geeky friends is such a great model. They help each other out, when they can get through the fog of  obsession, and they share an interest in the geekdom while building each other up and supporting that interest.

The subject matter, background production, and sets ring true and add to every scene. I love the set up of all the different fandom posters and paraphernalia in the girl’s apartment.  Even the girls’ wardrobe is geeky. The homages to all the different fandoms are inclusive and wonderful. The lighting and sound production are really good and I thought the sound effects added to the production value of the series.

With 6 episodes on YouTube at only about 5 minutes an episode you can watch the entire series and it will go by as quickly as reading your favorite book on a rainy Saturday afternoon and leave you wanting more. Like, I really really want the second series, now.

Honestly, they had me at the Australian accents. This series is  just… I can’t even.

Ok. I had to do that. 😉

Geek lovers, dorks, and nerdy book worms, or people who love a good roommate comedy should check out this webseries! You can find out more about it by checking out their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts or read an article about the writer  and co-writer Alyce Adams here.   Watch the episode below, you wont be sorry.

 

Webseries Review: Kissing in the Rain

Earlier this week I reviewed a webseries about Poe writing The Raven called A Tell Tale Vlog and if you haven’t checked out either my review or the webseries you should do both. Right now.

Go. Do it.

The creators and producers of A Tell Tale Vlog have a few other webseries under their YouTube channel Shipwrecked Comedy, including two season of Kissing in the Rain. Each episode is about two minutes long. The first season is seven episodes long and the second season five.

Kissing in the Rain is the story of two actors who continuously end up starring opposite each other in different movies based on literary characters. Each movie has a scene where the actors find themselves kissing in the rain. But in spite of the onscreen chemistry the actors relationships with each other are awkward, tempestuous, and sometimes silent. Little bits of real life leak out after the director calls cut.

This series is absolutely adorbs. I mean ridiculously adorable. Sean Persaud plays romantic lead after romantic lead as a romantic lead. It’s a bit mind bendy, but in a fun way. Mary Kate Wiles plays opposite him and she has honed her craft as an actor, some of the best webseries acting I have seen. Plus, she’s so purty. Their little story has its own arc over the seven episodes, which I absolutely devoured, and their chemistry as they play actors playing parts is equally as strong as the chemistry between their characters.

It was with some trepidation that I began the second season, which stars Sinead Persaud and Sairus Graham, because I didn’t think there could be as cute of a couple as Sean and Mary Kate. However, while not quite hitting the adorbs spectrum in the same manner as the first season, Sinead and Sairus have their own chemistry as they play period scenes with each other. I like how in the second season the producers started saying which characters the actors were playing, because, while I got a few from the first season, I’m sure I missed some of the comedy from not knowing exactly who they were supposed to be.

Another interesting concept that the creators of Kissing in the Rain added to their webseries were the first seasons episodes Companion Canon Drabble written by Yulin Kuang and the Follow the Kissing in the Rain Fan Canon Experiment via tumblr. Basically:

Anything reblogged to the main Shipwrecked Comedy tumblr following the release of Episode 1 will become canonical. That means fanfiction, fanmixes, one-line headcanon, fanart of imagined scenes, and anything else our Shipsters can think of.

The goal of this experiment was to involve the audience by using Tumblr to “create a curated, community-written canonical companion work” to the first season of Kissing in the Rain. I have not delved into the Tumblr experiment, but I did reach each Companion Canon Drabble by Yuliln Kuang. While each episodes stands on its own and each season has its own tale, the writings of Yuliln do add to the experience and I recommend taking the time to read them.

Kissing in the Rain plays out literary characters literally kissing in the rain, tells its own tale of two awkward actors, and made me laugh more than once and squeal a time or two as well. If you like period pieces, awkwardly romantic moments, or watching people make out, check out the webseries Kissing in the Rain.

Review Webseries: Death’s Door

I watched the first half of a new webseries, Death’s Door, this weekend. The premise of the series is that Marcus, played by Jeff Berg, a newly certified doctor, flat lines one evening after a celebratory dinner and resuscitates in spite of the impossibility of it. I viewed the trailer and while intrigued by the concept of the story was less impressed with the timing of the trailer. But I sat down and watched the first five episodes of the new web series setting aside any preconceived notions from the trailer, and I’m glad I did. Like most series it takes an episode or so for the characters to begin to come to life (yes, that was a pun), but when they do, something really cool happens, a story unfolds. The series hit the internets for real on Sunday, August 7, 2011. You can watch it here.

The Good: The actor who plays Marcus, is the most believable. Which is good, as he is the main character. The rest of the cast eventually settles into their parts and each episode becomes just that much more believable. The death scenes and their impact on the other characters is almost too realistic and harsh. It shows how the chaos of the moment exists mostly in our heads.

The Bad: In the first episode the camera spans are really shaky, and it seems unintentional. Unfortunately this continues as the series continues, only gradually getting better, but not completely disappearing.

And the Ugly: I realize that this is a webseries, which means little to no budget. So I’m not gonna knock down the production value stars just because of that fact. However, some of the sound bites were less clear because of this, and a little distracting.

All in all an intriguing premise with some decent acting chomps. Marcus’ fiancee, Jessica, adds sweetness to the show. The audience can see that she cares deeply for Marcus, which makes it easier care for him too, not an easy thing to accomplish in the five minutes each episode runs. Marcus’ brother brings both comedy and a harsh realistic touch, being the sounding board for his brother as Marcus goes through . . . well whatever is really happening. I enjoyed that the story gradually unfolds without dragging, and I recommend checking it out.

The Guild is Back

Felicia Day not only guest starred recently on Eureka, during which episode she was entirely too adorable, but she is back with the rest of the gang in the webseries, The Guild on July 26th!!!  View the press release here. Go to to the website to view video of a preview of the upcoming season (can’t embed yahoo videos in wordpress). [via Nerd Bastards]

cc Lan Bui via Wikimedia Commons

 

Warehouse 13 Webisodes

Warehouse 13, season 3, also premieres tonight Monday, July 11, 2011. As a bit of teasing and to whet appetites, SyFy has been posting webisodes. So fun! Comics!

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

How Breakfast Cereal Mascots Are Like the Wire

This is an awesome video from cracked.com talking about breakfast cereal mascots and The Wire. I love the Wire. I love cracked.com videos, so this just made my day.