Predator: Dark Ages Premiered At VidFest UK
The WebVee Podcast - Episode 47: Conversation with Ron Valderrama of Stream Now TV
Jeff chats with Stream Now TV Founder and CEO, Ron Valderrama.
Festival Reviews For The...Um...Restival Reviews?
Altruman (Ben McEwing) is in the midst of an existential crisis. This wouldn’t be an unusual occurrence for a normal 30 year old, but Altruman is not just any 30 year old. He’s a 30 year old superhero.
They say 30 is the new 20. As a kid in my early 20s I scoffed at this idea, dismissing it as yet another lie propagated by the elderly in a desperate attempt to regain their glory days. If I had been smart, I would have spent less time reveling in my youth and more time worrying that my glory days were being spent broke and hungover, but I figured there would be plenty of time to fix that stuff later. Oh to be young again.
A Lovely Thursday In The Garden
In The Weeds
There is a growing wave of environmentalism in the restaurant world. Eateries across the globe are creating menus which emphasize sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients. In an effort to keep their restaurants supplied, many chefs hire specially trained foragers to venture out into the wilds in search of cool gourmet ingredients, and others actually go truffle hunting themselves.
Support groups. They exist. They're helpful. They're an established part of our national consciousness. People recommend them to one another all the time...and anyone who admits to going to one is immediately tagged (by a portion of the population) as somebody who can't get their shit together.
Night Owl High
There's a feature waiting to be written about the noir genre and its appeal to satirists, but I can't figure out how to write it without making fun of Humphrey Bogart, which no sane person would willingly do. Suffice it to say that the internet of today seems to be producing as much noir content as Hollywood did in the genre's 1950s heyday, only now the medium is used almost exclusively for comedy.
If you are a lover of of all things Hollywood, you most likely will have come across Kenneth Anger’s book Hollywood Babylon, a tawdry tale of real life tragedy suffered by those who sought fame and fortune in Tinsel Town. In L.A. Macabre, Dan Ast has taken a page from Anger’s book and created one of the best thrillers I’ve seen in a long time, and I see a lot of them. What starts off as a mockumentary about Hollywood’s dark and weird side quickly turns into an edge-of-your-seat mystery.
Comedy Adventure Tuesday
“Time travel is anything but an exact science,” says Evan (Marcus Haccius), sometime engineering student and one of the heroes of Time Baristas. And Even should well know. In an effort to prove to his industrious roommate, Ryan (Iain LaCourt), that he is more than just a gameplaying, womananizing stoner, Evan attempts to fix their long-broken coffee maker. Instead of his usual patching up the cord with tape, Evan spends the day cannibalizing various items around the house and coming up with the coolest coffee maker ever - complete with iPod dock. But upon firing up the coffee maker a surprising thing happens.
Space Riders: Division Earth
I have a problem. Scratch that, I have many problems, but the one confronting me at this moment is an almost overwhelming desire not to tell you about Space Riders: Division Earth. This is a problem because it is more or less my job to do the exact opposite, but I really don't want to spoil this one.
The Spell Tutor
This series has drawn inspiration from the incredible cinematic series that is Harry Potter, and the cast and crew do a great job in making us believe that they are in fact living within the same universe, with little nods and hints to certain phrases and even the occasional Potter wand.
Nights at the Round Table
Nights at the Round Table, one of the nerd-culture inspired offerings from Jamie McKeller and the folks at Redshirt Films, is the story of five friends, well, four really, since the group's fifth member keeps changing...well, actually, three, since the fourth person is new...You know what? Let's start over.
Chronicles of Syntax
In a universe much like our own, in a time much like the present, a scattering of people wth mutant genes is hidden within the general population. These genes grant them various powers and abilities. Some are super smart, some are super strong, some can create fire etc. Two groups of super-people, a good one called “The Fallen Angel Network” and a bad one called “The Junkyard Dogs” race and battle each other across the globe in an effort to recruit these people to their side (or kill them). You may think you've heard this before, but trust me, you've never seen anything quite like Chronicles of Syntax.
Dystopia. The opposite of Utopia, by definition, and while there is some dispute over whether a utopian society is even achievable, nobody doubts the possibility of a dystopian world. In fact, the main argument seems to center around whether or not we're already living in one.
Oy veh! So these two mavens (or mensches, according to their bubbes) have the chutzpah to make a web show and speak only Yiddish!
Holy Carrot Cake on a Kitten! It’s Eddsworld! And it truly is! Using Adobe Flash Animation, creator Edward Duncan Gould (so that’s where the second “d” comes from!!) brings us into his bizarre world, where he stars as Edd, a slightly tweaked version of himself. He masterminds hysterical, over the top occurrences experienced with his best pals Tom, Matt and Tord, who are actually inspired and voiced by his real life friends Tom Ridgewell, Matt Hargreaves and Tord Larsson (who is no longer collaborating with the group). Episodes affectionately referred to as “eddisodes” are organically derived from personal experience and with a style remniscent of old school Simpsons sketches introduced on The Tracy Ullman Show. For those of you too young to know what I am referencing… Google it!!
It's been 38 years since George Lucas released Star Wars: A New Hope and captured the imaginations of the children of the world. People wanted to know more, and not just about Luke, Han, Chewy and the gang. They wanted names and backstories for minor characters (Boba Fett, anybody?) geographical and demographic data on planets and species only mentioned in passing. (The hell is a Muftak?)
The Away Mission
If you know anything about sci-fi, you know that away missions basically guarantee disaster, regardless of the weapons, technology or crew you bring to bear. And if you happen to be wearing the red uniform of an ensign in Star Trek: The Original Series, well, woe betide you, your death is a certainty.
Fight The Evil Tuesday
Ryan Gosling Must Be Stopped
It’s no secret that women worldwide swoon over Ryan Gosling. But just how is an average guy expected to compete with a sexy movie star? In particular, this sexy movie star with those dreamy blue eyes and sensitive nature and… Oops, sorry. I got carried away there for a minute. Ryan Gosling Must Be Stopped is here to tell you.
A LOT of Caledonia has happened since our first review was written. Like, 15 more episodes and a season and a half's worth of content. So many things. We've left the confines of Glasgow and journeyed to the beautiful isle of Islay, and to far away Seoul, South Korea, and also through time. We've met Robert Freaking Burns!
A Case of the Mondays
Guidestones: Sunflower Noir
I love a good mystery, particularly when it has some basis in reality. Lots of people do, I think, which is part of the recent success of the NPR podcast Serial. The other thing about Serial which captured audience's attention was the fact that it was (wait for it) serialized! That's right! No matter how much listeners wanted to marathon the whole thing, they were stuck waiting for each new episode. This flies in the face of conventional web-wisdom, but actually served several purposes:
Short and sweet, Noirhouse is currently only 3 episodes long, [Ed. Note - Since the writing of this piece, Noirhouse has released a second season consisting of 6 more episodes] but it has a strong identity, giving you a great idea of what their upcoming further 6 episodes will be like. This is a house-share situation like no other. This ain’t Being Human; everything here is a little more black and white.
The Script Magazine Interview
The WebVee Editorial Staff was interviewed by Rebecca Norris at Script Magazine. Check it out!
WRITERS ON THE WEB: Getting Press for a Web Series – Interview with WebVee Guide
By Rebecca Norris
Continuing my series on PR and getting press for a web series, I’m honored to have had the opportunity to interview the talented editorial staff behind the popular web series magazine, WebVee Guide: Jeff Siniawsky, Susan Siniawsky, Kyle Price-Livingston, and Eli David.
In the coming months, look for more interviews with press outlets and publicists, who can help guide you in how to get your series out to the masses before and after your big launch.
Rebecca: Tell us about the origin of the WebVee Guide. What made you decide to devote your site to web series?
Jeff: I discovered web series in the spring of 2008. I saw an interview Veronica Belmont did with Felicia Day and Sandeep Parikh at SXSW in which they talked about The Guild. I had never heard of a web show before and I was intrigued enough to check out the show. I found The Guild as a podcast on iTunes. I was hooked immediately, totally taken by how clever and funny the show was, and fascinated with the bite-sized episode format. So, I started looking around for more shows and next came across Break A Leg and then Goodnight Burbank. The problem I encountered was how do I keep finding good shows like these to watch on the web.
WebVee Film Reviews;
Long Term Parking
Bounty hunter Boston Nightly (Tony Bottorff) is looking forward to his retirement on a beach somewhere with a cold beer in one hand and a lovely in the other. But, as Boston well knows, one of the absolutes in life is that as soon as a guy is flush with a bit of cash, the washing machine will flood the laundry room or the air conditioner will break in the heat of summer. Another absolute - and contrary to popular belief- is that dying hurts like hell. Boston should know. In this film he gets killed more times than I could count.
In the words of Michael Gary Scott, "I'm not superstitious...but I am a little stitious." I don't care about things like 13th floors or crossing paths with black cats (in fact, in my book, any day you cross paths with a cat is a pretty good day) but I won't go into a bathroom, turn out the lights and say “Bloody Mary” 3 times, and I won't be buying my future kids a Oija board. Nothing would happen if I did, of course but...I mean, what if it did?
I know, I know, there is no “risk” in real life because there's no such thing as ghosts. I'm almost 90% positive that you're right about that. It's that last 10% that hangs me up. Horror movies have put the fear of...well, not God, certainly, but rather the fear of unspeakable-horrors-beyond-the-ken-of-man so deeply into me that I once had serious doubts about moving into an apartment complex called “Crystal Lake.” Ok, so maybe I'm medium stitious.
Previously On WebVee Guide
In which we watch cartoons but do not necessarily eat breakfast cereal.
Issue 91: May the 4th Be With You!
In which we celebrate geek Xmas by watching sci-fi shows and arguing semantics.
Issue 90: Go Outside and Play!
In which we watch shows that make us want to go outside.
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