This week our continuing coverage of the Web Fests of the World returns to our home soil. Now entering its second year ATL WebFest is doing for the Southeast what sister festival LA WebFest has done for the Southwest: giving online creators a chance to showcase their work in front of fans, advertisers and content hosts. Running from Oct. 24-26 on the Georgia Tech campus in Hotlanta (Editor's note: Kyle refuses to spell it "Atlanta," and insists that modern language has "evolved" and I need to "get with the times"), the festival features some 50 of the best shows the internet has to offer.
Jermaine Dupri Presents:
The Longest And Most Expensive Travel Brochure Ever Made
While we didn't send a crew to Hotlanter (Editor's note: Oh come on! You're not even trying!) this year, we are eagerly keeping tabs on the proceedings. This week we will be featuring reviews of many of official selections, as well as news and updates of the Fest's various panels and goings-on so, as always, check back often!
How To Form a Lifelong Creative Troupe
I’ve been very lucky in my career -- I’ve gotten to work almost primarily with my friends.
When I say friends, I don’t mean, “people I got along with while on a job” – I mean, real life, “we’ve known each other since high school and/or college” friends. People who I grew up with and who happen to be a major part of HLG Studios – either as actors, crew or management.
A lot of people tell us we’re really lucky – and we are. Working in such close quarters with significant amount of money involved is a recipe for pushing a friend off a roof. Surprisingly, though, other than a few innocent arguments here and there and the time I almost stabbed one of the other founders in the stomach with a sword (it was his fault!) it’s been smooth sailing.
Which leads me to this blog and, more importantly, to the question of: how? How do you start a creative troupe in college and have it be successful twelve years later.
I’ll tell you how. Like this…
Our Writers Get Crunk: Reviews From ATL WebFest
Mitch Manners (Matt Lunsford) has a big problem. It’s his memory – he doesn’t seem to have one. He does have visions. With the help of his ‘handler’ Dave (Chris Jackson), Mitch tries to decipher the meaning of the visions. Traveling back through time, Mitch must go on missions to obey the mandate of a power he doesn’t understand order to save the world.
Tate Blodgett’s (Brian Beacock) acting career is pretty much dead, and has been. He’s got a crappy name, a non-descript look no one is looking for, not a lot of talent, and no work. Tate can’t even get hired as a zombie on any of the multitudinous zombie-centric tv shows, movies, web shows, and even fashion shows; not even as one of the slow moving coma style zombies. That’s pretty bad because we watch a lot of web shows here at WebVee Guide and we know that every fourth show is about zombies or has a zombie in it even as a cameo. Even Tailgate 32 had zombies; I mean did you see some of those people after 6 or 7 hours of tailgating before the game? Yep. Zombies. Anyway, back to our show. Tate’s
Travel Talent Agent Margot Mullen (Patrika Darbo) is ready to cut him loose.
Often Awesome: The Series
“Tim met Kaylan. They fell in love. This is their story.” That's the message at the beginning of each episode of Often Awesome, the most important web series you've never seen. The first few times I saw that message I was put off. It seemed reductive, taken within the context of the series, to describe it as a simple love story, to seemingly ignore the elephant in the room: Tim's ALS.
When did “life coach” become a job? I must have missed the memo on that one. Whatever happened to parents, teachers, or friends as dispensers of advice? Now we, or at least some of us, pay professional motivators to act as personal cheerleaders. Armed with advanced degrees they advise on everything from career choices to romantic relationships, and collect hefty fees for doing this. But you may be fortunate enough to have a wise and caring best friend who will give you the kind of guidance you need to get you over those rough patches in your life. Sad Motivator is the story of Kevin and his best buddy life coach, Mark.
Jared Posts a Personal
I went to a wedding recently, and, because I always RSVP late, my wife and I ended up at a table with a bunch of the bride and groom's single friends. I've never been to a wedding as an adult single person, but I've seen enough TV and movies to know that (other than being there to support the newlyweds and get a free meal) the main reason single people go to these things is to meet other single people. That whole “hooking up with a drunk groomsmen or bridesmaid” bit is so ubiquitous it's become a cliché. Anyway, while everyone at the table was on the lookout, one guy in particular just radiated a kind of comi-tragic desperation. He seemed nice enough, if a bit drunk, but he just could not figure out how to talk to any of the women there without coming across as creepy, desperate, pathetic or some combination of the three. I can't remember his name, so I think from now on I'll call him “Jared.”
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.
Ghetto Nerd Girl
Think back to high school. Were you one of the popular kids? You know the ones - their faces graced nearly every page of the yearbook. Or were you someone who just looked up to those kids because you thought they were cool? If only you knew what they were really like…
La Grieta (The Crack)
I was a pretty pretentious teenager. I'm pretty pretentious as an adult, too, but nothing compared to 16-year-old Kyle. That guy was borderline insufferable. It was at that age that I first started reading the works of the existentialists, particularly Camus and Sartre. I'd like to say that I stumbled across the stuff while diligently studying in the school library, but it was actually entirely due to a friend of mine (Ged Gengras for any of you LA music scenesters) who cast me in a production of Sartre's play No Exit, which he was directing. I read the script and my mind was blown. An hour-long play about three people trapped in a room in hell, reflecting on their lives and their places in the universe? This was a real thing? This was allowed?
Chris and Josh
Wow, I got assigned Chris and Josh. Whoopdey Effin Do! Another comedy show about a couple of millennial slackers. I know Chris and Josh has been an award winner and official selection at several web fests. But really, it’s not like the set-up hasn’t been done before on the web. Hey! 2007 called and asked if I still had those podcasts of Casanovas I downloaded from iTunes. But, something happened before I hit the intersection of Snark Street and Yawn Avenue. Funny happened. Like something really, really clever and funny happened.
Flip&Glib and the Theory of Everything
WebVee Guide has been spending a lot of time at web fests lately. We love seeing some of the best shows on the web get recognized for their accomplishments. One of the many wonderful aspects of a web festival is going to the screenings and seeing your favorite series on a big screen. Some of the shows are selections in many of the fests and are familiar to fans. Others are brand new and can only be seen at the screenings until they officially premiere online. One of these brand new shows is the comedy Flip and Glib and the Theory of Everything. We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the first episode of this 2014 Atlanta Web Fest selection before its official debut.
Not a Review:
The No Name Game Show: Episode 1!
In this exciting new game show, Jonathan Robbins, Matthew Carvery, Tonya Dodds and Victoria Sullivan of Asset square off against Rachael Hip-Flores, Jenny Grace, Betty Kaplan and Kevin Sebastian of Producing Juliet!