Transmedia 101 presents Web Series 101, the Tribeca Film Festival launches a program showcasing transmedia artists, and Yahoo! Canada Screen takes a dump. Your week in digital media news.
The GUIDESTONES team had a blast at ComiCon Toronto where they presented a panel titled “Wanna know how the world will end?” and handed out swag — lots of swag.
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I often talk about the benefits of participating in Twitter chats. It is an excellent way to get to know other people in your industry or to do audience research.
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For the next five weeks, I’ll be teaching an introduction to marketing at Centennial College as part of their Continuing Education Web Series Program.
The Independent Production Fund (IPF) has committed to funding web series until 2014. The announcement was made yesterday.
The web series funding program will now become the focus of IPF funding support for the next three years.
The next deadline for applications to the Web Series Program is March 1, 2012.
In 2010, the IPF launched a pilot program to support linear drama series created for new platforms. As a result, web series production took off in Canada.
In the past two years, 330 proposals were submitted to the IPF for web series funding. Twenty-six of these were approved for funding and can be seen on web portals around the world.
The IPF, along with several provincial funding partners, invests over $1.5 M a year in web series. They have been created for every demographic from pre-schoolers to adults representing nearly 2,000 minutes of drama in addition to associated interactive activities and social media.
Broadway meets YouTube with an added dash of interactivity in Prison Dancer, an original musical web series produced with the financial participation of Independent Production Fund Web Series Program.
The series was inspired by the viral Youtube phenomenon “The Dancing Inmates of Cebu”, and features a cast of Youtube stars and Filipino musical talent.
The series tells the story of Matt (Matt Wells) an Internet pop-culture journalist who researches the origins of the dancing Filipino inmates who became video streaming sensations. Through interviews, security cam footage, and good old-fashioned investigative journalism, he pieces together the story behind the viral phenomenon.
Prison Dancer was created/written by Romeo Candido (Ang Pamana: The Inheritance, Lolo’s Child, Rolling Longaniza) and Carmen De Jesus (Ang Pamana: The Inheritance). Candido will also direct and composed all the original music. The web is produced by Ana Serrano (Late Fragment).
The nine person cast features Catherine Ricafort (Mamma Mia, The Sing-Off), Jeigh Madjus (Alter Boyz, La Cage Aux Folles, Glee Audition on YouTube), Mikey Bustos (Canadian Idol, creator of the viral YouTube sensation “Filipino Accent Tutorial”), Matt Wells (Host, Muchmore, Where You At Baby), Nicco Lorenzo (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Ang Pamana: The Inheritance), Norman Alconcel (MuchMusic VJ Search), Pierre Bayuga (Rent), Joseph Sevillo (Beauty and the Beast, Shall We Dance), and Ron Josol (Video on Trial, Comedy Now!).
Each episode of Prison Dancer features a special musical number that the audience can join in on.The audience will also have the chance to start “conversations” with the series’ characters, notably the main character, Lola.
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Set in Medellín, Colombia the series revolves around a group of gay teens — Juan Pablo, José Julián, Miguel, Jerónimo and Esteban — members the “Yonkis” gang . In the first episode, Juan Pablo, leaves home after falling out with his homophobic father and settles in Medellín where he meets a new group of friends — the “Yonkis”. The gang shows him around the city and introduces him to the rival “Pink Boys” gang.
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In episode two, one of the “Pink Boys” steals a bracelet Juan Pablo received from his ex-girlfriend. When the “Yonkis” go to get the bracelet back, they are challenged to a dance-off by the “Pink Boys”. The two gangs meet in a park, and as they prepare for the choreographed dance competition, they realize that reaching common ground is harder than they thought.
Producer/director Arango is a multitasker extraordinaire creating, writing, acting, directing, producing and editing the series. Yonkis is no small accomplishment given the subject matter of the series and the lack of funding (government or private) in Colombia.
Arango has stated that people have been very supportive of the initiative but that technical issues are “particularly hard”. He is using a Tumblr page to address criticism and complaints about how the show’s characters are effeminate and to build awareness for diversity both inside the LGBT community and beyond. Arango is currently attending university in Medellín.