My friends have officially launched their webseries, Squaresville, after a couple of years of patient development and fundraising. I am not as literate as some of my peers in the webseries world, but I have seen what half-assed (and full-assed) “webseries” look like, and whenever I look at this I am impressed by the amount of both production polish and confidence in tone/theme that has gone into creating this thing.
So many dear, close friends of mine have put their passion into this, and though they are always very gracious in thanking me for the contributions I made, it was honestly limited to a Kickstarter donation and a couple of days doing whatever needed doing on-set – in this case, driving a golf cart, pushing a car in neutral so dialogue recording wouldn’t be drowned out by an engine, holding reflector boards, setting up/breaking down/toting around tripods and C-Stands, and making sure everyone stayed hydrated on a hot outdoor day. Also, I helped brainstorm one joke – which did get a laugh at the premiere the other night. We filled up the back room at Meltdown Comics, and there were speeches and photos and drinking, everyone dressed up and looking fabulous. Then we were kicked out by an angry events coordinator to make room for a Brian K. Vaughn signing, and we moved down Sunset Boulevard to take over the back porch at El Compadre for flaming margaritas and lots of hugging.
They have shot the first half of their first “Season” and will be rolling out new content every Friday – 5-6 minute “episodes” along with 2-minute “minisodes” for bite-sized pleasure. All-in, they shot about half a feature film’s worth of content in just over a week, which called for incredible planning and resourcefulness considering the budget.
Watch, enjoy, spread the word! This is what we can do with a lot of elbow grease and no help at all from media companies:
Writer/Director: Matt Enlow
Starring: Mary Kate Wiles, Kylie Sparks, Austin Rogers, David Ryan Speer, Tiffany Ariany, Christine Weatherup, Shannon Lawrence, Tyler Sellers, Lisa Frantz, Brent Schindele, David Greenman