The third episode is up for your viewing pleasure!  This episode was directed by show producer, Allison Vanore.  With only three episodes shot, this episode marks the end of SOLO The Series while the show raises funds to continue production.  Blessed by such amazing and generous donors, SOLO is 20% funded!  To donate to SOLO please visit our Indie GoGo page to make your tax deductible contribution and to get some swag!!

Episode 3 has a surprise "guest" star who we flew in from the East Coast just for the filming.  Check it out!

Starring: Jonathan Nail, Michele Boyd, Jason Burns, and Ronnie Butler

Last week over 5K people watched SOLO The Series Episode 1!  This week, people are still talking about it.  Luckily, we have another episode to share!  Join the fan base, watch Episode 2 and then share it with everyone you know!

The SOLO team has also launched SOLO on IndieGoGo.com where people can not only make a tax deductible donation toward the show but they get swag in return!  We hope that you love the show as much as we do and will fight with us to keep the show going.  We need $13K to finish shooting the season and we appreciate all of our Solonauts who chip in!  We've already raised 10% of our goal in just 2 days and every little bit helps!!

Episode 2 featuring Kimberly Atkinson as Lexi Collins, Jade Carter as Tripp Steves, Tohoru Masamune as Yakuza Boss and Hidekun Hah as Yakuza Henchman.


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“PURGATORY, INC.” A slice of death office comedy.

Los Angeles, CA: Friday, June 25, 2010 – Award winning writer and director Boris Kievsky, award winning producer Allison Vanore and co-writer/actor, Konstantin Lavysh, bring you short subject film and back-door web pilot, “Purgatory, Inc.”  Starring Lavysh as the Clerk and Patrick Cavanaugh (Mad Men) as Christopher McNamee, “Purgatory, Inc.” is a satirical comedy set in the ethereal world of the eternal bureaucracy that is Purgatory, Inc. – the IRS of the afterlife.

More now than ever, the issues set forth in this film, religion and gay marriage, are even more important. These topics were inspired by the discussion surrounding Proposition 8.  Although the law passed, “Purgatory, Inc.” will not let the discussion die.

Synopsis: Clerk is your typical office worker stuck in your typical office Hell. Well, almost. Welcome to the eternal bureaucracy that is Purgatory, Inc - the IRS of the afterlife. When Christopher McNamee materializes in Clerk's cosmic cubicle after dying in a freak accident, it falls to Clerk to sort out his afterlife. Christopher should be an easy candidate for Heaven, except for one slight problem: He's Catholic...and married...to a man! Suddenly Clerk is forced to reconcile the wishes of his dead client with the policy of Purgatory, Inc: 'We don't judge...We process'. It's just another day of deciding your eternity in this slice of death office comedy.

Kievsky comments: “Purgatory, Inc. uses its unrealistic setting to tackle some of the very real issues facing society today – much like Twilight Zone and Star Trek did their time, only with humor.  Aside from corporate bureaucracy gone amok, the pilot has some fun with the hypocrisy of gay marriage rights in religion.  I’m not interested in just telling a story, I’m interested in getting people to think, laugh and then think again.”

“Purgatory Inc.” enjoyed its premiere screening as part of Hollywood Shorts in Los Angeles and is available for festival screenings and distribution.  Future episodes are written and available for production should the right opportunity arise.

A trailer for “Purgatory, Inc.” is available on the official film website http://www.purgatoryinc.com with team bios and additional information at www.purgatoryinc.com/thefilm.  A private screener is available upon request.

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For additional information, contact Producer and Publicity Manager Allison Vanore and visit http://www.purgatoryinc.com.

Kristyn Burtt of The Web Files talks with the cast and crew of our show, S.O.L.O. The Series.  Check it out (never before seen clips from Episodes 1 - 3)!

Interviewed: Jonathan Nail, Allison Vanore, Rob Gokee, Michele Boyd, Jay Caputo, Amol Shah, Melissa Dalton, PJ Gaynard, Jason Burns

Writers are a breed unlike any other.  They are usually the first glimmer of light, the first spark of imagination, the first stroke of a pen, the first click of a key in any project.

Personality

I don't feel like there is a specific type of personality for a writer - they come from all backgrounds and with varying imaginations.  I know writers who are very big on research and technical information while I also know writers who are about discovering something completely odd or something unimaginable.  A writer must be dedicated to their craft and must find the way writing works for them.  I know for me, when I write, it's not until I've worked out the story and the ideas and the characters all in my head before I even put pen to paper.  Yes, a pen.  I write everything free-hand.  It's only for the second draft that I'll type it onto my computer.  Transcribing allows me to edit while I type.  For other writers, it's all about outlines, character background, timelines, and research before writing anything in script format.

Prep

Once the script is handed over to a Producer, Director, or Executive Producer, the writer needs to be open to suggestions, changes and additions.  A writer is usually just thinking about the story and the characters and the world that is created can be anything on paper. However, as a producer I see a script differently.  The first things I think when I read a script are...

  • Is it innovative and well written?
  • How many characters?
  • How many locations?
  • Are there special effects required?
  • Are there visual effects required?
  • Is it set in present time or is it a period piece or future/sci-fi?
  • Is it marketable?

All of these items, except for the first, are a big deal when you talk in terms of money and logistics.  If you come to me with a script that takes place in one apartment with two characters and no effects then it's going to be much easier and faster to pull off then a vampire period piece with 10 main characters and 100s of extras.  That said, a two character drama might not be as marketable as a vampire movie (at least now, in 2010)... so it all depends on what your abilities, goals and resources are.

Production

Once production starts, changes to the script need to remain minimal however as the actors get into the script with the director, this is the time that the writer needs to be willing to see, hear and adjust.  One thing I recommend is having a table read as production starts so everyone, including all key production personnel can hear the script read out loud.  We recently did this for a project I'm in pre-production on.  We had our Director, Writer, Executive Producer and Art Director all in attendance to hear the script.  What this does is make it real for everyone.  It allows you to imagine it on a different level - it's the words coming to life.  A sentence that is genius on the page may not read the way you intended or a line you deemed serious could come off extremely funny.  It is that moment that a writer needs to recognize that changes will happen and you can either be a part of it or not - we hope you are.

Tips for a Screen Writer

If you are making edits, let your film crew and cast know.

The worst thing to do as a writer is to constantly make changes without letting anyone know.  I have worked on a handful of films where the writer is making changes up until the day of the shoot.  This becomes a problem for everyone if they aren't aware that changes are coming.  Actors need time to prepare their lines (at least 48 hours) as well as all other key crew are affected by changes.  If you change: INT. OFFICE DAY to EXT. PARK BENCH DAY because it shows more of a bond between the characters that they spend time together outside of the office, this affects Art Department, Grip and Electric, Location, Transportation, and other set logistics.

Stay involved in the production.

Don't consider your job is over when you hand a script over to a production team.  You should be a part of the process - it will only make the film better.  Even in the editing process, if you are able, you should be in the loop.

Listen and watch your team.

Whether it's a table read or a rehearsal, listen to the words and watch the body language and choices of the actors.  If something isn't working and the Director is having a hard time making a section work, make suggestions and adjustments.  Keep that communication open.

Recent Writers I've Worked With

Elias Benavidez writer of A Note to Etienne

Jonathan Nail writer of "S.O.L.O. The Series"

Boris Kievsky & Konstantin Lavysh writers of "Purgatory, Inc."

Marty Blackshear & Vincent Brantley writers of Hopelessly in June

As many of you may know, I've been working with Cornbread Films for over a year and a half now on the feature romantic comedy, Hopelessly in June.  We've hit our final stretch and we are days away from setting our schedule for the end of production.

What has been a long process has also been an amazing one.  Not only is this the first feature film I have had the pleasure of producing, it's also the first time I'm working with Director Vincent Brantley (Jason Blackwell), Executive Producers Jay Vetter (established Art Director: Shallow Hal, There's Something About Mary) and entrepreneur Jerry Mosley.  Each of them supportive, motivated and talented.  I've learned a lot from them and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the team.

Speaking of our team, the team that we've built and worked with for the span of the project is also amazing, talented, hard-working and determined to see the project through, just as we are.  Although many positions have turned over throughout the process due to changing schedules, other opportunities, etc., the film is stronger because of the large network of resources and people involved.  Another plus to the length of time we've shot is that our team is now much like a television set after 5 seasons of production.  We all know each other, know how to work together and know what to expect.  Our sets are laid back and fun and therefore the scenes we shoot are free flowing and exactly what we hope for - if not better.  With the absence of negativity or stress we can all let our creative juices flow.

Regardless of the pitfalls we've encountered (and there have been a few!) the challenges have only made us stronger, more creative and more resourceful.  Whether it's shooting guerrilla style in the heart of Beverly Hills without a permit or faking a dog funeral in a city park where the ranger thought we were actually burying a dog and families were coming over to give their condolences, our film will be all the better in the end.

So let's raise an apple martini to the completion of Hopelessly in June!

I invite you to follow the film on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook so that you are in the loop when our inspirational, metropolitan film about culture and love in Los Angeles hits the big screen.

~Allison Vanore, Producer

Check it out - but beware!  The official trailer for short horror film, Kill Devil Hill has just been released!  Written and Directed by Bobby de Almeida, shot by Greg White and starring Aiden Miranda, Taylor Graham, Melinda Bennett, and Hunter Miranda.  Associate Producer and AD, Allison Vanore.  The film is in post production right now!  We'll keep you up to date on the final cut of the film as it is released.  Become a fan on Facebook!

Kill Devil Hill Trailer from Robert "Ace" Jordan on Vimeo.

The long awaited release of SOLO The Series is here! To kick off the web launch we are hosting a premiere at Hollywood favorite, Cinespace, on June 10, 2010 from 7pm to 10pm.  Mark your calendar and invite your friends.  You don't want to miss the first three episodes of SOLO before they hit the web, a Cast/Crew Q&A and drinks!  Did we mention drinks?!

What: Premiere Party & Screening of SOLO The Series

Where: Cinespace in Hollywood, CA

When: June 10, 2010 at 7pm - 10pm

Hosted By: Rocket Munkee Productions / Jonathan Nail

Please RSVP here so you're not left behind!

SOLO: A sci-fi, comedy web series set in space, naturally.

Our hero, Scott Drizhal, is chosen to go on a solo, 3 year mission to Mars as part of a reality series. Unfortunately the show is canceled and Scott is now stuck on a round-trip ticket to Mars and back. With no company in deep space other than a smart-ass, artificially-intelligent ship computer (PHAL),  his wife declaring him legally dead so she can claim the millions in insurance, a Napoleonic producer whose hubris lands him and the show into Japanese mafia infested waters and a malfunctioning, prototype ship that was never meant to fly to Mars… Hilarity ensues.

This new web series, created by writer and star, Jonathan Nail ( AMC’s Mad Men, HBO’s Carnivàle, Criminal Minds), also stars Michele Boyd (The Guild) and Jason Burns (Voice of the John Tesh Radio Show), premieres this fall on watchsolo.com.