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The award-winning comedy OFFICE NINJA starring Jade Carter, Jose Rosete, Francois Chau, Jessica Mills, Robb Padgett and Todd Johnson released on iTunes this week!

Office Ninja, he's gonna getcha!

The award-winning comedy OFFICE NINJA starring Jade Carter, Jose Rosete, Francois Chau, Jessica Mills, Robb Padgett and Todd Johnson released on iTunes this week!  I had the pleasure of working on this feature film as a 1st Assistant Director and after budding my nose in... an Associate Producer. We had a great cast and a lot of fun making this film so check it out! 

‘Office Ninja’ begins with Tomas (CARTER), a disenchanted office worker on the verge of a dream promotion. For Tomas and his coworkers-- goofball Raheem (ROSETE), newbie Jessica (MILLS), king of douchebags Jett (PADGETT), and their incompetent boss Daryl (JOHNSON) -- each day seems to blend into the next. But a dark change is coming. After finding out that the office jerk Jett has stolen his work as well as his coveted promotion, Tomas swears vengeance and follows the ways of the ninja in his quest to regain his honor and find the evidence that will end Jett's reign of office tyranny. But of course, since he's not an "actual" ninja, his plans for swift justice may not go quite as smoothly as he planned.

‘Office Ninja’ features an ensemble cast with Jade Carter (JAG, House), Jose Rosete (Age of Dinosaurs), Francois Chau (Lost), Jessica Mills (Awkward Embraces), Robb Padgett (Vampire Zombie Werewolf) and Todd Johnson (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth).

Check out the Press Release here

Watch the Trailer and Download/Stream the movie here

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Official Website http://www.theofficeninjamovie.com

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/officeninjafilm

 

Trailer http://youtu.be/Y-aokVosXhY

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/officeninjafilm

 

IMDb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2062604/

 

I want to look back and note all of the amazingly talented people I've worked with over the last year and give you an update on each film and series. So here's the quick run-down in the best format I could conjure up.

Love in the Time of Monsters - horror comedy

Highlight: Working with all of my University of Arizona friends on such a big endeavor! 

Accomplished: Film is complete and our Trailer is online! We hosted Private Screenings in Los Angeles, CA, Crescent City, CA & Tucson, AZ for Cast, Crew and Colleagues. We signed with reps at Circus Road Films.  We've been featured on Ain't it Cool News, Dread Central and in Sci-Fi Magazine!

Looking Forward: Film Festival Premiere (announcement coming January 29th), Thunderdikk Music Video Party and Release (coming soon!), more festivals around the world and distribution so our fans can finally see this bloody masterpiece!

Visit the website, Read the blog, Like on Facebook, Subscribe on YouTube, Follow on Twitter

42 Seconds of Happiness - drama 

Highlight: Working with writer/director Christina Kallas who is fearless and brilliant.

Accomplished: Completed a fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo to fund our shoot. We shot the feature film in five days and it was amazing; unlike any film I've ever been a part of.  We have an editor working on the cut and we're seeking grants for finishing funds. Juggling People in Love in NYC and Writers Improv Studio.

Looking Forward: Bringing on the rest of our post production team. Hopefully receiving Finishing Funds for post and getting the word out to online distributors and film festivals about the film.  Perk fulfillment in the works for our donors.  Christina and I have already begun discussing plans for the next feature (aahhhh!)

Visit the website, Like on Facebook, Follow the hashtag on Twitter #42SecondsMovie

Ablution - drama

Highlight: Meeting Writer/Director Parisa Barani and being a part of this brave film.

Accomplished: Successful Kickstarter campaign raised enough money ($18,000+) to shoot the film!

Looking Forward: I can't wait to shoot this film and introduce the world to Parisa's voice.

Like it on Facebook, Follow on Twitter

American Terror - action drama

Highlight: Hosting our first table read with talented US Veterans/Actors.

Accomplished: Our IndieGoGo Campaign allowed us to hire a writer, David Taylor, and grant writer, Aliza Pearl, to help us through the next stage of development. We had our first table read and invaluable feedback from US Veteran contacts. 

Looking Forward: We can't wait to finalize our screenplay, apply for grant money and get financing in place so we can go into production!  Perk fulfillment in the works for our donors.

Like it on Facebook, Follow on Twitter

PAWDCasts: Pilar and the World of Dogs - hosted

Highlight: Directing an entire season of a show co-created with friend, Pilar Kuhn.

Accomplished: Completed 23 episodes of dog care tips. Attended the South Bay Kennel Club Dog Show in August. 

Looking Forward: We're planning topics and shooting dates for Season 2. Looking into brand sponsorship as well as launching a PSA campaign. 

Subscribe to our channel, Like it on Facebook, Follow on Twitter

Producing Juliet - drama

Highlight: Working with Tina Cesa Ward again and joining the production in person in December for our second shoot!

Accomplished: 250,000 views on our first two episodes in a few weeks. Featured in Curve Magazine (Dec 2013 pg 68), After Ellen, Huffington Post and many other publications.  The fabulous Rochelle Dancel launched our Stage Stories website and we have some amazing stories you should check out! Watch Cast Conversations with our talented cast. Tina and I were interviewed on The Cutting Room Floor with Casey Ryan.

Looking Forward: We're launching Ep 3 on January 15th and Ep 4 on January 29th (so make sure you subscribe!) and hope to shoot more in the near future.

Visit the website, Like it on Facebook, Follow on Twitter

Lookbook - drama

Highlight - Finally getting a chance to work with writer/director Bernie Su!

Accomplished: Kicked off the series launch with a packed party in Hollywood. Launched nine episodes on Lookbook.nu to a very engaged and hungry audience. Great coverage of our release across the web including The Hollywood Reporter and Tubefilter. Brand sponsorship and donations (because who can do a show about fashion without fashion brand involvement?!)

Visit the website and watch, Like on Facebook, Follow on Twitter

The Ladies and the Gents - comedy

Highlight: Being able to write for a series that I'm not producing. While I would have loved to be in town and direct my episodes, being a writer only this time was a welcomed treat!

Accomplished: Wrote two episodes of The Ladies (Our Song and Rag Doll). Attended a packed launch party for the show. Episodes are online now for your viewing pleasure!

Looking Forward: I can't wait to hear what The Ladies and the Gents does next! Where ever they decide to go, I definitely want to be involved.

Visit the website, Like it on Facebook, Follow on Twitter

My Gimpy Life - comedy

Highlight: Meeting and working with the lovely Teal Sherer!

Accomplished: Shot 4 episodes of My Gimpy Life Season 2. Got to work with some great actors including Mindy Sterling and Geri Jewell. Finally got to work with director Sean Becker.

Looking Forward: My Gimpy Life Season 2 launch dates coming soon so keep an eye out!

Visit the website, Like on Facebook, Follow on Twitter

Brian Majestic: Dinosaur Hunter - comedy

Highlight: Seeing Rob Gokee and Brian Majestic successfully complete their IndieGoGo Campaign in 4 days!

Accomplished: Successful fundraising campaign. Casting talented people like Sheila Daley and Daryl Crittenden to accompany the rest of the cast. Bringing on a small but dedicated crew.

Looking Forward: Locking Locations and shooting this crazy show!

Follow on Twitter

Cost of Capital - drama

Highlight: Working with Goldie Chan and Brian DeChesare on Season 2 plans.

Accomplished: Hired writer, Douglas Stark, to work with us on Season 2 and it's currently in the works!

Looking Forward: Hopefully shooting Season 2 this year!

Visit the website, Like it on Facebook, Follow on Twitter

What's Your Healthy? - hosted

Highlight: Working with My Damn Channel & Aetna on this show.

Accomplished: Shot 10 episodes of What's Your Healthy? and six of the 10 are online.

Looking Forward: Four more episodes going up soon and hopefully more productions in the future.

Subscribe to the channel, follow hashtag #AetnaMyHealthy

New Projects

I can't talk about some of the other projects I have in the works - YET. But what I do know is 2014 is going to rock even more than 2013. Let's do this!

Subscribe to my blog (right column of this page), Follow on Twitter, Like on Facebook and share with your friends!

Thanks for your support.

42 Seconds of Happiness: We embarked on a journey to shoot a feature length movie with up to 3 cameras and 10 cast members at a time for extended takes.

What happens after months of planning, fundraising, coordinating schedules and stretching every dollar? Principle Photography.

On May 16, 2013, I made the trip from NJ to NYC to pick up our cast and crew for the 42 Seconds of Happiness shoot. This was the first time ever that I was making a film with more cast than crew. We had 10 cast members and a very small but dedicated crew: Writer/Director/EP: Christina Kallas, Producer: Allison Vanore, DP: Dave Sharples, Sound Mixer: Jason Obenschain, Camera Op: Ben Neufeld, Boom Op: Daniel Lugo, DIT/Catering: Rob Gokee, Camera/Production Assistants: Erik Smith and Holland Farkas and BTS: Alex Gloor. Along the way I also picked up some rented and borrowed equipment. Luckily we have extremely supportive people around us which made our limited budget possible on every level: transportation, equipment, location, catering, craft services, art dept and of course, the many donors and supporters since the beginning of this process.

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Producer, Allison Vanore

We embarked on a journey to shoot a feature length movie with up to 3 cameras and 10 cast members at a time for extended takes. Yes, the stress level was high. No one really knew how well this would work. All we knew is that we had months and months of preparation and extremely talented people. In the indie world, that's really the best formula to have. That, and a lot of trust.

Let's talk about trust for a moment. There we were, with 10 actors and almost as many crew members and only 3 of us had read the full script. There were two reasons for that. First, Christina had been working with the actors/characters for more than a year - but until they had experienced together fully the story leading up to the film, we wouldn't know what would happen in it. Second, the point behind Christina’s process is that the authenticity of experience and feeling of being "in the moment" is more important than anything else. Christina was only going to give cast and crew the info she felt they needed prior to each scene. This kept it fresh and spontaneous - and all of us alert and open to surprises. Sometimes that meant actors didn’t receive their pages but the night before, others directly before the scene. Sometimes actors, especially those who weren’t driving a specific scene, didn't receive anything prior to that scene. Christina had a strategic plan for when she would give which pages to which cast member. Her goal was to keep the emotional intensity alive that she had been able to create in the room, this time combining it with a screenplay of classic structure while at the same time allowing for accidents to happen - and embracing such accidents and including them in the story. If you ask her, she will say that this would not have been possible if she hadn't worked with the actors for a year on the story and characters. She will also say that this is only possible with professional actors who have solid improv experience and who are able to work from a screenplay and still go off on a riff where the occasion arises. If you ask me: That's a lot of trust. Christina’s instructions to the actors were: you can do no wrong, you can take your time, you are free to move as you want, do not be afraid of silence or time going by without action, do not be afraid of anything, you are the center of this universe.

Being in an actor-centered universe meant that we were mostly working in chronological order. Besides the script Christina had written what she calls a writers improv script which included all the set-ups and which was my working basis for creating a schedule, preparing the set, the props and everything else we needed for the shoot. That was also the only information the crew had, as the idea was that the cameras would be participating in the scene and that sound would be omnipresent and that we would be able to hear things which we could not see. Sometimes there would be entire choreographed scenes with 3 cameras and 10 lavs of situations shot in real time. The result is a strong improvisational feel, with characters speaking off camera, speaking over each other, blocking sight-lines, and playing out in real time.
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Actress, Becca Ayers (Cybil) and Writer/Director, Christina Kallas

I can't give too much away. I will say that we had quite a few surprises for the actors and the crew, and the result of withholding information made for remarkable moments within the film.

One of the biggest challenges that we had outside of the specific nature of the film and our limited crew and budget (as if that's not enough) was that we were shooting for only 5 intense days. This stemmed from Christina and her experience shooting hundreds of hours of footage for the 42 Seconds of Happiness webseries. She knew the formula. If we shot about 42 (sic) hrs of material we'd end up with about 100 minutes of finished (edited) footage. Or, like we continued to joke on set, we were making an epic trilogy. We won't really know until we get into the editing room.

Some of the most amazing scenes to experience for me were the Intervention, the Dinner and the Swing Set. I know these don't mean anything to you but they were packed with emotion and beauty. Not to say there aren't many other scenes that tug at your heart and soul but I can't give those away.

Our success isn't possible without the sheer talent of our amazing cast: Lauren Sowa (Alis), Robert Z. Grant (Tomas), Catherine Cobb Ryan (Vineke), Toni Robison-May (Felice), Chris Veteri (Ike), Laura Pruden (Sila), John J Concado (Marc), Becca Ayers (Cybil), Margaret Kelly Murphy (Maria), and Vandit Bhatt (Ben). They brought their talent and dedication and held it for hours on end. There were moments where I, from behind the camera, was shaking and close to tears. What a performance by all!

We were lucky to have Director of Photography, Dave Sharples, on our team. Dave was ready to go and lead the charge to shoot handheld for scenes that lasted over an hour per take! Thankfully he's had years of experience at NFL Films and gigs like shooting the World Series of Poker that prepped him for shooting like this. And even when doubt could have taken over, we always got beautiful shots and unwavering effort from Dave.

DP Dave Sharples, Camera Ops and Cast
DP Dave Sharples, Camera Ops and Cast prepping for the next scene

Sound. Oh boy did we have our work cut out for us. If anything made me nervous it was making sure we captured sound from all of our actors on (and sometimes off) screen. And with that many actors and no clear idea of where the actors or cameras would go, we couldn't get a boom close to a lot of the action. Additionally, 10 actors mic'd and mixed at the same time really is a two mixer job - due to our resources that wasn't an option. Still, the amount of gear you need for a shoot like this doubles. Luckily we remedied both in a way that worked. We had one extremely dedicated Sound Mixer, Jason (who I don't believe ever slept during those 5 days) and our Boom Op, Daniel, and a donation of gear that got us to our 11 channel goal. Also, an area of our location where most of the action took place was laid out in a way that allowed us to boom from above. It wasn't easy but we got through it. I think Jason is still hearing 10 voices in his head.

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Sound Mixer

I suppose the big question is: Did it work?

It was such a huge experiment and we did accept that we could fail. Christina and I went into this knowing that was a possibility and knowing that, had a liberating quality. What I can say is that it was magic. Yes, we were ecstatic that it worked out so well. There were, of course, some serious challenges, I won't lie. But the way we were able to accept and embrace the challenges, any challenges made the film that much better. We have a beautiful story and we took a unique journey to get there. All I can hope for is that our audience sees the magic that we all felt while making this movie. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. We have a long post-production process to get through before it's ready for the big screen. By now I know that it will most probably be as unusual as production was. I hope you'll stay with us for the journey.

There's only two weeks before we go into production on feature length improv film, 42 Seconds of Happiness. I can't believe how time flies! It's actually incredible that I've been prepping for this shoot for months and months from across the country. Not having met any of the actors or even Christina in person. Yes, there have been hours of Skype meetings and phone calls which makes us forget that we haven't met in person. Christina and the cast have been working so closely for over a year. For them, perhaps this will feel like a finale. For me, I'll just be getting to know them.

I'll make sure to update you all as the film gets closer even though time is getting shorter. I fly out to NJ a week from today (and Rob is coming with). Then I'll have a week to get the location ready and to pull all of the last-minute items together... props, set dressing, equipment, food. I've definitely got my hands full!

Oh and by the way, now is the time to catch up on the story so far if you haven't already... visit our YouTube channel to take the journey with Alis, Tomas, Vineke, Peter, Felice, Ike, Marc, Sila, Maria, Cybil, and Ben.

Seconds of Happiness is a scripted & improvised, narrative feature filmed cinéma vérité style.  If you don't know what that is think of it as an experiment where our actors all arrive at a location IN CHARACTER and live/interact in that state for a duration of time while guided by Christina Kallas through scripted plot points.

I have always been fascinated by experimental films or at least the idea of them.  As an artist and a filmmaker I am drawn to stories that examine what makes us human.  How we interact with each other.  What makes us angry, sad, inspired, brave.  I love films that explore the human condition.  I also think that through different processes we can learn more about ourselves and in turn we can become better people in a more compassionate world. I remember reading In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch before I ever went to college. I always loved telling stories in this visual medium but I had never thought about it from this perspective.  Why does a film have such an effect on us?  Why does this medium work?  Murch writes, "from the moment we get up in the morning until we close our eyes at night, the visual reality we perceive is a continuous stream of linked images." There was brilliance behind his text. I wanted to make films that were extensions of our reality. I agree when he says, "the perfect film is as though it were unwinding behind your eyes, and your eyes were projecting it themselves, so that you were seeing what you wished to see.  Film is like thought.  It's the closest to thought process of any art."

While I watched my share of artsy and experimental films in college I really didn't find one that spoke so clearly to me until I watch Dogville by Lars von Trier at the Sedona International Film Festival in 2004.  This minimalistic film, segmented by chapters and plot points telling us what was about to happen, opened my eyes to a way of storytelling that more closely resembled theatre than film.  Shot in a void with only a few walls of a set and a handful of props, great acting and a very powerful story, it pulled me in, horrified me and left me wanting to understand how he pulled it off.  Now, Lars von Trier is known for his Dogme95 films and this one did stray from the rules a bit however it was unlike most of the films I had seen up to that point.  Von Trier stated, "My supreme goal is to force the truth out of my characters and settings."  There is a lot about his Dogme95 manifesto that resonates with me and has remained in my head since.  I could go on and on about this but the point of this musing is to get us to why I'm involved with 42 Seconds of Happiness.  And there is a connection.

Thankfully because of social media and the webseries world I met Susan Miller and worked with her on Anyone But Me.  Being connected with Susan online allowed her colleague, Christina Kallas, to somehow happen upon my blog.  I'm not sure what it was that she saw on my site that compelled her to contact me - I suppose I could ask her - but all I know is what she saw, felt, experienced on my site was a clue for her.  I was the right person to pull into the world she created around 42 Seconds of Happiness.  

42 Seconds of Happiness is a scripted & improvised, narrative feature filmed cinéma vérité style.  If you don't know what that is think of it as an experiment where our actors all arrive at a location in character and live/interact in that state for a duration of time while guided by Christina Kallas through scripted plot points.  We'll shoot around the action as unobtrusively as possible.  There will be no cutting, no takes, no tweaking the lighting, no make up or wardrobe.  It will be us filming "real life" as it unfolds.  Our own version of Dogme95 if I may be so bold as to compare our film to other films of this sort. 

Of course as a producer I'm always looking at things from two perspectives.  The logical side of my brain said 'Oh no, a film that we love but with no funds in place. A huge challenge.'  The right side of my brain pushed back and said, 'Of course we're going to do this. It will be hard. It will be an uphill battle. But it must be created.'  With no money but a cast and a creator 100% behind the idea of this film after the series, I joined the team and brought my friend and talented director of photography, Jorge Luis Urbina into the fold.  

What have we agreed to?  Well, I've agreed to help pull this film through the fundraising process even though I feel I am close to exhausting my network on such endeavors.  There are so many campaigns out there on IndieGoGo and Kickstarter and I have asked for support on numerous projects already.  I know I'm asking the world... but I can't help but try.  Jorge and I have looked at the film's budget from a very unconventional perspective.  We're ready to shoot this with little to no resources but a few things have to happen.  We need a location to shoot, sound equipment and a sound mixer, and we need to be able to feed our cast and crew for the length of our shoot. Our absolute minimum budget for this is $5,000.  Yeah, it's nuts, I know.  A feature film for $5,000??   I would have been the first person to tell you that it can't be done.  And I did.  But you know what?  It can.  But only if people care and if we get some help from like-minded people.  So far we have 55 donors and for that I am extremely grateful!  The stark reality of our situation is however that we need more.  Either a few hero donations in the thousand dollar range or many smaller donations.  

Yes, this is a film that has no place in the world of studio films but it's a film that has a ton of heart and has the potential to reach a wanting audience.  So I implore my friends, family, colleagues, and far-reaching network online to lend a hand or a couple of dollars to this small but ambitious film.  Our fundraising campaign ends tomorrow night at midnight, Sunday February 3, 2013 at 11:59pm PST.  And we have improv-inspired perks that I feel are very unique and worthwhile. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR CAMPAIGN PAGE

Other things you can do: If you know of a farm-house, bed and breakfast, inn or the like that can sleep up to 15 people in the NY/NJ/Conn area please let me know.  If you have a few bucks to spare, please donate.  If you have a network of people, please help us spread the word.  

This film is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of this Alliecine Production must be made payable to Fractured Atlas (via IndieGoGo) and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

 

This year with post-production in its final weeks, we set off to the 2012 American Film Market at the Lowes Santa Monica Hotel with a kick-ass sizzle reel of our soon-to-be-completed film.

When we talk about filmmaking we normally talk about 3 stages: pre-production, production and post-production. All very important stages, however, there are things before and after these 3 stages that make or break a film's success: development and distribution.

Luckily for the Love in the Time of Monsters producing team, we had a successful development process which included testing the waters at The American Film Market in 2011. We asked questions, pitch our "in development" film to 50 distributors and took in all the insight and tips we could get.

This year with post-production in its final weeks, we set off to the 2012 American Film Market at the Lowes Santa Monica Hotel with a kick-ass sizzle reel of our soon-to-be-completed film. The relationships we forged last year paid off and we now have distributors and agents alike vying to see the completed film. So what's next? Finish the film, hopefully screen at a large festival and sell the film to the highest bidder. I can't wait.

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Cost of Capital Ep 3 - "The Reversal" is now live! If you haven't seen the first two episodes, now is your chance so visit CostOfCapitalTV on YouTube and catch up!!

Cost of Capital Ep 3 - "The Reversal" is now live!  If you haven't seen the first two episodes, now is your chance so visit CostOfCapitalTV on YouTube and catch up!!  Please "like" and comment to let us know what you think.

Enjoy!

 

When you see the episodes you'll see raw footage and raw emotion. And it's going multi-platform. As the next chapters unfold you'll see social media play a part and you'll see a feature film develop. Christina explains 42 Seconds of Happiness

42 seconds of happinessI was recently introduced to writer, Christina Kallas, via Susan Miller (Exec. Producer/Writer of Anyone But Me).  Christina founded and runs the Writers Improv Studio in NYC among the million other things she does (and I thought I was insanely busy!)  One of the projects she's developing is called 42 Seconds of Happiness, improvisations on love if you will.  In short, Christina took her fully developed screenplay, gathered a group of talented actors and loosely guided them on a journey through the story via improv and threw a camera into the mix - recording it from within the story.  This project is just now being released online as a webseries.  When you see the episodes you'll see raw footage of real emotion.  And it's going multi-platform.   As the next chapters unfold you'll see social media and technology play a part.  Additionally, you'll see a feature film develop.  Christina explains 42 Seconds of Happiness here:

This is about love and creation. How can you love when you fear losing? How can you create when you fear being rejected? It all boils down to the same question. And if fear is part of the equation, then you love and create focused on the result, and for the wrong reasons: to get approval and security. Approval and security is what fortune and fame are for, and it is also what relationships and marriage are for. It's all about fear - you are separate from me, you are separate from the other. What happens when you do that? You lose. It's a never-ending cycle.

Improv is the only way to get out of this cycle. Improv is about letting go, about accepting, about being in the moment. There is no past and no future, and we stop controlling. There is no right or wrong, and we stop fearing. There is no you or me, and we are one. 42 Seconds of Happiness is that moment when we are in the moment.

We record every step since the beginning of this project. We are broadcasting this development process, as a web series made from these improvisations, even the camera is part of the improvisation.  We launched on September 1st, 2012 and will continue broadcasting the improvs until the movie is released. One of our fans has described it as watching “real people going through real stories in their real lives.” Honestly, that is the biggest compliment for me.

I'm intrigued, inspired and jumping in feet first.  I'm excited to work with Christina on this project and look forward to experiencing the story as it unfolds into the feature film we're shooting in the new year.  

For the film version of 42 Seconds of Happiness, we're bringing on a Director of Photography and a sound team which the webseries do not have (due to the necessities of something Christina calls "emotional doubling"). We will still however, respect and work within the improvisational process and philosophy which is important to this project - the closest we can think of in terms of films already made is the aesthetic/look and feel of films  The Celebration or In Your Hands.  

Here's a trailer for the webseries (below).  We hope you check this and the episodes as they release online!  Subscribe to the YouTube channel here.

We welcome and encourage your support by following, liking, and sharing information about this project with your friends and family.

Official Site: http://42secondsofhappiness.wordpress.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/WritersImprov

Facebook: http://facebook.com/42SecondsOfHappiness

Youtube: http://youtube.com/WritersImprovStudio

 

This week we were proud to release Episodes 1 & 2 online and people are eating it up. I'm so happy to hear people say, "professional TV quality," "this should be on HBO," and "it looks so good and the characters are so compelling."

Cost of Capital red carpetYou've heard about Cost of Capital since December of 2011 when Goldie Chan and I begin shooting a 6-episode dramatic series about the shadowy world of investment bankers created by Brian DeChesare.  It's been a long road of production, pick-up shoots and post production but all the hard work has paid off.  Not only do we have an amazingly talented group of people in front of and behind the camera but we can now also say we've got the best audience as well.  

Last month we launch our Official Trailer and we have over 17K views to date.  A week ago we discovered to our astonishment that we ranked on IMDb's Movie Meter at #4 and Popular TV at #2.   This means that we were one of the most searched shows/movies on IMDb last week.  Our rank changed from 67,000 to 2.  How does a webseries with no released episodes rank this high on a site next to Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and Dark Knight Rises?  Well, we'd also like to know so we can do it again and again!  The only thing we can say is that our social media efforts and creating something for a captive audience on M&I has paid off.  We've used Email Marketing, Facebook, Twitter, CrowdSpring, Video Content, Blogs and a Live Event to spread the word.  And it's working.

This week we were proud to release Episode 1 "The Idea"Episode 2 "The Fundraising" online and people are eating it up.  I'm so happy to hear people say, "professional TV quality," "this should be on HBO," and "it looks so good and the characters are so compelling."  How can I not be proud?  Another amazing thing to see is that our cast and crew are also proud of their work as well.  They are promoting and talking about it as much as we are - as they should - but it doesn't always happen.  And I say "they should" because it's their careers they are promoting.  If you are proud of a job well-done then get the word out and promote.  We all do it.  That's how the world will find out who you are.  Unless the eyes are on you, you may continue to struggle and doubt yourself.  Shout from the rooftops and share your links.  We're all routing for Cost of Capital together.  

We submitted Cost of Capital to the IAWTV Awards this week and may submit to others in the near future.  The release schedule for the rest of the show is listed here.  

The Release Schedule:
Monday, Sept. 17 – Ep 1 & 2
Monday, Sept. 24 – Ep 3
Monday, Oct. 1 – From the Red Carpet
Monday, Oct. 8 – Ep 4
Monday, Oct. 15 – Ep 5
Monday, Oct. 22 – Ep 6
 
If you're so inclined, visit www.costofcapitaltv.com to do all those things that help get the word out about the show: watch, like, subscribe, share and comment on the episodes.  Thanks in advance!

The Links:

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/CostOfCapitalTV *subscribe to our channel and like each video
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About the show:
How far would you go for the biggest deal of your career?  "Wall Street meets The Social Network." It's a rare behind-the-scenes look into the shadowy world of billionaire investors -- where egos and intrigue collide and a single deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars must get done at any cost. This 6-episode web series was created by Brian DeChesare. Brian is the Founder of Mergers & Inquisitions, the biggest investment banking blog in the world, with nearly half a million monthly visitors and tens of thousands of subscribers.