After a successful IndieGoGo campaign we were able to put the $7100 raised towards shooting Episodes 4 - 9 of SOLO The Series which will finish out Season 1 of our series. Our goal was to raise $13K and if we had been able to do that in time, we would have been able to pay a small stipend to our cast and crew for their time, energy and creativity. Luckily, we have a passionate team that stood behind us regardless of the pay!
Here's a run down of our week of production:
Production Meeting with our Team: Frederick Snyder (Director), Raphe Wolfgang (DP), Chris Szadkowski (Production Design), Andrew Seely (AD), Jonathan Nail (Creator) and me - Allison Vanore (Producer).
Meeting w/ Corina Spadoni - Wardrobe
Prepare and send out Call Sheets
Finalize the remaining crew & cast schedules
Pre-light: Spent the night lighting the spaceship in Jonathan's garage, building dimmers and eating pizza.
Art Load-in: We were wow'ed by Chris' props and techy/electronic capabilities.
Rehearsal on set / choreography
Monday - Day 1 - Spaceship
Call time 5pm
Wrapped at 4am
Tuesday - Day 2 - Spaceship
Call time 5pm
Wrapped at 4am
Wednesday - Day 3 - Spaceship
Call time 5pm
Wrapped at 5am
Since we wrapped early in the morning this is a "day off" however due to running out of time on some coverage, our camera team decides to shoot for a couple of hours to get coverage of PHAL and Scott in the ship.
Call time 6am
The morning scenes were supposed to take place outside and included a pool and hot tub... this morning was extremely cold and the yard we were shooting in was shaded so the look and the performance of the actors was greatly affected by the location and weather. After discussing these problems, running through the first shot a few times and then trying to subdue an extremely excited and loud squirrel in the tree above, we decided to scrap the location and change the scene. This scene will be shot on an upcoming weekend in November.
Wrapped at 5pm
Call time 7am
This day consisted of a lot of blocking and dialogue between characters, Gerry and Ratish, as well as a few new additions. We ended the night with a lot of laughs as we added a few touches to the Becks bedroom scene that has to do, yet again, with shoes.
Wrapped at 7:30pm
Call time 11am
Sunday felt a bit schizophrenic because we shot Yakuza scenes in the dining room, Green screen in the living room and then Office scenes in the office and Ext. night shots... we were all over the place! At the end of the night, we were borrowing Jonathan's neighbor's car for the last scene and after about 45 minutes of the car sitting there with the headlights on... the car died. Go figure.
We didn't have the car on due to sound issues but the lights were on for the look. A dead battery ended our night a bit early and a shot or two short.
Wrapped at 11:30pm
After wrapping these 6 days we began the editing process with our editor extraordinaire, Frank Mohler. At the same time we have about 2 and a half days left to shoot so our time is spent location scouting and getting wardrobe and art set for the last few scenes of the show!
At this point I have seen rough cuts of Episodes 4, 5 and 6 - and I'm excited because it's looking great!
The festival starts with a Show Creator Luncheon where we will receive our credentials and information about what to expect at the festival. After getting my passes I'll head home to get ready for the ITVFest Gala that night!
Those in attendance from our show will me (producer & director Allison Vanore), creator & star Jonathan Nail, composer Rob Gokee, cast Michele Boyd, Jason Burns, Amol Shah and casting director Laurie Records. There will be a red carpet event prior to the Gala: photos and interviews for the cast. At the Gala I'll be mingling and networking with the other show creators, actors and producers. We'll be promoting SOLO to the party goers in the hopes that we will fill the theatre for our screening on Wednesday.
Outside of our screening I'm also looking forward to many of the panels/seminars they are hosting. Saturday there are two panels that I'm looking forward to hearing: Development: Selling Your Show and Building A Career as a TV Writer. Sunday I'll also attend Representation: Getting That is Half The Battle and The Studio System. Then on Tuesday I look forward to attending Getting Sponsors for your Show. It will be awesome to hear what the festival has to offer the show creators while we screen our shows and meet each other.
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!
Your favorite patriotic web series, SOLO The Series, is launching Episodes 1 - 3 beginning Tues., July 6th on The SOLO Official Site.
Episode 1 - Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Episode 2 - Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Episode 3 - Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Don't miss it! Tell your friends, neighbors, agents, managers, alien abductors and therapists!
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.
Starring Jonathan Nail, Michele Boyd, Jay Caputo, Jason Burns, Amol Shah, and Melissa Dalton.
The SOLO The Series Premiere Party was off the hook this week! We had such a huge crowd of postive, supportive and energetic people. I know Jonathan and I couldn't have asked for more from those who came. With our cast and crew in attendance to take part in the Q&A hosted by Kristyn Burtt, Michael Nicklin heading up our raffle, Alan Heitz handling photography and both The Web Files and Makin' it Happen camera crews complete with hosts, Kristyn Burtt and Jenn Page, the night was wild!
The beginning of the night was all about mingling and meeting those who we have only met via Twitter and Facebook and seeing those who we have worked with on SOLO and other projects. It was a like a reunion (though half of those I was reunited with I actually met for the first time that night). People like Kristyn Burtt, who has probably been at the same events that I have numerous times and who I've conversed with only via Twitter, I was finally able to say hi to and chat with for a few minutes - on camera - for The Web Files.
We screened the first three Episodes of SOLO (18 minutes total) and I truely enjoyed hearing the gasps, laughs and applause coming from the packed audience. Following the screening we had our cast including Creator/Lead Jonathan Nail and I up front for a Q & A. The overall theme of the night was of support for our craft and of each other. It was truely an inspirational evening.
Thank you again to everyone who attended. For those of you who missed the party, don't worry, SOLO The Series will be coming out via the web really soon and something tells me that regardless of the state of the webseries world, we will have enough fan support for the show that it will continue on!
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?!
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.