Socio-BTS-VideoVillageI've been so busy with back-to-back productions that I haven't posted all of the exciting updates I have in a while.

Before the holidays I produced Socio with Canvas Media Studios and Astronauts Wanted. Due to the genius of Bernie Su, we got to shoot the pilot for this kick-ass drama starring India Eisley and Michael Copon here in Los Angeles. For this project we brought back many of our creative team from Vanity. Socio is created and directed by Bernie Su, shot by Allen Ho, production design by Cody Fusina, editing by Robb Padgett, and casting by Mary Jo Slater. We were thrilled to have shot in iconic locations throughout the city including under the 6th Street Bridge and Echo Park Lake.

Check out what The Hollywood Reporter had to say about Socio.

Here are some photos from our shoot:
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Denise Richards, star of StyleHaul's first original scripted series, talks about how she got involved with Vanity, playing the character Marion Bellerose, the digital age, and her summer with her kids. Watch Denise in Vanity every Thursday at 2pm PST on StyleHaul.

This week we hit our half-way point on the show Vanity - so what are you waiting for? Oh, to binge watch? Well I completely get that desire. But you'll have to wait until the end of August for that - and the story just gets juicier each week! Here's a way to watch the episodes back to back 1 - 5 so you're ready for what happens this Thursday at 2pm PST.

~ Abbreviated credits ~

Starring

  • Alex Frnka
  • Denise Richards
  • Karrueche Tran

Created & Directed by Bernie Su

Produced by Allison Vanore, Katie Christian, Mike Jones

StyleHaul, Canvas Media Studios, Maybelline

What do you do when you're asked by Bernie Su to come aboard to make 132 finished minutes of high quality traditionally shot scripted content and it needs to launch in just three months? Oh and it's for the largest fashion, beauty and women's lifestyle multichannel network on YouTube: StyleHaul. And it's sponsored by Maybelline. Well. You make it happen. Obviously.

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Here we are 3 months after I signed on to produce Vanity (starring Denise Richards, Karrueche Tran and Alex Frnka) with the incredible teams at Canvas Media Studios and StyleHaul. I'm so proud of what we were able to accomplish despite the super fast turn-around and all of the other logistical hurdles that come along with a production of this size and scope. A bunch of make-up palettes, fabric, shoes and a ton of talented people in front of and behind the camera later... the series launches. Now we get to share the first episode of Vanity with you all.

Vanity - Episode 1 "Legacy"

Vanity Official Trailer for Season 1

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New episodes every Thursday all summer long.

Earlier this fall I had the pleasure of Line Producing My Gimpy Life Season 2 thanks to a referral from Stephanie Thorpe. I'm now happy to add Teal Sherer, Sean Becker and Gabe Uhr (and the rest of our talented cast and crew) to the list of people I've worked with in this space!  

If you haven't watched My Gimpy life Season 1 it's time! You only have until February 17th to get up to speed before you can join the rest of the world as they watch Season 2.  If you're caught up, check out the My Gimpy Life Season 2 Trailer (below) complete with familiar faces from Austin Powers, Deadwood and The Guild.   If you're not caught up - SPOILER ALERT - everyone in Season 1 is dead and aliens took over their bodies.  Oops.

Make sure to subscribe to My Gimpy Life on YouTube!

You can now watch the current four episodes of Producing Juliet!  Here's episode 4, 'The Play's The Thing' Part 2.  To see the show from the beginning click here.

When Rebecca meets kindred spirit Juliet, a playwright struggling to get her sophomore effort produced, Rebecca’s tenuous and open relationship with her alluring yet distant actress girlfriend becomes clear. Rebecca finds a new focus and decides to leave her corporate life behind to produce Juliet’s new play. And although Juliet is looking to create some distance of her own from an openly gay actor who can’t walk away from her, Juliet’s new partnership with Rebecca is about to put everyone’s drama center stage.

Made in New York, Producing Juliet is the latest original series from award winning writer and director, Tina Cesa Ward, who brought us the critically acclaimed Anyone But Me and Good People in Love. The cast features award winning actress Rachael Hip-Flores alongside a raft of brand new young talent on the web. The production team includes producers Allison Vanore (Anyone But MeCost of CapitalSOLO: The Series) and Rochelle Dancel (B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye).

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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This summer I had the honor of working with talented Writer/Director, Tina Cesa Ward, again.  This time on "Producing Juliet."

Realizing her open relationship isn't working, Rebecca finds a new focus in the foreign world of theatre by producing the sophomore effort of lovelorn playwright, Juliet, forming a partnership that will put everyone's drama on stage.

The show will be released October 2013 but the trailer was just released this week!

Trailer from the new series by Tina Cesa Ward ("Anyone But Me" and "Good People in Love") www.ProducingJuliet.com
Starring: Alisha Spielmann, Rachael Hip-Flores, Jenny Grace, Betty Kaplan, Andy Phelan, Stacey Raymond, Kevin Sebastian, Chinaza Uche

If you haven't done so yet, you need to watch Cost of Capital Season 1 in its entirety.  Why you ask?  Because it's a great series (if I may say so myself) that is not only entertaining but also educational. Created by Brian DeChesare of Mergers & Inquisitions, the series is paired with infographics that outline the inner workings of the deal that takes place in the show. Who is each character? Who do they work for? What do they want? How do they benefit from the deal?  You may just learn a little something about the investment banking world. 

So don't wait:

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