I recently had the opportunity to interview Nathan Quinn, who’s the talented writer, director, and executive producer behind the many web series discussed below. You can watch episode 0 of NECROLAND below, and read what Nathan had to say in our interesting Q and A.
1. What’s the story behind you wanting to develop “NECROLAND” into a web series?
A: We actually have multiple web series all at different stages of completion. The “Flagship” series right now is NECROLAND as it has attained National Distribution in all the major store chains across the U.S. come 2014. It is 28 Days Later meets Red Dawn meets LOST. Here it is on Blip and on Facebook.
Necroland is about a sudden shift in 80% of the worldwide population going berserk, and the weather going wild around the Earth. The survivors, try to do just that, survive, as they unravel the mystery behind it all. NECROLAND was originally started as a “throw away” web series to practice for a full length feature film that never happened called PULP ZOMBIE.
B: One of our other popular series is CAUGHT. A dramedy action series in the vein of NCIS meets Leverage meets Lethal Weapon meets Sneakers. It’s about a group of rag tag mercenaries hired by 12 widows to investigate their wealthy and patriotic husbands murder/plane shot down. Here it is on Blip, and on Facebook.
C: RASHA is our Science Fantasy series in the vein of Lord of the Rings, DUNE, Willow, Dragonheart and just traditional D&D Final Fantasy game structure. RASHA is the rebel daughter of Lord Veerose. He has become ill along with many of the people of the land as the planets energy, or Quase, is being tainted by the Evil Casters of magic the Kaska Vale. When Rasha begins showing signs of the ailment she actively heads out into the land to stop them.
We also have several comedies such as our Star Wars satire/parody AMIL THE EWOK about a 6′4″ ewok with a glandular disorder and a drinking problem. It’s basically Benny Hill in an Ewok costume basically. Here it is on Blip, and on Facebook.
And AVIS OSWALD: PRIVATE EYE. Old black and white noire Humphrey Bogart detective meets Naked Gun/Monty Python kind of ridiculous.
THOSE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR DIFFERENT SERIES. Apologies for using the word “meets” a thousand times.
2. Who is involved with the project?
Most of the people involved are Michigan natives, specifically Metro Detroit and Detroit city/suburb residents. Although, thanks to the internet, we have people in Scotland, Cancun, L.A., Seattle, and more contributing CGI, score and soundtrack, props, stock footage, scene footage, website design, etc.
3. What are your core goals for these series?
The core goals for the multiple series is to get them picked up by a network, “to go viral,” and/or continue to produce said multiple series and make the quality better and better. Leaving the less favorable elements of Guerrilla Film making behind. Investors/Contributors are key.
4. What have been your biggest project challenges and struggles to date?
PEOPLE: Lots of people don’t realize the magnitude of producing projects in this industry and they end up flaking out or worse. SCHEDULING: When you can’t dole out paychecks, as of yet, it’s hard to work with large ensemble casts and their varying schedules. MONEY: The most obvious hurdle but true. You have to get REALLY creative when you work on low budget guerrilla productions.
5. How do you manage the project work flow?
Prayer and Vodka.
6. Since releasing the series, what has been the biggest surprise?
For Necroland it has been the distribution deal.
For CAUGHT it was Nikita Brezinkov from the old WWF coming out for 13 days for very little compensation to star in several of the webisodes for that series. He played our Russian girl’s uncle.
For RASHA it’s been the amazing movie quality CGI we’ve been receiving from the Scottish folk and beyond.
7. Do you have any tips for creating a web series?
Think in increments like commercial break to commercial break for actual on going series. In other words, Necroland usually ends on a mini cliffhanger every 7 to 8 minutes which is perfect length for a webisode in a story like ours.
But, also think bigger as 15 to 20 webisodes can accumulate into a TV pilot or a feature length film over time. 45 minutes to 90 minutes. So you then have something to pitch in all three markets. Internet and festivals, TV, and then of course film.
8. Where can we watch your web series, and what can we expect from your series in the future?
On our company page you can surf all of our different series which are all at different stages of completion. Some have ONE webisode or a trailer to offer, while others are 8 to 10 webisodes deep.
As for the future, we want to tell bigger and better stories with larger budgets, but without compromising integrity and creativity. And that is a slippery slope quite often.
We thank Nathan for his interesting answers for web series creators to learn from! And wish him and his team all the best with their multiple web series going forward.
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