Variation 2015

Three years ago today we set up this blog, marking the official start of The Wakefield Variation project. The day after (January 1st, 2012) the first post was published, then you can read (and watch!) about all the rest 🙂

We wish things were going a little faster (actually we’d be happy if they were at least moving) but this business is tough and competitive, and let’s say we haven’t been lucky so far. We’ve been working on re-developing the series for television – yes the remote control in the previous post was a clue – although distribution is not as categorized as it used to be. We want to take advantage of this, and make our storytelling as flexible as it can get. After all, we want the best for our story and characters, and reach the widest audience possible, no matter what kind of screen they will use.

I once said that The Wakefield Variation will not stop with the pilot – now 3-parter tiny series! – and I still mean it. I think that spending some time on a bigger scale project is worth the time, and I firmly believe that something will come out in 2015. We might even post some bits of the treatment for the series continuation

Meanwhile, we wish you all a great New Year, hoping it will see our beloved cast and crew meet again 🙂

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Wakefield’s follow-up

With the Roma Web Fest approaching (september 26-29), screening episode 2 “Variation” in the foreign language category, it looks like the 2014 festival season is coming to an end. But what is happening around The Wakefield Variation? All the development claims seem to have vanished, and over one year and a half after the original pilot broadcast, nothing seems to have moved a slightly bit forward.

sat_remote3We know it’s the way it seems, but if you were just a little closer to us you’d know we’ve been working hard for this project… undercover, Wakefield’s style 🙂 Although we’re still far from seeing the outcome of our efforts, let’s say we spent the last couple of months thinking (and writing) about a broader context for The Wakefield Variation. Stay tuned!

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Con il Roma Web Fest in arrivo (26-29 settembre), che avrà in concorso il secondo episodio, “Variation”, nella categoria lingua straniera, sembra che la stagione 2014 dei festival sia prossima alla fine. Ma cosa sta succedendo attorno a The Wakefield Variation? Tutti i proclami di sviluppo sembrano svaniti, e oltre un anno e mezzo dopo l’uscita del pilota originale, sembra che niente si sia mosso.

Sappiamo che è così che sembra, ma se foste appena un po’ più vicini a noi sapreste che stiamo lavorando duro a questo progetto…sottotraccia, nello stile di Wakefield 🙂 Sebbene il risultato dei nostri sforzi sia ancora lontano, diciamo che abbiamo passato l’ultimo paio di mesi a pensare (e a scrivere) un contesto più ampio per The Wakefield Variation. Restate sintonizzati!

 

Living the exile

Today I was thinking that we’re about to enter the fourth year of The Wakefield Variation: the project was conceived in late 2011 when Alessandro and I finally agreed on which previously-written-material should be the base of our creative vision. Soon after we picked up Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Wakefield” I wrote the first draft of the screenplay of what should have become a one-off cutting-edge short film to showcase our filmmaking skills.
The project was developed during 2012 and went through several stages (check out the previous posts!) morphing into a series; the pilot episode was set to be shot on early 2013, involving an international cast, a whole crew of film pros, and the need of a lot of money.
The huge storm that hit us on the last day of shooting should have warned us that 2013 wasn’t going to be easy… and it proved right. All is still stuck, not a festival accepted our work, and the continuation of the series is still in our head.
2014 will see a new cut of the pilot episode, split in three mini-episodes tailored for the 21st century-superfast-casual-websurfer. Will it work? We definetely hope so. In the meantime, time goes by… in a fancy we would expect to see in a future (but currently unlikely) episode of The Wakefield Variation.
I guarantee there will be happier posts :-): for now, Effetto Espanso wishes all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a great 2014!

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Oggi stavo pensando che stiamo per entrare nel quarto anno di The Wakefield Variation: il progetto fu concepito alla fine del 2011 quando I e Alessandro scegliemmo su quale materiale-precedentemente-edito basare la nostra visione creativa. Poco dopo aver scelto “Wakefield” di Nathaniel Hawthorne scrissi la prima stesura della sceneggiatura di quello che sarebbe dovuto diventare un eccezionale cortometraggio per mostrare le nostre capacità nella produzione cinematografica.
Il progetto fu sviluppato nel corso del 2012 attraversando varie fasi (date un’occhiata ai post precedenti!) fino a diventare una serie; le riprese del pilota furono fissate per l’inizio del 2013, con un cast internazionale, un’intera troupe di professionisti e la necessità di un sacco di soldi.
L’incredibile tempesta che ci trovammo davanti l’ultimo giorno di riprese avrebbe dovuto avvertirci che il 2013 non sarebbe stato facile… e aveva ragione. È tutto ancora bloccato, non c’è un festival che abbia accettato il nostro lavoro, e la continuazione della serie è ancora nella nostra testa.
Il 2014 vedrà un nuovo montaggio dell’episodio pilota, diviso in 3 mini-episodi fatti su misura per il navigante del 21esimo secolo, casuale e superveloce. Servirà? Lo speriamo con tutto il cuore. Nel frattempo il tempo passa, nel modo che ci aspetteremmo di vedere in un futuro (ma al momento improbabile) episodio di The Wakefield Variation.
Garantisco che ci saranno post più allegri :-): per adesso, Effetto Espanso augura a tutti voi buon Natale, delle piacevoli vacanze e un fantastico 2014!

Wakefield on NutralTV

While The Wakefield Variation is undergoing an intense development stage to actually beocome a series (you didn’t the project was dead after the pilot, did you?!) here is some interesting news: The web promoting platform Nutral TV is launching this week, and our beloved pilot is going to be featured in the very first episode! Be sure to check out their website on Wednesday, April 17th at 12 Eeastern Time (5pm in the UK, 18:00 italian time)!

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