Wakefield unleashed (the pilot is out!) – UPDATE Nov 25th 2013

Following the decision to recut the pilot into three new mini-webisodes, we set as private the original first episode. It will probably be back as an extra, meanwhile we hope you will stay tuned to check out our new take on The Wakefield Variation!

Dopo la decisione di rimontare l’episodio pilota in 3 mini-episodi, abbiamo impostato come privato il primo episodio originariamente caricato. Tornerà probabilmente come extra, nel frattempo speriamo vorrete continuare a seguirci per vedere la nuova versione di The Wakefield Variation!

We’re sure you don’t need words, but we can’t help spending a few: after all, it’s been over one year of struggling pre-production, 3 days of shooting in worst-possible wheather, and a month of post-production. All of that to deliver the following, and hopefully many more. If your internet connections allows it, we suggest you to watch it in HD, as we worked so hard to make it look as nice as possible 😉 Just click the gear button and select an HD resolution from the menu. Oh, comments deeply appreciated!

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ecco i sottotitoli

ecco i sottotitoli

Siamo sicuri che non avete bisogno di parole, ma non possiamo fare a meno di spenderne qualcuna: dopo tutto è stato un anno di faticosissima pre-produzione, 3 giorni di riprese col meteo peggiore possibile, e un mese di post. Tutto ciò per realizzare quello che segue, sperando di poter passare presto agli episodi successivi. Se la vostra connessione lo permette vi consigliamo di guardarlo in HD, avendo lavorato così duro per fargli avere l’aspetto migliore possibile 😉 Basta cliccare sulla rotellina e selezionare una risoluzione HD dal menu. Oh, e i commenti sono molto apprezzati! Per i sottotitoli in italiano cliccate sull’icona col relativo simbolo e scegliete italiano dal menù a tendina.

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Happy New Year (again) and Why (part II)

This blog was started the first day of this very year, which is about to end (UTC+1 time zone!) and the second post was titled “Why” and dealt about the reasons of making a short film. There was also a “part one” in brackets, and one year later I feel the urge to drop a few lines about why this project has become a webseries, why it’s worth making it and why there’s nothing to watch yet.

A series is the only thing in independent film/video production that can have a market in these days, period. We can’t think of a feature, or a single short: being a company, investing a lot of what is still our own money, we have to think this way. I want to make clear that this is not something we regret or we’re ashamed of; considering how much television influenced the popular culture with great shows (even really bad ones, but that’s not what we’re talking about now) we’d be glad to be part of that arena.

Obviously, we must be aware of competing in a different league, but the web and all of its distribution opportunities are making possible something which was pure fantasy only a few years back. With the pilot episode of The Wakefield Variation we want to show the internet audience our take on independent webseries: an international blend of creative talent and professionals putting efforts into a small but ambitious project.
If you think it sounds like a lot of hard work you already know why it takes time 🙂 Happy New Year everyone!

Happy new year!

So, this is the first post on this blog, and we’re glad to write it on the first day of the year! Almost everyone (reading) may be wondering what this is all about, even with a proper About page. We’ll be talking about The Wakefield Variation, a short film to be produced by Effetto Espanso. We’ll follow the whole process, and we mean this blog both as a “making-of” log book and a fund raising system. We’ll explain why, who and what (when and where as well!) to everyone interested in independent filmmaking, either professionals, students or enthusiasts.

The production is set in Italy since – well – we live and work in Pisa (we assume you’re all familiar with the leaning tower) but the whole project is internationally oriented and “english speaking”. Nothing against our roots, but considering the situation we thought this could be a nice idea to broaden our horizons.

The project is in a very early stage: a first draft of the script exists, but that’s it. We’ll deal with all the pre-production/casting/possible distribution issues in the very next days, and we’ll discuss all of that in these pages, regardless of the outcome.

We’re setting up a facebook page and a twitter account, for all of you interested in catching up with us besides this blog. So… stay tuned, we plan to update really soon and often!