Maple Syrup

I apologize for the stereotype in the title. But not only is this a symbol of my Canadian days – I’ve been staying in Toronto for over three months now – it is also a fine metaphor for the taste left in my [mediterranean-taste-adjusted] mouth after the news: They made a movie about Wakefield. And we had nothing to do with it.

As you can see by the lack of posts, nothing terribly important really happened in the last six months, in regards to The Wakefield Variation.

Something happened to me though, as I decided to take the opportunity to experience Canada on a working holiday visa. Pushed to find work and network with fellow filmmakers in an all-new and still competitive setting, I didn’t forget about our beloved project. After all, Canada has always been a big part of the deal, being the home country of the lead actors and of Toronto-based story editor Jonathan Robbins (who I met again in person 4 years after Marseille! Yay!).

So, long story short: in the time that I have been here in Toronto, I have met some very talented filmmakers (all tied with MAD Resilience Films: thanks Mark!) and while talking about our respective projects, Wakefield comes up. Cards and links are exchanged, and plans of injecting new life into our dormant series are discussed! It looked like all that miniseries (re)development material was going to be taken out of the virtual drawer…


…not just yet. I was browsing the catalogue of the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, until Bryan Cranston with a beard appears. TIFF will screen the international premiere of Wakefield, directed by Robin Swicord and based on the short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne E. L. Doctorow. The late Doctorow retooled the original, public domain short story into an updated piece, published by The New Yorker in 2008. And no, we didn’t know about this.

So, I don’t know if this will affect the future of The Wakefield Variation. If it will, I hope it’s in a positive way. Somehow this is a perfect follow-up to the previous post: the nice thing is that it proves we might have had a good idea, using Wakefield as source material/inspiration. Needless to say, I’m utterly curious to see this movie. No matter what is actually in it, I’m pretty sure I’ll have a bittersweet feeling. After years of thinking of all of this as a solitary run… we’ve been overtaken.

Although… the race isn’t over yet 🙂


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!


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.

Interview with Jonathan Robbins

Though they’re thousands of kilometers apart, thanks to skype Lisa meets Jonathan Robbins for this nice interview! Check it out, and listen carefully 🙂


Nonostante siano separati da migliaia di chilometri, grazie a skype Lisa incontra Jonathan Robbins per questa bella intervista! Dateci un’occhiata e ascoltate/leggete attentamente:-)

Stunning breaking news following!

Jonathan RobbinsA new important member joined our staff, Canadian actor, writer and director with numerous credits, founder of the mojoPro Films, Jonathan Robbins!

We are extremely happy to welcome him among us, his experience in digital production will be a great benefit and a privilege for the Wakefield Variation, whose value will certainly increase thanks to his help. Especially after his series, Clutch, was selected to participate in the prestigious LA WebFest 2012, created by award-winning writer, director and producer Michael Ajakwe Jr. a few years ago. Clutch is an eight-part webseries, broadcasted by and arose from Robbins’ short film Your Ex-Lover is Dead.

Jonathan will be essential part of our writing team, not only for our short film, but hopefully also for a Wakefield Variation webseries to come.

Stay tuned for upcoming further news!

Un nuovo importante membro si è unito al nostro staff, l’attore, sceneggiatore, regista canadese accreditato, fondatore della mojoPro Films, Jonathan Robbins!

Siamo estremamente felici di potergli dare il benvenuto, la sua esperienza nella produzione digitale sarà un elemento di crescita e prestigio per The Wakefield Variation, che sicuramente trarrà vantaggio dal suo aiuto. Specialmente dopo che la sua serie,  Clutch, è stata selezionata per partecipare al prestigioso LA WebFest 2012, creato dal pluripremiato sceneggiatore, produttore e regista Michael Ajakwe Jr.
Clutch è una webseries in 8 episodi, trasmessa da e nata dal cortometraggio di Jonathan Robbins Your Ex-Lover is Dead.

Jonathan sarà parte essenziale del nostro writing team, non solo per il cortometraggio, ma anche per una futura e auspicabile webseries di Wakefield Variation.

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