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 Variationwill 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 🙂
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!