An Internet Odyssey: The Next Gen Of Webseries
Saturday, March 14
2:00PM - 3:00PM
Austin Convention Center
Austin Convention Center
In the new frontier of digital content, the 'webseries' or ‘micro budget content’ as it’s fondly being called, is the go-to form of expression for most entry-level content creators beyond YouTube vlogging. But how does one combat the limitations, saturation and stigma of this medium in order to actually connect with audiences in the changing landscape of the world wide web and digital devices?
Something that will resonate with the current ADHD audience yet take them on a fresh and exciting “internet odyssey”?
Using the blueprint of the newly released, award-winning, 1970’s-period digital dramedy and festival darling WHATEVER, LINDA, members of the creative team and the leader of the Emmy Award Winning interactive, digital media agency Secret Location will showcase how a typical DIY webseries can be reborn as a compelling, binge-worthy internet odyssey with high production value, innovative interactive technology features. All on an indie budget.
Hannah Cheesman is an award-winning writer, producer, director and actor. After doing dozens of commercials, a number of TV shows and a handful of films, Hannah committed herself to creating h...Show the rest
Hannah Cheesman is an award-winning writer, producer, director and actor. After doing dozens of commercials, a number of TV shows and a handful of films, Hannah committed herself to creating her own work. Most recently, Hannah co-created, wrote, show-ran and starred in the IPF/OMDC-funded web series “Whatever, Linda”. Hannah is also associate producer and lead actor in the TIFF 2013 film "The Animal Project" (dir.Ingrid Veninger/pUNK Films), which released theatrically at TIFF Bell Lightbox this June. Hannah has two short films she penned and directed: “Cheese”, premiering at Palm Springs Shortsfest 2014 and recently selected for Cannes Film Festival 2014 showcase Coup de Coeur, and “Brunch Bitch” (Best Actress at Houston Comedy Film Fest). Currently, Aberrant Pictures is in development with Facet4 to produce “Greenfield”, an hour-long cable drama.Hide the rest
Julian De Zotti
Whatever Linda Productions
Julian is an award winning actor, writer, showrunner, and producer currently based in Toronto. He co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the indie holiday coming of age feature film NEW YEAR shot in ...Show the rest
Julian is an award winning actor, writer, showrunner, and producer currently based in Toronto. He co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the indie holiday coming of age feature film NEW YEAR shot in ten days on a shoestring budget which went on to win awards at the Clearwater Film Festival in Florida. It is released through The Orchard and you can now find it on itunes or Amazon.
He is also the co-creator and showrunner of the IPF-OMDC funded digital dramedy WHATEVER, LINDA. It has most recently been nominated for a 2014 Digi Award and has been an official selection of seven festivals, coming home with five awards including Raindance’s Best New Discovery For Writing (along with Hannah Cheesman) Best Actor, Best Production Design, ITV Festival’s Best New Drama and Miami Web Fest’s Best Of The Fest.
He is also the writer and director of the short comedy MENAGE A QUOI? as part of the Blue Flame Collective under the banner of his production company Shoot Dat S**t Films.Hide the rest
Mackenzie Donaldson is a Canadian producer, writer and digital media maker based in Toronto Canada. She is currently an Associate Producer on the BBC America smash hit series ORPHAN BLACK. She is a...Show the rest
Mackenzie Donaldson is a Canadian producer, writer and digital media maker based in Toronto Canada. She is currently an Associate Producer on the BBC America smash hit series ORPHAN BLACK. She is also a new addition to Temple Street Productions’ development team while helping to create and manage all things digital for ORPHAN BLACK.
She most recently Co-Executive Produced the IPF/OMDC-funded web series Whatever, Linda. Mackenzie also Produced the short film Cheese which had its international debut at the Cannes Film Festival’s 2014 Coup de Coeur and since then has appeared at six other festivals: Palm Springs International Shortfest, Santa Fe Independent Festival, Raindance Film Festival UK, Cucalorus Film Festival, St Louis International Film Festival and Whistler Film Festival. She is also the Co-President of Aberrant Pictures with creative partner Hannah Cheesman.Hide the rest
With an aesthetic shaped by both Lars Von Trier and Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Matt Eastman is the resident director at Touchpoint Films in Toronto. Matt has directed campaigns for Burger King, Tiger Bee...Show the rest
With an aesthetic shaped by both Lars Von Trier and Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Matt Eastman is the resident director at Touchpoint Films in Toronto. Matt has directed campaigns for Burger King, Tiger Beer, and Skittles, and his work has been featured in Creativity, FastCoCreate, FWA Site of the Day, and Google’s Creative Sandbox. For Touchpoint and Emmy-winning studio Secret Location, he helmed the darkly comic digital series Whatever, Linda, which is up for three Canadian Screen Awards, as well as a Best Directing nomination at this year’s Independent Series Awards. He’s been everywhere from Singapore to Santiago, directing pop stars in Shanghai, coffee klatch in Kiev, and skateboarding skunks in Jakarta. In his spare time, he is writing a screenplay about rap music and Jesus.Hide the rest