I started filming this week on a new web series written by Kate Ryan and myself during our research trip to Edale in November. Vote Z, unlike our other projects, is what we’re calling a true web series because unlike Assistive Devices and our other projects, it is a story that can only be told online.
Mia is a young film maker and not a very good one at that. Like so many aspiring artists today she lives and breathes a digital existence. So when her grandfather comes back from the dead as a zombie and then gets vetted to run for MP, the project seems obvious: create a web series about her grandfather’s campaign.
While prepping for filming our first day, veteran actor Alister Cameron said, “We’re supposed to start filming in ten minutes and I don’t see a camera. Should we be worried?”
For this project Kate and I were very aware of creating a story with a new form of storytelling. We now live in a world where most people have a video camera in the ability to broadcast in their back pocket. It is entirely possible to watch a story like this without Mia’s family being followed by camera people. The idea is we’re looking at these videos as a primary source, Mia videos the the story, edits what we see, and interacts on a transmedia level.
More established production companies are not looking at digital drama enough. Yet. And on the one hand I’m really thankful to be exploring this need world unimpeded. But the way we tell stories is changing and it effects everything from production budgets to voices who get to be heard. As we saw with our first web series, Day of Small Things, broadcasting is becoming more democratic.