Director James Herron sets up a shot with Chad and Emily at Broadway New York to create Cami’s dayjob, the Fandom of the Opera
No need for warbly operatic screaming – even though I know you’ve been practicing it in your bedroom. This Is Art’s third episode, Fandom of the Opera, is on Youtube for the world to see!
I am so excited to share this one with you guys, particularly because this episode features one of my favorite scenes, filmed with my favorite character to write – Jim, Cami’s boss. Jim is played to perfection by cast member Chad Anthony Miller. Let me tell you something about Chad – he was a casting day DREAM. Anne and I both loved writing Jim’s part in the first season and we knew we needed the perfect actor to bring him to life. When Chad walked in the room, we loved him right away and knew we wanted to work with him. Then he nailed the audition, and we couldn’t be happier.
Here’s a little behind-the-scenes info for ya. The first half of Episode 3, along with the other scenes that take place at Cami’s day job, were all filmed on a chilly October morning between 1 am and 4 am at Broadway New York, a souvenir store in Times Square. We had to be in and out between cleaning crew shifts and while no customers were around. We were all dreading the crazy hours but this turned out to be one of the most fun days of the shoot. We loved the location, everyone brought the energy we needed to make the scenes happen (Starbucks helped, too), and working with Chad was amazing.
Chad has done a plethora of other webseries and Indie film work, and now works out of L.A. I encourage you to check out his Facebook, follow him, and see what he’s up to!
BUT FIRST, feast your eyes on Episode 3: Fandom of the Opera! Let us know what you think!
How great is this! We could not be more excited! We’ve been jumping up and down for joy. Well, technically Anne is jumping twice as hard whilst Emily nurses her broken knee and raises the roof in solidarity.
We have been holding on to the finished product for almost a year in order to look for the perfect venue to share our satirical love letter to undiscovered artists in NYC. We could not be more excited to be premiering on Broadway World Comedy.
Emily and I have been so blessed with this project and are so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to tell this story. From the donors who enabled us to bring our writing to the screen, to the cast who donated their talents, to the crew who picked up the reins and saw us to the finish line, to Jenna Freed who made contact for us over at Broadway World – there were so many hands bringing this dream to fruition. Thank you one and all for your contributions and for your patience.
Now it’s time to share a story that is near and dear to us. There are so many tales of artists striking it rich in Hollywood and NYC, but not very many about the plight of the artists who never give up despite never being “discovered.” It always seemed strange to us because they make up the majority of our breed. We know oodles of people with limitless talent who haven’t gotten their big break, but are diligently plugging away doing what they love and sharing their artistic gifts in whatever way they can. For once, we wanted to break down the fairy tale of being an artist and expose the reality in an honest and humorous way. These are people that we know, people we’ve met, and in many ways, people we are. We hope that our show makes you laugh and resonates with you the way the concept did with us.
We’ve had our hands on the This Is Art steering wheel since 2011. It’s time to let Cami and D take over. We hope you enjoy the ride. Please share it with your friends!
It’s been quite a while since you’ve heard from us. If you’ve been following us on our Facebook Page, you’ve seen a few updates since our last blog post – including the acquisition of a new FABULOUS editor and the completion of post-production for Season 1!
We know you’ve been wondering when you will finally get to see this webseries we’ve been making such a to-do about since 2011. We owe you explanations, we know, but suffice it to say we had many hurdles to jump in post-production. These things can take TIME, and for us it took a LOT of TIME – and with certain responsibilities for the project changing hands throughout the post-production process we had to be patient with letting Season 1 come together at an agonizing pace following our wrap up on filming.
But we are very proud of the season and how it’s come together and as soon as it was finished (much thanks to our amazing editor Jamie Kennedy) we couldn’t WAIT to share it with you – with the world! Unfortunately, we HAD to wait. But we had excellent reason to wait as we secured details with our – are you listening? – distribution partner!
Now we are elated to announce that This Is Art: The Webseries, in partnership with BroadwayWorld.com, will officially be launching on January 13, 2015. You will be able to view Season 1 of This Is Art on our website as well as BWW’s ComedyWorld website.
In celebration, we present to you the official trailer for Season 1. We can’t thank you enough for your patience in sticking with us through our post-production highs and lows. We can’t wait to bring you the story of Cami and D and show you what this hard work was all about!