My name is Charlie, but if your looking for my work, I go by C. E. Dorsett. I write scifi, fantasy, and a touch of horror. I like to play with gothic, steampunk, decopunk, epic fantasy, and wuxia. I love to tell stories and talk about books, movies, series, and music.
Interview: Ryan Copple from Riese the Series
Yes, this is our first foray into a serialized media. We've all worked on smaller projects, such as pilots and short films. It's been good practice to prepare for something as big as Riese.
Why did you decide to make a steampunk series?
It's funny, people have really taken to branding us a "steampunk series", which I don't 100% agree with. Don't misunderstand, I love the steampunk genre, and there are lot of elements we drew from it for the show. I love all the anachronisms in steampunk and the way you can meld eras together to create an entirely new world. We are, however, not having this story take place in a Victorian-era, which is more typical of steampunk. That's why we always try to say steampunk-inspired - we were heavily influenced by the story elements and aesthetics of it, but it would be unfair to the genre itself to say we were totally steampunk.
What other steampunk books/series/comics do you like?
[reus name="Last Exile"]I haven't read that many steampunk books yet, though people have been giving me a list that I need to get through. I'm more familiar with the film and television aesthetic. My personal favorite is 'Last Exile', an anime series that people often put with steampunk. The story is great, and the designs and aesthetic is wonderful.
If you had to compare Riese to another series/movie, what would you compare it to?
If I had to pick, I'd say it's a cross between.
How did you decide to make an Alternative Reality Game (ARG)?
We wanted to create an adventure that would help draw viewers into the world of Riese before we launched. By immersing them in the story even before the show began, we thought it might make players feel more connected to the show as they've been introduced to many of the elements already.
What was the ARG creation experience like?
Well, it's still going on, and it's both exciting and daunting at the same time. I'd say the biggest challenge is keeping up with everyone. You can spend days and days creating puzzles that you think will be challenging, only to have them solved in 15 minutes.
What has the response to the ARG been?
Positive so far. My biggest regret is that we lack the resources to make it as expansive as we would have liked. We've kept it pretty small in scope this time, but I know that we have another one planned for down the road that'll be even bigger, assuming the show succeeds.
What tech are you using to make the series?
One big technological asset has been shooting with the RED One. It's an amazing digital camera that has absolutely revolutionized film. It also makes more sense to use for us, as a webseries, because our content is going straight to computers. Shooting on film, while beautiful, would be overkill for a project such as this where the picture quality won't translate to streaming as it does on HD television screens or movies. With the RED we can optimize our media platform and do it economically.
How many people are involved in making the series?
Too many to count off the top of my head - we've got the creators, producers, costumers, set designers, writers... the list goes on and on! We're incredibly blessed to have each and every one of them on our team though, as we couldn't do it without them.
Do you have plans for merchandising the series? (t-shirts, statuettes, dvds)
When we launch we'll also be rolling out our merchandise store, which will feature apparel and other smaller accessories. Eventually we plan on selling episodes digitally and DVDs. In addition, we're also developing an iPhone card battle game to tie-in with the show.
Sounds interesting. I cannot wait to see the series.
The Guild: Expansion Time
The Guild is now distributed via the Xbox Live store and MSN Video site. They did this for season 2 also.
My problem with both means is that they do not offer the ability to subscribe to the series, so fans have to check back often to see if a new episode is out. I wish the process was easier. Hopefully, Microsoft is working on this problem.
This is a great episode! It sets up a rivalry between our favorite Guild and a group of evil line cutters. Since I haven't seen a lot of publicity about it, and the surprise made me jump out of my chair shouting, "Yes!" So I will not spoil it for you. Let me just say, I cannot wait to see the rest of the season.
If you need to catch up with the series, you can watch seasons 1 and 2 at Watch the Guild.com.
Sanctuary Season 2 News with Trailer
The Sanctuary mythos is growing! The trailer made me foam at the mouth for more of one of the best original series I have seen in a long time.
Paul McGillion returns, David Hewlett is conflicted
Tapping also mentioned a few characters that she'd like to bring back from the Web series. "We actually just brought Wexford [Atlantis' Paul McGillion] back. ... He's on our season finale. We've been trying to get Wexford back on the show since the webisodes, and now we've found the perfect place for him. ... We've been trying to get David Hewlett [Dr. Rodney McKay from Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis]; ... we have. There was a scheduling issue. He was shooting a film. And then there was another scheduling issue. ... We'll get him on the show eventually. We love him. We want him to be a part of it (Scifi Wire)."
Wexford is a great character from the original series and I cannot wait to see him come back.
I understand that they will be "re-imagining" his creature to take advantage of the bigger budget. It will be fun to catch up with him.
I am a little sad to see that Larry Tolson (Hewlett) will not return this season. Hewlett is busy. I understand that. I just really want to see him return to the show.
Nikola Tesla (Jonathon Young) is portrayed as a vampire on the show. "I sort of have always liked vampires," Tapping said. "I've always liked that dark mythology. ... Vampires are hot right now. ... I think we have one of the best vampires going in Tesla. I like the fact that we take historical characters, ... Nikola Tesla, a vampire, what? That's crazy! I like that we do that. ... Jonathan actually played Tesla onstage. He did a one-man show about Tesla before we cast him as Tesla on our show. And Nikola Tesla is being played much different ... in our series. Tesla didn't like to be touched. He ended up living in a room, and he was surrounded by pigeons ... so it was quite filthy for a germophobe to live in this environment. ... He was just a really bizarre character. He never had a relationship. ... We played Tesla somewhat different for obvious reasons (Scifi Wire)."
I love the way Tesla is portrayed in Sanctuary. It is an interesting and fresh take on Vampires.
Tesla is a loved villain on the show and I cannot wait to see more about him. I hope they will flesh out the vampire a little more, because I cannot get enough of the bloodsuckers. I also have high hopes that they will make Vampires quirky and badass!
Michael Shanks on Sanctuary
Heyerdahl said in an exclusive interview. "This episode is called 'Penance,' or at least that's what it's called now. Basically, we have a special guest star, who is Michael Shanks. He's playing a wonderful departure from what we're used to seeing him. The two characters that spend most of their time together are Michael's character, Jimmy, and Kate Freelander [played by new cast member Agam Darshi]. They end up together and discover they share a similar past. They're a couple of streetwise wanderers who find their lives have a very surprising similarity. It's a pretty cool episode because it's a mystery search story, as well as those two characters getting together to fight for their lives (Scifi Wire)."
Sounds interesting. I hope he is a recurring villain. I can't get enough Evil Shanks.
The Show Premiers
The second season of Sanctuary premieres on Oct. 9 a 10 p.m. Special guest stars this season include Christopher Gauthier (Eureka) and Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1) [Scifi Wire].
Hulu should get the episode the next day.
The Dresden Codak Show Screenshots
I cannot wait to see this show. I love the comics, and these first 2 screenshots look really good.
The Castle looks really good. I love the atmospherics are breathtaking. If this is the way the show is actually going to look, then this will be a great show.
The office is awkwardly small. It looks perfect.
Next week, they plan to release a trailer for the Dresden Codak Show.
(via Dresden Codak)
Review: Elseworlds Fan Series
Elseworlds was one of the most original, innovative and captivating alternate timelines ever to come from DC Comics. A staple of the series was that it turned everything you know about the heroes and villains of the DC Universe on its head. Nothing and no one was sacred as they explored this completely new way to look at the characters. Not long ago, on P:SI I wishfully said that I wish more Elseworlds comics would come out… well something better happened. Chris Cowan and Lex Randleman are producing an original webseries set in Elseworld. They have produced three episodes so far with a fourth on the way.
The quality of the story, filming, and FX in this series is surprising. The actors and the story keep you on the edge of your seat as the the mystery slowly unfolds.
Episode 1- “Fair Play” (view here)
Green Lantern hunts down Mister Terrific looking for answers in a resent murder.
The 2 minute 25 second runtime is far too short. The hook is immediate, and the characters are instantly recognizable. I am not sure how long they took to cast the series, but it is spot on.
Starring: Dan Johnson - GL John Stewart Lex Randleman - Mister Terrific Lauren Alto - Huntress Christina Napier - Batwoman
Shot by: Chris Cowan, A.J. Rickert-Epstein
Episode 2- “Titans” (view here)
Mister Terrific goes after Cyborg, while Raven gazes into the universe.
The action in this episode really picks up and plot thickens. I am glad this episode is longer than the last one, and quite frankly I wish this were an hour long tv drama.
Starring: Dan Johnson - GL John Stewart Lex Randleman - Mister Terrific Chris Cowan - Cyborg Lauren Parkinson - Donna Troy Brittany Jones - Raven
Shot by: Steve Murray, Chris Cowan
Episode 3- “What’s in a name?” (view here)
The Question is dead, and Raven is confronted mysterious figure with a dire warning.
I am glad this episode is over 8 minutes, and I hope this portends the episode length to come. They have created such an interesting story and setting I want to spend as much time in it as I can. I think I know who the unknown figure is, but I will wait to see if I am right.
Starring: Dan Johnson - GL John Stewart Lex Randleman - Mister Terrific Lauren Parkinson - Donna Troy Christina Napier - Batwoman Brittany Jones - Raven Vonzell Carter - Unknown Katie Fischer - Black Canary Christopher C. Cowan - Cyborg
Written by: Lex Randleman
Shot by: Chris Cowan
This brilliant series is directed by Chris Cowan and written by Lex Randleman. These two have a bright and wonderful future ahead of them. I cannot wait to see the rest of the series, and hope to see some original work from them too.
Check our my Interview with Chris Cowan and Lex Randleman.