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#Drifter is Lifting Off!!!

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Howdy all,

Do you all remember the kick butt interview that I did with Julie Ann Emery about her new show Drifter? Well if you don’t, you should go read part 1 and part 2. Then, come back here and read this post.

Glad you’re back and if you didn’t leave, thanks for staying. So rather than try to explain what happened, I’m going to quote part of Julie Ann’s email to me.

So…exciting DRIFTER news!  Because our crowd funding campaign gained so much early attention, we are now in talks with multiple production companies to produce the show!  Yay!

None of this would have been remotely possible without you.  The fact that you believed in the show so early on and contributed toward making our dream for DRIFTER come true is overwhelming for our entire team.

But rather than take your hard earned money, we want to make THEM pay for the show! So we are scuttling the crowd funding campaign to further pursue production company funds, and extending you an invitation to become a VIP in the DRIFTER family.  Without you, we wouldn’t be here.  We won’t forget your early belief in our dream.

I’m really proud and honored to have been part of making this show a reality in such a big way. I never in a million years thought that my little infant blog would have such a big impact on something and draw the attention of people who can make dreams come true.

I’ve always believed that “new media” is the way of the future and this really proves it to me. I believe that most people will stop watching shows on the television and will be watching them on the internet. It’s already starting to happen.

If you would like to keep up to date with the show, you can like their Facebook fan page. If you want special insights into the creative process behind the show, be sure to check out their site here.

Anyhoo, I’m very happy that this is happening. Congratulations to all who are involved in the show and good luck going forward.

TTFN,
Nerd

Interview with Drifter’s @julieannemery-Part 2!!!

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So if you didn’t read part 1 of my interview with Julie Ann Emery, you can read it here. Like I said yesterday, this part is all about Drifter and Then we got HELP!

Compliments of Julie Ann Emery

Let’s talk about Drifter for a moment. What is the show about?
A man, alone on a ship in space, re-programs the ship’s computer to allow him to virtually enter the world of his favorite TV show (a comedy set in 2012 NY called ImPerfect).  When an explosion disables the ship, leaving it adrift in space, he has to decide what to do with only 12 days to live.  The world of the TV show becomes his only shot at human connection, friendship, and even love.  

Where did the concept come from for the show?
OMFGeek founder Jeff Koenig came up with the concept.  And it’s terrific. Jorge Rivera and I are writing the script. 

Tell us about your character.
I play the leading lady of the Virtual TV Show.  When the leading man (Darren le Gallo) and I begin to fall in love, the ship’s computer begins to take on my traits.  So I will also be playing the ship’s computer.  First in voice, then in image, and eventually in embodiment. 

What challenges does playing a character who is the creation of someone else pose or does it add any challenges? Why or why not?
Well, I’m writing the script so it’s not ENTIRELY someone else’s vision of her.  But as an actor, I am almost always embodying a character written by someone else.  Truth be told, others write better roles for me than I do (which is why it’s 
good I have a writing partner on this script).  I spent far less time developing my character on Then we got HELP! than I did everyone else’s.  I wanted to make my actors look good.  

Who else is in the cast and crew?
Cast:  Darren le Gallo (Broken Kingodm, Then we got HELP!) , Al Thompson (Lenox Avenue, The Cleveland Show), Emma Caulfield (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bandwagon), Rachel Hip-Flores (Anyone But Me), Gary Ploski (Rising Star)
Creatives:  Jeff Koenig is creator (OMFGeek), Jorge Rivera is my writing partner (Lenox Avenue, Odessa), Blake Calhoun (Continuum, Pink), Rob Gokee (Night of the Zombie King, Solo), J Sibley Law, Bradley Werner, Scott Napolitano, Daryl Ray Carlisle

It’s a list of Web World heavy hitters for sure.  

I was very excited to hear that Rachel Hip-Flores and Emma Caulfield were in the cast. Who are most excited to be working with?
I will not choose.  I’m truly excited about this ENTIRE cast.  And I’m loving 
writing for them.

Have you written any other projects?
Then we got HELP!, a pilot a few years ago.  I’m currently working on a feature script and an hour long TV pilot script.  

What is Then We got Help about?
Four couples need therapy but can’t afford it.  They form a group.  It’s group therapy without the therapist.  We have 21 episodes up at www.thenwegothelp.com 

Where did the idea for this show come from?
Necessity.  Micro budget plus talented actor friends plus an extra large living room meant shooting something character driven that could be set in my apartment (location shooting is SO expensive in NYC).  I’ve been with my husband since college, if there’s one thing we know…it’s other couples.  Also, I was part of a group when I lived in LA that was a sort of Actors self help group.  I liked the idea of couples attempting to help themselves and each other.  They mostly screw each other up. There’s an accidental breakthrough usually once per episode.  

This show seems very different from Drifter. What challenges are there going from writing comedy to a more serious sci-fi type show or weren’t there any? Why or why not?
I am a Sci-Fi geek so I’ve been looking for a way to move into that world as a writer.  And half of Drifter is a comedy.  That said, I firmly believe as an actor and as a writer, that drama is best served with a sense of humor in it and the best comedy is grounded in some sort of reality.  So I guess I don’t see drama and comedy as exclusive from each other. 

Let’s talk about how you are funding for Drifter. You’re doing it by crowd funding, but I have never heard of the platform. What is Mobcaster and why did you decide to use it?
Mobcaster.com is focused on long form content.  Drifter’s pilot will be a half hour.  I believe it’s time the Web move in that direction.  Mobcaster has been incredibly available to us, even taking the time to do some conference calls on the ways they could help us market.  And because they are new and for long form content, there are fewer shows on their site.  We don’t get lost in the noise on their site.  

What perks to donators receive for donating?
Well since Drifter is a pilot, you will ONLY get to see the pilot when we’re finished if you’re a contributor.  You can contributor $1 to qualify to see the show…but you have to join us in the Drifterverse.  

The perk levels have some VERY cool stuff, from a NASA gift that you can’t get in stores (we have NASA consultants) to getting the Mars Colony or the Space Station named after you, name drops, a digital copy of Rob Gokee’s score, you can qualify for costumes worn on screen by the cast, part of our story board, an original piece of artwork by star Darren le Gallo (who is also a successful artist), dinner with members of the cast and crew.  I mean, I want a lot of these perks.  

To see them all you can go to: www.mobcaster.com/project/drifter 

Anything else you want to say?
It’s such an amazing concept and every step we take with the script gets me more excited about it.  I think it’s a really special piece.  But if we don’t raise our money, it will not get made.  So even if you’ve only got a buck, please consider contributing.   When you contribute on a project like this, you really become part of the family. I’m crossing all my fingers and toes that we make our budget and can move forward to shooting in July!  

Well, this interview is in the bag. To get connected with Julie Ann, you can hit her up on Facebook and Twitter. As usual, be sure to watch her show as well as support Drifter if you are able. All the links to do that are above.

TTFN,
Nerd

Interview with Drifter’s @julieannemery-Part 1!!!

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I’m really excited to be bring you this interview. It’s been a long time in the coming. It’s an interview with Julie Ann Emery, an amazing actress who has had roles in film and tv such as Hitch and Commander-in-Chief. As usual, part one of the interview is all about Julie Ann and part 2 will be about her new show, Drifter as well as another web series that she created, Then we got HELP!

Now on with the interview.

How did you get started in acting?
I’m from a small town in Tennessee and the only theatre for 100 miles was the theatre in my home town. They used a lot of local talent. They also supplied the High School with a Drama teacher who was on staff at the theatre. She heard me sing in a choir concert and recruited me for my first play. She then took me to that theatre for my first audition. Literally drove me there and waited for me. Her name is Mel Michel and the theatre is The Cumberland County Playhouse. I owe them a lot.

I was looking at your IMDB page and was shocked by some of the shows and films. You have quite the impressive body of work. What are some of the shows and films that you were in?
Hitch is probably the most popular. I played Eva Mendes lovelorn best friend. Some of my favorites include the critically acclaimed Line of Fire, Commander-in-Chief, The Riches, Dexter, Suits, Damages, Taken, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, and I got my start on TV in a recurring role on ER…so special shout out for ER.

What were some of your favorite projects and why?
Sort of answered this one above. But favorite is determined by a variety of factors for me. Line of Fire was an amazing role with an amazing Creator/ Director and an amazing cast. That one is an all around. Sometimes a favorite is because of the role, like my role on The Riches. Sometimes a favorite is because I love and respect the show, like Damages and Dexter. Sometimes favorite is because of the people, Hitch was one of the nicest casts I’ve ever worked with.

If you weren’t acting, what would you be doing as a career?
Well I am now writing and directing on the Web as well. I have an award winning series called Then we Got HELP!  and a new show we are currently crowd funding for to get off the ground called Drifter But if I weren’t doing something creative? I don’t know. My family will tell you I’d be a lawyer because they think I’m that kind of debater (my brother would say arguer). But I can’t imagine doing anything but this.

Dream project and why?
Single project? I don’t know. There are several dreams. I dream of working with Line of Fire creator Rod Lurie again in a lead role. He writes such complex and amazing women. I dream of getting a little movie I’m writing and directing off the ground with a terrific cast. I dream of Then we got HELP! getting picked up to television with my amazing cast in tact. I dream of doing a play on Broadway. For me the dream keeps shifting and evolving.

If you could work with any actor/actress living or dead, who would be and why?
Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Laurence Olivier, Lauren Becall, John Cazale, Bill Nighy, Dame Judi Dench, Joan Allen, Michael Caine. Actors who change the air in the room. Actors who make you better by being in the room with them, having to keep up. Actors who work to elevate the level of the scene all day long.

I listened to your interview with Amanda and April of Indie Intertube 4/18. I loved the song that you sang. Jeff’s version was also very good. Where did the idea came from?
I walk around with a soundtrack in my head all day. Usually a made up one. That was my sound track that day…I decided to make a video blog out of it.

Are you a singer?
My husband Kevin Earley is a brilliant singer, and recently nominated for a Drama Desk Award. I can definitely carry a tune, and I began my career doing Musical Theatre in roles like Louise in Gypsy. But I’m not the kind of singer who can compete on Broadway today. I can’t belt crazy high notes like they do in Wicked or anything.

What made you want to go from TV and film to web series?
The opportunity to write and direct. Also, I started Then we got HELP! at the bottom of the economy and a lot of my brilliantly talented friends were struggling for opportunities. I wanted to put them all to work. But I really do believe in the web space. And I believe the web space is where all of tomorrows Oscar and Emmy nominees are cutting their teeth.

Tips for beginning actors?
Study study study, especially after college. You need to know and understand  your work and yourself as an artist BEFORE the industry does whatever it is going to do with you in terms of career. Once you get an opportunity, you want to be able to do extraordinary work. The only way to do that is to study study study. We’re in a moment right now where young actors think networking is more important than honing their craft. That networking will get them a job. Networking MIGHT get you in an agent’s office or an audition, but once you’re there…if you can’t deliver, well….study study study study.

Tips for people who want to create their own web series?
Be realistic about your assets (mine were that I know great actors) AND about your deficits (my first show had NO money). Try to turn deficits into creative plusses. Don’t write roles when you don’t know actors who can play them. In a no money situation, that will simply leave you with bad actors. And go in with an understanding that building and sustaining an audience for your show AFTER it is shot and edited, is a 60 hour a week job. It’s not enough to shoot something and put it up on youtube. That’s not how it works.

Tips for surviving auditions?
Prepare FULLY and know what YOU want to do with the character and the scene. If you accomplish that, walk away happy. Don’t take it to heart if you’re not their choice. There are a million factors that don’t have anything to do with you involved in choice. But if you knock that audition out of the park, you’ll be back for everyone in that room. I’ve never booked a big role that didn’t start in a different audition, an audition where I didn’t wind up being their girl.

Quick fire questions
Coke or Pepsi?
Iced Tea (I’m a Southern girl)

Cats or dogs?
Dog

Summer or winter?
Summer

Hugs or kisses?
Nothing beats a really good hug.

Fame or fortune?
Fortune…then I can produce my own stuff and employ people!

Which is worse: speaking in front of a crowd or writing a paper?
Writing a paper.

Time travel to: the past or the future?
Future

Celebrity magazine or newspaper?
Newspaper

Fave food?
I’m a sucker for chips.

Fave book?
Game of Thrones

Fave color?
Never had one

Well, that’s all for now. To get connected with Julie Ann, you can hit her up on Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to come back for part 2 tomorrow.

TTFN,
Nerd