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The Pack

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You might have heard about The Pack in passing through various mentions on this blog or on my Twitter or Facebook, but consider this the official introduction…¬† ūüôā¬† The Pack is a web series I’m writing, playing a supporting role in, and producing along with Commune Cohorts MAYO and ALEX, who have recently formed Pareidolia Films.

Anne (Marsha Martinez) is a 30-year-old New Yorker who has finally found her Mr. Right (Christopher Yustin). Everything seems perfect…

…until Mr. Right accidentally bites her during sex and turns her into a werewolf.

The Pack is set in a world where humans and Unhumans (werewolves, vampires, zombies and more) have always lived side by side. That doesn’t mean they don’t cause trouble for humans…or each other.

As Anne navigates her complicated love life, she will also need to make a choice. Will she be ashamed of what she has become? Or will she find werewolf pride and join The Pack?

Also starring: Kelly Mayo, Patrick Shearer, and ME.

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Me holding the clapboard on the first day of shooting for The Pack

We filmed three episodes of it over the summer, but have since decided that it could be much better with a few improvements.¬† Namely, I’ll be writing the entire season of about 10-12 episodes all in one shot before shooting, and Pareidolia Films will be buying a new camera that will allow Alex to make the series look exactly how he wants it to look (ie: way better).¬† I’m going to be spending the next month scribbling away, and we’re going to spend the winter fundraising for a camera and the production, figuring out a production schedule, and getting everything together for what will hopefully be a spring shoot.¬† I’m very excited!

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Alex sets up a shot on the set of The Pack

I’m hoping to get you excited, too!¬† Because we’re going to need your help in order to make this happen.¬† Yes, we’ll probably be asking you for money eventually.¬† But we’ll also be asking you to keep up with what we’re doing and helping us spread the word.¬† A web series is only as successful as how many people click on the website and watch the episodes.¬† I’m hoping that that number will be…um…a LOT.¬† We’ve got what I think is an interesting story, a wonderful cast, and an amazing, knowledgeable, and hardworking crew (led by DP, Matthew Golub).¬† Everyone’s already done amazing work on the episodes we’ve already shot.¬† Once we have the equipment we want, and have the funds we need, we’ll be able to do even better work, and deliver a show that’s a hell of a lot of fun!

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Producer, Liz Mayo, remaining chipper during an early morning Pack shoot

Wanna get in on the ground floor? You can definitely stay tuned to this blog for news.  You can also check out our opening credits on our IMDB page.

And of course, there’s our websitewww.thepackseries.com – which currently contains not only a synopsis of the show, but a “Donate” button where you can donate toward our production.¬† Every little bit helps.¬† This will also be where you will eventually be able to watch the completed episodes of The Pack, so bookmark it!

Lastly, you can Follow The Pack on Twitter: @ThePackSeries.¬† In fact, as an added incentive…IF YOU FOLLOW THE PACK ON TWITTER BETWEEN NOW AND DECEMBER 15TH, YOU WILL BE ENTERED IN A RANDOM DRAWING TO BE SENT MY LAST REMAINING GOOGLE WAVE INVITATION. If you’ve geeky enough to be hankering after a Google Wave invitation, you’re probably geeky enough to love our show!¬† ūüôā¬† Follow The Pack @ThePackSeries, for your chance to ride the Google Wave!

And now, some photos from the first shooting days for The Pack:

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Christopher Yustin as Dave and Marsha Martinez as Anne on the set of The Pack

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AD, Sam Teichman, sets the scene as Chris and Marsha look on

Liz supervises the production, Sam sets a light, and Alex ponders his next shot

Matt and Alex

DP, Matthew Golub, discusses his thoughts on a shot with Alex

The ladies of The Pack

The Ladies of The Pack: Kelly Mayo as Laurie, Me as Maureen, and Marsha as Anne

This is just the beginning people!¬† We’re aiming for 2010 to be The Year of The Pack! With your help and support, it will be!¬† Stay tuned!

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The bite that starts it all! Make-up effects by Amanda Oliveras

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Dispatch From The Commune #8: Wanderlust

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Life for the Itinerant Artists has been lively since the last Dispatch…

ADAM went home to Michigan for¬†a not-so-happy reason.¬† Namely, the funeral of his mother’s boyfriend, who¬†lost his battle with cancer.¬† He helped his mother deal with the loss, and¬†there was even a memorial sail on the boat she and her boyfriend had bought use of for the summer.¬†¬†¬†His return from Michigan, however, was a lot happier, as he¬†came back and went on another awesome OKCupid date!¬† That’s two, count ’em, two ladies he’s got on the line!¬† OKCupid is where it’s at, kids!¬† Tell your friends.¬† Preferably your hot friends.¬† So we can date them.¬† ūüôā

Now, he’s conducting an interesting experiment!¬† ADAM IS OFFLINE FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OF JULY.¬† No email, no Google-searching, no Facebook, NOTHING.¬† He wants to see how he adapts and changes his thinking, much in the same way Teresa¬†wanted to when¬†she gave up talking for a weekend.¬† So, if you know Adam, and want to¬†contact him, you’ll have to call, text, or send a carrier pigeon!

TERESA went to Philly last weekend for Wizard World Philly, what was once a huge comic con and is now going through its death rattle.¬† She was there volunteering for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which is a great organization that protects First Amendment rights in the comic book industry.¬† However, the amazingness of that weekend had nothing to do with WWP at all.¬† Teresa was staying with Lisa and John, editors of Pink Raygun, and went to a party one of their friends was throwing that Saturday night, where she met a lovely¬†young man¬†who ended up showing her a very lovely evening.¬† She hopes for other lovely evenings, but is fine with it if it ends up¬†being just¬†the one.¬† It was a happy moment in time.¬† Upon return from Philly, she plunged head-first into intense writing for, among other things, The Pack, the webseries she’s writing for Pareidolia Films.¬† (bookmark the site and check back often!)

The Commune now houses an honest-to-goodness governess!¬† LINDSAY has just gotten a job as a private teacher for two young children of a wealthy couple who have taken the children out of school to keep the family together when they travel on business.¬† They are a family who believe highly in education, but not necessarily in the standardized educational system.¬† Lindsay will not only be teaching the children here, but will be traveling with them abroad to places like ITALY, MEXICO, AND HONG KONG!¬† She will also be learning Italian, as the dad and kids are Italian and they’d like it if she could speak to them in it.¬† So, Lindsay is now a jet-setting Mary Poppins!

Meanwhile, LIZ has been having a stressful time.¬† She was in Scranton this weekend for her sister-in-law’s baby shower, and it ended up being a jumble of family health emergencies starting with her stepmother, and ending with her sister-in-law who had to have an early C-section and is now in critical condition in the ICU.¬† Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers if you’re reading this.

However, the news isn’t all bad.¬† Liz is very happy about being a first-time Aunt to a new and beautiful little Mia!¬† Future Itinerant Artist In Training, perhaps?

Lastly, DIANA and SEBASTIEN are adorable as ever, and getting incredibly domestic, cooking elaborate meals together just about every night.¬† Diana’s mother is in town visiting, and has brought fixins for a big Tex-Mex dinner¬†for The Commune on Sunday.¬†¬†We wonder what she thinks of Diana’s new beau….

And that’s it from The Commune this week.¬† Tune in next week – same Revolving Door Time, same Revolving Door Channel.¬† Approximately.¬† You know, if there’s time for us to post an entry.¬† Or whatever.

– Head Commune-ist