The Idea that Inspired The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

What do you think? Fact or myth?

We’re leaning in the myth direction.

But that could be because we’ve been – wait for it – myth-directed.

Tolkienites, please, please, please set us straight!

Web Series: ‘Bluebird’

This indie series reminds us of BBC’s award-winning The Detectorists, even though they’re nothing alike. In a nutshell, both shows gave us the same feeling when we first saw them: “Whoa! Sometimes sweetness really works!”

Check out the rest of the series and the story behind it HERE

Go to the Bluebird YouTube page HERE

A few words from award winning indie filmmaker Hank Isaac

Hank Isaac has been a valuable albeit irregular contributor to this site for years.

He’s also been an award-winning indie film writer/producer/director who collects awards as easily as dogs collect fleas.

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Hank, but the info in an email we received from him last week made the wait well worth it:

Thank you to The 2017 Hollywood Hills Awards for bestowing its Best New Media Script award on the pilot episode of Orlonski is Missing. This is an action/adventure serial about a boy and his father who are desperately trying to track down the boy’s grandfather before the reclusive genius physicist destroys the universe.

Kyla’s War was also named a Finalist in the same competition, as was the first sitcom I’ve ever written, Forever Charlee.  The half-hour series follows the adventures of a washed-up child actress trying to make a comeback starring in a TV series about a washed-up child actress who’s trying to make a comeback.

Most importantly, thank you all for continuing to offer words and thoughts of support as I slog my way through this devilishly difficult business.

Writing from just a few yards shy of the grand Pacific Ocean, I remain…

Check out Hank’s work on VIMEO

Indie Video: Why Film Students Are God’s Chosen

EDITOR’S NOTE FROM MUNCHMAN:

I didn’t make this video, but I sure wish I did.

If yer friendly neighborhood munchaderio ends up not being able to live forever (although I sure don’t know why, or how, that could possibly be) then I want to die and live in the same hell as the crew in this behind-the-scenes. Christ knows that I already feel like I know ’em.

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‘Freedom Snatch’ is now on the Web…and in L.A. too

Are you an oldtimer who misses the ’60s and ’70s and the creative freedom that went with them?

Or a spoiled, spite-filled, lost and floundering millennial longing to have a crack at the wildness you’ve missed?

Or, oh, how about a person who just plain enjoys the hell out of good comedy?

If one or more of those descriptions fits you, then TVWriter™ is here to say that you’re going to love the improv comedy troupe Freedom Snatch and its new web series VR the World. In the words of Andy Goldenberg (aka “Goldentusk”), one of the master comedy craftsmen behind this project:

In collaboration with VR Scout, VR Playhouse, and YouTube Space LA, comes a 10-minute sketch comedy show all in 1 take in 360 degrees.

Watch as the guys of popular Los Angeles improv troupe FREEDOM SNATCH jump in and out of scenes until they finally connect in an epic climax!

FREEDOM SNATCH created comedy pilots for Mania TV and Babelgum, and starred in a documentary about their cage match run called A LAUGHING MATTER. Aside from improvising all around LA, they’ve performed and taught workshops at the Chico Improv Festival, Midtown International Theatre Festival, various corporate events, and were recently featured on YouTube’s VR Best of 360 for their comedy short, “Old West Showdown.”

Freedom Snatch consists of: Andy Goldenberg (Goldentusk on YouTube sporting 56 million lifetime views, Adam Sandler’s JACK & JILL, BROAD CITY, CASTLE, and iCARLY), Mark Gagliardi (DRUNK HISTORY, STAR VS. THE FORCES OF EVIL, and THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR Podcast), Jimmy Guidish (RED FACTION: ARMAGEDDON, A TRUE STORY, and THE BIGFOOT PROJECT), Tommy O’ Rourke (PLAYED BY FAME, PETNAP, and STARDUMB), and Cameron Fife (THE BIGFOOT PROJECT, UCB COMEDY ORIGINALS, and KILLING DIAZ)

And now, VR the World:

More about Goldentusk, et al, HERE

See Season 1 of Andy Goldenberg’s funny, romantic, and scarily successful zombie web series Bad Time HERE

And the second season of Bad Timing is HERE

Did we forget anything? Andy?

Web Series: ‘Stinking Thinking’

This series is proof positive that if you have an English accent you can get away with anything.

Providing you’re talented and weird as hell as well.

For example:

And then there’s this:

Well, you probably get the idea. This series by Oil Hudson and Jack Noddings really has its shit together, yeah? Give it a try HERE

Web Series: ‘Sam and Pat are Depressed’

Frequent (but not frequent enough) TVWriter™ guest columnist Bri Castellini has a new web series on Seeka.TV, and, spoilsports that we are (to Seeka.TV and its ilk anyway), we’re here to give you a glimpse into its darkness, despair…and humor.

SAM AND PAT ARE DEPRESSED
TRAILER

Episode 1 is also out and about…but you’ll have to go here, to Seeka.TV, to see it. Which reminds us:

WARNING! Seeka will make you join in order to watch. It’s free, and the show’s worth more than that, but still, it kinda bugs us, you know?

The Facebook page for Undead Burrito Productions, Ms. Castellini’s production company, is HERE in case you want to post your praise, or your disapproval, or whatever as long as it isn’t bullying. That’s saved for President Donny (although not by Bri, who ain’t the type to tolerate no nonsense from anybody, you here?)