BTRP and The Slash Generation

4749584 By Jason Godbey, Creative Director of Behind the Rabbit Productions

For the past year, Behind the Rabbit Productions has partnered with a lifestyle project called The Slash Generation, a weekly series on Facebook that includes a vlog from Maria Aparo as well as videos from people we feature on the site. The Slash Generation refers to people of any age who are managing multiple careers. We’ve been creating and managing video content for the project, and we are currently developing a web/television series and podcast.

For the first big promo, we wanted to illustrate the aspect of playing multiple roles in a fun and entertaining way. I came up with the idea of seeing behind the scenes of a promotional video where Maria would play all the roles. She’d be the director, the sound person, the production assistant, the camera operator, and then play herself as the host/presenter.

For the production, we had a small crew. Marcello Carnevali shot the promo and Lera Vital assisted on crew. We shot it in an afternoon in a studio which gave the video authenticity and added production value. It was tedious with Maria having to switch costumes after each setup, but all in all the shoot went very smoothly.

Post production involved some special effects like compositing and rotoscoping in order to create the effect where Maria appears to be in the same shot with herself. The decision to have the crew scenes be in black and white and the green screen shot to be in color came from necessity. We wanted to show the difference between on camera and off, and that was a visual short cut. It also gave a certain shine and glamor to an otherwise drab studio. Marcello did a great job with the edit, and I credit him with the look and the feel of the promo. Finally Christopher Gillard brought the promo to life with his wonderful score.

The Slash Generation is a growing project we hope to develop further. It has a lot of potential for filmmakers. Think about every DIY filmmaker you know.They’re all wearing many hats as  writer/director/producer/editor, etc.. If you’re a filmmaker or anyone with a multifaceted background,  The Slash Generation is definitely worth checking out.

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New Project- Shakespeare [rehearsed] The Web Series

4749584 By Jason Godbey, Creative Director, Behind the Rabbit Productions

Currently Behind the Rabbit has a lot of irons on the fire. Our latest project premiering this week on Facebook, is a web series called Shakespeare [rehearsed]. We made the series in collaboration with Doyouthinkhesaurus Productions, our good friends Mark Granville Merritt and Michael Hall Lindsey.

The series is about two New York theatre actors living in New York City. The show begins when they both get a gig working for a less than famous Shakespeare repertory company  in Brooklyn. Even though they have aspirations of playing the Bard’s greatest roles, the guys get bit parts and play supporting characters.

We did the show as a very DIY production. In order to make it on the budget we had, I wrote it with the resources we had in mind. For locations we had an apartment, a rooftop,  and Prospect Park. I wrote the with Mark and Michael as the main characters. The most important element of course was Shakespeare. I started my career in theatre and had done quite a bit of Shakespeare. I knew the plays well and knew which ones I could use in the show. The plays gave a a strong foundation to build on.

Mark and Michael were great to work with; they have a natural chemistry because they’re good friends, and they also really know their Shakespeare. They’re both trained theatre actors, and they really got the material. That was huge. It’s nearly impossible to do Shakespeare if you don’t have the actors who know what they’re doing.

Series I is five episodes and starts this week on Facebook. Check it out and let us know what you think. For actors, theatre and Shakespeare fans, it’s a must-see.