We’re only days away from having the launch of our web series. It’s been a long time coming. It started when I wrote the novel series about two years ago. I had no idea that it would lead me to this moment. All I wanted to do was create what I like to call the Gay Karate Kid. And it turned into so much more than that.
Now, we have shot over 10 episodes and although it cost me a small fortune to put together, it was worth every penny. I was able to make my dream come true, and not only create a story that I was passionate about, but also hopefully open up doors for the actors and crew that decided to join me on this journey. The first step in the process was to create a series of scripts. Now the scripts were not just like any other screenplay that I had written. They had to be a story that would be concise. And this meant that they had to be what look like about 5-minute episodes. In that short period of time I had to grab the audience and keep them engaged emotionally and at the end provide a cliffhanger that would make them want to watch the next episode.
The funny thing about it was that I was able to write these episodes very quickly. Maybe partly because I already knew the story, but maybe partly because I didn’t overthink it. I just wrote what naturally came to me. I knew I wanted to begin the story the same way that the novel began and that was seeing the character Jake stranded on an abandoned road. We don’t know whether not he’s alive or dead, but we know that something terrible is about to happen. Leaving the story on that hook I knew was a way to really grab the audience and make them want to know what was going to happen next.