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Four-Week Directing Alumni in Web Pilot Competition – Watch ‘The Front Desk’
Raindance Web Fest are currently hosting a competition in collaboration with video platform Dailymotion to enable the latest cutting edge voices to make an entire web series. Online content creators have had to create a 5-minute pilot episode of their future show to be in with a chance of having their vision funded and given a viewing platform. While the submission deadline has now closed, we are pleased to hear that ‘The Front Desk‘ – co-created by Four-Week Directing alumni Emily Rhodes – has made this year’s shortlist.
The show focuses on two twenty-something professionals, Bryony and Rhiannon, who work on the reception desk of a modern artsy business. The pilot sees one of them enter a flustered conversation with a co-worker crush with funny and awkward consequences. We particuarly like the show’s contemporary, fully fleshed characters and the way it cheekily plays with hip generational tropes (“Y’know he DJs on weekends?”/”I know babes but I can look past that one“).
It is undoubtably an exciting and transitional time for the web-series, particuarly across the pond with popular shows such as High Maintenance and Broad City being picked up by appropriate major networks off the back of a devoted online following. A common appeal of many hit web-series appears to be the lack of filter that the medium provides – allowing creators to share their work more immediately, and crucially with uncensored and progressive content that is often a more fitting reflection of what audiences want to see. It’s a type of broadcast that promotes savvy cultural insight with daring topical issues, preomindantly within snappy episode lengths. The media landscape is changing, and Generation Y certainly knows what’s up.
Out of the 19 participating videos in the Dailymotion Web Series Pilot Contest, The Front Desk episode ‘Crush Crush‘ has been one of the more popular uploads. However, it still requires some support before the deadline on Tuesday 21st September; you can place your vote for the entry by selecting the video at the bottom of this page. Along with episode creators Kelly Piercy and Rachel Durance, Emily is also currently starting up a small production company called Total Betty. We look forward to hopefully seeing more of their work in the future.