While most things that go viral these days don’t offer a lot in the way of comedy and insight, Behind The Blinds aka Filmmaking 101, the first scripted series about independent filmmaking, is racking up the YouTube hits, having collected over 200,000 views and becoming a fast-favorite among film professionals.
Behind The Blinds AKA Filmmaking 101 is an original comedy web-series that follows an independent film production lead by two Eastern European mobsters. Having no experience with this business, the mobsters hire incompetent people and it slowly spins out of control as the director, cast members and crew members all pitch in conflicting creative ideas. In the middle of all that, the writer fights to maintain some sort of coherence in the film – and to stay alive.
Behind The Blinds AKA Filmmaking 101 was inspired and written by Charles Ancelle, a French-born producer, director, and writer who found his passion for visual arts and Hollywood films at an early age, giving him a particular sense of detail and dedication as well as a strong taste for American cinema. His first project was created and published in 2009.
The series possesses a mixture of refined sexuality with an original multi-level humor preserved in the series from the original script, the way it was conceived by Ancelle.
“I was very fortunate to have my producing partner, Anna Skrypka, on the team to make the series happen, as well as our director/editor Adrian Morales Ramos. I feel like the three of us really kept the soul of the series intact from the original idea I had when I pitched the project to them.” says Ancelle.
Ancelle followed “Behind the Blinds” from figuring out the details of the shoot, to the general look of the series, casting and editing.
“What I loved the most about the film is all the different levels of humor. It has very broad and obvious jokes but then small quiet moments that kept happening between the actors and between the scenes,” cites actress Sharon Spence. “And the humor that each actor has found for different scenes – it was just yummy to me!”
The remaining two episodes of the first season will be playing on YouTube every Thursday over the month. The second season is planned for shooting this fall. Viewers are encouraged to subscribe to the channel to follow the story. Though the comedy series was shot specifically for broadcasting on YouTube, the film producers are considering other distribution channels for the episodes.
Behind The Blinds aka Filmmaking 101 is produced by ASCA Films, a Los Angeles-based film and TV production company.