A vignette is a brief but powerful scene. Feature films have been using a vignette-style of storytelling for years blending together individual stories that deliver a larger message. Some of the most popular examples of this are Pulp Fiction, Short Cuts and Coffee and Cigarettes.
The new webseries Sunday Morning is taking this artful approach online, putting forth 10-episodes each focused on a different set of individuals waking up on the same Sunday morning.
Directed by Lauren Fields, these stories offer up a bit of comedy, drama and everything in between. Some of the cast include a few notable names, including Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Tony Kroll (The Restaurant), Cassie Ramoska (June Adrift), YouTuber Kong Pham and Marri Savinar (Shooting the Warwicks) who also produced the project along with Fields.
I recently caught up with Lauren Fields and Marri Savinar to find out more about Sunday Morning.
Give us an overview of your web series Sunday Morning.
Marri & Lauren: It’s a series of vignettes of people waking up on a Sunday Morning. All of the situations vary with some comedic and some dramatic but all deal with some type of relationship event: one-night-stands, proposals, adultery. Each episode is completely unrelated to the next and features not only diverse topics, but diverse characters as well. We wanted to create series that as many people as possible could relate to – even if it is just one character they connect with or even just a feeling.
What inspired you to create the project and where did you get the idea to do it with vignettes?
Marri: I woke up one Sunday morning and was thinking about some of my friends and how one of them was waking up next to his girlfriend, one was probably doing the “walk of shame”, and one might be breaking up with her boyfriend. It was just interesting to me that at any given moment in time, everyone is having a completely different experience of that specific moment. Growing up, I remember seeing the movie Coffee and Cigarettes in theaters and it had such an impact on me. I remember walking out of the theater, crying over the last scene with the two old men imagining they were drinking champagne in Paris and how sweet and sad the story was. I think a part of me wanted to recreate that feeling that Coffee and Cigarettes gave me where I got to observe such interesting relationships but only for a moment at a time and then they were gone.
What do you hope audiences take away from it?
Lauren: Marri and I really wanted this series to shine a light on how similar people are. She wrote (and we tried to cast) a diverse pool of characters. I want audiences to realize no matter how different someone may seem from you we are all human. I hope they saw something familiar in every character.
If you could waive a magic wand and go back — is there anything you would do differently as the creator(s)?
Lauren: I absolutely loved working with this cast and crew. I really have no regrets!
Marri: I honestly feel the same way. It was my first time writing and producing and it was such an incredible experience! I learned so much and I felt so blessed to get to work with such wonderful people.
The obvious question is: are you planning a Season Two?
Lauren: Absolutely yes! We’ve got some other stuff in the works in between, but it is definitely in the works!
Would you say this is a comedy or a drama – and which do you prefer?
Lauren: I’d say this is dramedy! I know it’s a cop out answer, but some situations are comedic while others dramatic so it’s a really good mix! I really love both equally. I watch a good amount of both!
Marri: I completely agree. I tend to be drawn more to drama but it was important to me to have some episodes make people laugh and some episodes have a more serious effect on them. It really is a mixed bag.
Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Lauren: Sunday Morning was the first product of our newly launched production company! Be on the lookout for more good stuff from Femme Fatale Creative!
Marri: I just wanted to mention a part of the project that was very special to me and that was my step-sister who wrote and sang our theme song. I’m very passionate about the LGBTQ community and this past year my step-sister, Quinn Bleiler began transitioning so it was a topic I wanted to address. We were so honored to have her beautiful singing and songwriting talents as part of our project.
If people want to follow us on social media, follow Marri at @lipstickonurface and Lauren at @thelaurenfields, too! Also, let us know if there is anything in particular that you want to see in season 2!
Watch all 10-episodes of Sunday Morning on YouTube now at: http://bit.ly/sundaymorningseries
More info available at: www.SundayMorningSeries.com