Interview: By-Law Productions, Indie TV Makers
The indie film scene has been thriving for decades, but the indie TV space only picked up recently thanks to the rise of the web series. Last week, I got the chance to chat with By-Law Production (Rance Collins, Beth Crudele, Kerrington Fier, Oriana Nudo, Justin Scarelli, and Rachel Wolf), a new production team thanks to the successful kickstarter for their web series Movie Night.
Check out the Movie Night teaser video they made for the Kickstarter campaign and then learn more about By-Law Productions below.
1. What was your inspiration for this web series?
For the past year and a half we’ve gotten together every week to watch a movie. These nights were not just about watching movies, but setting aside time for friends we might not normally see because of schedules, jobs, and other life events. The series idea came about when six of us wanted to be creative and showcase our voices, and we knew that others could relate to the camaraderie and sense of community we had created in our own movie nights. So we found there was a story within ourselves.
2. How did everyone involved come together to get this project off the ground?
We worked together at a particular film studio where we were constantly surrounded by film and television production. However, instead of talking about production, we wanted to make it happen ourselves. It’s hard to remember whose exact idea the web series was, but we got together after work one night and within three hours, an entire season of “Movie Night” was outlined and By-Law Production was born.
3. Why did you choose Kickstarter over other funding options like IndieGoGo or a more traditional route?
We weighed numerous options but ultimately chose Kickstarter because it is a more recognizable funding platform, we have friends whose projects were successfully funded through Kickstarter, and we wanted to give a certain air of accountability to our backers. Kickstarter also opened doors for us to connect with people whom we did not know as opposed to taking a more traditional route. What platform you choose should depend upon your personal project and for us, that was Kickstarter.
4. What’s the plan after you hit your fundraising goal? I know it’ll premiere on the web, but are there plans for more seasons or other ways of continuing the project?
We were really excited to hit our fundraising goal in 13 days because that gave us extra time for pre-production. Once we knew that “Movie Night” had been funded, the web series suddenly became a reality… but not reality television (we decided to throw in a joke). While we have hopes for a second season, right now we are focusing all of our efforts on season one so that it will be the best representation of our creative vision.
5. If you could tell aspiring filmmakers/tv showrunners one piece of advice, what would it be?
Laugh a lot while working. And believe us, we laugh more than we argue… and we argue a lot. But all joking asking, when you’re working together with a team of people who have a common goal, remember to appreciate and respect each others opinions because you’re all trying to get to the same place in the end. We’ve learned for the most part to leave our egos at the door. We’ll figure the rest out when we win our Emmy.
6. Do you have another project lined up after this? What’s next for you and your team?
This experience has shown us what we can do in the future, not only for season two but for any other projects we decide to bring to the table… now that By-Law Production has a table.
Congrats to By-Law Productions on their amazing Kickstarter success! I for one can’t wait to see the finished web series, as well as whatever they come up with next.