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Creating content for the web is still often referred to as being in it's "Wild West" stage of development and while major networks and brands are starting to put their resources behind original scripted series that air exclusively on the web, there is still a great deal of freedom for independent creators to affordably and successfully tell their unique stories for an internet audience.  Add to this the huge upswing in affordable technology to increase production values, it's now very possible to create engaging, well-shot material at a fraction of the cost.

I wanted to highlight some of my favorite web series of past and present that were created completely independently and distributed through publicly available video portals (YouTube, blip.tv, Vimeo). As of this writing, they have no brand sponsorships and were funded solely by the creators with some crowd sourced donations.  Marketing and distribution were achieved by clever uses of personal social media strategies and all done in-house, with no hiring of publicists, etc.

In other words, these creators kick ass and do it on their own terms.

There is a moment in every great actors career where the performer transforms from a supporting player to a movie star in front of the audiences eyes. This is commonly referred to as an actor’s “breakout moment” and we always know it when we see it. Whether it’s Eddie Murphy taking command of the bar scene in 48 Hours, or Tom Cruise dancing around in his underwear in Risky Business, the importance of these moments are never lost on the audience and always indicates that the performer is here to stay. Rogue’s Star to Watch is dedicated to highlighting these career-making performances as they happen and recognizing the exact moment when a new star is born!

If you don’t know actress/comedian Melissa McCarthy by name right now … you soon will! McCarthy has been working professionally since the late ‘90s and is probably best known for her role on the popular CBS series Mike & Molly. But she is about to become a household name for her breakout performance in the new film Bridesmaids, which opens in theaters everywhere today. In the movie, the actress plays Megan, the sister of the groom and an unlikely member of the bridal party. The character is the absolute opposite of lady-like and steals almost every scene she is in. Recently, while she was out promoting the film, McCarthy explained how she came up with her character’s signature look. “I wanted her to look like Guy Fieri, from the Food Network. Right when I read it, I was like, I think she dresses just like him.”


Classic Comic Covers: The Man of Steel #1

Wednesday, 11 May 2011 15:51

To comic book fans everywhere Wednesdays mean one-thing … new comics! So in honor of that, every week we will spotlight one classic comic book cover that has impacted the industry, pop culture and our lives in a super-powered way!

This week, to coincide with Friday’s series finale of the CW’s decade long series Smallville, we will examine artist John Byrne’s seminal work on ‘1986s The Man of Steel #1.

This is part two of my interview with creator/director Matt Lewis. His series, Video Game Reunion is winding up it's run on Atom.com and Lewis took some time to sit down and discuss his views on the digital space and plans for the future.  You can see the first part of his interview here.

Classic Comic Covers: Thor #151

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 12:09

To comic book fans everywhere Wednesdays mean one-thing … new comics! So in honor of that, every week we will spotlight one classic comic book cover that has impacted the industry, pop culture and our lives in a super-powered way!

This week, to coincide with the U.S. release of Marvel Studios big-screen adaptation of Thor on May 6th, we are looking back at comic book legend Jack Kirby’s beautiful cover of Thor #151.

This is part one of a two-part interview I conducted with Matt Lewis, one of the creators and director of the Atom.com series Video Game Reunion.  I have had the pleasure of working with Lewis not only on VGR (the delightful acronym coined for the show) as a casting director and producer but also on his award-winning short film September 12th.

Lewis is one of those rare directors that not only understands working with talent and crew to create an overall vision, but he has the technical know-how to truly understand what each crew member needs, from the abilities of the cameras on down to what will work once the project moves into the editing room. An example of this is that he actually ended up producing the impressive title sequence for the show himself when he wasn't able to find a graphic designer in time for launch. He's a doer, a true "if someone can't do it, do it yourself" kind of guy.

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