A Palm Beach County writer and director whose previous works include Ortho and His Remote and Gina and the G.I.T. (Genie-In-Training) has set his scene-making sights on the World Wide Web.
Marc Zatorsky, founder of See Worthy Films, has created a new production titled Tweet – The Series, an Internet-based story that unfolds in four- to six-minute episodes viewable on any online device connected to YouTube. The series was filmed in Jupiter, West Palm Beach and other South Florida locations and stars local actress Taylor Blackwell.
“This is a great avenue to get out and reach the market,” Zatorsky said. “With YouTube, once you release it, it is released worldwide instantaneously. We don’t need Hollywood to say, ‘OK, this can be released.’”
Blackwell, 16, plays Fallon Ward, a 15-year-old who believes her broken iPhone is possessed because it keeps sending her psychic Tweets. The paranormal theme continues when those Tweets start to come true.
“When I was writing this, I wrote this with Taylor in mind,” Zatorsky said of the child talent whose most recent movie was Dolphin Tale 2; other television credits include Magic City and The Glades. “I thought this would be a really good vehicle for her.”
Tweet – The Series has released five out of 12 episodes, all available on YouTube. The series has upward of 250 subscribers, and each episode has garnered between over 1,000 views.
Some of the other local stars involved in the project include Rick Seguso (Burn Notice), Avery Sommers (Letters to God) and Julie Upton (Burn Notice). Money for their salaries, as well as other costs associated with the undertaking, was raised via crowdfunding; an Indiegogo campaign helped bring in more than $7,000 to be used in the budget.
The success of the inaugural Tweet – The Series will lead to another adventurous tale, Zatorsky said.
“Actually, right now, I’m starting to write season two,” he said.
Auditions will take place in January of 2015 followed by casting, rehearsals and more crowdfunding.
“It’s an excellent time to be a storyteller,” Zatorsky said. “Webisodes enable you to connect with audience and maintain control.”