Casting Announcement: Katie Baker as Petra Rowan [News]

8x10Headshot_Baker_004EXCITING casting announcement today! Everyone welcome Katie Baker to the cast as Petra Rowan, a major character in season two! This role has been notoriously hard to cast because there are so many complexities to Petra’s character that we will see over the course of season two, but after we started from scratch and held new auditions, we were able to find Katie Baker, who was a perfect fit for the role.

We start filming this weekend. Let the next 15 hours begin!

Inside the Audition Room for Season 2 [News]

10500263_684304001651858_8202686008436274767_nthriller web series action web seriesLeft to right: Ashley Maimes (who plays Anita), Irina (our new producer), and Takenori (our AD/line producer)

We spent eight hours in the audition room this weekend. As you can tell we ate a lot of frozen yogurt and cheese its and tried to stay sane — which is hard to do when we’re all locked up in a room together all day and trying to amuse ourselves when there are gaps in the schedule, whether that is Courtney reading the sides in a Southern accent, Irina and Jen winning all the staring contests, or Ashley leading improv games.

Also, a thanks to all the wonderful actors who showed up to auditions. You all amazed us and we’re excited for callbacks. We want to just cast all of you since you were all amazing. We had some tricky sides for you to read. So thanks again for being impressive. There were some auditions where when an actor or actress left the room we would all collectively freak out and write in all caps CAST THIS PERSON NOW on our notepads/laptops.

So yeah.

Hopefully I can get out all the sides and callbacks notices by the end of today or tomorrow at the latest.

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Ashley and Courtney reading the sides in varying accents for our entertainment

Onward to callbacks!

-Amy

Pizza Studio Fundraiser JUNE 18th — Suport Our Show & Eat Great Pizza

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 3.50.55 PMprint this flier HERE and bring it in with you to support our show!

Join the cast and crew of Antidote 15 at PIZZA STUDIO at 3584 S. Figueroa St. on June 18th as we eat pizza and support our show. This is some of the best pizza in LA and you’ll be supporting a great cause. Make sure to bring in the *printed* flier and show it to the cashier.

We’ll be live tweeting the event, so keep an eye out on our Twitter and come join us and support our show in exchange for pizza and allllll of the season two spoilers.

Please spread the word!

Thanks!

Antidote 15 Season 2 Casting Call

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UPDATES as of JULY 2nd: We have cast the roles of Detective Emily Shipton and Dean Rutherford and are still deliberating and accepting submissions for Petra.

We’re looking for Los Angeles based NON UNION or SAG-ELIGIBLE actors for the following roles:

  • DETECTIVE EMILY SHIPTON (Recurring Guest Star). A ruthless detective who sometimes goes against the law. She enjoys breaking criminals in the interrogation room. Age range: late 20’s – late 30’s.
  • DEAN RUTHERFORD (Recurring Guest Star). Former magician. Current Dean of the University. Specializes in deceiving those with power to get what he wants. He is an ally to Anita and Benji. Age range: late 20’s to late 30’s.
  • PETRA ROWAN (Recurring Guest Star). Student at the university. She seems to be driven by nervousness and anxiety, but has a secret. Age range: early to mid 20’s.

Please submit headshots, resumes, and reels to amy@amysuto.com before June 20th.

Actors are encouraged to be familiar with season one before submitting.

No Pay – Meal/Copy/Credit

Closed auditions will be held on June 21st, 22nd. Callbacks will be June 28th or 29th. Filming will be during weekends in July and August.

The Fifteenth Hour: Season One Finale Commentary

Watch all the episodes here

Season one of our web series ended today and it’s one of those moments where I simultaneously want to sleep for five days and run around high fiving everyone for being amazing human beings.

We spent about six months on these episodes, and I’ve learned so much. What parts of the script work — and don’t — when you get to set, how to lose props when filming in the middle of the night, how editing for seven and a half hours straight requires one to get outside and go running at midnight in order to stay sane.

Editing the final cut of episode five was a bit surreal. Seeing everything come back to this final cliffhanger I had written years ago before the decision to turn Antidote 15 into a web series was unlike anything else. Typing “CUT TO BLACK” after a carefully crafted twist has always given me a rush (which is why they call me Amy “Danger” Suto clearly) but actually being able to execute the production of the series up to this final cut to black was a long time in the making.

Season one was not perfect. I know that I’ve got to bring in people to help me with aspects of production that I’m not the best at (such as lighting for exterior scenes). But I am proud of the way the story turned out, and I think we told the best story we could with the resources we had, and we’re able to take what we learned and apply it to create an even better season two.

Some of my favorite moments from season one came from discovering how the cast were able to bring their talents to each role: Daniel Rashid killed his scenes as the unsuspecting Tim in episode five and was able to improv some amazing lines that made the scene’s subtext even richer. Andio Manguray became the show’s iconic Man in a Dark Jacket and I can’t wait to feature him in next season. Portia Juliette was amazing as the tell-it-like-it-is grad student, and what was originally a bit role expanded into a character who will return in season two with what I hope will become an interesting — and tragic — character arc. Courtney Chism was fantastic in her tricky suspense scene in episode two, and Abby Rose Mark did a great job of lending her captivating voice for the Playback Device.

Our two leads — Ashley Maimes and Conner Sorensen — well, their performances speak for themselves. These stars are some of the hardest working actors I know, and I couldn’t have asked for a better Anita and Benji.

I think the heart of the series came through in each episode, and I want to thank everyone for their support the story we told and want to continue to tell. I hope season two will continue to raise the bar with innovative storytelling for the web and a higher production value, and I hope to continue to discover who Benji and Anita are and uncover the secrets they’re hiding from each other.

And last but not least, thanks to everyone who contributed their time to this project. I could not have told this story without all of you.

-Amy Suto

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The Sound of Poison: Antidote 15 Web Series Sound Design

Does poison have a sound? In our web series it does!

Cheesy blog post titles aside, music was essential in building the world for our web series. Dialog, sound effects, and score have to play nice in order to tell the story of Anita and Benji.

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Jen, our sound designer for season one!

Building the Score

Bill Fitzgibbons, our composer, has created a unique sound for our series. Some of the cues he writes also echo the main theme, giving the show a conne

I’ve been working with Bill on film projects since last fall, and he’s always able to create gorgeous scores that fit the scene. We start by discussing the tone of the scene and looking for examples of good scores from TV shows like Homeland before Bill puts together the preliminary cues. Sometimes we work through several sets of revisions, and some scores (like the score that will play over a pivotal moment in the end of episode 3) are so perfect that I spam all our crew members with it and in general freak out about how perfect it is. (I’m a sucker for sonatas.)

Bill has been a huge part of the team and somehow has been able to work with my odd and misplaced notes like “can we do something less bouncy?” “I want this track to sound like death” and turn our score into art unto itself.

Bill was interviewed alongside me for Foothills Focus here, and for our blog here.

Guest Musicians and Composers

Some episodes also call for different kinds and styles of tracks. The band HONEY GUN let us use their fantastic track “You Kill Me Darling” in our pilot for the party scene, and Nick Davies composed the score for our full trailer.

In season two, we’re looking to move away from synth composing and further towards live musicians as our budget permits.

Stay tuned, follow our Facebook page! EPISODE ONE IS OUT TODAY, MAY 1st at NOON!

-Amy