Antidote 15: Web Festivals, TV Interviews, & More

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Antidote 15 on the Red Carpet Photocredit: Snobby Robot MagazineThe cast and crew on the red carpet for Hollyweb Festival!
Avi Kaye (director), Conner Sorensen (Benji), Amy Suto (showrunner), Portia Juliette (Sarah), Ashley Maimes (Anita), and Irina Kuzina (producer)
Photocredit: Snobby Robot Magazine

The past seven days have been a whirlwind of press and exciting events to celebrate Antidote 15’s season two and all the amazing people who are the lifeblood of the show.

On Friday, Antidote 15 screened in the Charlie Chaplin theater at Raleigh Studios, and I was able to talk on a panel about the inspiration for the show, and why ex-boyfriends, deadlines, and drinking things you’re not supposed to be are common college struggles.

thriller web series hollyweb antidote 15 amy suto The panel with me on the far right trying to think of something articulate to say about the show

On Sunday, we walked the red carpet and were interviewed by a few press outlets before the awards ceremony at Avalon Hollywood.

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This past week, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Faith Miller on ATVN news about Antidote 15 and our time at the Hollyweb Festival! You can watch the video below:

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When I started this over a year ago, I never would have expected that we would have all come this far. With each episode, we grew as a team and I owe everything to my tireless producers, directors, cast, crew, and everyone else who helped out on the project.

Now time to get back to work :)

Antidote 15 is Going to Hollyweb Web Festival!

s2redoIf you follow any of our social media accounts, you’ve probably seen that we are an official selection of the Hollyweb Web Fest!

When I started this series over a year ago, I never thought we’d get this far with our tiny thriller made on a student budget by film school friends on weekends between classes and summer jobs.

But what I love most about this series is the fact that it is just that: a labor of love. I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished, and I’ve met people through this project that I will continue to work with as we move forward with new projects — like our TV miniseries, CON.

Thank you to our amazing team and I’ll see you on the red carpet!


Producer Profile: Irina Kuzina

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 11.21.45 AMIrina Kuzina is one of the reasons why season two turned out as well as it did — she’s an incredible producer. DSC_3889

Not only did Irina secure key locations, but she also kept the set running smoothly and also was a constant source of hilarity on set and off. Her help with pre-production such as casting decisions and what kind of frozen yogurt we should eat was critical to surviving the shoot.


Irina also acted in the first date scene.

group photo rooftop a15The producers: Takenori, Amy, and Irina on set

The first date episode with Irina’s scene (2.02) airs January 29th on Youtube!

Director Profile: Bryce Morgan

Bryce Morgan directed episode 2.01 of season two, which was one of the most challenging episodes with an intricate nightmare dance sequence, a chase scene, and multiple locations and special effects.Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 2.00.55 PMAnita’s nightmare sequence was especially tricky because of the underwater shots and use of blood and practical effects, but Bryce was able to pull it off beautifully, and showcases her incredible technique for creating abstract landscapes and visually stunning shots even with the restraints of a low-budget web series.

DSC_3888Bryce’s masterful use of color, lighting, and framing prove to make 2.01 one of the most cinematic episodes of the season.bryce morgan

Bryce’s website

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Episode 2.01, “The Debt,” premieres January 22nd on our Youtube channel.

Season Two Premieres January 22nd

newcoverphotoSeason two comes out January 22nd!

If you haven’t seen the season two TEASER TRAILER go check it out now!

To keep you up to date until then, here on the blog we’ve got some great content coming out:

  • A full trailer
  • Behind the scenes videos
  • Director and producer profiles
  • Never before seen behind the scenes photos
  • Episode commentary

Stay tuned, subscribe and like us, and get ready for season two.





I N S T A G R A M @antidote15show



Season 2 BTS: Rooftops and Rose Gardens [Weekend 3]

thriller web series ashley maimes antidote 15a behind-the-scenes photo of the nightmare scene, directed by Bryce Morgan and featuring Ashley Maimes

It’s hard to recount this past weekend without getting sentimental about production coming to a close. We’ve got eight pages left to film out of the 50 pages total for season two. Soon we’re going to start planning the wrap party, begin ordering t-shirts, and getting started on post-production so we can enter a webfest or two. Also sleep, maybe.

Anyways, here’s some of the reasons why this weekend of filming went so well.

New Characters

BenjiConner Sorensen in a flashback scene from episode 2.06, directed by Avi Kaye

One of the scenes we shot this weekend was a flashback with Benji and a new season two character. Even though it’s in the middle of the season it’s the very last scene I wrote for season two. I had been struggling with finding the right flashback to include in episode 2.06 and immediately after I wrote this scene it became one of my favorites because of how many layers there are to it despite being a fairly simple scene depicting a power struggle. Avi Kaye directed it, and Conner Sorensen and Katie Baker made it a really interesting scene — I can’t explain how because spoilers.

2014-07-27 13.41.06-1Kayla Tong, our guest DP, and Avi Kaye, one of our directors

Season two continues to become more and more impressive because these guys can take a scene to the next level in a way that serves character in unexpected ways.

New Cast/Crew Dinner Stories

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“There is nudity in every scene of season two. Emotional nudity but still.” -Antidote 15 cast/crew dinner quote thanks to Avi Kaye.

One of our highlights of our time on set has been the cast/crew lunch and dinners. We all sit around and tell stories about our lives. We’ve learned a lot about each other (such as Avi has a great taste in posters and Irina is indeed from Russia) and everyone leads interesting lives (whether they think so or not.)

I think the reason why I love this project so much is because our cast and crew are like a family. We share secrets and food and everybody pitches in their time and effort to make this series awesome.

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The view from the rooftop where we shot a scene from 2.02

We’ve shot at some unique locations around Los Angeles this season, including a gorgeous Pershing Square office building, some sketchy alleyways, and now a beautiful rooftop restaurant, which Emma Petersen set dressed with paper lanterns and candles. Jen Enfield-Kane directed this rooftop scene from 2.02, and managed to craft a gorgeous scene despite the endless amount of planes that kept making us hold for sound (thanks LAX) and a tight time constraint.

Everybody pitched in for this scene: Kayla lent us her LED light which served as moonlight, Zach held the reflector, Irina AD’d, and our very own Takenori Oue made a guest cameo as a waiter.

group photo rooftop a15Takenori, me, and Irina

DJ Suto and Irina Kuzina were our lovely extras, and they invented great backstories. Irina’s character was on a date with DJ’s character and it was going well except for the fact that DJ’s character ran over her beloved cat on the way to the date and hadn’t told her yet.

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Alternate backstories included other gems such as taking a lot of muscle relaxant before the date.

New Short Stories

If you haven’t heard, we’re releasing new short stories every Friday. These short stories take place in the Antidote 15 universe and expand on backstories and character details that didn’t make it into the actual episodes.

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Onwards to weekend four!


Antidote 15 Fans Get a FREE Graze Box

Graze snacks review Antidote 15Ashley Maimes, one of our stars, on set with a Graze box

The amazing people over at Graze donated a bunch of their healthy snack boxes to crafty for the Antidote 15 set! We are super psyched not only because our primary food group last season was donuts, but also because these snacks are amazing.

They’re also giving all Antidote 15 fans free boxes!

Use the code ‘ANTIDOTE15′ to get your free box!

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You can rate snacks on the Graze and get a monthly box based on your preferences.

This is our favorite snack from our last box:

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Thanks Graze!

-Amy and the Antidote 15 cast and crew

Season 2 BTS: Dinner Parties and Sketchy Elevators (Weekend 2)

antidote 15 showTop left, clockwise: Irina Kuzina (producer), Conner Sorensen (Benji), Takenori Oue (producer), Jen Enfield-Kane (director), Amy Suto (showrunner), Avi Kaye (director), Ashley Maimes (Anita), Andio Manguray (Jason), Dillon Bonnee (makeup artist). Not pictured: Portia Juliette (Sarah). group selfie cred: Andio Manguray

We wrapped weekend two! This weekend we shot inside a cool building in downtown LA and shot scenes with directors Avi Kaye, Bryce Morgan, Jen Enfield-Kane, and Conner Sorensen.

What I love about our set is that everyone is energetic and ready to go even when we have to shoot a high energy chase scene at 7am and then a heartbreaking season-ender at 10pm. Whether it’s Avi or Ashley inventing new plot twists (Antidote 15 is actually a batman prequel) or everyone telling stories at dinner, our entire cast and crew are all great collaborators.

We officially wrapped Laura Kirchner (Detective Emily Shipton), Andio Manguray (Jason) and Eric Casalini, (Dean Rutherford). We’ve got one more scene with Portia Juliette (Sarah) before we wrap her, too.

One of my favorite parts of this weekend was that everyone was so in it. Every take, every shot — everyone gave the show their all.

 2014-07-19 16.57.23-1A scene from 2.01 directed by Bryce Morgan, starring Laura Kirchner and Ashley Maimes.

The Last Scene of the Weekend

We shot the most emotionally intense scene last. I can’t say much because of spoilers, but what I can say is that Ashley Maimes and Conner Sorensen are two of the most talented actors I’ve ever met and I’m in awe of them. Avi Kaye directed the scene, and under impossible time constraints and with a dark scene on his hands, crafted a scene captured in a long shot that is one of my favorite scenes of the season. I never expected the scene to turn out the way it did when I wrote it, but Ashley and Conner and Avi took the scene to a whole new level of intensity. They made it happen after a long weekend of shooting when most actors would be done for the day.

We’ve only got four shooting days left, but we’re making each one of them count. If you haven’t already, make sure to follow us on Instagram (@antidote15show) to stay up-to-date on what’s happening on set!


Season 2 BTS: Stage Managers and Detectives [Weekend 1]

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 2.34.10 PMAshley Maimes in between takes. Make-up by the talented Dillon Bonnee.

 Welcome back, everybody! Season two is happening! I say that, but it feels like season one hasn’t ended, at least not for me. While editing the final cuts for season one, I was also writing season two. The 50 page script for all of season two took about four and a half months from pre-writing to the final polish. I rewrote the whole thing several times to make sure it would be the best season yet, and I’m really happy about how it turned out, and I hope you are, too! We’ve got some new characters that are going to be great additions to the story. (Also: if you haven’t watched season one yet then go do that now.)

We’ve got so many new faces to our team for this season, including our fearless producer Irina Kuzina, and our new guest directors Bryce Morgan, Jen Enfield-Kane, and Avi Kaye. Conner Sorensen is also joining our roster of guest directors, and he’s directing episode 2.07.

This past weekend we shot for two days with directors Bryce Morgan and Jen Enfield-Kane, and with actors Ashley Maimes, Katie Baker, Daniel Rashid, Laura Kirchner, and Kelly Davis Wilson.

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Left: Jen and Takenori having a staredown. Right: Avery and Bryce testing lighting with our gorgeous stand-in Claire

We had lots of great behind-the-scenes moments with Takenori and Jen in the interrogation room, with Laura and Ashley trying not to laugh during intense stare-downs, and trying to outsmart the air conditioning units threatening to ruin sound. Jen and Bryce both did an amazing job despite the fact that they had challenging time and production limitations.

Saturday we shot one scene with Daniel (who plays Tim) and Katie (who plays Petra)  in a sketchy alleyway, and then Sunday we shot interrogation room scenes along with dressing room scenes.

Fact: our production designer Emma Petersen is the best. She built the vanity mirror from scratch and turned a plain study room into a dressing room.

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We were also able to make the wizardry of low-budget production work for us by shooting in a stairwell for the interrogation scene.

Our crew was spectacular during these shoots, thanks each and every one of you for helping us lift heavy gear and make this web series the best it can be. morningshoot

Ashley Maimes (Anita), Emma Petersen (production designer), Jen Enfield-Kane (director), and Avery Xie (DP)

We gained a few fans this weekend — people who were watching us lug c-stands and lights around the apartment complex we were filming in wanted to know what we were filming, and several promised to watch season one. Claire, Avery, Takenori and I all went to get Pizza Studio after day one and the great folks there that helped us with our fundraiser for season one said that they watched season one and loved the concept.

We love you all and are so excited to be back for another season!



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!