Director Laurent Touil-Tartour
When 'Urban Wolf' debuts on Crackle.com on Thursday, May 13, rivals will pretty much have to go back to the drawing board, because it's a pretty well-oiled web series.
WEBSERIESNETWORK caught an advance screening of the first season in Beverly Hills, CA - a 15 part web series (which run about five minutes each).
WEBSERIESNETWORK will keep the plot of the series hush hush, but it did yield something worthwhile: pure visual storytelling, minimal cast and about two pages of dialog in the entire
season. Ninety-five percent of the entire 15-part story is told visually, each frame clearly explains and moves the story forward, a rarity in web series.
Tartour said he picked the lead character, Justin Case (played by Asian actor Vincent Sze) based on visual and physical acting, "I was influenced by the character Harmonica
in Sergio Leone's 'Once Upon A Time In The West,'" said Tartour. "I wanted my actor to show suffering and pain through his face not words."
When asked how he sold the series to Crackle.com, Tartour said that he didn't sell it, "Crackle.com doesn't own it, I own the series because I produced it with my own money, Crackle.com is just licensing it," said Tartour.
Tartour is also a big fan of WEBSERIESNETWORK, "Brent Friedman (creator of MTV's 'Valemont') told me about WEBSERIESNETWORK," says Tartour. "I visited the site a few days ago and saw your picture (indicating the author of this article), the black and white one, that's how I recognize you."
When asked about the series release strategy, Tarfour said that the webisodes will be rolled out daily, not weekly. "With television you can wait a week because the shows are 45 minutes long," says Tartour. "As a web series fan, I don't like waiting a week to watch a three minute clip, so I'm not going to make people wait seven days to see a new webisode of 'Urban Wolf,' I'm going to release the webisodes daily and get it out of the way," says Tartour.
When asked about the possibility of taking the series to television or feature film, Tarfour said he prefers to stay online, "If it's successful, I'll make the second season as a web series too."
To really understand how 'Urban Wolf' could change web series forever, you would have to see for yourself when it debuts on Sony's Crackle.com on Thursday, May 13.
Mark your calendar because the future of web series is around the corner and remember that WEBSERIESNETWORK said it first.