Laurent Touil-Tartour's 'Urban Wolf' Could Change Web Series Forever

Urban Wolf Director Laurent Touil-Tartour

When 'Urban Wolf' debuts on 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, Tartour said that he didn't sell it, " doesn't own it, I own the series because I produced it with my own money, 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 on Thursday, May 13.

Mark your calendar because the future of web series is around the corner and remember that WEBSERIESNETWORK said it first.

By @richmbariket

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Comment by f e w on May 8, 2010 at 3:04am
merci laurent... can't wait next thursday...
Comment by Rich Mbariket on April 30, 2010 at 1:38pm
15 webisodes total. Smart idea for a daily mon-fri style release for 3 weeks.
Comment by Mark Vega on April 30, 2010 at 1:28pm
Can't wait to see it. Agree re daily releasing and then "getting on" with further distribution and allowing your satisfied viewers to pass along the good word.
Comment by Steve Lettieri on April 25, 2010 at 11:57am
Really excited to see this series!
Comment by Jeff Koenig on April 23, 2010 at 8:06am
Looking forward to it.
Comment by Rich Mbariket on April 22, 2010 at 10:44pm
Brent, Urban Wolf gave me hope again in web series. I was losing faith in the business, based on what's out there (spoofs, etc)... until tonight. I almost gave Laurent a hug tonight. Great guy, great series!
Comment by Brent Friedman on April 22, 2010 at 10:38pm
I met Laurent at a recent MIT Media Lab for the future of storytelling. I was fortunate to see a screening of "Urban Wolf" at the event. Web video fans are in for a real treat -- UW is pure cinema. Laurent is definitely a talent to keep an eye on and, best of all, he's a GREAT guy!

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