So, basically our theatre company (its a non-profit group with a difference) had a roaring success with a non-musical stage adaptation of Les Mis (that we wrote) - we did our initial show run, and then ended up getting funding from London, to do a second run, and things went from strength to strength.
Then, last winter, some of our members and key people involved in the stage show, started talking about a film. As I have two (long disused, I dived headlong into theatre instead) degrees in film and TV production, and am an unabashed Les Mis addict (and the director of the stage show), I got hauled in. (okay, I would have been very annoyed if I wasn't, hehe). What we decided pretty early is that there is absolutely no point in doing yet another Les Misérables feature film. There are half a million already out there. What instead made a lot more sense is the fact that the whole book, has never been dramatised. Every single stage / feature film adaptation has to miss stuff out. So, we developed the plan to make an internet film series (well, at the minimum it will be available globally on Youtube, Vimeo and similar platforms, though we have already got a TV broadcast company making tentative inquiries as well, so you never know)
The plan is to crowdfund the series, but what we have also discovered is that very few people have believed that the project is a serious plan. We advertised castings, had hundreds of people say they were attending, and then over 90% no-shows on the day, and when followed up, feedback was they thought the casting would be a joke, and were amazed to hear it had actually taken place!!!!!! Some then begged for roles without auditioning (Sorry!)
We hoped to have the whole thing cast by the end of the summer, and to have filmed the promo trailer, which introduces the visuals, main cast members, and some of the locations, last month. As it is, with delays caused by casting it, we have only just cast the main characters whom we want for the trailer, a week ago, which is now pushed back to filming in the early Spring.
In a way, this is good. This is letting the two of us who are funding the filming of the trailer, hit ebay, selling stuff to fundraise for the trailer. We have a huge load of stunning costumes already, both saved from the stage show, and bought from a theatre period costume clearance sale in October.
Once we have the trailer (to prove it is serious!) then we will go ahead with the crowdfunding.
If you want to get involved, there will be several ways. Helping with the crowdfunding, when that is set up, is one way. You could come and be an extra or even a supporting actor with some lines, in the series, and we will have sponsored events, carnival entries, and themed-events, to fundraise and publicize the project - which will be posted here and on our social networks.
To follow our group and be the first to find out what is going on, there are various links below.
Theatre Company main links
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers
Facebook public group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/southdevonplayers/
Email mailing list: http://www.southdevonplayers.com/join-mailing-list.html
Les Mis film series main links
Website (in development) http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lesmiswebseries