What a year 2011 has been. I started off the year sitting in coffee shops around Boston meeting with just about anyone who was anyone in production. Sometimes I would enter these meetings not even realizing myself what I was putting together. I was looking for insight, colleagues, advice-givers, friends and support. What I spoke about was an idea to bring a full-scale T.V. production to the city of Boston, about Boston, by people living in the city and for the greater national public. What I was speaking about was 617, THE SERIES. I met with DP’s, Gaffer’s, AC’s, Assistant Directors, hopeful, young P.A.’s, Sound Mixers, other producers and development talents from New England and finally a crew was born.
Casting was also a glimmer in mine and Katie’s eyes at the beginning of 2011. Beginning with Patrick Driscoll, who was cast as GRIFFIN, we quickly found our SULLY (Nick Apostolides), our SCOTTY (Mike Underhill) and our ALANA danced into our hearts as well (Audrey Claire Johnson). Lastly, but surely not least we found our SIOBHAN, Boston’s theater hearthrob, Miss Kris Sidberry.
We shot the pilot episode over the spring of 2011. Our first shoot began on St. Patrick’s Day, here in our very Irish city and continued for the next three days. When June came around we went in to shoot the final 12 minutes of the pilot and have since been working to build our fan base, polish up our website and expand on our New Media presence by providing a pod-cast, spoof videos and more for our public.
Our Facebook fan page has almost reached 500 fans, when we started I think we had something around 20 fans. I am so thrilled and I know Katie is too to finally show you our product, our pilot episode, which took us over a year to put together.
We have big plans for our future. In conjunction with the pilot launch we will be launching a Kickstarter campaign. We are going to begin our round-table writing sessions to write our episode with a team of 8 writers; we are shooting our 2nd and 3rd episodes in January of 2012; we have a long list of sponsors and investors and finally distribution that we plan on seeking. We are fully committed to finding a home and a life for our show, most importantly we want to work towards providing an on-going series for production and television crew and professionals here in New England.
Thank you to all my crew members, all the business owners that lent us a helping hand and let us shoot at their locations, all of our equipment providers, our talented cast, our closest friends and family. And thank you to Katie Shannon, for giving me the opportunity to breathe her hilarious ideas into what we know 617 as today.
Lastly, thank you to all our fans for your time and support. Please spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign and please feel free to tell us your thoughts about the pilot episode.
And if you don’t like it. I’m sorry, but I’m not sorry.
5:50P.M. Monday, December 12th, 2011 (one hr. and nine minutes till the pilot episode airs)