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Creator's Corner » El Porvenir - Miguel Garcia Yee
Tell us about your sci-fi web series.
El Porvenir is a thriller/horror web series, about a small town that is being stalked by a mysterious creature. At the same time, the local police is trying to solve a recent murder. Eventually both events begin to crash with each other; forcing the town to question it's priorities, and with time, it's beliefs.
Where did the idea/concept for your web series come from?
We found it interesting to combine the elements of a murder mystery with those of a monster movie as well as a modern western. We always wanted to write something with multiple characters, and be able to handle the dynamic of an entire town since we thought it would be interesting. The monster aspect from the show came from our cultural heritage of legends of the dark abandoned roads that span across our country. We combined this with our love of police procedurals and murder mysteries, and the very essence of the show is the question " what happens when a harsh, realistic world like that of a crime novel, is invaded by the almost mythological world of the monster movie?"
Name some of your sci-fi influences. Any favorite movies, TV shows, novels?
Stephen King novels have been a great influence, novels like The Mist and The Tommyknockers, which deal with town dynamics. The landscape itself has had a strong impact and influence on thee direction of the show as well.
Tell us about the technical production of your show. What camera & equipment did you use? Editing software & hardware? For visual effects, etc?
We have a small skeleton crew of about 15 to 10 people. We use the Canon HV40 to shoot all the episodes, and the creature in the first episode was made out of wood and foam latex. We requested the help of a film student in the creation of more complicated CG shots. But a great deal of the show was developed with off the shelf software like adobe premiere.
Can you tell us any interesting facts or trivia about your show? Any funny stories?
We are one of the first Mexican web series. Our actors come from completely different disciplines, some of them are theater actors, some television personalities, some have a background in film, and others have no prior acting experience. Production on some of the episodes would be shot completely at night, lasting anywhere from 5 to 6 hours of shooting per night.
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