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Creator's Corner » Infamous - Joey Barto
Tell us about your sci-fi web series.
Infamous is a sci-fi web series based heavily around the styles, themes, and story arcs of comic books. Our goal with this show is to make, and stick with, the dark characters we love, and not a glossed-over version for the family crowd. Hence, we have a sort of anti-hero show; the characters aren't superheroes, they have the same flawed personalities anyone else, but they also have some extraordinary powers that they have to deal with. Infamous shows how real humans would deal with those situations.
Name some of your sci-fi influences. Any favorite TV, movies, novels?
I love sci-fi, being huge fan of the original Star Wars trilogy, but the stories with flawed, rough heroes are always the best. Decker in Blade Runner, Han in the holy trilogy, and more recently the entire crew of the Serenity in Firefly have had a huge impact on the way I relate my characters. Armor by John Steakley and anything by Matthew Stover I really love, especially the Caine Black Knife series. Comics like Spawn and The Watchmen provide quite a bit of inspiration 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 shoot on the Sony EX1 and EX3 primarily, using a Canon HV20 for special inserts. John Chambers and I cut the show in Adobe Premiere Pro Cs4 and I do all the VFX and finishing in Adobe After Effects CS4 working on the PC platform.
Can you tell us any interesting facts or trivia about your show? Any funny stories?
- Makeup artist Liz Bowen, who plays Morgan in the series, had not had any special effects makeup training prior to working on Infamous. For a crash course in doing wounds, bruises, and abrasions, she consulted YouTube for tutorial videos, real life medical photos, and her three children's occasional bumps and scrapes to do an authentic job.
- With a limited cast and crew ranging from only 6 to 12 people at any given time, all actors in our various fight and action scenes do their own stunts.
- The scene in Episode 3 where Solomon visits Palmer, Solomon's entrance took eight takes before it was anything usable, due to a giggle fit between actors James Palmer and John Chambers. On one take, 1st AD Harvard Taylor even added to the fit by surprising Palmer and entering through the door in Chambers' place.
- Six of the core members of Team Infamous attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA.
Infamous: SciFinal Page
From L to R: Baily Briggs, Liz Bowen, John Chambers, and Greg Washington working
on set of Infamous, Episode 3.