We are finally witnessing the advent of dramatic programming in the form of ambitious, thrilling and adventurous web originals: Mike Shields observes a new trend in his MediaWeek article 'Web Content Producers Turn Focus to Dramatic Fare'.
Last year's Prom Queen and the recent prequel for Robin Cook's upcoming medical thriller Foreign Body (both from Michael Eisner's Vuguru) and Steven King's original animated series for 'N' have been catching most of the spotlight.
The Fold, a quirky, erotically charged sci-fi adventure series shot on a shoestring budget is set to premiere August 4th. The R-rated trailer is currently on my favorite video community Vimeo, and The Fold appears to be an indie production with considerable pedigree from New York's downtown performance and theater scene that might as well turn into an instant classic.
Produced with lush cinematic hdv aplomb and understated scrappy low budget special effects, the new series was cooked up by published sci-fi/horror author Polly Frost and Ray Sawhill with director Matt Lambert. The resulting scenes promise something more than the 60-second soap-style entertainment we've grown accustomed to. The Fold actually takes time to allow for some very complex story lines to unfold, outrageously complex at times:
"Part sci-fi, part sex comedy, part art movie, THE FOLD interweaves stories involving a time-traveling geek with Aspergers Syndrome, an investigation by a Gaming Babes Magazine reporter, a sex-cult guru, a right-wing CEO determined to remake history, and a New Jersey hot tub salesman for whom things mysteriously start to go the right way."
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