Meet the Mayfarers

We Can’t Do It Alone

Making Media and telling stories – in any format – is difficult. Every step is a struggle. From writing, to casting, filming, selling. It’s all tough. And the amount of ways that it doesn’t work is enormous. To even to make a good project is difficult. And then marketing is a totally different animal. More difficult than ever in this cluttered space – and changing every day.

And that’s why we need to collaborate.

Over the past few days I’ve been in the company of some truly talented people. Between LA Web Fest and the Celebrate the Web event – I’m constantly inspired by the creators in the Web Series space. These are people who take their creativity and run with it – creating excellent results.

And yet – despite their inspiring shows, there’s a part of me standing at these events, drink in hand, thinking that all these people are climbing their own individual mountain. Every single one is working hard and struggling to climb their own mountain in this biz. And that’s just too tough.

There has to be a way to collaborate. There has to be a way where we can all take this collective talent and creativity and use it to help us all do what we do on a bigger scale. If we don’t collaborate, we die.

This is the genesis behind the “Mayfarers Go Hollywood” episodes.

Years ago – when I was looking at the media space and started to see that the web was the answer, I stumbled across “Life From the Inside.” I’d spent years in the indie film world. And while there were many talented people in that world, the successful ones were doing projects that were so far from the type of material I wanted to do. (Slow paced arty movie about homeless heroin war vets all discussing the “Serious issue of the day.”)

When I discovered “Life From the Inside” and other similar shows, such as “Goodnight Burbank” “Break a Leg” “the ‘Burg” and “We Need Girlfriends” it opened my eyes. Yes! Finally! Here are people sharing their creativity and stories, and finding an audience. And doing it in a witty way. I made a decision at that moment to stop going into a world I didn’t fit and embrace a world that I felt comfortable in.

Look at LFTI – a witty show, with smart writing, and fast paced dialogue. This is what I like to watch – not because I “have to” to study the market, but because I want to.

When the Life from the Inside Youtube account subscribed to my Mayfarers Youtube account, months before I launched, I thought it was cool. When I went out for coffee with the creators of the show in LA and I saw how incredibly nice they are, I thought – what a fascinating interconnected world we live in – when I found myself six months later filming a sitcom story with them I thought – I absolutely love this space.

That’s what Mayfarers Go Hollywood is. It’s reaching out to collaborate. It’s working with people I admire to do something that can hopefully help us all. (It’s also about goofy situations involving orgies, animal mascots and Papua New Guinea, but that’s another story.)

And that’s what we – as a Web New Media community –  need to do more of. We need to get together to figure this out. To do something greater than the sum of our own parts.

Who’s with me?

Meet the Mayfarers Returns

The Mayfarers are back  - finally back. Not just sketches, or bloopers, or small one offs – but the whole show. Starting today – and every Wednesday for the rest of the year they’ll be a new episode released.

Some of them will be small stories, some of them will be an entire season story arc, some will be epic adventures in Hollywood,  - some will be goofy, some will be…well, they’ll all be pretty goofy.

The early part of Season 3 will be smaller stories about individual characters, while the final part of the season will be one 16 episode story arc, involving the return of almost all the characters – and leading to a surprising conclusion to the series – revealing who will finally get Porter Mayfarer’s money.

I want to thank everyone who has watched over the years. Being involved in this show has been so fun, and fulfilling.

I hope you join us this year as we embark on our final year of Mayfarers fun.

Lasts updated on March 2nd, 2011. Tags: , , ,
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Tomorrow…

mayfarers3-copyAnd here we are. After more than a year and a half of shooting and editing, we’re launching the show tomorrow.

I’m excited. We’ve got a year of uploading new episodes, and I’m scripting the final conclusion to the show, which I’m super psyched about.

It feels really good to finally be able to launch it.

I hope you guys enjoy it.

Lasts updated on July 21st, 2009. Tags:
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Let’s be friends

I realize that while I’ve been blogging away on other topics, I’ve been neglecting talking about Mayfarers. Part of that is simply because it’s not done yet. But we’re getting close. Really, really close.

In the meantime, please Friend us. Subscribe to us. Link.  The more we have before we launch the better.

I’ll have more launch info soon.

Thanks so much!

Lasts updated on June 22nd, 2009. Tags:
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Why a Web show?

When we started filming “Meet the Mayfarers” in November ’07, I had a difficult time trying to explain to people what, exactly a web show was, and why someone would want to do it. Is it like a TV show? A short film? Er, no. Was it a “viral video?” Not that at all.

In the time it’s taken us to shoot and edit, web shows have seemed to become more mainstream. Many popular TV shows have some component of a web show, or webisode. (I’ve personally been calling this a “web sitcom.”) But nonetheless, they’re out there. And the reasons are varied. For some people, it’s about connecting, for others it’s about communications, or marketing.

For me it is simply a way to bypass traditional distribution.

I had spent the better part of that year working with various sales reps on the film I had shot the year before. And distribution, as any filmmaker knows, is the most difficult part of making a flick. At best, it’s an uphill battle, with the sales rep/distribution company getting the majority of whatever profits there might be. And this was before the current gloomy climate for indi film sales.

When I started to hear about people “airing” their shows online I got excited – really excited. Finally a way to get past the nonsense of distribution. Finally a way to get the work up there. Finally a way to shoot something and then have it online in a few months….well, most of that is true, but the editing took far longer than I thought.

But there’s a bigger answer to that. Why a web show? Sure, you bypass distribution. Why a web show? Sure, you have an immediate platform to show your work. But the real important reason? To just keep shooting. For me the important part of filmmaking has always been striving to work on new projects. I’m a huge believer in the power of “the more you do, the more you learn.” I admire artists who keep working and creating new stuff, and it’s fascinating to see them evolve.

So why shoot a web show?

For me the answer was – why not shoot a web show?

Lasts updated on April 17th, 2009. Tags: ,
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