In his blog, writer and director Tennyson E. Stead comments that "the work of the actors [in 'The Starmind Record'] is as rich and complex, as terrifying and funny, as anything you could hope to see in an Oscar-winning production. 'The Starmind Record' may be the web series that finally shows people what this format is good for, and what it is capable of."
"The Starmind Record" itself is the story of two documentary filmmakers from Los Angeles who discover and investigate the presence of an extra-terrestrial intelligence. By presenting the series as a documentary, the show follows other productions in sidestepping the issue of production value. What makes the show unique is the degree to which it plays to the strengths of the performers and the story behind it.
Those strengths are driving a growing online community that will carry 8 Sided Films into movie theaters, claims Stead:
"Over the last two years, working together to build our audience has yielded strong results... Right now, our focus is on producing microbudget films for limited theatrical release, as a stepping stone for a more global 8 Sided audience."
Utilizing a group of creators, executives, and the principles of repertory theater, 8 Sided Films is building a social-media driven audience to propel theatrical cinema. Currently, their focus is on building viewership for "The Starmind Record," in support for the production and theatrical distribution of a film now in development called Quantum Theory.
"In Quantum Theory, a defense contractor steals next-generation quantum technology. The two, you know, sassy post-doc geniuses who created it will literally have to change the world to get it back," explains Stead.
Drawing on the cast of "The Starmind Record" and the writing and directing talents of Stead, Quantum Theory takes a pragmatic approach to social media.
"Branding can happen overnight. Building a community takes years, but that community is the only thing that trumps executive decision-making within the industry. Everyone wants steady ticket sales, so this is a filmmaker's only path to true independence,"
Fans of "The Starmind Record" can look forward to seeing series star Charlotte Gallagher at the top of Quantum Theory's cast list, where she will be joined by Starmind alums Danielle K. Jones, Ray Auxais, and Gerard Marzilli.
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