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6 Episodic Content Creators to Follow

February 10, 2020

We're proud to call these amazing episodic content creators SeriesFest Alumni. Read about how they took their projects through the challenging journey from idea to production (with a pit stop at SeriesFest of course).  :)

RUTHIE MARANTZ

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SeriesFest: Season 5 | Independent Pilot Competition

Project Title:  Rainbow Ruthie (Watch Trailer)

What was exciting about submitting your series to SeriesFest?

Never had I ever been in a festival devoted all to fellow tv freaks like myself.

Give us an update on your series!

I have a development deal with Running Woman Productions and Big Swing Productions and we are preparing to sell to streaming/networks!

Give us an update on you! What are you working on now? 

I am writing a feature I will direct, developing a television series and dreaming of owning a mini pig.

What words of advice can you share with your fellow creators?

Make your pilot! Mine has helped launch my career and I never dreamed it would open so many doors. I made a vision of what I wanted the series to be and it really resonated with audiences. Even if you are without resources- DO IT.

Where can people follow your story?

@ruthiemarantz, www.ruthiemarantz.com

KINCAID WALKER

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SeriesFest: Season 4 & 5 | Digital Short Series Competition

Project Titles: Hug It Out (Watch Trailer)

What was exciting about submitting your series to SeriesFest?

I knew what a great, unique festival it was that had really helped platform special TV projects and new creators. That's exactly the experience I found there -- it really made a huge difference for Hug It Out, and winning "best digital series" that year gave me so many opportunities which continue to develop and for which I'm very grateful. It's a great community and the festival is so supportive of creators.

Give us an update on your series!

Hug It Out went on to win more festivals, and right now we have a half-hour version of the series which we've been working on with a great show-running team.

Give us an update on you! What are you working on now?

I am finishing post-production on a new comedy pilot I produced, co-wrote and acted in, The Grown-Up Mermaid, with Jason Eksuzian from Hug It Out directing. I am also developing a dramedy feature based on the memoir of best-selling mystery novelist Susan McBride called In The Pink.

What words of advice can you share with your fellow creators?

It's powerful to make our own content! It gives us agency and allows us to make the projects we are most passionate about without waiting for permission.

Where can people follow your journey?

Across social media: @kincaidwalker and www.hugitouttheseries.com

SHANTEL HANSEN

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SeriesFest: Season 4 | Independent Pilot Competition

Project Title: Her Turf: The Untold Story about Three Female Football Refs (Watch Trailer)

What was exciting about submitting your series to SeriesFest?

When I submitted Her Turf to SeriesFest I was excited because it was a local, had all kinds of diverse content (new emerging filmmakers/producers) and just an incredible vibe from the start. During the film festival it was a whirlwind experience that I will never forget.

Give us an update on your series!

Wow, not even sure where to start. First, grateful. Just grateful that it's come this far. I conceived of the idea of this documentary back in 2014 and now to see it come alive on it's own is just an incredible and unique experience. We are in over 20 film festivals across the nation, won several awards including SeriesFest. We also have 500 Fortune Companies wanting to use the doc to inspire their sales teams and meet with the women that I filmed, K-12 curriculum as well to work with PE teachers.

Give us an update on you! What are you working on now?

I'm working on a new documentary [with a] working title, Women of Courage Fist Full of Love. This doc is about women in their 50's, 60's and 70's doing online dating. It's been a HOOT so far - tons of funny stories and broken hearts. Click here to check out the teaser I edited down from a two hour phone interview!

What words of advice can you share with your fellow creators?

This is gonna sound super cliche but go with your passion. If you are crazy pants excited [about] filming or writing about dogs that jump out of airplanes to save people from fires. Do it! When I started this doc, I did a kickstarter to raise $30k and got $3k. It was the best thing that happened to me (hard at the time because you tell the ENTIRE WORLD) because I realized that I was on my own with this one. In the end, it was awesome that I had indie budget until post production when my EP came on board. But with a limited budget there are ADVANTAGES - yes, I just said that. The less you have the more creative you get. Like catching rides with football officials during the games before and afterwards (because you don't have $$ to rent a car) then all of sudden you have these incredible interviews in the car with them, you start to gain their trust, your film crew gets invested in the story and want more to film. Don't let a low budget distract you. It's a gift because then you really get to do what no one else has.

Where can people follow your journey?

https://herturf.com/

SCOTT GABRIEL

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SeriesFest: Season 5 | Independent Pilot Competition

Project Title: Currency (Watch Trailer)

What was exciting about submitting your series to SeriesFest?

The roster of talent was fantastic. There were people who I could learn from and people I could help. It was a real and generous exchange all around. Executives were there because they really wanted to help. That's rare in this industry, and speaks to both the festival heads and the culture they've created.

Give us an update on your series!

I'm writing a new comedy project by night, running a commercial production company by day, trying to breath in between.

What words of advice can you share with your fellow creators?

Be ferociously persistent. But be kind. Find gatekeepers. But be skeptical. Keep creating new things. Don't stop. Be picky about the projects you invest your time in. Big names, nice cameras, and lots of money can't save a broken script. People matter. How you treat them matters. Relationships are more important than individual projects. Things happen slowly. Be patient with yourself and the world. Put people on your team who are smarter than you. Figure out which ones you can trust. Then really trust them. None of these things are easy.

Where can people follow your journey?

https://www.facebook.com/CurrencyTheSeries/, www.scottgabriel.tv, www.ArcadiaCreative.com

PAIGE VANTASSELL

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SeriesFest: Season 4 | Storytellers Initiative

Project Title: Volunteer

What was exciting about submitting your series to SeriesFest?

The content at the festival was fantastic, and I met great people!

Give us an update on your series!

I have a web series called Comedic Timing that will be premiering on the Whohaha app this February. I've also been working on more pilot scripts, and I recently had a script place in the top ten of Final Draft Big Break. I recently got promoted to Writers' Assistant on the Fox animated comedy, Bless the Harts.

What words of advice can you share with your fellow creators?

Keep working toward your goals but also be grateful for where you are!

Where can people follow your journey?

https://www.facebook.com/page.vantassell & https://www.facebook.com/ComedicTiming/

PATRICK WIMP

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SeriesFest: Season 5 | Digital Short Series Competition

Project Title: Brothers from the Suburbs (Watch Trailer)

What was exciting about submitting your series to SeriesFest?

Attending SeriesFest is really one of a kind. It is close knit, creator focused, environment that cultivates a family vibe while still connecting creators with the industry at large. The events and parties keep the whole festival fun, cost-effective, and engaging in a way that helps get you out of the theater to build new relationships.

Give us an update on your series!

Currently conversing with a variety of platforms and networks about potential for distribution or development.

Give us an update on you! What are you working on now?

I am writing two feature films and gearing up to directing a documentary feature.

What words of advice can you share with your fellow creators?

Make things, take shots and don't be afraid to express your truth. Also, attend festivals and meet amazing people. Network is everything.

Where can people follow your journey?

patrickwimp.com, Instagram: @wimpjuice

Submit now to SeriesFest: Season 6: https://seriesfest.com/2019-submissions