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7 QUESTIONS WITH FILMMAKERS ARIEL & MALLIN ALTERAlter Sisters make "Spinster Sisters" an IndiGoGo project
Mallin and Ariel Alter create a new take on "Spinster" for the millenial generation in a show they're funding through IndiGogo. I had a chance to ask them a few questions about what their plans are for the project before they had to quickly get back to a busy production schedule.
The project is still in its funding phase on Indigogo here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/spinster-sisters-pilot-animation#/
Your leading paragraph in the campaign says most of it:
25 years in incubation, two-headed hot pink Valley Girl chimera Ariel and Mallin Alter overcome their differences worthy of a documentary in itself to create SPINSTER SISTERS, a story for their generation, with moments that will make you laugh, cry, and turn into dank memes to express a wide range of millennial emotions.But what sparked it or how did it all start?
1. What inspired you to start work on this project?
Ariel and I grew up creating together. When I was in preschool, I would tell stories, my mom would write them down and then Ariel would illustrate them. We would also collaborate on funny songs/skits to entertain our friends and parents. Ariel expresses herself through illustrations and animations, and I do through writing and directing theater and film. We thought combining forces would bring a whole new level of entertainment. There is a lot of great content out there, so we decided to throw our hats in the ring as well, especially when there is a need for laughter nowadays.
2. Does the dating scene in Los Angeles provide good/bad show topics?
Definitely! Because LA is so huge, there is a wide variety of people that you meet. We both have had such terrible and wacky experiences where we say, 'it felt like something from a movie.' Some on the things we've been through defy logic and common human decency.
The show is not just about dating though - it's about the Millenial experience and we're reinventing the word "Spinster" to mean creating a safe haven where you can live the live you want to live apart from the insanity that is the current economic/sociopolitical climate.
3. Does creating a show like this provide humorous relief from bad dates, knowing that they might be good show material?
For our family, we have always used humor as a way to process all the things (whether good or bad) in our lives. Creating this show has enabled me to channel my frustrations into something that can be entertaining for other people.
4. Do you have a set story bible? Can you share some descriptions of the main characters?
It's been pretty fluid, but we want each episode to focus on a specific aspect of our lives such as Romance, Work, City Life, etc.
There are always new experiences and dialogues we are coming up with though, and we tell each other 'it was a Spinster Sister moment' or 'we HAVE to put that in the next episode!'
5. With so many options for length of time for episodic shows, what kind of format is your edit? Are you going to make a traditional length, or something that is consumable through social media like instagram or the recently introduced Facebook Watch?
We are still deciding on length of time, but we want it to feel extremely professional like something you might see on a major network or streaming service, but it's on Youtube/Vimeo.
6. What influences your style of writing and animation on the show?
For the style of screenwriting, I am really inspired by shows such as GIRLS and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Ariel and I definitely have a quirky style of humor and writing.
7. What' the biggest learning outcome from the experience so far?
For me, it's being open to change. I thought I would write the script in one go, but there are constantly revisions being made. Also, when collaborating, it's important that both parties know that their voices are being heard.
SPINSTER SISTERS is co-written and directed by Mallin Alter & co-produced and animated by Ariel Alter. Because Mallin' best at shouting at the actors to keep it sexy and Ariel' best when hiding behind a computer, totally not cursing at a DIY budget lighting kit so we can take photos of the actors for the IndieGoGo campaign.
You can find out more about the project at their IndiGogo site: http://igg.me/at/spinstersisters/x/17071315 where you might even become part of the project yourself.
Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles. In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design. When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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