Well this just might be for you!
There’s a craze surrounding web series all of a sudden. They seem to be slowly taking the place of watching the Monday night lineup on major networks. Cell phone calendars are set for the next episode of viewers’ favorite web series on YouTube. And I’m here to suggest another to add to your web-lineup. I was lucky enough to actually meet writer and director Jay Ali who is the creator of Black and Single TV.
“The decision to start a web series came after long deliberations on what my first project should be. Since my schools film program is heavily oriented in theory and not practical hands on learning, I wanted to do something that would supplement my growth as a filmmaker. I chose a web series instead a feature film because a full 10 episode season of a web series is just like making a movie…just 10 minutes at a time. This would give me more time to focus on quality and most importantly not require a budget! Also it has a chance for exponential growth. Who knows, Black and Single could be on a major network but an independent film can win some awards, get you funding for a new movie (maybe), and that’s about it…maybe get you a job too. I also feel web series are great way to give power to the filmmaker the same way an underground rap artist who sells 100,000 cds out of his trunk has when he is courted by a record label. It gives us a chance to establish a fan base and hopefully, the networks come to us.”
“I found the cast by a mixture of luck and a great team of friends. Precious Bright was found as I searched Facebook (yeah, Facebook) for actors. I saw her and instantly I knew she had the look of what I envisioned while writing and I was relieved when I found out she could act too! My producer Kwajalyn Brown really was instrumental in the process. I couldn’t have had a lot of the talent with out her. Chris Watson (Jessie), Chris Mason (Dre), and Blue Kimble (Jonathan) were all fellow actor friends of hers. We have a running joke that she finds the hot men and I’ll find the hot women lol. ”
”Film hasn’t always been my career but it was always my dream. I worked and lived in the Middle East (Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain…) for 4 years as a logistician. Boring huh? One day in the desert I looked up at the night sky and decided that I wanted to live doing what I love. Even if that meant giving up a lot to do it. ”
“ I hope that people love this show because I’m trying to give us what we don’t see on television. In some shows our women are caricatures, grossly exaggerated by stereotypes and few if any really represent NATURAL beauty. Not dissing my processed sistahs but there are few shows out there were natural women are the norm not the exception.”
As long as the people support it, Jay Ali plans to keep the series going…so what are you waiting for!! 🙂