George McDougall grad creates web series
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 10:33 am
A former Airdronian is creating a dark science-fiction world in his new web series he wrote, directed and produced.
“The show is based around the idea of sometimes people have to cross some moral planes to advance technology,” said Series Creator Andrew Nagy.
The series, called Project: Long Night, centres around a nanite technology created by the fictional Armistic Technologies. The technology gives people the capability to operate at 110 per cent but has some very nasty side effects and turns users into Bio-Engineered Assault Shock Troop System (B.E.A.S.T.S).
These B.E.A.S.T.S escape quarantine, causing chaos and infecting the population.
The George McDougall graduate, now 25 years old and living in Calgary, said all the technology explored in the series is based off of technology that is either currently being developed or is plausible in the near future.
“We’ve obviously taken the technology and made it dark and evil in our world,” Nagy said.
Season one, which is currently in production, is being called Season Zero and includes five episodes that are each 30-minutes long. The season focuses on the back-stories of the characters involved and takes place over five years.
Nagy said each episode follows a different character and has overlaps from other characters stories explored throughout the season.
The series has over 80 people involved in the production and Nagy said they are all working on a volunteer basis and bringing their own equipment to help make the project a success.
Airdronian’s Adam Scotten and Devonn Drossel are acting in the series and Drossel plays Allison the expert sniper.
“There’s some definite drama with my character,” Drossel said. “A lot of emotional outpouring comes to the forefront.”
She added this is really the first experience she has had with acting since her third-grade play years ago but she said she is having a lot of fun.
“It’s been interesting to see how TV productions are created from start to finish,” She said.
Drossel said although it’s a great experience she has had to endure some cold shoots filming in -27°C, and learned how to properly hold a gun.
“They’re really heavy,” she said of the prop gun she uses in the series.
The Airdrie actors aren’t the only connection as the series did some filming in a home near Muriel Clayton Middle School and just outside Airdrie at a farm near Madden.
Drossel got involved in the project because she was an acquaintance of Nagy’s. Nagy said he thought of Drossel for the role of Allison after scrolling through his Facebook friends for potential actors when he received little response from a casting call.
He said Drossel came and read for the role along with a few other actors but she gave the best performance and was cast.
Nagy said they hope to complete filming for season one by May and have it edited and online by November.
He said he likes the sci-fi genre because it affords writers many different ways of approaching a huge variety of topics.
“Drama, in my opinion, is the strongest genre out there,” Nagy said. “It’s personal and it draws you in.”
He said the ultimate goal would be to see the series continue and be picked up by a TV station.
For more information on the series search Project: Long Night on Facebook.