Several friends suggested we post here about a new internet video series that was shot in Seattle recently. I thought I'd post an overview today, to give folks a sense of what we're up to, and maybe post on Fridays for a while to let people know when we've got new episodes up. Perusing the guidelines, I'm led to believe that our project would be considered "on topic", but by all means, let me know if that's not true. Thanks!
Caution Zero Network presents:
CHERUB, the Vampire with Bunny Slippershttp://www.cautionzero.net/cherub
CHERUB is a slapstick parody of Joss Whedon's ANGEL, released as an internet video series by Seattle-based Caution Zero Network. Season One features twelve 4-7 minute episodes about the adventures of Cherub, the vampire with bunny slippers, and his gang at Cherub Investigations - the aspiring actress Charity Case, the arcane expert Jasper Windham-Hill, the muscle man Roger Pipebomb, and the inter-dimensional traveler Barney. New episodes will be released every Friday; episode one is already available.
The series is at once a wild send-up and loving homage of Whedon's vampire with a soul. Cherub must safeguard a mystical artifact, the Eggplant of Mystery, from Cherub's nemesis, Johnny Mildly-Irritating, and the evil law firm of Dogboy & Goat. If he ever experiences a moment of perfect back adjustment, his cursed bunny slippers will turn against him - which could be trouble when his old flame Muffy the Vampire Chiropractor comes to town.
Basil Harris ("Awesome", Bald Faced Lie) stars as Cherub, and the cast includes some of Seattle's finest fringe theatre performers. Stephen McCandless, founder of Caution Zero Network and managing director of Annex Theatre, produced the show, and Scott O. Moore ("Principia Discordia LIVE!", "The Front Page") wrote and directed.
"The only reason we would go to this much trouble to make this parody is because we actually really, really loved ANGEL," says Moore. "It's sad that they aren't going to make any more ANGEL, and this is the best we can do in the meantime. Well, this is the best we bothered to do, I should say."
The first season of the series was shot over the course of six days in a small soundstage in Seattle, and is being edited by a team in Seattle and New York City. Released via video blog, the show is easily available via iTunes, Windows Media, and a PSP-friendly format. The show was filmed with small screens such as the video iPod specifically in mind.
Like the Whedon show it parodies, CHERUB’s first season has a long story arc that continues throughout all twelve episodes. And like ANGEL, some storylines are left unresolved at the end of the season, leaving the door open for future episodes if the show finds an audience.
CHERUB is hosted by Caution Zero Network, a new Seattle-based company that plans to produce and release more video projects in the future, drawing on extensive roots in the Seattle theatre and film communities to create interesting new content for the internet.