Season 2 Production Stills: Days 4 & 5

Stills By: Anna Stypko

From top L to R: Ashlie Atkinson ("Alex") and Ingrid rehearse a scene in Episode 2: Going In; Stewart Thorndike makes nice with crew members; "Jehovah's Witnesses" Joe Pan and Bridget Harvey in Episode 1: Nurture; The cutest picture of Annette O'Toole ("Diane" in Episode 1: Nurture) ever; Annette and Ingrid go over lines; DP of Episode 7: Down To Zero Matt Mandelson frames up a shot but Ingrid is in the way; Matt Mendleson and Producer Alex Scharfman move their hands a lot before shooting a scene; The cutest picture of Olympia Dukakis ("Marie" in Episode 7: Down To Zero) ever.

Season 2 Production Stills: Days 1 & 2

Stills By: Elizabeth Orne

From top L to R: Producer Rachel Wolther: professional extra; PM Charlie Wells; Sound mixer Andrey Radovski; Actor Justin Smith in sheet mode for Episode 3: Gratuitous; PA Mary Evangelista; Ingrid & DP Grant Greenberg shooting Episode 8: Nature; Ingrid in Episode 6: Working It Out; Ingrid daydreaming about shopping at the Co-Op; Ingrid and Justin Smith ("Nate") looking important; Ingrid and Justin laughing at something SO FUNNY; DP of Episode 3: Gratuitous Mike Rossetti making tasteful porn; Rory Clarke ("Travis" - Episode 6: Working It Out) half-headphoned.

News Is So Gay

Hey old faithfuls,

As the year comes to an end, I thought I'd share the current state of F TO 7TH affairs and revisit the life of the first season -- mostly because I like bulleted lists, but also because I'm grateful we had an amazing year. A lot of that has to do with YOU, so thanks a million times +1.

2014 The Future of America 

What's happening now, you ask? I've been focusing on writing season two, and I've got 7 out of 8 episodes ready to go. Expect the unexpected as "Ingrid" (that slut pictured above) becomes even more internally homophobic and in one episode, tries to convince a child to follow in her flawed footsteps. With this season, I'm exploring more of a through line and character arc, something about three people care about. Bottom line -- shit will be a little different.

2013 Gone But Not Forgotten

And now for the year in review!

  • Several episodes of season one have seen a life beyond the web. We've screened at a bunch of festivals including the Los Angeles Film Festival, Frameline, Outfest, NewFest, Friar's Club Comedy Festival, Philly QFest, Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Pittsburg Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and Polari Festival in Austin. We were also part of a web series filmmaker series at Videology in Williamsburg.
  • The Guardian selected F TO 7TH as 1 of 10 Best Web Series of 2013. We love Brits!
  • We've gotten more amazing press including mentions in The New Yorker, Time Out NY, Vice, BuzzFeed and IndieWire to name a few. If you're in that mid-afternoon slumber and need a quick fix but don't want to go to your neighbor's cubicle and eat another Twix, check out our Press page.
  • We got invited to the White House for an LGBT Celebration and almost got to touch Obama!
  • We shared our web series experiences on a handful of panels with the likes of DCTV, IFP and will soon grace the DC Independent Film Festival stage in early 2014.

Again, we couldn't have made any of this happen without our backers and followers and friends and press contacts and cast and crew and, finally, Zeke, who was with me for 14 years and was by far the best actor I've even worked with.

Stay glued.

Lovingly, Ingrid

Web Series: The Twitter of TV?

Halfway through writing season two of F TO 7TH, I've witnessed a shift in my writing. I don't know if the movement is forward or backward. Most likely the latter because I'm forcing myself to be more painfully honest with the imperfect person I am and the mess I'm sure to become. That means emotional regression: The cornerstone of good comedy.

I just finished reading a couple of stories about Jack Dorsey (zeitgeist? he's everywhere), one of the creators of Twitter and now Square (which I just ordered for absolutely no reason besides the fact that it's free), and it struck me that web series are the 140 characters of the television show.

There is something addictive about shaping an episodic story within tightly contained, self-imposed restrictions. There's also this liberating freedom to make mistakes because the form is still such a free-for-all. Web series creators pen the rules and we have decided that there are no rules. Me, I like order but only if I impose it upon myself, so web series and I get along well. We're thinking of moving in together, but her parents don't know she's gay.

An undergraduate degree in journalism influenced my creative writing in that it taught me to get to the fucking point. Web series have taught me to strip away three acts into three moments. In between those moments are a lot of tiny character flaws, and within those character flaws is where, hopefully, something awful and funny occurs. Of course, those are just my rules. Other people are far more successful and think a lot less about crap I probably shouldn't waste time thinking about.

Some people fear that the world is changing into one big marketplace for the self. Maybe it is, but it's up to us to reshape our art to meet the demands of our audience, who we need in order to have a conversation. That doesn't have to be a bad thing if you use the No Rule rule as your blueprint.

Now's the time.