Television can be quite drab these days. As a matter of fact, my TV broke recently (2 years ago!) and I haven’t bothered to get it fixed. The time I spent on it was boring, useless and almost a complete waste of time. Those who use TV to tune out and turn off, I understand, but honestly, I’d rather sleep, read a book or go to the plaza. Not to mention the time I spend in front of a screen is already at unhealthy proportions.
I must admit however that I buy (and sometimes download or mooch off friends) good and much talked about TV and watch it nevertheless. So I watch Television, but not in the standard TV format. More and more there are people doing the same, now with TV on demand, companies cluing in that TV on DVD sells, tuning in is becoming a thing of the past. Another TV medium to catch my attention of late is Internet TV.
When a friend of mine for a couple years, David Lampson, after winning a script writing contest to create a TV show on Bravo and getting his foot in the industry door, told me about his new idea for a TV internet show earlier this year, I thought it was a great. He told me it was an easier and cheap(er) way to get his content and vision into production and seen. And that the writers strike was actually making people think outside the box and create new ways to get their work shown. Only till I watched his “webseries” in flesh did I even know the medium existed. I had been watching documentary type series but History and the Universe is now my introduction into fiction.
History and the Universe is not only is it perfect in functionality, it’s a great show. One that keeps you hooked, wanting more, laughing and relating to the situations and characters. Its actors are all believable and the story flows, it’s not too long or too short, its humor is ironic and post modern but also kooky and silly, a perfect mix for the contemporary TV consumer, who now most likely likes their shows clumped together or in short spurts, rather than tuning in every Thursday at 10pm. Because who likes to live like that? When you can live like this.
Rather than explaining the storyline and raining more praise on the idea and content, we invite you to take the plunge and click here.
BIG BOOK OF LIES CREDITS
Andrew: Andrew Leeds
Laila: Rebecca Whitehurst
Buck Chomsky: John Wright
Dave: Dave Lampson
Grave Salesman: Michael Lanehart.
John Chomsky: John Wright
Eliza: Eliza Faccioti
Produced by: David Lampson
Directed by: Andrew Leeds
Cinematography: Camilo Diaz, Pablo Rothschild
Written by: David Lampson and Andrew Leeds
Edited by: Rebecca Whitehurst, Andrew Leeds
Sound supervisor: Jonathan Wareham
Web design: Dustin Perkins