Attentive readers may remember a feature we did a month ago where we spoke to Andrew Levy of Dating, The Web Series, which was crowdfunding on Indiegogo at the time. Back then they were looking for a not-unreasonable $10,000 to film a series of the show and at the same time properly pay their actors and crew. Well, their campaign ended just over a week ago, and despite getting just over half of their target amount they have just today uploaded the pilot episode of the New York-based Dating, the Web Series. Naturally I was curious to find out what they had done with their funding.
The first thing to say about this debut episode, is is very pretty to look at (not in that way you perverts). High-quality filming, great framing, props and characters all blended like a lovely comedic artisan bread. The sound quality is flawless, and the acting shows off yet more of the great talent we saw in the trailer.
But what about the filling of this dating comedy sandwich, the story and characters? It is with a huge sigh of relief that I can say they have pulled it off. I knew this show had promise and said as much before, but I didn’t expect to be cringe-laughing as much as I did over the 12 minute episode.
Revolving around 2 scenes, the comedy of awkward situations is in full flow here. In one we find Jenny, who is trying to navigate her way around a breakup with a clingy guy, and has invited her friend Ben along to help. Problem is, Ben doesn’t realise why he is there. Then we are reintroduced to Aldo and Tito from the trailer, where Aldo is trying to make sure Tito doesn’t ruin the double date they are on. Without spoiling too much both situations play out in brilliantly embarrassing ways. Tito, played by Rob King is especially great to watch as he slowly destroys his chances on the date in gloriously excruciating form. The writing, the main meat of this increasingly tortured metaphor, is superb; naturalistic without being drab and pacy without being rushed.
So, great acting, great directing, great writing, and very funny, Dating, The Web Series captures the hilarious imbeciles we become when romance is involved (yes even you). I am seriously looking forward to seeing more from this new series from writer/director Andrew Levy, and if the standard is kept up this is one to keep on your bookmarks.
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