7 Shades of Lenity – Episode I – Part 1 is online

Today, we are proud to release part 1 of the first episode of the web series 7 Shades of Lenity.

A dark future/sci-fi web series shot and taking place in Austin, Texas after the US has been merged with Canada and Mexico to form the North American Union, and martial law has been declared. Free thought is outlawed, and people are tracked with RFID chips embedded in their skins.

Episode I was shot as a 42-min pilot, but is being released in small 3-5 minutes clips.

Episode II and III have also been shot, and are planned for release after all of Episode I has been released.

7 Shades of Lenity is our first web series.

The idea is born

I’ve always liked dark future, sci-fi, post-apocalyptic and dystopian stories.

This idea came about because a good friend and DP, Terrel J. Melton, had just purchased a Brevis (a 35mm lens adapter for his Panasonic HVX200) and wanted to enter the 2009 48-hour film competition here in Austin.

I had  heard a little about the 2012 end of the world scare, and figured “what would happen if the meteor killed life on the surface but people underground survived?”

Well, on a plane ride for business, I sat down and started the idea. A week later, after coming home, I gave it to my beautiful wife and editor, Rita Quinn, for her comments and edits.

We shot this, around August 2009, in Bull Creek Park (in Austin, Texas) in horrendous heat and chiggers! Ouch. Hadn’t heard of them before, but became well acquainted after that.

There was no real rehearsal, and we did it all on the spot, including choreographing a quick fight scene – courtesy of Blake Laster (Kemp) and my good friends, Sal and Bobby Cabral (professional stuntmen and actors).

I did a first cut myself and put it on youtube, then, another friend Patrick Thomas (aka Patatoa) helped me create the special effects for the end of the fight scene.

That second cut is here: