By Sahil Patel
New Form Digital is commissioning 10 more short films from established and emerging filmmakers online.
The new crop of shorts, which will debut in May 2015, include a comedy about a fake ghost-busting team (from YouTube filmmaking duo Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs), a sci-fi thriller that explores the world of one’s dreams (from ad agency Pereira O’Dell), and a romantic comedy from Wong Fu Productions.
Each short will feature an appearance by YouTuber Mitchell Davis, who was similarly featured in New Form’s first short-film slate. As part of Davis’s deal with New Form, he will host the shorts, as well as various videos that accompany the shorts, on his channel, which reaches more than 650,000 subscribers.
Founded as a joint venture between Discovery Communications and Hollywood producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, New Form focuses on developing online projects that can be distributed across a variety of platforms. Its criteria for selecting projects include a “combination of audience scale, audience overlap, and storytelling ability.” For instance, New Form’s first “incubator” slate featured 14 films from YouTube stars like Joe Penna, Sawyer Hartman, Meghan Camarena, and Joey Graceffa.
It doesn’t end with the initial short films, either. From that first slate, New Form announced a couple of series based on Sawyer Hartman and PJ Liguori’s short films, which will stream exclusively on Vimeo On Demand as part of a multi-series deal between the two companies.
Descriptions for all of the projects in New Form’s second incubator slate are available below:
“10:31” (Ryan Finnerty): Silent Death, the ultimate YouTube pranksters, set out to blow up the Internet with their Halloween #prankyourex series. The tables turn when a rival prank gang starts pranking them back and it turns deadly. Starring popular YouTube personality Lauren Elizabeth & Viner, Allegra Masters.
“The Dreams of Emma Bloom” (Pereira & O’Dell): In this psychological thriller, it’s the very near future and the final frontier of entertainment has been tapped: our dreams. When Emma Bloom, the world’s most famous dream writer dies, something doesn’t quite add up and thus begins Eloise’s journey into the dreams to find out what really happened.
“Ghost Fighting Corporation” (Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs): A comedy about a fake ghost-busting team that takes advantage of people’s supernatural fears to make money. But when they start experiencing actual supernatural forces beyond their control, they must rethink their whole operation.
“Occupy Alice” (Ally Maynard): Ever the party girl, Alice’s life is turned upside down when her 13-year-old sister, Amy, randomly turns up at her apartment and moves in.
“The Imp of the Perverse” (Benjamin Cook): In this dark comedy, Mike has become obsessed with one of Poe’s favorite poems and it has him itching to do the wrong thing in every situation. The series follows Mike’s descent into madness as he enlists his friends to help him find an imp. Can they find the Imp before it finds them?
“Cold” (Emily Diana Ruth): When Isla discovers her real parents were murdered weeks before she was adopted, she runs away to the town where it happened and begins to uncover dark secrets the townspeople have tried to bury and forget.
“Dr. Havoc’s Diary” (Mark Cope & Carlo Moss): From the creators of The Most Popular Girls in School, this stop-motion animated series follows the world’s most pragmatic evil villain as he battles his arch nemesis to save the world and get the girl.
“Grrl Scouts” (Mike Diva): The Grrl Scouts are the masterminds behind a small time weed operation and the queens of doing nothing really great. But when they square off against the wrong guys, they find themselves in the middle of a top-secret conspiracy to take over the world, and the Grrl Scouts have become the first target to eliminate.
“Party Girl” (Lisa Schwartz): This comedy tracks party girl Madison as she attempts to be ‘normal’ with a move to California and reinvents herself while working as a D-list princess at every kid’s birthday party in the Valley.
“Single by 30” (Wong Fu): Two high school overachievers vow to marry if they both reach 30 without finding someone else. When the time comes, their story unfolds in very interesting and unexpected ways.