By Evan DeSimone
This week Vimeo premiered “Oscar’s Hotel For Fantastical Creatures,” the first original series from it’s multi-part deal with New Form Digital. Launched in 2014 by iconic producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and a passel of other high profile players (including Discovery) and headed by digital entertainment veteran Kathleen Grace, New Form is a digital content incubator that specializes in identifying talented filmmakers from the digital influencer space and providing them with the guidance and resources they need to produce larger scale projects. Vimeo recently greenlit two of these projects, pilots produced by YouTubers PJ Ligouri and Sawyer Hartman, as full-fledged series.
For this week’s web series Wednesday, we decided to take a look at New Form Digital’s crop of pilots. We selected a few favorites from the studios’ first class including the two that would ultimately earn full-length digital series.
“Oscar’s Hotel For Fantastical Creatures”
Oliver (Chris Kendall) is forced to contend with a hotel full of mythical beasts and fantasy creatures after his uncle Oscar vanishes, leaving him in charge of a thoroughly unusual hotel in this pilot by YouTube star PJ Ligouri. Learn more about this episode or dig deep on some of the people that made it possible.
An ostracized astronomer is forced to confront the imminent end of the world in this thoughtful pilot written by and starring Sawyer Hartman. The pilot works as a self-contained story, but, thanks to Vimeo, we’ll be able to spend more time in Hartman’s pre-apocalyptic world later this fall. Learn more about this episode or dig deep on some of the people that made it possible.
Filmmaker Tim Hautekeit has a flair for slapstick comedy that’s clearly on display in this New Form Digital pilot featuring a gang of bumbling criminals trapped in a series of escalating mishaps of their own making. Learn more about this episode or dig deep on some of the people that made it possible.
“I Ship It”
Filmmaker Yulin Kuang managed to turn the typical rom-com on its ear with this sweet but never saccharine look at love and fandom. Learn more about this episode or dig deep on some of the people that made it possible.
“Mr. Student Body President”
This hilarious short pilot form comedy collective POYKPAC channels the best of Sorkin’s “West Wing,” but transposes all the high stakes political action into a middle school classroom with pitch perfect wit. Learn more about this episode or dig deep on some of the people that made it possible.