A depressed writer attempts to navigate the world of on-line dating. Surrounded
by a group of whacky friends and an imaginary therapist saboteur, he is misguided along a journey towards a seemingly unattainable goal.
Written By: Damon Borrelli,
Melissa Martin, Ben Hague,
Directed By: Melissa Martin
Pleasantly surprised. That's what was rattling around my head as episode 3 of "I'll Call You" ended. Aside from being nicely put together, this particular series is actually a hoot to watch. Almost right from the get-go, you'll start laughing. Really? A web series that's actually good? Oh yeah baby; maybe not 100 million dollar good, but we're talking indie... and in the world of the no/low budget producer this one could go far. For director Melissa Martin and the series producing team, it's all going to come down to packaging and promotion. So what's so funny? Mainly, it's the over-the-top characters and situations. Take an every day situation, shake it around, squish it up and slap it onto the screen. Generally you've got funny. Now, throw in a dash of ridiculous characters and BAM! Old school comedy. This is however, a series not intended for the younger viewer. These days though, who really knows.
On the technical side of things, "I'll Call You" is a pretty straight forward but well done production. I was glad to see an indie series finally stick more to the norm, and exclude the "Blair Witch" way of doing things. Nothing shouts visually pleasing like a nice locked off shot, or some good dolly work. Even if it wasn't a real dolly, it sure looked like it was. Hard to tell now-days with camera gear being what it is. My point... is that sticking to the visual formula handed down and perfected for more than a few generations, instead of using "Flash Fad" techniques fits this series well. Adding just enough seriousness to off-set the zany show itself. Throw in a good audio track, some excellent writing and you'll generally get a winner every time. Still not enough? How about a nice, slick edit and some actors who can actually act? It's all here, present and accounted for. The style, pacing and narrative are in harmony, making "I'll Call You" stupidly easy to watch. You'll love the onscreen personalities of the characters yet find them familiar... in a distorted kind of way. My favorite? The shrink. This character alone ensures people will get some laughs while watching.
This really is a series you'll decide to "check out" and end up staying for the whole show. Even binge watching, of an indie web series isn't out of the question. A lot of elements exist that could raise this series far and high above many others. Most others actually. "I'll Call You", in my humble opinion has a lot going for it. The real trick now will be getting it out into the world. Put together some box art and continuing producing high quality episodes, this will staple "I'll Call You" firmly into place. Want to learn more? Why not check it out for yourself. Links on your left. Enjoy.
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