When Felix, a comedian, gets the opportunity to make a web show that could start his career, he quickly learns the problem as his overbearing mother, drama queen girlfriend, stoner best friends, off-beat townies and plain bad slowly unravel his sanity.
Written By: Rich Camp
Directed By: Chris Esper
28 (Total) Minutes
I would like to call A Guy Going Crazy a niche web series catering to the eyes of filmmakers in any step of their journey. I would like to say that, but just can't quite do it. Although geared to the community of filmmakers, Rich Camp's comedic series waves enough comical banter to please a wide range of people. Season 1 consists of 7 episodes with a total run time of around 28 minutes. Easy viewing for anyone interested in a few random chuckles here and there. Is it worth the trip down "Aspiring" filmmaker lane? If you're a filmmaker the answer is a huge yes and for the layman it's just a regular yes. No matter what your profession there's something here for you. A Guy Going Crazy will give you more than a few smiles and since it's broken up in 3-5 minute segments, there's no reason not to catch an episode whenever you need a little pick-me-up.
The general pacing and writing of the show is actually quite good for the most part. Some smartly written dialog and well rounded "situations" keep the show moving forward while representing the world Felix lives in a great way. I'm not going to lie and say that everything was perfect... because it wasn't. A few lines scattered around the show did come across as weird or awkward, but not enough to make any lasting impressions. Director Chris Esper did a fantastic job keeping things together no matter what the episode threw at him. In the case of A Guy Going Crazy keeping the same director for all the episodes was a smart move. It kept cohesion throughout the season no matter what came up onscreen. Or who. The main cast did a bang up job providing a diverse scattering of different world views and personalities. Certain times you (I) found myself wondering how these people could all be friends and not simply kill each other. Then a situation arises and the lead (Felix) get's frustrated and wants to kill someone. It's in those moments the characters friendships are somehow made believable. This is an awesome feat accomplished due both to the writing and the the cast themselves. Excellent. I'm not going to go into much detail about the camera work or audio. Let's just say it's an above average web series production-wise and leave it at that. Nothing great but clearly above average.
Giving a personal rating on a web series is a hard one to call. I watched individual episodes that would have scored two and a half stars, and then some that would have rated fours. Overall this is a series that gave me no problems to watch and get a laugh or two out of. Hell, I even nodded a few times in complete understanding of what was happening onscreen. I LOVED how the lead broke the fourth wall and talked to me, the viewer! I also loved the actual setup as a serial series. A Guy Going Crazy is set up to continue for at least another season and I hope they do. I would love to see this story get wrapped up one way or the other. And if S1 is any indication of the direction of a potential S2 I really can't wait to see it!
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