Caption: Bryan White and John Herman, co-creators of "How to Survive the Strange.", Credit: Avishay Artsy
Image by: Avishay Artsy 
Bryan White and John Herman, co-creators of "How to Survive the Strange." 

How to Survive the Strange

From: Avishay Artsy
Length: 06:00

New Hampshire filmmakers are launching a new web television series called “How to Survive the Strange.”

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Network television shows boast star actors, large budgets, and lots of special effects. Internet television, on the other hand, tends toward the amateurish. But it can be produced far from Hollywood sound stages, even in New Hampshire. In recent years filmmakers on the Seacoast have been flexing their creative muscles making shows for the web, and building devoted audiences for their content. Now this loose-knit collective of producers is starting another series. Word of Mouth producer and director Avishay Artsy checked in on the auditions.

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Piece Description

Network television shows boast star actors, large budgets, and lots of special effects. Internet television, on the other hand, tends toward the amateurish. But it can be produced far from Hollywood sound stages, even in New Hampshire. In recent years filmmakers on the Seacoast have been flexing their creative muscles making shows for the web, and building devoted audiences for their content. Now this loose-knit collective of producers is starting another series. Word of Mouth producer and director Avishay Artsy checked in on the auditions.

Broadcast History

This story aired on NHPR's Word of Mouth on March 18, 2010.

Transcript

A zombie, an astronaut, and a Ghostbuster are rehearsing their lines. Crackskull’s Coffee and Books in Newmarket, New Hampshire is tiny. And tonight it’s filled with hopeful actors looking to land a role in a new web television series called How to Survive the Strange.

“It’s basically Bob Vila dispensing advice on how to deal with zombies and vampires…” “Evil robots, campground slashers. Basically its Home Improvement meets the paranormal.”

Those are the show’s creators, horror film blogger Bryan White and multimedia producer John Herman. They’re sitting in a back corner of the café as actors take their turns auditioning. An assistant, Tara Sullivan, helps potential cast member Don Briand read through his lines.

“You got a million windows up here, all these windows. You’re gonna make them strong enough to keep them out?” “Them things ain’t got no strength. Hell, I smashed...
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Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Network television shows boast star actors, large budgets, and lots of special effects. Internet television, on the other hand, tends toward the amateurish. But it can be produced far from Hollywood sound stages, even in New Hampshire. In recent years filmmakers on the Seacoast have been flexing their creative muscles making shows for the web, and building devoted audiences for their content. Now this loose-knit collective of producers is starting another series. Word of Mouth producer and director Avishay Artsy (AH-veesh-eye AR-tsee) checked in on the auditions.

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Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Destroy the remote control Akira Ifukube Destroy all monsters. 1968 :00

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http://www.nhpr.org/node/31697