Year of Spies: January
Thriller Espionage Web Series
Incarcerated and tortured by a sadistic Chinese General on New Year's Day, secret agent Taylor Gable must not disclose secrets vital to national security. How long will he last when the ultimate price becomes too personal?
The first mission in Year of Spies was written by Chris Stone and Stephanie Stone. The writing team wanted to create a claustrophobic pressure cooker of an episode where the tension and threat level kept rising constantly; a desperate power game between hero and villain.
Since 'Blood and Bone China', I've not been away from the world of web series completely, I've being giving guest lectures on web series production at places such as the Raindance Film Festival and at YouTube/Google. I now felt it was the right time to return and produce another series of my own, but not repeat what I had done last time.
'Year of Spies' has been slowly developing since April 2014, based on an idea for a thriller series set over the course year I had back in 2005.
The first episode is very important; it has to set the tone for the rest of the series. Finding the right direction was like trying to feel your way around a dark cave, we made a few wrong turns but I feel we got there in the end.
The actual filming of the episode was a wonderful experience; we had such a great hard-working cast and crew that could have a real laugh together. The shoot took place over two days in an old pottery factory in Stoke-On-Trent and the only real drawback was battling the extreme cold. To be fair, it was Ross who suffered the most being tied to a chair, but we tried to keep him warm with hot water bottles and warm drinks.
I started the post-production on the evening of the first day's shoot so that the actors could see how the scenes were working on the morning of second day and give us all a morale boost.
The cast was made up of incredibly talented actors from the big and small screen, including John Dutton who recently had a scene with Tom Cruise in the Sci-Fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow and the episode features a custom score by talented Switzerland based composer Yannick Zenhäusern.
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