The new web-film series of Les Misérables (official thread)

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The new web-film series of Les Misérables (official thread)

Postby brixhamlaura » Tue Dec 23, 2014 6:10 pm

Ah brilliant! I passed by here a couple of times in the autumn but whether it was a site glitch, or my browser, I have no idea, but I could not post anything for the past few weeks on here. Just came back to check today - and WAHOO!
I am starting this thread so that it can be updated, as things speed up over the winter and into next year - and onwards!

So, basically our theatre company (its a non-profit group with a difference) had a roaring success with a non-musical stage adaptation of Les Mis (that we wrote) - we did our initial show run, and then ended up getting funding from London, to do a second run, and things went from strength to strength.

Then, last winter, some of our members and key people involved in the stage show, started talking about a film. As I have two (long disused, I dived headlong into theatre instead) degrees in film and TV production, and am an unabashed Les Mis addict (and the director of the stage show), I got hauled in. (okay, I would have been very annoyed if I wasn't, hehe). What we decided pretty early is that there is absolutely no point in doing yet another Les Misérables feature film. There are half a million already out there. What instead made a lot more sense is the fact that the whole book, has never been dramatised. Every single stage / feature film adaptation has to miss stuff out. So, we developed the plan to make an internet film series (well, at the minimum it will be available globally on Youtube, Vimeo and similar platforms, though we have already got a TV broadcast company making tentative inquiries as well, so you never know)
The plan is to crowdfund the series, but what we have also discovered is that very few people have believed that the project is a serious plan. We advertised castings, had hundreds of people say they were attending, and then over 90% no-shows on the day, and when followed up, feedback was they thought the casting would be a joke, and were amazed to hear it had actually taken place!!!!!! Some then begged for roles without auditioning (Sorry!)

We hoped to have the whole thing cast by the end of the summer, and to have filmed the promo trailer, which introduces the visuals, main cast members, and some of the locations, last month. As it is, with delays caused by casting it, we have only just cast the main characters whom we want for the trailer, a week ago, which is now pushed back to filming in the early Spring.
In a way, this is good. This is letting the two of us who are funding the filming of the trailer, hit ebay, selling stuff to fundraise for the trailer. We have a huge load of stunning costumes already, both saved from the stage show, and bought from a theatre period costume clearance sale in October.
Once we have the trailer (to prove it is serious!) then we will go ahead with the crowdfunding.

If you want to get involved, there will be several ways. Helping with the crowdfunding, when that is set up, is one way. You could come and be an extra or even a supporting actor with some lines, in the series, and we will have sponsored events, carnival entries, and themed-events, to fundraise and publicize the project - which will be posted here and on our social networks.

To follow our group and be the first to find out what is going on, there are various links below.

Theatre Company main links
Website: http://www.southdevonlayers.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sdevonplayers
Facebook public group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/southdevonplayers/
Twitter: @sdevonplayers
Email mailing list: http://www.southdevonplayers.com/join-mailing-list.html

Les Mis film series main links
Website (in development) http://lesmiserablesfilm.weebly.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lesmiswebseries
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Re: The new web-film series of Les Misérables (official thread)

Postby Lugitum » Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:49 am

Sounds great! Good luck! How many hours long will this adaptation be?

Remember the chapter very early in Les Misérables where Jean Valjean arrives at Digne? There are various scenes here which are left out of various versions, for example the dog house scene. The dog house scene is included in the 1944 Egyptian adaptation. I have yet to see an adaptation which shows Jean Valjean walking out in the fields at night, getting scared, and returning to Digne. Please include all scenes from this specific chapter? Also, many people like the graveyard/coffin sequence later in the book.

Please reply to my thread here, thanks:
What adaptations have you watched/heard?
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2775

I'm curious about your reply in that other thread please, so I can see how familiar you are with the various adaptations. I'm watching the 23 hour long 2007 Japanese adaptation right now, and it's great.
p.s. Here's my introduction thread:
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Re: The new web-film series of Les Misérables (official thread)

Postby Acaila » Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:27 pm

Welcome back Laura :) We had a little bit of tech trouble a few weeks ago, but it is hopefully all fixed now!
Sounds like a really ambitious project, but an awesome one. Definitely get into tumblr and such for the kickstarter stuff, there's a lot of fans out there who would be keen to see this happen.

Lugitum wrote:Please reply to my thread here, thanks:
What adaptations have you watched/heard?
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2775


Your enthusiasm is lovely Lugitum, but please don't spam so many other threads with constant links to yours. :)
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Postby brixhamlaura » Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:19 pm

The adaptation will be 20 - 30 hours long in total :)

Yes the whole idea is to include the stuff which isn't usually dramatised so running as close to the book as we possibly can. We arent taking much influence from the other cinematic adaptations, but are going right back to scratch and starting afresh.

Had a hilarious Cafe Mousin scene rehearsal this morning (some of our actors are using some short pieces from that, and themed around that, for showreels, which is great because we can also go on a local location I found for the footage which can go into the concept trailer (part of the fundraising drive) The location is no good for the actual final location for filming the cafe, but it is great for smaller level trailer stuff, and is a half hour busride from where we all live. The group is damn lively, but in a great way.
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Postby brixhamlaura » Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:13 pm

The latest update - we now have our IMDb page approved: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4366558/combined, I am currently chasing the cast to give me their IMDb pages (if they have one already, some do, some don't, if they don't they will have one shortly!) to add into the casting list, I am now saving up to personally get IMDb pro (the page thus far has been set up by a lady who has IMDb pro and is helping us with some of the logistical publicity, like crew calls etc)

We have a crew meeting on Feb 6th, and we are expecting to start on filming the trailer before the end of March.
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Postby brixhamlaura » Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:47 pm

Update! We start shooting the trailer for Les Misérables: The Web-Film series, in March, then once the trailer is done, start into the series proper, with Episode 1. (thereafter the crowdfunding will come in!)
We have set up a facebook group for people who would like to come in as extras and supporting actors as well.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1528090837452517 - its free to join, and will be our first stop shoutout for extras

Due to someone going working abroad for three months, we are shooting the trailer out-of-sequence and are starting with the Cafe Mousin...
here is a sneak preview of upstairs at the cafe location. (with my notebook on a table that will later be taken over by Enjolras, as Ric the director, and I, ran through the scenes for the trailer between us, looking at camera angles etc. ) Yes I know my camera time code is off, lol.
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We were also in a national theatre and film magazine (Sardines) last month
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Re: The new web-film series of Les Misérables (official thread)

Postby humanracer » Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:08 pm

Has the script been completed yet?

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Postby brixhamlaura » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:27 am

The trailer script and Episode 1 have. :)
Each episode script will be done one ahead, so when filming Episode 1, we will be finalising the script for Epsiode 3 and so on.
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Postby brixhamlaura » Sun Apr 12, 2015 9:29 pm

TRIUMPH! Finished the cafe-scenes filming for the trailer of the 20-hour Les Misérables: The Web Film Series​ A frantic day of filming... Next shoot is May 9th, focussing on Valjean, Javert, Fantine, and the romantic garden antics of Marius and Cosette.

Pics from yesterday at http://www.southdevonplayers.com/latest ... -completed as for some reason I cant post pics here today!
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Re: The new web-film series of Les Misérables (official thread)

Postby brixhamlaura » Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:05 pm

Sorry, I havent been around, its been insane here:
but look at the result!

The South Devon Players Theatre & Film company - thats us - at a big film and TV convention alongside Game of Thrones and Ghostbusters stars, as the only local or "non-famous" team there! , with our Les Misérables film series. We have only just finished shooting the trailer, and its going huge.


That's got to be a compliment! As detailed in the local press:

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Wes ... story.html

(more on us at www.southdevonplayers.com)
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Re: The new web-film series of Les Misérables (official thread)

Postby Lugitum » Fri Aug 14, 2015 1:11 am

I am very excited for this adaptation! Please answer my questions:
1. What percentage of it has been written?
2. What percentage of it has been filmed?
3. When will it be released in full?
4. Will it be shot in a high quality Blu Ray/4k resolution?
5. What are your favorite Les Misérables adaptations?

I like the part when Jean Valjean arrives at Digne and tries to sleep in a dog house but gets scared away by a dog. I also like the part where he goes into a field but feels frightened so he goes back into Digne. Please add these scenes for me.

EDIT:
I just found the trailer, released on August 2nd:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIWP98qlk8A

My thoughts:
This looks pretty good so far and I'm hoping for a faithful adaptation. However, here are possible improvements to make:
1. The jail and travel scenes seem pretty good although why doesn't Javert have sideburns? How come Jean Valjean seems more older and skinnier than I expected?
2. The candlestick scene looks pretty good although Madame Baptistine or Madame Magloire is missing? If you want to be a book faithful adaptation, don't leave out characters. You have 20 hours to add everybody.
3. When Jean Valjean orders Javert to release Fantine, it takes place in a police station not in the street, and the script can be improved for that scene.
4. The Madame Thenardier and Cosette scenes were good I think. Be careful not to have too much or too little yelling though.
5. I wonder what will happen in that Cosette/Marius/Éponine scene, I hope it's something that takes place in the book. I prefer a book faithful adaptation.
6. I like the scenes with the Friends Of The ABC, although when the soldier shot from the stairs, the two guys at the top of the stairs had a slow and unrealistic reaction time when they fired back.
7. The Youtube video has likes and comments disabled. How can you get feedback if you disable those? How can you improve without feedback?

I'm pretty excited for this and like it so far. With a 20 hours length, you have enough time to add in many minor scenes from the book and expand the length of major scenes. I think it's very important that this adaptation gets more faithful to the book than some of the stuff that is shown here. There were pros and cons to this trailer as some of the script/acting can be improved but I expect this adaptation to be a pretty strong one when it's finished as long as some adjustments are made. Make sure to watch and listen to all 20 or so major tv/film/radio adaptations available right now to get some good ideas and let me know if you have some questions also. What do you think?


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