Love Bytes: Fledgling New Web Series Looks At Our Fluid Sexualities
Long ago, fledgling actors, writers and filmmakers would move to Hollywood, New York, London, or a small handful of other cities and hope that someone would notice they had arrived. Few succeeded. For decades there was an ongoing joke in Los Angeles. If someone said, "I’m an actor" the response would be "which restaurant do you wait tables at?"
Twenty-first century technology has changed all that. Today, people can live where they choose. They can write their own scripts, buy high definition cameras at local electronic shops, shoot their own films or series, edit them on home computers, and post them online. Where they can sell ads.
Websites like Kickstarter and Indie-Go Go has made fundraising simple: just appeal to your fan base.
Thousands of web series of every imaginable genre are now in cyberspace, many building up huge audiences. The major television networks have taken notice, and have grudgingly admitted that they’re now competing with web producers. Web content providers have in fact taken quite a bite out of the once mighty network’s viewership.
Australian Tonnette Stanford is one of the latest web producers to spring up seemingly out of nowhere. So far she’s produced two ten-minute episodes of her web series "Love Bytes," a fresh and comical look at love and sex in the century’s second decade.
"Love Bytes" is a product of our new and ever changing era: The characters include a mix of gay men, lesbians, and straight people. Laughs ensue as they each try, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, to navigate the twenty-something dating pool.
It’s envelope pushing humor to be sure: The very first episode features a gay kiss which spreads the herpes virus. The scene is played for a laugh. There’s familiar humor as well. In one hilarious sequence, a man goes to meet an Internet hook-up at a gay bar, only to find that the gentleman in question lied about his appearance. And his weight.
Those first two "Love Bytes" installments are now on the web. As she writes new scripts, Stanford is actively fund raising and spreading the word so she can turn her baby into a regular series. She has the chops for it: The former film student holds Graduate Diplomas in Film, TV and Directing-she studied at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.